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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Shanghai, China; Xiamen, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: SIUE applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Hotel Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Type: Faculty Led
Area of Study: Business, Management, Marketing Program Sponsorship Indicator: SIUE
Instructor: Hershberger, Edmund, Lavallee, Tom
Program Description:


Forbidden City

Students will explore three Chinese cities -- Shanghai, Xiamen, and Beijing.  In Shanghai, students will tour US businesses and the Illinois Trade Office and navigate old world markets and hi-tech malls to complete a market research assignment. In Xiamen, students will be hosted by Xiamen University where students will collaborate on a project, tour family-run garment factories and visit Piano Isle -- Gulangyu close to the campus.  In Beijing, we will visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and hike on the Great Wall.  Dr. Edmund Hershberger of the School of Business and Dr. Tom Lavallee of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature will be leading this year's China Travel Study.

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Academic Content

Undergraduate students GBA 489 Study Abroad for Business 3 credit hours
Graduate students MBA 595 Contemporary Issues in Business 3 credit hours

Students participating in this program will pay the current SIUE tuition rate for 3 credits.


Prices and Payments

$3,650 Approximately

The program fee includes:
  • Air Ticket
  • Lodging
  • Some Meals
  • Ground Transportation
  • Field Excursions
  • Health and Evacuation Insurance
  • Chinese Visas
The Program Fee does not include:
  • SIUE tuition
  • Most Meals
  • Books and Materials
  • Passport
  • SIUE Study Abroad Fee ($75)
  • SIUE Technology Fee (about $45)
  • Personal Expenses
Payment Schedule:
  • $1,825 deposit payment will be on acceptance to the program
  • The balance of $1,825 will be due January 11
Payments are made online through the School of Business International website.


Contact Information

Edd HershbergerDr. Edmund Hershbergersm group Tienammen
Department of Management and Marketing
Founders Hall 2125
Tel: (618) 650-3224

Tom LavalleeDr. Tom Lavallee
Department of Foreign Languages & Literature
Peck Hall 2309
Tel: (618) 650-3301



Program Itinerary

Day 1 Depart St. Louis for Shanghai
Day 5 Travel Shanghai to Xiamen
Day 10 Travel Xiamen to Beijing
Day 14 Return to St. Louis from Beijing
This itinerary is subject to change. Final itinerary information will be provided to participants by the program leader.



Participants must be prepared to encounter cultural and social situations that require a high level of mature independence and respond appropriately to such situations.  Participants must be able successfully navigate transportation systems (air, train, bus, car) to the travel study destination(s) following all rules and laws pertaining to international travel and destinations.  Participants must be able to independently and collectively travel as a coherent group and maintain emotional maturity as warranted by the trip and its variety of educational experiences.  Participants must be prepared to independently walk long distances; carry personal luggage and groceries; walk up and down stairs; and navigate entrances and exits to public transportation, buildings, and cultural sites.   Participants must be prepared to encounter environments different from the United States which can include cigarette/cigar smoke, automobile exhaust, loud noise, congested streets and crowded public areas and a variety of other environments which may not be known except upon encountering them.  If you have any physical or emotional limitations, consider your health and capabilities carefully in consultation with your doctor before undertaking this trip. 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01/30/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/12/2019 05/26/2019

** Applicants will learn of acceptance shortly after this date. If accepted, students must return to their applications to complete the next phase of requirements.