Experience China

Enhance your marketability with future employers with your knowledge and experience in the world’s largest trading nation and most populated country.

Travel over spring break (March 6 - 15) and earn 3 credits on this Business and Culture Faculty-led Program to China with faculty leader, Dr. Kathryn Ready.

On this amazing trip, students will travel to four major Chinese cities (Beijing, Chengdu, Suzhou and Shanghai) located in different parts of the country and will participate in many cultural and business experiential activities.

Students from all majors are welcome!

Examples of cultural activities include:

  • Climbing the Great Wall
  • Riding in a rickshaw and having lunch at a local family’s home
  • Sampling tea and learning about the health benefits of different teas during a tea ceremony
  • Participating in a Sichuan cooking class
  • Cruising the Huangpu River and seeing the magnificent skyscrapers of Shanghai at night
  • Engaging in recreational activities with locals in the parks and learning about the marriage markets
  • Riding the maglev train
  • Experiencing the sights of Shanghai from the world’s second tallest building
  • Visiting the giant panda research and breeding center
  • Tasting and learning about different Chinese cuisines

Examples of business activities include:

  • Meeting and networking over lunch with executives at U.S. based companies in China (Fastenal, Benchmark Electronics and RTP)
  • Seeing state of the art robotics in an automobile manufacturing joint venture
  • Touring U.S. owned, joint ventures and government-owned businesses and learning about issues in supply chain, marketing, onboarding and other business-related functions
  • Meeting and networking with American diplomats in China
  • Visiting the newly opened and world’s largest Starbuck’s Roastery
Four pre-departure meetings that will include visits to three local companies with Chinese operations and weekly online discussions prior to our departure will help prepare students for this experiential fast-paced trip. 

Credits will count in Business Administration, Human Resources, Marketing, Finance, and Economics majors and/or Management and International Business minors or as general elective credits. 


Cities visited will include:

  • Beijing: Northern China, capital city/political center, home to many ancient cultural sites such as the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City
  • Chengdu: Southwest China, major economic and technology center, branches for over 250 Fortune 500 companies and home to the giant pandas
  • Shanghai & Suzhou: East China, China’s commercial and financial center, largest Chinese city fueled by economic development and modernization


Leave the U.S. for China March 6, 2020.

March 7
  Arrive in Beijing.
March 8
  Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, rickshaw ride through Hutongs, Calligraphy class, lunch with local family, China National Museum, Wal-Mart Store, Dimsum dinner
March 9
  Climb the Great Wall, Ming Tombs & Sacred Way, Jade Factory, Bird Nest and Water Cube (2008 Olympic site), flight to Chengdu
March 10
  Giant Panda breeding research facility, Szechuan cooking class, New Century Center (world's largest building), Szechuan local snack foods
March 11
  Jinli Street (local shops), People's Park, marriage markets, learn to play mahjong at a tea house, flight to Shanghai, transfer to Suzhou
March 12
  Suzhou - Tour/presentation at RTP, lunch with RTP executives, Tour/presentation and meet with executives at Benchmark Electronics, transfer to Shanghai, The Bund
March 13
  Shanghai - GM-Shanghai Joint venture tour and presentation, Starbucks Roastery and Tasting Room (world's largest), Tea Ceremony, FASTCO presentation and lunch with president, ETA Time and Space show
March 14
  Meeting with diplomats from American Embassy, Shanghai Tower (world's 2nd-largest building), silk company, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, shopping, subway ride, Huangpu River night cruise
March 15
  Renmin Park, Buddhist Longhua Temple, Maglev Museum, Maglev train to airport, flight back to U.S. 


The cost for 2020 will be approximately $3,670 - $3,930 after BUSA scholarship and a $200-$300 scholarship (depends on enrollments) from the College of Business Endowment Fund. 

Before scholarship cost is $4,300 - $4,700.

China Travel Study cost includes:

  • 4 Star-Hotel accommodations
  • All meals
  • Flights - International roundtrip and 2 domestic flights in China
  • Admission fees for all site visits and experiences
  • Local transportation and English speaking tour guides in each city
  • Company visits and meetings
  • China Visa (good for 10 years)
  • Travel Insurance
  • 3-credit course tuition for the course
  • Each student will be awarded a scholarship for 10% of the cost from the Business Administration Department

Financial aid may be available to eligible students.

For Financial Aid questions, contact Diane Defries at ddefries@winona.edu, Maxwell Hall 214.

Additional information can be obtained from Dr. Kathryn Ready at kready@winona.edu and the Study Abroad Office, Maxwell 105.

To apply, visit the travel program website

Past China Trips

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