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International Business Seminar China
Beijing, China; Shanghai, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Summer
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Area of Study: Business, Marketing Program Type: Faculty Directed
Class Eligibility: Graduate Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Student At Large Housing Options: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Program Provider: NIU Faculty
Program Description:

   

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SEMINAR IN CHINA

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Faculty Director(s):
 Professor Chih-Chen Lee

Program Overview

The overall purpose of this seminar is to provide participants an opportunity to be exposed to the international business environment and practices outside the United States. In addition, this seminar provides participants an opportunity to develop insights into the cultural, social, and political environment of China. Participation in an International Business Seminar is a unique way for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in international business, or a related field, to acquire a firsthand view of international business practices, and experience the excitement of traveling outside the United States.

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Course Offerings

For satisfactory participation in the seminar, participants will be enrolled for the summer 2014 session and will receive three semester hours of undergraduate or graduate credit in one of the following NIU courses.  The courses taken while participating on a seminar cannot be audited.

HONORS CREDIT:  Qualified students may also elect to receive Honors credit for any study abroad course(s) with the approval of Professor Lee.  For more information please contact the University Honors Office.

UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT:

MKTG 387:  International Study in Marketing     3 semester hours
Description: Short-term study-abroad experience to study cultural differences, problems, issues, trends, and practices in marketing within the international environment.  Includes visits to foreign organizations, presentations by marketing managers and executives, and discussions with foreign and domestic international faculty.  Supervised by a faculty member.
Prerequisites and Notes:  UBUS 310 or MKTG 310, or consent of department.

OR

INTL 301: Study Abroad Programs    3 semester hours
Description: Course work undertaken as part of an approved university study abroad program. May be counted toward the satisfaction of general education requirements if approved as the equivalent of an authorized general education course.

GRADUATE CREDIT:
MKTG 601:  International Study in Marketing     3 semester hours

Description: Short-term study-abroad experience to study cultural differences, problems, issues, trends, and practices in marketing within the international environment.  Includes visits to foreign organizations, presentations by marketing managers and executives, and discussions with foreign and domestic international faculty.  Supervised by a faculty member.
Prerequisites and Notes:  MKTG 505 or consent of department.

OR

IDSP 501: Study Abroad Programs    3 semester hours
Description: Course work undertaken as part of an approved university study abroad program. May be counted toward the satisfaction of general education requirements if approved as the equivalent of an authorized general education course.

INTL 301 and IDSP 501: Non-NIU students and students who have already received credit in MKTG 387 or MKTG 601 must enroll in INTL 301 (undergraduate level) or IDSP 501 (graduate level). Non-NIU students wishing to enroll in MKTG 387 or MKTG 601 may petition the chair of the Marketing Department for admission into this course. Please contact the Study Abroad Office for further information on the petition process.

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH/STUDY PROJECT (Optional): Individuals who wish to earn three additional hours of undergraduate or graduate credit may do so by completing an independent research/study project and readings under the direction of Professor Lee, NIU Seminar Coordinator. Graduate and undergraduate students will complete similar requirements in terms of research/study projects and readings; however, graduate students will be expected to provide more depth and breadth in completing their projects. The projects and expectations will be discussed with all students prior to the seminar. The research/study project must (1) be related to a topic or subject introduced during the seminar, (2) be approved in advance by Professor Lee as part of a written proposal, (3) be of such a nature that the topic can be researched and data gathered while the seminar group is overseas, and (4) be completed and submitted for final evaluation to Professor Lee not later than August 1, 2014. 

Individuals completing the project will receive three semester hours of undergraduate or graduate credit in one of the following NIU courses:

UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT:
MKTG 491: Independent Study in Marketing    3 semester hours

Description: Studies conducted through special readings or projects in topics in marketing.
PRQ: UBUS 310, UBUS 311, and consent of department

GRADUATE CREDIT:
MKTG 604: Independent Study in Marketing    3 semester hours

Description: Available to graduate students of demonstrated capability for intensive independent study in marketing. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours when the topic varies. Not available for S/U grading.
PRQ: MKTG 505 and consent of department.



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Student Life

Students generally stay in accommodations similar to ones in which the average business traveler stays. The accommodations are classified as first class or superior tourist class. In most cities, the hotels are centrally located near entertainment centers, eating establishments, shopping centers, laundry facilities, public transportation, banks and post office facilities.
   
Participants will normally share a double room with twin beds and private bath and toilet facilities. Room assignments are rotated so that participants will get better acquainted with other members of the seminar. The faculty seminar coordinator will make the room assignments in each new city. Continental breakfasts, which normally consist of a roll, butter, jam, coffee/tea, will be provided by all hotels, however, the serving time for breakfast may vary from country to country. Students are responsible for all room charges including telephone, food, dry cleaning, etc. These charges must be paid at check-out.


