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International Business in China

Program Overview

Designed for students interested in international business and economics, the International Business program offers undergraduates the unparalleled opportunity to study Chinese language, international business, and economic development in Asia’s financial center. Students participate in carefully designed activities and experiential study trips that provide a first-hand encounter with China’s rapidly changing business environment. Students may enroll for a semester, summer, or academic year, or a combination of a semester and summer term. Students are encouraged to consider spending their second term in China in a different Alliance program to deepen their knowledge of China's regional diversity. 

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Pre-requisites

  • 3.0 GPA minimum
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at an accredited U.S. institution
  • No prior Chinese language study is required
  • Fall and spring students must have completed one business course and one economics course prior to arrival in China, or two economics courses if business is not available at your school
  • Fall and spring students must have completed an Introduction to Finance course to enroll in the elective course International Money and Finance
  • Fall and spring students who wish to apply for part-time internship must have a minimum of three prior semesters of Chinese language instruction

Academic Structure

For a total of 15 credits in fall and spring terms students take the following curriculum:

  • Chinese language courses
  • English-taught business courses
  • Optional Internship course

For a total of 9 credits in the summer term students take the following curriculum:

  • English-taught core course
  • Chinese language courses or a full-time internship*

Classes are offered exclusively for Alliance students. Chinese language classes average 6-8 students per class, taught by language faculty selected and trained by the Alliance. All business faculty have a PhD and are full-time faculty from SUFE or, in some cases, from Fudan University.

*Although no prior study of Chinese is required for summer students who wish to pursue an internship, students’ Chinese language proficiency may affect their internship placements. The internship field in China’s large cities is highly competitive and the number of available placements is limited.

On Location in Shanghai

Shanghai offers students an unparalleled opportunity to experience China in a city undergoing economic rebirth and revitalization. Shanghai is the place to be to witness the economic and socio-cultural transformations of modern China (as well as to observe the disparities that remain). Shanghai has traditionally been one of the most important financial and business centers of Asia, and is becoming known as "the Wall Street of the East". After the Second World War and the establishment of the People's Republic of China, foreign investment was discouraged. Today, however, Shanghai is again a multinational hub of finance and business and one of the world's major financial centers.

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Shanghai is a remarkable phenomenon in the evolution of global metropolises today. There is no place like this once sleepy fishing town which has become the largest city in China and the country's most important commercial, financial, and industrial center. One must experience Shanghai to begin to comprehend this diverse and constantly changing nation. Pudong (in eastern Shanghai) was the site of the 2010 World Expo. The entire city is still buzzing with excitement about welcoming 73 million domestic and international visitors.

Neighborhood

The Alliance's International Business program is located on Shanghai University of Finance Economics' (SUFE) Zhongshan Bei Yi Lu campus (中山北一路校区) in the heart of the densely populated residential streets of Shanghai's Hongkou District (虹口区), characterized by walkable neighborhoods with an array of small shops, food markets, and other amenities. Students are conveniently close to Chi Feng Road Light Rail Station (赤峰路站) and numerous bus lines serving all parts of the city. 

One rail stop away lies Hongkou Football Stadium station (虹口足球场)another bustling area of shops, historic streets, beautiful older homes, and Lu Xun Park and memoriala great place for early morning exercise with the locals. Traces of early 20th Century history are still evident in this part of the city but for those lured by the neighborhood's modern comforts, Hongkou's busy shopping district is nearby stretching from Sichuan Bei Lu (Sichuan North Road 四川北路) all the way to Suzhou Creek and the city center. It is a great place to spend an afternoon, people watch, and find just about anything you need.

Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

The Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (上海财经大学), founded in 1917, is a multi-dimensional university with a core focus on applied economics and management and offering majors in law, philosophy, as well as humanities. SUFE, home to 24,000 students on two campuses, is administered by the Chinese Ministry of Education and has recently been selected as one of the "21st Century's Key Universities in China." It is the number one ranked finance and economics university in China. Alliance classes are based at SUFE’s International Cultural Exchange School (ICES). ICES is devoted to the education of foreign students and aims to train students with a background in international economics or management.

 

Fall and Spring Curriculum

This 15-credit program is designed for students interested in international business and economics, offering the unparalleled opportunity to study Chinese language, international business, and economic development in Asia's new financial center.

Students must enroll in:

Core Course

ECON360 China: Economic Giant (required, 3 class hours/week, 3 credits)

The course provides an interpretative survey of China's emergence as a global economic power. The phenomenal changes in the Chinese economy over recent decades are highlighted against the background of the pre-reform era. Aspects of quantitative development are related to the radical reforms adopted since 1978. Students discuss major policy issues encountered by the Chinese government in sustaining high-speed economic growth without instability. Students will also explore China’s pursuit of full integration into the global free trade system. Particular emphasis is placed on the contributions of Shanghai and the Yangtze River delta, the single most important economic and financial hub of China.

Elective Courses

All area studies courses are taught in English and meet for three class hours per week. Students have the option of enrolling in two to three courses from the following list. Students with at least three semesters of Chinese may elect to participate in a 3 credit internship or Business Chinese to replace one of their area studies electives.

MKTG390 China as a Global Market (3 class hours/week, 3 credits)

China is not only a major export market but also a global sourcing base, given that Chinese exports are dominated by foreign-funded enterprises. Students will learn how to employ principles of international marketing in studying this dual role of China. Discussions include China's rising purchasing power and consumption market potentials, trends in China's demand for capital goods and western technology, marketing new products, cultural attributes in Chinese consumer behavior, outsourcing and sourcing in China, the service industries, international distribution systems, market regulations and deregulations, export tax rebate and import duties, and pricing and terms of payments.

