China Study Abroad 2013 (Summer A)

View our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for additional information.

  1. Program Description
  2. Travel Dates and Locations
  3. Program Costs
  4. What is Included
  5. Eligibility
  6. Courses Offered
  7. Tentative Itinerary
  8. Financial Aid
  9. Program Director Contact
  10. Program Due Dates
  11. Refund Policy
  12. On Campus Meetings
  13. Scholarships
  14. Travel Visas
  15. Application / Enrollment Information
Program Description

This study abroad program is conducted within the context of management and international business courses offered by the College of Business, and offers the unique opportunity for a limited number of students to gain knowledge about conducting business in another culture/foreign environment, and to obtain specific in-country experiences regarding international business and management opportunities in foreign countries.

Travel Dates and Locations

The program will travel from May 21 - June1, 2013.

Students will travel to Bejing, China and Shanghai, China.

Program Costs

The cost of this trip is $3,300 program fee + $604.98 instructional fee (per class) + $175 Study Abroad Fee (includes international medical insurance). Please note that an initial registration fee of $1,000.00 is due when enrolling

The registration fee can be paid with any major credit card. We cannot accept checks or money orders. Additionally, we cannot add the initial registration fee to a student's Panthersoft account. The registration fee will be deducted from the program fee.

What's Included

The program fee includes round-trip international airfare, hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy), ground transportation (as indicated on the itinerary), entry to cultural and business visits, and daily breakfast.

Students will be responsible for any and all personal and/or additional expenses including (but not exclusive to), travel visas, passport fees, currency exchange fees, Internet fees, faxes, phone, lodging incidentals (i.e. room service) or extensions, meals not covered in the program, appropriate tips, vaccinations/inoculations, and any other voluntary tours or excursions not covered in the program. Gratuities are not included and will be collected at the start of the program. Information about gratuities will be provided during one of the on-campus meetings.


To participate in this study abroad program, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Business students must already be admitted to the College of Business.
  2. Must be a junior or a senior to participate. The courses offered are 4000 level courses and carry prerequisites that must be met.
  3. Non-business students may participate as long as they are a junior or senior enrolled at FIU. Speak with your academic advisor to see if the classes offered will count as upper level electives.
Courses Offered

All students are required to take the mandatory MAN 4956 course and may select one additional course (for a maximum of 6 credits). Students should check the prerequisites for the courses they wish to take before applying. Our office will get an advisor approval for the classes selected and will automatically register the student once approved.

Tentative Itinerary

The following itinerary is a preliminary itinerary, that is subject to change. Students will receive an official itinerary prior to departure. This is not a complete itinerary, it is presented here to provide students with an idea of they can expect during their trip.

day 1 Tuesday, May 21, 2013
» Depart the U.S. for Shanghai (Meals n/a)
day 2 Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Shanghai
» Arrive in Shanghai (Meals on your own)
» Meet our guide and transfer to your hotel with city orientation given by guide en route.
» Check in to hotel.
day 3 Thursday, May 23, 2013 Shanghai
» Breakfast
» Full Day Company visits
US Commercial Service “Doing Business in China” (Lunch & Dinner on your own)
day 4 Friday, May 24, 2013 Shanghai
» Breakfast
» Full Day Company visits AMCHAM Presentation ( Lunch & Dinner on your own)
day 5 Saturday, May 25, 2013 Shanghai
» Breakfast
» Visit Yu Garden; Explore Chenghuang Miao; Transfer to Tianzifang for free time to explore (Lunch & Dinner on your own)
day 6 Sunday, May 26, 2013 Shanghai
» Free Day
day 7 Monday, May 27, 2013 Shanghai - Beijing
» Breakfast
» Take G2 (0900/1348) the high speed train from Shanghai to Beijing
» Packed lunch box en route
» Meet your Beijing guide
» Check in hotel
» Explore central Beijing and dinner on your own
day 8 Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Beijing
» Breakfast
» Full Day Company visits Kimberly Clark Presentation
» Lunch & Dinner on your own
day 9 Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Beijing
» Breakfast
» Full Day Company visits Hyundai Motor plant tour
» Lunch & Dinner on your own
day 10 Thursday, May 30, 2013 Beijing
» Breakfast
» Visit Tian’anmen Square and tour the Forbidden City; Transfer to Mutianyu (1.5h); Take cable car up to the Great Wall and hike along the wall; Take the cable car down from the Wall or descend by toboggan (Optional: Fee not included in program) Lunch
» Free Evening
» Dinner on your own
day 11 Friday, May 31, 2013 Beijing
» Breakfast
» Group Presentations
» Lunch & Dinner on your own
day 12 Saturday, June 1, 2013 Beijing-Miami
» Return back to the U.S.
» Transfer to the airport. Depart Beijing for Miami (Meals n/a)

