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Summer School - Doing Business in China, 22 June–13 July 2019, China

Publish Date: Jan 14, 2019

Deadline: May 31, 2019

Event Dates: from Jun 22, 2019 12:00 to Jul 13, 2019 12:00

Doing Business in China

Programme directors:

Dr Peter Morgan, Associate Dean, Nottingham University Business School China

Dr Xiaoling Zhang, School of Contemporary Chinese Studies

Course Description

Course dates: 22nd June – 13th July 2019                    Credits: 20 UNNC credits

Welcome to “Understanding Business in China”, a three week summer programme which introduces you to the multifaceted and complex cultural environment of China, and which enables you to develop a strong appreciation for the challenges and benefits of working and living in this amazing country.

The summer school will comprise of ten formal sessions taught over the three weeks in three hour block covering issues such as:

  • Understanding China’s economy
  • Starting and Managing a Social Enterprise in China
  • Corporate Social Responsibility in China
  • Understanding China’s Culture
  • Digital Enterprise in China
  • Ethnicity in China
  • China’s New Silk Road Project
  • Political Systems and Government
  • Intercultural Business Communication in China
  • China and the World

Language, Cultural and Social Activities

As part of our Summer School, we will offer afternoon and evening activities including mandarin classes and cultural activities such as Tai Chi and calligraphy.

Mandarin Lessons will be offered as part of the programme. Depending on your previous experience, you may not be able to speak a great deal of Mandarin by the end of the programme, but using just a little during a meal – whilst showing off your skills with chopsticks – can generate respect from locals. And of course, being in China, you cannot learn and get an opportunity to practice in a better place.

Chinese Painting and Calligraphy are popular cultural activities. You will have the option of learning from local experts, and then producing an important souvenir of your time on the programme.

Tai CHI is an important cultural activity, used for balancing the mind, spirit and body. Early in the morning, Chinese residents go out to relax in a peaceful place and practice together with others. Such an activity will be scheduled for later in the day, but will still aim to show you how local citizens start their day.

Travel around China

We offer three trips to local and influential cities:

Beijing (included) is the political centre of China, and home to several emperors – including the last. Businesses locate in Beijing to be close to the heart of political decision making, and tourists visit Beijing because of the numerous historical sites around the city. Some of the more modern buildings are impressive too. We will spend 4 days in Beijing, travelling the 1,400km (870 miles) to Bejing by High Speed Train in around 7 hours and returning by plane.

We will take time to show you some of the sights as well as give you an opportunity to visit local business organisations to understand how business and politics work together in one of the world’s most powerful cities.

Shanghai (optional extra) is a unique city with a distinctive combination of a rich cultural history and a business-centered approach to life. Many of the early Chinese settlers in Shanghai came from Ningbo, so there are rich links between the cities. You will be offered the chance to spend two days in Shanghai for sight-seeing and soaking up the atmosphere of this huge and vibrant city.

Hangzhou (included) is the capital of Zhejiang Province. It is a busy but beautiful city, with its renowned West Lake represented on some currency notes. Hangzhou is a major destination for a city break as well as commercial hub and home to the world’s largest retailer of Jack Ma’s Alibaba group – the parent company of Alipay and Taobao.

And of course you will be based in Ningbo, a small city (by Chinese standards) of around 7.6 million people, but with a vibrant business-based economy, arguably the world’s largest port and a significant place for international trade – so English is spoken widely here. The Oriental Fortune Lake (Dongqian Lake) is a local beauty spot and the Tianyi Pavilion is the oldest private library in the world.

Programme Cost

Course fee

The course fee is 15,000RMB per person. A 15% discount off the course fee is available for students from Universitas 21 and UNNC partner institutions (including University of Nottingham UK and Malaysia Campuses).

The course fee includes

  • tuition and classroom support costs
  • on-campus accommodation
  • cultural and social programmes except optional trip to Shanghai

The course fee does not include

  • travel between your home country and China, domestic travel
  • visa & insurance
  • optional trip to Shanghai
  • personal expenditure during the programme

Early bird discount

A 10% discount for students who apply and pay the full fee by 31st March 2019.


Several scholarships of 800RMB each will be awarded to students who have active performance in class and during field trips.

Entry requirements

No formal academic requirements are necessary. All the programmes are delivered in English and students are expected to have good English language ability of overall IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no less than 5.5 in any element, or equivalent. Anyone fulfilling these entry requirements is eligible to apply, including undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and those in employment in any industry, anywhere in the world. Students must be aged 18 or over.

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