ECON371/FINC370 International Money and Finance (3 class hours/week, 3 credits)

This course familiarizes students with the basic theories for global financial liberalization and the major policy problems involved for the Chinese government to fully integrate the country with the global financial system. Topics to be discussed include Chinese interest rate determination, the exchange rate regime, and associated currency risks; new investment and financing techniques including currency derivatives, currency options and currency swaps; B-share versus A-share in the Chinese stock markets and prospects for convergence; the role of QFII (qualified foreign institutional investors) and QDII (qualified domestic institutional investors), and the possible implications of renminbi being made fully convertible in the future. Students should have completed an Introduction to Finance course as a pre-requisite for this course.

MGMT390 Managing Enterprises in China (3 class hours/week, 3 credits)

This course focuses on the modus operandi of major types of enterprises in China, including large-scale state-owned enterprises, share-holding corporations, collective enterprises of global significance, and foreign-funded conglomerates. Class discussions address the different functional aspects of enterprise management, including production and investment decision-making, financing, marketing and supply sourcing, technology transfer, human resource management, and research and development. Students also tackle the ways in which business conglomerates relate to the Chinese government's changing regulatory framework.

ECON380 International Trade: A Chinese Perspective (3 class hours/week, 3 credits)

This course helps students develop the conceptual basis and the necessary tools for understanding modern international trade at the intermediate level. Topics include classical and modern theories of international trade, factor price equalization, empirical tests and extensions of the pure theory model, economic growth and international trade, the nature and effects of protection, and motives and welfare effects of factor movements. Each topic includes case studies under the context of China’s international trade with the U.S. and the rest of the world.

INTS380 Internship (10-12 hours/week, 3 credits)

Students with at least three semesters of Chinese may elect to participate in a 3 credit internship to replace one of their business courses. Interns are placed in Chinese, joint-venture, or foreign-owned companies. Interns spend 10-12 hours per week (or 120 hours a semester) at the internship site and complete a research project that includes a 5,000 word paper and oral presentation. Internships are supervised by a faculty advisor who meets with students 4 times per semester and schedules individual meetings to discuss students' research project plans.

Language Courses

Chinese Language (required, 9 class hours/week, 6 credits)

No prior language study is required for admission. Upon taking a placement exam after arrival, students will be placed into the appropriate language level. Courses emphasize listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Alliance programs teach Simplified Chinese Characters, which are standardized Chinese characters officially used in mainland China. Click here to view a full listing of textbooks by Alliance program and course.

CHIN320 Business Chinese I (3 class hours/week, 3 credits)

CHIN322 Business Chinese II (3 class hours/week, 3 credits)

Students develop specialized skills in business-related communication in Chinese in both oral and written forms. Available to students at the 201 Chinese level or higher.

Summer Curriculum

This 9-credit program is designed for students interested in international business and economics, offering the unparalleled opportunity to study Chinese language, international business, and economic development in Asia's financial center.

Students must enroll in:

  • China: Economic Giant (3 credits)
  • Chinese language (6 credits) or Full-time internship (6 credits)

ECON360 China: Economic Giant (required, 6 class hours/week, 3 credits)

The course provides an interpretative survey of China's emergence as a global economic power. The phenomenal changes in the Chinese economy over recent decades are highlighted against the background of the pre-reform era. Aspects of quantitative development are related to the radical reforms adopted since 1978. Students discuss major policy issues encountered by the Chinese government in sustaining high-speed economic growth without instability. Students also explore China’s pursuit of full integration into the global free trade system. Particular emphasis is placed on the contributions of Shanghai and the Yangtze River delta, the single most important economic and financial hub of China.

Chinese Language (required, 15 class hours/week, 6 credits)

No prior language study is required for admission. Upon taking a placement exam after arrival, students will be placed into the appropriate language level. All courses emphasize listening, reading, speaking, and writing. The Alliance programs teach Simplified Chinese Characters, which are standardized Chinese characters officially used in mainland China. Click here to view a full listing of textbooks and lessons by Alliance program and course.

INTS380 Internship (30+ hours/week, 6 credits)

Interns are placed in Chinese, joint-venture, or foreign-owned companies, research and government organizations, NGOs, or media and art studios. Interns work full-time at the internship site and complete a research project that includes a 3-5,000 word paper and oral presentation. Internships are supervised by faculty advisor who meets regularly with each student both in groups and individually. Although no prior study of Chinese is required, students’ Chinese language proficiency may affect their internship placements.

Faculty

Dr. Narisong Huhe, ECON 360: China: Economic Giant

Dr. Tong Chunyang, MKTG 390: China as a Global Market

                                    INTS 380: Internship

Dr. Wei Chen, ECON 371 / SHAN FINC 370: International Money and Finance

Dr. Keng Shu, MGMT 390: Managing Enterprises in China

Dr. Chen Bo, ECON 380: International Trade: A Chinese Perspective

 

Capstone Research Project

One important and distinctive component of Alliance's semester-long programs in China is the Capstone Academic Research Project. Capstone projects challenge students to engage with Chinese people and deepen their own understanding of one aspect of Chinese policy, society, culture, or business practice.

The Capstone Project is a research project that makes use of more than academic readings and published research. While these are important components of research and should be included in the project, the Capstone is meant to help students take advantage of their setting. Students use resources they would not have access to at their home universities. Students also incorporate interviews, participant observation, and other methods to create a final paper and presentation. Many students develop their Capstone as part of a senior thesis or broader future research project.

The Capstone Project is a graded component of the required core course taught in English, China: Economic Giant, and comprises 40% of that course's grade. Graded project work includes a project abstract with a problem statement and research methodology outline, a PowerPoint presentation, and a final paper.

Summer core courses do not include a Capstone component.