day 1 Monday, December 12, 2011
» Depart early morning from Miami International Airport
day 2 Tuesday, December 13, 2011
» Arrive in the evening to Bangkok.
» After clearing customs and immigration, proceed towards the arrival lounge of the airport where you will be welcomed by your representative and transferred to your hotel
» Check in at hotel
day 3 Wednesday, December 14, 2011
» Breakfast at the hotel
» Welcome Orientation
» Tour the highlights of Bangkok
day 4 Thursday, December 15, 2011
» Breakfast at the hotel
» Full day of business visits (TBA)
» Return to the hotel
day 5 Friday, December 16, 2011
» Breakfast at the hotel
» Full day of business visits (TBA)
» Return to the hotel
day 6 Saturday, December 17, 2011
» Breakfast at the hotel
» Cultural Exploration (with group)
» Return to the hotel
day 7 Sunday, December 18, 2011
» Breakfast at the hotel
» Cultural Exploration (with group)
» Return to the hotel
day 8 Monday, December 19, 2011
» Breakfast at the hotel
» Full day of business visits (TBA)
» Return to the hotel
day 9 Tuesday, December 20, 2011
» Breakfast at the hotel
» Full day of business visits (TBA)
» Return to the hotel
day 10 Wednesday, December 21, 2011
» Breakfast at the hotel
» Cultural Exploration or free day (TBA)
» Depart hotel at 9PM for same day arrival in Miami
Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for this study abroad program. Students who wish to use financial aid (grants, scholarships, loans, etc) to help cover the cost of this program must speak with Financial Aid (305-348-7272) to discuss their individual needs.

While we do our utmost to accommodate students with financial aid, please be aware that it is the students responsibility for paying the balance of this program by the due dates. In the event the disbursement date of the financial aid funds occurs after our due date, students will be responsible for paying the balance out of their own pocket by such time

Program Director

For questions regarding your study abroad application, please contact CIBER at (305) 348-1740 or by e-mail

For any questions regarding academics of this program, please contact the program director for this program:

Dr. Doreen Gooden
Dept. of Management & International Business
ACII 135A (Biscayne Bay Campus)
Phone: (305) 919-5514

Due Dates

Please be mindful of the due dates listed below. Failure to turn in the requested documents by the due date may result in removal from the program and forfeiture of all monies paid. Our office will not make any exceptions to any student. Students must adhere to these dates in order to successfully participate in this program.

1. Balance Payment April 11, 2013
2. Copy of Passport and U.S. Residency Card/Visa April 11, 2013
  Passport must be valid for at least six months beyond date of return.  
3. Submitted Medical Information Form April 11, 2013
4. Last day to withdraw with a refund (see refund policy below) April 11, 2013

Refund Policy

Cancellations received by April 11, 2013 will be eligible to receive a refund, less a $100 dollar processing fee. Written notice of cancellation is required. We regret that cancellations received after April 11, 2013 will not be eligible for refunds due to financial commitments to various vendors.

On Campus Meetings

Students enrolled in this program will be required to attend two on campus meetings prior to the departure of the trip. Attendance is mandatory. Lunch will be provided to the students. Students who cannot attend must e-mail the professor and CIBER in advance and will be required to obtain any missed information. Parents and spouses are always welcome to attend these meetings, but please know these meetings will mainly discuss the course curriculum.

  1. Saturday, April 20, 2013. Time & Location TBA.
  2. Saturday, May 11, 2013. Time & Location TBA.

The following scholarships are available for this program:

  1. CBA-CIBER Need Based Scholarship
    This $750.00 scholarship is available to two students that meet the following requirements:
    • Minimum 3.7 GPA
    • Admitted to the College of Business Administration
    • Enrolled in this study abroad program
    • Must demonstrate the need for financial assistance
    To apply for this scholarship, please fill out the Application Form and submit it to CIBER along with a 1 page proposal on why you want to study abroad (Deadline: April 22, 2013).

Travel Visas

Nearly all students traveling to China will require a visa to enter China. Chinese visa is $155 per person..

To simplify the process and assist all students, we will send the visa applications, as a group, to the visa office to be processed.

Students must submit the following documents to our office no later than MAY 3, 2013 by NOON. We will overnight the package to the visa office to process. The process takes 4-5 business days. The visas and passports will be handed back to the students by the 2nd meeting.

  1. An original and valid passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the time you return and at least 2 blank visa pages.
  2. Completed Visa Application AND a copy of it (We can make copies). Please make sure to sign the application.
  3. A passport size photo with front face and light background (attach photo to application).
  4. Non U.S. Citizens will also need to submit the following documents:
    1. Original and a copy of your I-20 form, H1 Visa, F1, etc OR your U.S. Resident Card (Green Card).
    2. Completed Supplementary form
  5. Students born in China, will need to submit the following documents:
    1. Original Chinese passport is needed for the first Chinese visa in your U.S. Passport.
    2. OR a copy of your previous Chinese visa is needed.
    3. Your Chinese name in Chinese character is needed.
  6. A check or money order payable to Metropolitan Express for $155.
Please drop off these documents (including your physical passport) to our office by MAY 3, 2013 no later than 12:00PM (NOON).

Application / Enrollment

To enroll into this study abroad program, please complete the online application by clicking the "Enroll Now" button below. You will be required to make an initial registration fee of $1,000.00 with any major credit card. The remaining balance will be added to your Panthersoft account once you have been enrolled in the classes.

In addition to the online application, students must submit the following documents to our office by the due date listed above:

  1. Clear copy of valid passport
  2. Clear copy of Visa/U.S. Residency card (if applicable)
  3. The Medical Information Form (A copy will be e-mailed to you after enrolling)

The application is not considered complete until these documents have been received. We cannot receive fax copies of these documents.

Please note: FIU Faculty and staff are not responsible for delays, changes in itinerary, changes in the content and cost of program, or other matters which are beyond their control.