Study Abroad / Saint Mary's Programs


Chinese Business and Culture

Short-term Study Abroad Program—Spring 2017

BU465: The course and faculty-led trip will address various aspects of Chinese business, culture and society, including ancient history, ethnic and cultural values/customs, and social development. Different cultural and historical sites and modern cities will be visited and experienced.

Travel Dates

  • May 15 — Depart MSP
  • May 16-18 — Beijing
  • May 19-20 — Xi’an
  • May 21-26 — Shanghai



Beijing, the capital city, has long been recognized as one of the important political, economic and cultural centers of modern and ancient China. Familiar landmarks include Summer Palace, Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. More recently, Beijing was the site of the 2008 Summer Olympics.


Xi’an is one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization in the Yellow River Basin. In it’s nearly 3000 years of history it has been part of the silk road, site of the famous Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, and an important economic, cultural, and educational center. Other activities of interest include Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum and a bike tour of the city wall.


Shanghai is the largest city by population in the People’s Republic of China with a total population of over 23 million. Shanghai is a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yu Garden, as well as the extensive and growing Lujiazui skyline. It has been described as the “showpiece” of the booming economy of mainland China. Other activities include a visit to the Shanghai World Financial Center, Jade Buddha Temple, Chinese acrobatics show, and business visits.

Course Fee

Course fee covers airfare, Chinese visa, in-country travel, housing, planned activities, and most meals. Cost of passport and some meals are not included in the course fee and are the responsibility of the student.

Room and Board

Participants will stay in hotels with private bathrooms and be provided a light breakfast daily and some planned group dinners.


Eligibility is based on a minimum GPA of 2.0 (2.5 is preferred), at least a sophomore status at the University, a review of the applicant’s behavior record at Saint Mary’s University, and faculty recommendations.

Application Process

  • Students must apply by December 1, 2016
  • Once accepted, students will be enrolled in BU465 for the spring semester
  • In the case of any last-minute changes, accepted students will have until 4 p.m. on January 16, 2017 to withdraw from the course. After this date, the full course fee will be non-refundable

For More Information

Michael A, Ratajczyk, M.A.
Faculty Leader
Saint Mary’s 429A

Vicki McDonald, M.A.
Coordinator of Study Abroad / International Center Associate
International Center, The Heights
Campus Box #51

Find Us

The Heights International Center, Room 106
Winona Campus
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fax: 507-457-6917