Featured Capstone Project

Joyce Park (Connecticut College)

"My report reviews the history, processes, and strategies of eBay and TaoBao in the context of the Chinese market. Though its primary purpose is to analyze and compare the two corporations, this report can also serve as a future reference for other e-commerce companies who wish to gain insight on how to successfully penetrate the Chinese market without repeating the mistakes of eBay. Both primary and secondary research was conducted to gather information for this report. Primary research consists of surveys done by 50 local Chinese students, interviews with Chinese roommates, as well as my own observations. Secondary research also comes from a broad range of sources, including scholarly journals, published case studies, and public blog and forum discussions."

Examples of Student Capstones in Shanghai

  • Agricultural and Environmental Policy in Modern China
  • The Chinese Automobile Industry:  Past, Present and Future
  • Impact of Censorship on China’s Television Industry
  • Say Hello to the Competition:  Chinese College Students and the Real World
  • The Need for Renewable Energy in China
  • China High-Speed Rail:  What Can the United States Learn From it?
  • Investment in Brazil and China’s Middle Class
  • China and United States:  Trade Imbalance and RMB Exchange Rate
  • My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad:  The Chinese and American Militaries
  • The Social and Economic Implications of China’s One Child Policy
  • Nutritional Challenges of Urban China
  • China is Wealthier, but is it Happier?

For more Capstone project ideas from Alliance students in all our China programs, click here. To read more abstracts of Alliance students' capstones, click here.

Credits, Grades, and Transcripts

Credits, Grades, and Transcripts

A study abroad experience is first and foremost an academic experience. All Alliance for Global Education courses have undergone a faculty review and approval process, and are transcripted by an accredited U.S. university. For all Alliance programs through Spring 2014, transcripts are issued by Arcadia University. For Summer 2014 programs and beyond, transcripts are issued by Butler University.   

While in most cases students who have received approval from their home institution to study on an Alliance program can be assured of credits transferring, it is a student’s responsibility to work with their study abroad or academic advisor and home school faculty or academic departments to ensure credit transfer for specific courses.  

Credits and Accreditation

Credits granted for Alliance courses are identified in course listings on the Curriculum page for each program, and appear on the official transcript issued at the completion of a student's term. Credit is issued in U.S. semester hours, ensuring that students continue to make progress toward their degrees and verifying the full-time course load they completed while abroad.

All Alliance courses have been reviewed and approved by Butler or Arcadia University’s Undergraduate Academic Programs Committee. Arcadia University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Butler University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Programs approved by the Butler University College of Business—which include the Alliance’s International Business Program in Shanghai—are accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Grades

Students receive a letter grade on a scale from A to F for every course they take while enrolled on an Alliance program. Withdrawals (W) may be granted due to exceptional circumstances. Although policies at students' home institutions may differ, the Alliance does not permit students to take courses on a credit/no credit or pass/fail basis. Student grades are determined by criteria set forth in course syllabi.  

The grading scale used in determining letter grades for Alliance courses is as follows:

Transcripts

At the conclusion of a program, an official transcript is sent to the participant's home school, with an unofficial copy forwarded to the participant. 

Because timelines for final evaluation may vary due to respective program calendars or administrative structures of partner universities abroad, transcripts may take longer to issue than they do at U.S. institutions. While the timeline varies by program, a general timeline for issuing transcripts is:

·        Fall programs - transcript issued in late February

·        Spring and Summer programs - transcript issued in late September

Transcripts are not released for students with an outstanding balance of program fees or other charge incurred while on the program. Students enrolling in consecutive terms with the Alliance do not receive their first term transcript until their second term fees are paid in full.

Participants in Alliance programs through Spring 2014 can request additional copies of transcripts online or in writing at any time from the Arcadia University Registrar's Office.

Participants in Alliance programs beginning Summer 2014 can request additional transcripts of their transcripts online at any time from Butler University's online transcript ordering service provided by the National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit organization serving the higher education community. 

If you have a question about the transcripting process or timeline, please feel free to contact your Student Services Manager.

Internships in Shanghai

The Alliance offers an exciting internship course in both Beijing and Shanghai during the spring, summer, and fall terms.

Placements

In Shanghai, internships are offered in various areas of business at Chinese, joint-venture and multi-national companies as well as non-business sectors. The Alliance makes every effort to place student interns at companies or organizations that match their interests as closely as possible. The placements depend on the employers’ needs, what each student can bring to the company/organization, each student’s background, prior experience, performance during interview, and skill sets, including but not limited to the student’s Chinese language level and communication skills. The placement process begins with the submission of the Internship Intent Form during the program application process, and placements are typically finalized after an in-person interview in China. Although the Alliance makes every effort to accommodate student preferences during the placement process, applicants are also encouraged to be flexible. Certain fields and industry sectors may limit the types of work available to undergraduate interns. The internship field in China’s large cities is highly competitive and the number of available placements is limited.

Sample of Past Shanghai Student Internships:

  • Shanghai Tonghe Industrial & Trade Development Co., Ltd, the not-for-profit economic development bureau of Baoshan District Government
  • Chi Heng Foundation, a Hong Kong based NGO that focuses its work on supporting education and training for children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS
  • Pactera (formerly known as VanceInfo Technologies Inc.), an IT and software development firm consulting for finance, technology, telecommunications, transportation, manufacturing and retail
  • Image Tunnel, a studio located in Shanghai’s Contemporary Arts District that is devoted to recording the changes in the city and promoting the culture in Shanghai
  • Merck Chemicals China, global chemical company offering specialty products for electronics, printing, coatings, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and biotech industries
  • Forte, Inc., a residential real estate subsidiary of Fosun, Inc., Shanghai’s largest privately owned company
  • CITS, New Shanghai International Travel Service Co., Ltd, China’s largest travel services agency
  • City Weekend Magazine, a print and online magazine under Ringier, a Swiss-based multinational media company

Pre-Requisites 

Fall and spring students must have completed at least 3 semesters of college level Chinese to participate in the internship. Although no prior study of Chinese is required for summer internships, students’ Chinese language proficiency may affect their internship placements. Students apply for the internship course when completing the Course Selection Form.

