WWU Global Learning Program: Business in China, MGMT 337 (4 credits)

Program Dates: August 6 ~ August 31, 2018

Travel Dates: August 10- August 31, 2018

Program Cost: $3,950 (not included: airfare and meals)

Program Description:

This program is designed to provide interested students an opportunity to gain an appreciation of the fundamental business and economic principles of the Chinese market and to understand with a hand-on approach the entrepreneurship environment in China. Students will attend China-focused cultural and business classes delivered in English by destination university professors, as well as cultural enrichment activities. Field trips to visit a mix of business entities ranging from an entrepreneurship incubation hub, to some multinational corporations, as well as metropolitan cities (Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou) and several cultural heritage sites are sure to entertain the most curious minds.

The cost of the 3-week program is one of the lowest among similar programs run by other US universities and third-party providers. Program is led by a Western business professor, who is also a Chinese native.

The pre-trip orientation includes a few sessions of cultural briefings and team building and takes place both on campus and online.

Co-sponsored by College of Business & Economics and IDEA Institute, this program is open to all WWU students. The credits can count as an elective or independent study. Additional credits are also available through independent study.

Enrollment is limited to 12.

Course Highlights:

  • Participate in summer programs offered by one of the top class universities in China, Southeast University, along with international students from all over the world
  • China-focused lectures on Chinese language, culture, business environment and other popular topics
  • Cultural enrichment activities, such as Tai-chi and Kung-fu
  • Experience cultural immersion in the city of Nanjing, one of China’s Four Great Ancient Capitals
  • Visit with the Tuniu Corp. (listed on Nasdaq), a leading online leisure travel company
  • Nanjing local cultural trips to visit ancient Ming Dynasty Fortress Wall, Nanjing Massacre Memorial Wall, and Confucian Temple
  • Business-oriented trips to Hangzhou, one of the most affluent cities in China and home to the picturesque West Lake (Xi Hu) & the largest internet company Alibaba Group (list on NYSE in 2014, as the largest US public offering)
  • Visit to the ‘Dream Town’, the Chinese version of Silicon Valley, with a total capital investment exceeding $20 billion and a variety of incubator labs
  • Multi-day visits to Beijing and Shanghai, the two largest metropolises in China

Learn More: Promotional video (cast: 2017 GL China participants) Dream Town – Internet Village Dream Town – China’s Silicone Valley Hangzhou – as a tourist Hangzhou – through the eyes of expats Wuzhen – Ancient Water Town Discover Nanjing


Sophie Kong, associate professor of finance, is a Chinese native. Sophie was raised and schooled in China till she completed her undergraduate degree in International Business Communication from Nanjing University. The same summer she was finished with college, Sophie decided to study abroad and to start a new chapter of her life. Sophie went to Florida State University to receive her Ph.D. degree in Finance and moved on to teach at a few universities. In 2006, Sophie joined WWU and became a tenured professor in 2012.


Sophie regularly visits China and maintains strong connections with her family and her business network. She will be your best guide to get settled in China.
Sophie X. Kong, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Finance,

Department of Finance and Marketing

College of Business and Economics
Phone: (360) 650-4237
Office: Parks Hall 425