MBA Studies in International Business

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Location: Shanghai and Beijing, China

Intensive 2-week program for MBA students includes an introduction to Chinese business, economics, and culture. Through team-taught seminars (in English) and corporate visits in Shanghai and Beijing, students are introduced to macroeconomics, management, finance, foreign trade, and marketing in China.

Open to students enrolled in the Villanova University MBA students only.
No language proficiency required.

Course Offerings

MBA 8523: International Business Studies - 3 credits

Lectures include the following topics: Introduction to Chinese Culture & Language, Chinese Economy, Chinese Financial Markets, Trade relations between U.S. and China.

In Shanghai and Beijing, students will stay in double occupancy rooms in 4-star hotels. All breakfasts are included along with 9 lunches and 2 dinners. 


Past site visits included Lenovo, Thomson Reuters, KPMG, Apple, Boeing, Target, Lowes, GE, Penn Engineering, Boehringer Ingelheim, etc. While in Shanghai, students will visit Yuyuan Garden, attend an acrobatic show and take a Huangpu River cruise.

Students will also visit Suzhou, known as the "the Venice of China." Known not only for its canals and gardens, Suzhou is also known for its manufacturing industry as well as China's foremost destination for foreign investment. This portion will include a company visit, visits to cultural landmarks.

While in Beijing, students will visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tianan-men Square, and the Summer Palace. Company visits will also be included in the Beijing portion of the program.

Additional Information

Students will travel predominantly by taxi in Shanghai and Beijing. Taxis are convenient and inexpensive, $3-$5 will get you to most places within cities. Most students can communicate in English, however, English is not widely spoken in China, though you will will find that most people are extremely friendly and willing to help (even if they don’t understand English well). Former program participants have encountered few problems.


It is recommended that all students have an up-to-date tetanus booster and the hepatitis A series of 2 shots, as well as the hepatitis B series. Please contact your personal physician to make arrangements and verify your immunization history.

It is also recommended that you read the CDC webpage for China, and discuss the information with your doctor:


By signing the Villanova University Release Form (post-acceptance document), you agree that you have health insurance coverage while in China. If your current policy does not cover you in China and does not offer additional coverage, or if you would like to explore supplemental study abroad insurance options, please contact the OEA for available resources.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2018

Trip Dates 

July 8 - July 21, 2018
*Depart US on July 7

Orientation Dates: April 2018: To be announced once group is confirmed.


Late-March, early-April: VU Pre-Departure Coursework & Orientation
July 7: Group Departs USA
July 8: Group Arrives Shanghai
July 9- 18: Shanghai
July 18 - 21: Beijing
July 21: Group departs Beijing, return to USA

Students are responsible for booking their own international flight. However, Asia Institute will provide information on a recommended optional group flight. Domestic travel within China will be coordinated by Asia Institute.


Program Fee: $5,400*

*This program fee is an estimate, and is subject to change.

For a detailed breakdown of the expenses, click here

Includes tuition, accommodations, some meals, excursions, and the required entry visa for China, and transportation from Shanghai to Beijing.

Airfare from USA to China not included. Dr. Wen Mao will have an optional group flight for the MBA program. It is highly suggested that students take advantage of this option.

Program Snapshot

  • Program Duration: 2-weeks Long
  • Credits: 3
  • Program Fee: $5,400

Faculty Coordinator

Dr. Wen Mao
Department of Economics
Villanova School of Business
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