Credit and Course Requirements

The internship course is worth 3 credits in the spring or fall terms or 6 credits during the summer term. Credit is awarded for the academic component of the internship. Interns will complete a research project, including a 5000-word final paper (in English). The work is supervised throughout the term by a faculty advisor who holds both group and individual meetings with students to provide academic advising for their research project. In the fall and spring semesters, interns will spend 10-12 hours per week (or 120 hours a semester) at the internship site. During the summer term, interns will spend 20 or more hours per week at the internship site.

More information about the internship course can be found at Shanghai Internship Guidelines.

Academic Calendar

Program Dates

  • Spring 2014 term: February 12 - June 9
  • Summer 2014 term: June 18 - August 18
  • Fall 2014 term: August 27 - December 22

The Alliance Orientation is MANDATORY. You should make your travel plans accordingly. More details can be found in the Accepted Students: Travel Arrangements section.

Given the program’s busy academic schedule, weekly local activities and excursions, and field study trips, the Alliance STRONGLY DISCOURAGES students from hosting visitors until the end of the semester. Please encourage family and/or friends to visit AFTER the program has ended.

2014 Spring International Business Calendar

  • Suggested flight departure: February 11
  • Arrival in Shanghai: February 12
  • Orientation: February 12-16
  • Classes begin: February 17
  • Field Study Trip*: March 22-29
  • Mid-term exams: April 11
  • Independent Travel week*: April 19-27
  • Last day of final exams: June 6
  • Students may depart: June 7
  • Students must move out of housing (by 12 noon): June 9

2014 Summer Shanghai Program Calendar

  • Suggested flight departure: June 17
  • Arrival in Shanghai: June 18
  • Orientation: June 18-22
  • Classes begin: June 23
  • Midterm exam: July 17
  • Field Study Trip*: July 18-21
  • Final exams: August 11-15
  • Students may depart: August 16
  • Students must move out of housing (by 12 noon): August 18

2014 Fall International Business Calendar

  • Suggested flight departure: August 26
  • Arrival in Beijing: August 27
  • Orientation: August 27-30
  • Classes begin: September 1
  • Field Study Trip*: October 4-12
  • Mid-term exams: October 24
  • Independent Travel week*: November 1-8
  • Final exams: December 15-19
  • Students may depart: December 20
  • Students must move out of housing (by 12 noon): December 22

* Organized trip dates are subject to change at any time.

Program Fees

Spring 2014 Program   $ 14,690
Summer 2014 Program   $ 7,100
Fall 2014 Program  $ 14,690

What's Included

The program price includes tuition and fees, pre-departure materials, guidance with applying for a visa, orientation, housing, weekly activities, all textbooks, the services of a full-time Resident Director, medical and evacuation insurance, an eight-day Field Study Trip and a weekend Field Study Trip in the fall and spring semester, and a five-day Field Study Trip in the summer term.

The program price does not include airfare to China, meals, passport and visa fees, independent travel, and other items not mentioned as included.

Our breakdown of spring, summer, and fall 2014 program fees and include an itemized list of additional expenses that students may encounter abroad.

Spring & Summer Internship Combo Discount

The opportunity to engage in Chinese language and International Business studies in the spring, and pursue an internship during the summer term is invaluable. Because the Alliance recognizes the significance of building a strong foundation in the spring to pursue meaningful fieldwork in the summer, all students who opt to complement a spring semester with the Alliance by pursuing a full-time summer internship will receive an $800 discount, in place of the standard $500 continuer discount.

Multiple Term or Academic Year Discount

The Alliance encourages students to enroll for more than one term and to consider studying with more than one Alliance program. Students who continue into a second term with the Alliance receive a $500 discount on the program fee for the second term. All combinations (two semesters, semester plus summer, two semesters plus summer) are possible.

Student Housing

Students are housed in the student dormitory located near the center of campus and very close to Alliance classrooms. This building houses international students and a small number of local undergraduate and professional degree students.  Each Alliance student will share a double room with a Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE) university student. Rooms include two single beds, two desks, desk lamps, two thermoses for boiled water (available on first floor of dormitory), closet space with a lockbox for each student, remote control heater/air-conditioner, bathroom with shower, and a balcony. Hot water is available 45 minutes after turning on the hot water heater located in the bathroom. The water heater holds approximately 15 minutes worth of hot water. Sheets, pillows and a comforter are provided; towels are not. Filtered water is replenished at student expense (10 RMB/$1.45 per tank), with the help of the dormitory’s front desk staff.  During Alliance SUFE orientation all students are required to pay a 200 RMB (approximately $30 US dollars) housing deposit.  If there is no damage to the room at the end of the program, the deposit is refunded in full.

Chinese Roommates

A distinct feature of the International Business program is the chance to share a double room with a Chinese student studying at SUFE. This offers the opportunity for Alliance students to get to know Chinese students on campus quickly and to engage in language and cultural exchange with their new friends. Chinese roommates are invited to attend many of the organized activities. Former Alliance students consistently rate this experience as one of their favorite program features.

Food and Meals

Meals are not included in the Alliance program fee.  Many students eat in the new cafeteria on campus. Meals are inexpensive (about $1-3 per meal). Many students also eat in local restaurants, especially those on the street adjacent to the campus. Students should budget $10 per day for meals, which will allow them to eat some meals off campus at local restaurants if desired.

Vegetarians will find that good food is available in China. Most restaurants serve lots of vegetables, tofu dishes, and staples such as rice, noodles, or dumplings. Note that some restaurants may use animal fat in preparing dishes.

Local Activities

Throughout the term, students are invited to take part in a full schedule of excursions, events and lectures designed to enhance their understanding of China and the historical and modern influences that impact its culture and people.

