Shanghai, China - Study Abroad | Webster University

Study Abroad: Shanghai, China

Spring Break 2020: Global Business Innovation and Success

The Bund - Shanghai, China


Program Description
This program serves as a basis for a student to consider a career in the international arena as a corporate officer of a multi-national corporation or an international management consultant. To achieve these goals, Webster is partnering with the State of Missouri's Department of Economic Development to find Missouri companies interested in exploring the 1 billion person emerging middle class in China as a possible expansion market. Students will be assigned to the companies in teams and gather information about the company's products and services as well as their capabilities and goals concerning a potential market expansion into China. Possible distributors and joint venture companies are vetted and a complete business plan and strategy are prepared by students and presented to the company upon return from China.

Shanghai is second largest city in China and has a thriving international business atmosphere. In addition to classwork in China, students will visit potential distributors and joint venture partners in Shanghai to finalize selection for pairing with the Missouri companies. Also, subject to scheduling, students will visit Alibaba in Nanjing and the Missouri Department of Economic Development in Shanghai.

Program Highlights

  • Study abroad in Shanghai, China – the entrepreneurial capital of Asia
  • Understand the meteoric GDP growth that China continues to enjoy on an annual basis and will for about the next 30 years
  • Develop a deep understanding of international trade and how tariffs may/may not affect different economies
  • Gain substantial insight into how an International Management Consultant/Corporate Officer adds value to their client base

Course Dates: 1/13/2020-3/21/2020
Travel Dates: 2/29/2020-3/14/2020

Course #s
: MNGT 3100/MNGT 5870 International Management Consultancy (3 credits); MNGT 3100/MNGT 5870 Management Case Analysis and Presentation (3 credits)
Faculty Leader: William Griffin, Assistant Professor, Management Department
Course Descriptions: 

MNGT 3100/5870: Management Case Analysis and Presentation

Students learn to estimate market size, choose potential joint venture partners and develop a complete business plan for market entry. 3 credit hours.

MNGT 3100/5870: International Management Consultancy
Students consult with Missouri companies, sourced from the Missouri Department of Economic Development, that are interested in evaluating the Chinese market for potential market entry via a joint venture with a Chinese partner company.Students will consult with their assigned company to determine the value, structure and technology the company may bring to the joint venture organizational format.

Upon return to the U.S., students present a PowerPoint presentation and written report of their findings and resulting business plan to the company for evaluation and potential implementation. 3 credit hours.

Program Flyer
Global Business Innovation and Success in China

MNGT 3100/MNGT 5870 Syllabus Management Case Analysis and Presentation (subject to change)
MNGT 3100/MNGT 5870 International Management Consultancy Syllabus (subject to change)

Tentative Itinerary
Course Itinerary (subject to change)

Program Cost  
Program Fee: $2,350
What's included in the program fee: 14 nights double accommodation; all required academic and cultural activities while in Shanghai; Welcome and Farewell dinners, daily breakfast; airport transfers in Shanghai.
What's not included in the program fee: Airfare, visa fees, most meals, personal expenses.
Study Abroad Fee: $175 (covers international insurance, ISIC card, travel item)
Application Deposit: $100
Tuition: Full-time undergraduate students: included in the 2019-2020 spring tuition flat fee
Part-time undergraduate students: pay 2019-2020 per credit hour undergraduate rate.
Graduate students: pay the 2019-2020 per credit hour graduate rate.


Students may be eligible for the following Webster study abroad scholarships:

  • Next Century Leaders Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Marilynne Bradley Endowed Fund for Undergraduate Study Abroad
  • Dr. Roy Tamashiro Endowed Travel Scholarship

For a complete list of available scholarships along with eligibility and requirements, please reference the Study Abroad scholarship website.

Spring Break Scholarship Deadline- November 15th, 2019

Application Process
Application Deadline: November 15, 2019

To apply, follow these steps:
1) Ensure you meet the study abroad eligibility requirements
2) Start an application via the Webster online application system
3) The application will ask you to fill out a number of forms, pay the $100 study abroad deposit*, write a brief statement of purpose, submit a passport copy and a passport-sized photo.

*The $100 application deposit is refundable to if ALL of the following conditions are met:
1) Student attends the program
2) Student completes the pre and post-study abroad surveys
3) Student does not have any outstanding program charges