Location Description

China, one of the oldest civilizations and the world’s most populous country, has undergone tremendous and even explosive transformation in the last 30 years. It has been undergoing the most rapid economic growth and modernization that any nation has ever experienced. The Entrepreneurship in US and China program provides participants an extraordinary opportunity to visit Beijing, the political and cultural center of the country; and Shanghai, the economic engine and one of the most dynamic cities in the world.

Program Description

This course offers students an in-depth look at how business is conducted in China, through a two-week stay in Beijing and Shanghai between May and June. Through lectures from UMass Boston Professor Raymond Liu and from faculty of several Chinese universities and visits to leading firms, students will gain invaluable insights into Eastern business practices and opportunities. Upon returning to Boston, students will visit corresponding American firms to be able to compare a variety of business practices and identify culturally specific strategies and procedures.

Students are not expected to have any knowledge of Chinese and will receive an extensive orientation before leaving for China.


This program is offered to graduate students of College of Management. Participants can earn up to six elective credits in the UMass Boston MBA Program. Students register for MBAMKT 680 (included in program fee). This course will count toward the specialization in International Management and will satisfy the International Business requirement. An optional Independent Study (for an additional fee of approx. $550) is also offered.

Application and Dates

Each semester, the Graduate College of Management holds an information session 3-4 months before the trip will take place for students to learn more about what the program offers.

Program Costs

The program fee in 2009 was $1825 with an optional additional independent study fee of $550.

Thanks to generous financial support offered by the University of Massachusetts Confucius Institute at UMass Boston, we have been able to offer a low program fee. Please consider that the program fees are subject to change. The program fee covers classroom instruction and materials, plus program expenses including room, meals, and scheduled field activities. The fee does not cover books, insurance, or transportation between the United States and China.