Extra-Curricular Classes

The Alliance arranges extra-curricular classes which may include Chinese painting, calligraphy, cooking, Taiji or other martial arts, seal carving, or paper cutting. These classes offer a wonderful opportunity to learn more about traditional Chinese culture.

In and Around Shanghai

Students visit the famous sites of Shanghai including Yuyuan Park, the historic Bund along the Huangpu River, and the former French concession. Activities may also include cultural performances, museum visits, special lectures, visits to artists' studios, architectural walking tours, and opportunities to meet locals, including students from other campuses. To complement the international business curriculum, the Alliance arranges a series of visits to Chinese, joint-venture, and foreign-owned enterprises, allowing students to better understand the local business environment. Below is a sampling of activities from previous semesters. Specific activities for future terms are subject to change:

Company Visit to Sigma Group in Baoshan District

Sigma's aluminum alloy exports represent 50% of China's total aluminum alloy exports, and 40% of China's aluminum alloy exports to Japan. With the rapid development of China's automobile market, Sigma's domestic sales have also increased at a rapid pace. Sigma has the highest domestic sales volume out of China's secondary aluminum smelters. Students visited the company and each were given a copy of the New Yorker magazine article in which Sigma Group and its CEO Tony Huang were prominently featured. Tony personally hosted the excursion, led students on a tour of the processing facility and shared his insights in a Q&A session.

Weekend Trip to Shaoxing City

Students on the Shaoxing City trip have the opportunity to visit two textile factories and Asia's largest textile market. Students also paddle down one of Shaoxing's historical canals, visited Lu Xun's boyhood home and school, and picked tea at a tea farm.

Propaganda Poster Art Centre

Founder and owner Mr. Yang Peiming hosted the tour of the facilities and provided an introduction to his poster collection. Participants of this activity included SUFE students and their Chinese roommates. For more information on the Propaganda Poster Art Centre, please visit http://www.shanghaipropagandaart.com/.

Visit to Baosteel in Baoshan District

Students participated in a site visit to the largest iron and steel conglomerate in China. Baosteel is the sixth-largest steel producer in the world with revenues of $21.5 billion.

Lecture/Discussion titled "Adapting to China's Business and Financial Practices"

The engaging lecture and Q&A session was led by Daniel Drescher, Alliance alum and 2008 graduate of University of Florida; Li Qi, Managing Director, Prosperity Assets Management Company and former Assistant Vice President, Golden Brilliant Investment Holding Company; and Wang Xumin, former Investment Director, Prosperity Assets Management, Ltd.

Documentary/Discussion: "Art, Economics, and Shanghai's Urban Redevelopment Politics"

The artist, and voice behind the M50 (Moganshan Lu) Studio and Contemporary Art Gallery District, presented her documentary on the making of the M50 district; an exploration of contemporary art, urban redevelopment, and social transformation.

Field Study Trip

The Alliance organizes a nine-day field study trip to Hong Kong, Macau, and Guangdong Province during the fall and spring semesters. The Field Study Trip allows students to deepen their understanding of investment and financial service industries influencing economic development in China.

Historically Hong Kong and Macau served as key colonial trading ports, but today these territories exist under Special Administrative Region status as part of China. Students visit the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and witness local advancements in infrastructure. The high level of economic integration along the Pearl River Delta plays a leading role in China’s economic growth. In nearby affluent Guangdong Province, students explore various international manufacturing centers.

Alliance alumna Michele shared her Field Study Trip experience on her blog here.

SUMMER FIELD STUDY TRIP

The location of the five-day summer field study trip varies each year. In past years, International Business summer students have visited the historical and cultural sites of Beijing. Due to the full-time professional commitment and shortened term, summer students enrolled in an internship will not participate in the extended trip.

Contact a Program Graduate

How do Alliance program graduates look back on their experience studying in Asia?  What advice can they offer on making the most of your time abroad?  Contact these students to ask your questions!

To view graduates from other Alliance programs, click here.  Interact with graduates via our Facebook and YouTube pages, too!

Daniel Doherty

21st Century City
Trinity University – Political Science and Religion Major

Whats up yall, my name is Danny and I am currently a junior at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. I just spend Fall 2013 in Shanghai, China participating in the 21st Century City program. My major is political science and religion. Upon looking at...

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Whats up yall, my name is Danny and I am currently a junior at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. I just spend Fall 2013 in Shanghai, China participating in the 21st Century City program. My major is political science and religion. Upon looking at all of your own individual posts I feel privileged to be part of such an interesting and intelligent group. I can't wait to represent alliance and encourage more students to travel to China or India in order to expand their horizon! hide

Lauren Colby

21st Century City
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – Global Studies Major

Hey everyone! My name is Lauren, and I'm currently a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My major is global studies with a focus on Chinese and teaching English as a second language. I studied abroad last fall 2013 in Shanghai...

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Hey everyone! My name is Lauren, and I'm currently a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My major is global studies with a focus on Chinese and teaching English as a second language. I studied abroad last fall 2013 in Shanghai, China with the 21st Century City program. I had an amazing time and can't wait to share my experiences with Alliance at my home university! hide

Mark Ruckthongsuk

21st Century City
Texas Tech University – Political Science Major

Hello. My name is Mark and I'm a junior at Texas Tech University. I studied abroad in Spring 2013 in Shanghai, and it was the best semester of my life. During this trip, I learned so much. It opened my eyes to the new perspective of the world we...

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Hello. My name is Mark and I'm a junior at Texas Tech University. I studied abroad in Spring 2013 in Shanghai, and it was the best semester of my life. During this trip, I learned so much. It opened my eyes to the new perspective of the world we live in. Also, I got to live in the most exciting city in the world, which has a lot to offer. Nevertheless, I experienced the Chinese culture which was phenomenal. I'm excited to represent this program and tell people my experiences and encourage them to go study abroad. It was one of the lifetime experience. hide

Connor Clinton

Intensive Chinese Language
Colgate University – International Relations Major

Hey, my name is Connor Clinton and I am currently a junior at Colgate University in Hamilton NY. I had an amazing experience studying abroad with Alliance and want to help my fellow students find ways to go abroad themselves. Cant wait to get started...

