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Titlesociology italy
Location Beijing, Taipei, and Guilin, China
Academic Term Early Fall 2018
August 19 - September10, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,500
Credits 5 UW credits
Prerequisites N/A
Program Directors Shaosong Ou |
Christina Nichols |
Program Manager Ruby Machado|
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018

Extended Application Deadline
March 15, 2018
Information Sessions Jan 30, 12:30-1:20pm, PACCAR Hall 456
Feb 8, 12:30-1:20pm, PACCAR Hall 456
General The Business China Exploration Seminar is a study-abroad program that studies the business and economic development of China, the world’s fastest-growing economy.

Program Description

This exploration seminar focuses on the technological side of the world's fastest growing economy, China, and its rival cross the strait, Taiwan. More specifically, we will learn how the use of information and mobile technologies change the way people manage businesses and conduct transactions in modern day China and Taiwan. Being the political, cultural and economic center of the two Chinese systems, Taipei and Beijing provide a great venue to see, experience, and study business in China that nowhere else bears. The students will be able to visit a variety of enterprises from both regions, local and international, and the unique opportunities to interact with their management. Our last destination, Guilin, is a small town in Southern China known for its natural beauty. While in Guilin, the students will see the less developed side of China, the typical lives that the majority of Chinese lead in the countryside, and the day-to-day activities they engage in that sustain the primarily agriculture-based economy. These destinations will offer an invaluable learning opportunity to experience Taiwan and mainland China/

More information is available on the program website:




Taipei, Taiwan
Beijing, China
Guilin, China


Students will stay in commercial hotels most of the time. There may be one or two nights when we stay at college dorms or hostels..



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

There will be some days when moderate to strenuous level of walking or trekking is required.


5 UW Credits


IBUS 490 (joint listing with JSIS 394): Business China: Comparing and Contrasting the Fastest-Growing Economy under Two Systems (5 Credits)

Course Structure:
Via cultural tours, on-site lectures, company visits and guest speaker sessions, the students are expected to learn more about business in China, the development of the growing economy, and the differences between modern and traditional Chinese cultures. The program will offer a unique first-hand immersion to observe, experience, and learn about these important topics.

Learning goals include:
The widespread adoption of advanced information and mobile technology has drastically changed the way businesses are managed and transactions are conducted in China’s economy, now the 2nd largest in the world. Studying how these technologies impact Chinese consumers and businesses is not only important to understanding the dynamic interplay between technology and business in a society enriched by a different culture, but also to American business managers in an era of increasing globalization and economic interdependence.



Shaosong Ou, Information Systems and Operations Management, Program Director

Shaosong is a Senior Lecturer in Information System at the Foster School of Business and the faculty advisor for the CISB Program (Certificate of International Studies in Business). He teaches Information Systems to the undergraduates and Business Statistics and Data Analysis to the MBAs and EMBAs. He received his Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Southern California. Shaosong has led a number of study-abroad programs before including three Exploration Seminars to China and Brazil and three MBA International Study Tours to Japan, China and South Africa respectively.

Christina Nichols, Accounting, Program Co-Director

Christina is a lecturer in the Accounting department at the Foster School. Christina joined UW in 2016 and since then has been involved with teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. In an international context, she has participated with mentoring students by serving as a coach in the most recent GBC case competition. In addition, she has experience traveling internationally to such areas as Europe, Australasia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,500

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • $300 Foster Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,200)
  • Food (about $20/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 13, 2018

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.