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Hey, my name is Connor Clinton and I am currently a junior at Colgate University in Hamilton NY. I had an amazing experience studying abroad with Alliance and want to help my fellow students find ways to go abroad themselves. Cant wait to get started!! hide

Amy Yu

Intensive Chinese Language
Wheaton College (MA) – Psychology

你们好! Hey everyone! My name is Amy, and I am currently a Junior at Wheaton College (MA). I am majoring in Psychology and minoring in General Education. I studied in Shanghai, China last Fall Semester of 2013 at the Intensive Chinese Language Program....

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你们好! Hey everyone! My name is Amy, and I am currently a Junior at Wheaton College (MA). I am majoring in Psychology and minoring in General Education. I studied in Shanghai, China last Fall Semester of 2013 at the Intensive Chinese Language Program. Shanghai was the best choice I made, I had such an amazing, unforgettable trip! I am very happy to be an Ambassador and looking forward to sharing and helping those who are interested in this program! hide

Stephen Denmark

Intensive Chinese Language
University of Arkansas Fayetteville – German and International Relations Major

Big family good! (大家好!) I'm Steven, or 田宁鹏. I study at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, just started my Junior year, and have a double...

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Big family good! (大家好!) I'm Steven, or 田宁鹏. I study at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, just started my Junior year, and have a double major of German and International Relations with a recently declared Chinese minor. My study abroad trip Summer 2013 in Shanghai changed my entire outlook, on life, but also on Chinese Study - I used to be worried I would never make substantial progress, that I'd be stuck at the lower levels of proficiency. But now I know that if I push myself, these things are so possible. The Alliance was a very big part in realizing this dream - for that I can express nothing short of my sincerest graditude. Therefore, I look forward to inspiring other students to take a chance, and have the same, awesome experience I had!

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Matthew Kelly

Intensive Chinese Language
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – East Asian Studies Major

Hi everyone, I'm Matt and I'm a senior at University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. I am an East Asian Language and Culture major specializing in Mandarin Chinese; minoring in...

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Hi everyone, I'm Matt and I'm a senior at University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. I am an East Asian Language and Culture major specializing in Mandarin Chinese; minoring in Mathematics. Last semester I spent in Shanghai in the Intensive Chinese Language program. I left after taking Chin 203 on campus and came back in at Chin 440; the program plus the total immersion was really useful. I really loved my experience with Alliance and can't wait to go back to China after I graduate. hide

Yvonne Lopez

Intensive Chinese Language
Texas Tech University – International Business and Accounting Major

Hello all, my name is Yvonne (罗意凡/Luo2Yi4fan2). I am a senior at Texas Tech University. I'm dual majoring in International...

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Hello all, my name is Yvonne (罗意凡/Luo2Yi4fan2). I am a senior at Texas Tech University. I'm dual majoring in International Business and Accounting and double minoring in Chinese and Japanese. I participated in Alliance's Intensive Chinese Language program in Shanghai this Summer. I made lots of good friends and built strong connections with people I know will last a lifetime and now have a very special place in my heart for Chinese language and culture that I hope to share with prospective study abroad students in the future.

 

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Sara Parven

Intensive Chinese Language
Texas Tech University – Studio Art Major

大 家好 (Hello everyone), my name is Sara or 潘欣伶 and I'm currently studying at Texas Tech University. Right now I'm a junior working towards a Studio art major and I'm minoring...

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大 家好 (Hello everyone), my name is Sara or 潘欣伶 and I'm currently studying at Texas Tech University. Right now I'm a junior working towards a Studio art major and I'm minoring in Asian Studies although I'm probably going to also have a minor in Chinese. This past summer I studied in Shanghai, China and I have to say the experience was life-changing. I never really thought I'd actually be able to become fluent but daily contact with Chinese culture has made me believe that with a lot more work I definitely can become fluent. Furthermore this constant cultural exposure has given me insight into Chinese culture and daily life that I never would have experienced otherwise. I firmly believe you can't really learn a language until you're surrounded by the people that speak it so I really want to give others the same opportunity that I had. hide

Jose Bayoan Santiago Calderon

Intensive Chinese Language
Southwestern University – Economics Major

Greetings everybody! My name is Bayoan. I am a senior at Southwestern University majoring in Economics and minoring in math, political science, French, and Chinese. I did the Chinese...

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Greetings everybody! My name is Bayoan. I am a senior at Southwestern University majoring in Economics and minoring in math, political science, French, and Chinese. I did the Chinese Intensive Language program in Shanghai in the Fall of 2012. It was an amazing experience and helped me to learn many academic and things of life. I loved the experience and I wanted to make sure others know about it and encourage them to take a leap and profit from being a part of the experience. hide

Brittany Ashburn

International Business in China
North Central College – International Business Major

Hey! I'm Brittany. I am a senior at North Central College in Illinois. And I graduate in June! (: My major is international business with a minor in marketing. I studied abroad this past fall in China. I studied at Shanghai University of Finance...

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Hey! I'm Brittany. I am a senior at North Central College in Illinois. And I graduate in June! (: My major is international business with a minor in marketing. I studied abroad this past fall in China. I studied at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and it was awesome! Looking forward to working with everyone!! hide

Justina Rosado

International Business in China
Meredith College – Business Administration Major

Hey! My name is Justina Rosado and I'm a junior at Meredith College in NC. I'm a business administration major with a double minor in international business and dance studies. I studied in Shanghai, China during fall semester of 2013 and now I...

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Hey! My name is Justina Rosado and I'm a junior at Meredith College in NC. I'm a business administration major with a double minor in international business and dance studies. I studied in Shanghai, China during fall semester of 2013 and now I think everyone should study abroad! It was so incredible to experience all of the cultural differences on the other side of the world. I want to help other students understand what it means to be a global citizen and become ambassadors for international communication. hide

Nicole Chen

International Business in China
Bentley University – Managerial Economics Major

Hey! My name is Nicole Chen, and I am currently a junior at Bentley University. I double major in Managerial Economics with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Media Arts in Society. My minor is Chinese. During the Fall 2013 semester I studied...

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Hey! My name is Nicole Chen, and I am currently a junior at Bentley University. I double major in Managerial Economics with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Media Arts in Society. My minor is Chinese. During the Fall 2013 semester I studied abroad in Shanghai with the Alliance for Global Education Program and had an amazing time. Looking forward to representing Alliance with you guys! hide

Connor Bourff

International Business in China
Boston College – Political Science Major

Hey everybody, my name is Connor Bourff, and I'm a junior at Boston College. I'm a political science major and I attended the fall 2013 International Business program in Shanghai. I can't wait to work with everyone to encourage others to...

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Hey everybody, my name is Connor Bourff, and I'm a junior at Boston College. I'm a political science major and I attended the fall 2013 International Business program in Shanghai. I can't wait to work with everyone to encourage others to explore studying in China! hide

Michael Yee

International Business in China
Miami University Oxford – Accounting and Finance Major

Hi, my name is Michael and I'm a senior accounting and finance major at Miami University in Oxford, OH. In Spring 2013 I studied in Shanghai with the International...

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Hi, my name is Michael and I'm a senior accounting and finance major at Miami University in Oxford, OH. In Spring 2013 I studied in Shanghai with the International Business Program. Having been abroad in Tianjin, China before this opportunity allowed me to improve my language skills, meet great friends and travel throughout Asia. Enrolling in this program was the best decision I have made in college and I hope to encourage others to do the same! hide

Justin Fernandez

International Business in China
Westminster College Utah – International Business Major

你 们好!My name is Justin and I am a senior at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. I'm an International Business major with a language focus...

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你 们好!My name is Justin and I am a senior at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. I'm an International Business major with a language focus in Mandarin. I just returned from a Spring and Summer stay at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics with the Alliance. Amazing is the quickest and easiest way to describe the experience, but that is not even the tip of the iceberg.

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Sonya Gao

International Business in China
Mount Holyoke College – Economics Major

Hey guys! I'm Sonya, and I'm a student at Mount Holyoke College. I was abroad Spring 2013 in Shanghai on the Alliance's International Business program. I loved every minute I...

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Hey guys! I'm Sonya, and I'm a student at Mount Holyoke College. I was abroad Spring 2013 in Shanghai on the Alliance's International Business program. I loved every minute I was in Shanghai, and I'm thrilled to be able to share my experience with any interested parties on my campus. I believe that going abroad was the best decision I've made since starting college, and I encourage others to do the same. The culture, the people, the food, just everything about China is so much more than what anyone has ever read in a textbook. hide

Katie Anderson

International Business in China
Marietta College – International Business Major

Hey everyone! I'm Katie and I'm a senior, International Business major at Marietta College in Ohio. In the Spring of 2013, I went to Shanghai for the International Business program through Alliance. Studying abroad in China was an amazing and...

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Hey everyone! I'm Katie and I'm a senior, International Business major at Marietta College in Ohio. In the Spring of 2013, I went to Shanghai for the International Business program through Alliance. Studying abroad in China was an amazing and unforgettable experience. I was able to travel quite extensively both in and out of China during my four months abroad. I am happy to answer any questions that you may have about China or even studying abroad in general. hide

Shaina Himelstein

International Business in China
Cornell University – Applied Economics and Management Major

Hi guys! My name is Shaina and I'm a senior at Cornell University majoring in Applied Economics and Management. During the Spring 2013 semester I studied at the Shanghai University of...

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Hi guys! My name is Shaina and I'm a senior at Cornell University majoring in Applied Economics and Management. During the Spring 2013 semester I studied at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. Deciding to study Chinese language and then to head to Shanghai shortly after, although a little crazy, was definitely one of the best decisions I have made during my college career. Generally speaking, Americans tend to have a pretty skewed view of China (myself included before I visited), so I'm excited when people want to check it out for themselves! I'm even more excited for the opportunity to encourage others to step out of their comfort zones and to experience life abroad. As corny as it sounds, studying abroad really does allow you to learn about more than just your host country; you learn about the world as a whole, but most importantly you learn about yourself. I'm looking forward to working with everyone so that more students can have their own fantastic journeys in Asia! hide

Helen Zhang

International Business in China
Wellesley College – International Relations and Economics Major

Hey everyone! My name is Helen, and I'm going to be a senior at Wellesley College, majoring in International Relations and Economics. During spring 2013, I studied abroad with the...

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Hey everyone! My name is Helen, and I'm going to be a senior at Wellesley College, majoring in International Relations and Economics. During spring 2013, I studied abroad with the International Business in China program through The Alliance. Having lived parts of my life in Beijing, I wanted to discover a new Chinese city on my own, and I had the time of my life. Through the program, I made some amazing friends and this unforgettable semester has been the highlight of my college career. I would love to encourage people to give studying abroad in China a chance, because I believe that they would have a similarly tremendous experience. hide

Sarah Christie

International Business in China
University of Denver – Business Major

Sarah Christie here! Studied at SUFE past fall and so enjoyed it. Currently attending University of Denver as an...

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Sarah Christie here! Studied at SUFE past fall and so enjoyed it. Currently attending University of Denver as an International Business major and Chinese minor. So glad to have met the people I did and experience such amazing things while abroad and happy to share these experiences with others. Hope to return to China in the future! hide

Johnny Wu

International Business in China
Tufts University – International Relations Major

Hey, Johnny here, studying International Relations related to International Trade and Entrepeneurship at Tufts...

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Hey, Johnny here, studying International Relations related to International Trade and Entrepeneurship at Tufts University. Class of 2014. Just finished studying abroad in Shanghai at SHUFE, had a wonderful time. hide

Quinn Kolberg

International Business in China
Amherst College – Economics Major

Greetings, I'm a junior at Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. I'm an econ major, and spent the fall semester of...

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Greetings, I'm a junior at Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. I'm an econ major, and spent the fall semester of 2012 studying at SHUFE as a member of the International Business Program. Held a job at a consulting firm, made a brief foray into the Southeast Asian International Softball Circuit, trained at MLB China -- I had a great time and met even better people. Can't wait to go back. Had the time of my life. Happy to talk with anybody about it. hide

Patrick Mendelsohn

International Business in China
Arcadia University – International Business Major

Hey Everybody! I am a senior at Arcadia, studying International Business and Culture with a minor in mathematics. I studied in Shanghai this past spring semester, and I had an absolutely...

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Hey Everybody! I am a senior at Arcadia, studying International Business and Culture with a minor in mathematics. I studied in Shanghai this past spring semester, and I had an absolutely amazing time there, both in studying and in experiencing the culture. Now that I have the experience under my belt, I aim to make sure that students aiming to study abroad have as much information they can use in order to have the best semester or year they possibly could. hide

Genevieve Norman

International Business in China
Austin College – Business Administration and Chinese Major

Hello fellow ambassadors!! My name is Genevieve and I am a senior at Austin College.  I just spent spring 2012...

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Hello fellow ambassadors!! My name is Genevieve and I am a senior at Austin College.  I just spent spring 2012 semester studying abroad at the SUFE. Living in China for almost half a year was a life altering experience and really helped me find myself and find a balance between being Chinese and American. I really hope to encourage and inspire other students to go abroad and have a similar experience to my own! hide

Allyson Chew

International Business in China
Mount Holyoke College – Economics Major

Hello everyone! Quick stats: Name: Allyson Chew; Class: 2013; Experience: AWESOME! I really enjoyed the program and exploring Shanghai and China. I would love to go back to work after graduation, and am stoked to be an Alumni...

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Hello everyone! Quick stats: Name: Allyson Chew; Class: 2013; Experience: AWESOME! I really enjoyed the program and exploring Shanghai and China. I would love to go back to work after graduation, and am stoked to be an Alumni Ambassador so I can share my enthusiasm for the program and country. I'm from San Francisco but am loving the East Coast. I am deeply involved in campus life through various organizations (Women for Business, Model United Nations, Habitat for Humanity) and write for Uloop, a national marketplace and blog for college students. hide

Charles Tiu

International Business in China
Bentley University – Marketing Major

My name is Charles Tiu from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. As you can tell from my last name, I’m not American. In fact, I’m a Chinese that spent most of his life growing up in Hong Kong, China. Yet I chose to study abroad in...

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My name is Charles Tiu from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. As you can tell from my last name, I’m not American. In fact, I’m a Chinese that spent most of his life growing up in Hong Kong, China. Yet I chose to study abroad in Shanghai in the Spring term of 2010. There are numerous reasons why I chose to study abroad:

It gave me the opportunity to learn about the culture of a different area, the so-called “Dragon Head” of China’s biggest business district; I was able to sharpen my skills in a universal language 1 in 5 people use in this world; it broadened my understanding of the different values, perspectives, ideas and beliefs that different people hold in terms of marketing, management, and most importantly, “guan xi” – networking; all in all, it trained me to become a leader that understood how the Western and Eastern worlds worked individually and cooperatively.

My most memorable moment in Shanghai was during an internship. In the beginning, my Mandarin was rusty, I had no idea what was going on, and was told to direct a small group of international students from America, Spain, and China to handle several tasks. It was awfully difficult to coordinate everything and the whole thing was a mess! But after a few months of grueling training and living with each other – exposing yourself to everything new and uncomfortable to what you’re used to – you gain a valuable and critical understanding of the dynamics and rhythms of the different cultures. Now, handling a large diverse group of people has been a lot easier, a lot clearer, and all this is thanks to the opportunity I had with the Alliance Program. hide

Daniel Mixa

Popular Culture and Social Change
Intensive Chinese Language
International Business in China
University of Tampa – Business Major

Back in the summer of 2010 I was preparing to study abroad in Shanghai, China. I was overly excited. Before coming to China I spent a good year studying Chinese on my own and had spent countless hours examining and studying Chinese culture. I knew that...

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Back in the summer of 2010 I was preparing to study abroad in Shanghai, China. I was overly excited. Before coming to China I spent a good year studying Chinese on my own and had spent countless hours examining and studying Chinese culture. I knew that China would be a fascinating place and that I would enjoy my study abroad. Half way through my fall semester at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics I knew that my time in China would not have been enough; I fell in love with China, I couldn’t leave. I then decided to attend the Alliance’s spring program at Fudan University, Shanghai. I then once again was not satisfied. I attended the Alliance’s summer program at Beijing Language and Culture University; during that time I stayed with a Chinese host family and also interned with a Chinese Magazine. Coming back home was bitter sweet; I was happy to be home, but sad to be leaving China. My experiences in China are priceless; I met many great people, I visited amazing places that most people will never see, I attained a great understanding of Chinese Culture, and most importantly, I significantly improved my Chinese skills. Now my Chinese is very good; it may take years to attain fluency but I know that if I build on my current skills fluency is imminent. China has become my second home and I hope to live and work there right after graduation! hide

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International Business in China
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International Business in China
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International Business in China
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International Business in China
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International Business in China
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International Business in China
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