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Application Information

APPLICATION:  Click International Business Seminar China or visit the NIU Study Abroad Office website at https://niu.studioabroad.com (and search for International Business Seminar in China) to begin the online application process for this program. The online process provides guidance on requesting information, advising, or applying for the program.  Please note that at the time of application, applicants will be expected to submit a signature verification form and copy of their ID to the Study Abroad Office.  More detailed instructions can be found on the https://niu.studioabroad.com website or by contacting the Study Abroad Office at (815) 753-0700 or niuabroad@niu.edu.

$200 APPLICATION FEE/DEPOSIT:  A $200 application fee/deposit is required of all applicants.  The $200 is broken down into $100 for the non-refundable application fee and $100 for a program deposit.  Both the application fee and the deposit will be applied to the total balance of the program cost.  The $100 deposit is refundable only if the participant withdraws prior to the withdrawal deadline indicated on the program materials or for medical reasons verified by a physician if the withdrawal takes place after the withdrawal deadline.  
   
The $200 application fee/deposit will be charged to NIU students’ NIU Bursar's account.  (Checks and money orders cannot be accepted from NIU students.)  Non-NIU students must submit a check or money order in the amount of $200.  More detailed instructions regarding the application fee/deposit can be found on the seminar application website.
   
    IMPORTANT – All applications will be categorized as “Pending – No Deposit” until the $200 application fee/deposit has been received (or, in the case of non-NIU students, once a check has been received).  The Study Abroad Office will not consider or process applications without the $200 application fee/deposit.  In order to reserve your place in the program you must submit the $200 deposit within 14 days of application.  After 14 days applications without a deposit will be inactivated.  
   
    FINAL DATE FOR APPLYING FOR ADMISSION TO THE SEMINAR: April 1, 2014.


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Eligibility

Participants must attend an orientation meeting prior to the seminar on the DeKalb Campus with Professor Lee. Participants must also attend all scheduled seminar activities, including: group meetings, city tours, and business visits. Finally, participants must also prepare a seminar paper. Graduate level students will be required to complete papers 10 to15 pages longer than those produced at the undergraduate level and should reflect a higher level of scholarly accomplishment and research. Graduate level work will be evaluated using a higher set of expectations and requirements.

The seminar paper consists of three parts: a summary (one to three, double-spaced, typewritten pages) for each business visit. Each summary should stress the academic concepts discussed by the seminar faculty during the orientation meeting on the first day of the seminar. The second part is a summary (six to eight pages) of your cultural experiences in each city. The third part is an in-depth analysis (six to ten pages) of one of the businesses visited.

For the in-depth analysis, each participant will be assigned to a team of four-six students prior to the seminar. Each team will be assigned one of the organizations that will be visited during the seminar. Prior to visiting the organization, the assigned team will give an oral presentation that will provide an introduction and overview of the organization to the other participants. During the visit, team members will be introduced to the organization’s presenters, and the team members will be expected to contribute more to the question and answer session during the presentation. Finally, the team members or representatives of the team will thank the presenters and give them gifts from the IBS group.

Each member of the team will be expected to research the assigned organization prior to the beginning of the seminar. Each team will be expected to meet on their own, after the seminar starts, to plan their introductory presentation to the other seminar participants, to develop questions that will be asked during the question and answer session, and to determine which team members will make concluding remarks and present the gifts to the organization’s presenters.

The third part of the seminar paper is a summary (six to ten pages) of the in-depth analysis of the assigned firm. This part is not a team report, but it should cover the main points learned through each team member’s research of the organization and the presentation given by the organization.

The seminar faculty will discuss the requirements of the seminar paper during the orientation meeting on the first day of the seminar. Seminar faculty will also discuss how teams should make the introductory presentation, the kinds of questions to ask during the seminar, and how to make concluding remarks and present gifts.

The seminar paper must be completed and submitted for final evaluation to Professor Lee and IBS not later than August 1, 2014.






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Program Fees


    NIU SEMINAR COST:  The seminar cost covers the following cost related items:
   
1)    Round-trip airfare from the U.S.
2)    Hotel accommodations
3)    Surface transportation as described in this seminar announcement
4)    Sightseeing and excursions as outlined in this seminar description
5)    Seminar visits to businesses/industries
6)    Buffet breakfast daily
7)    Three or six semester hours of NIU undergraduate or graduate credit
8)    NIU major medical insurance

SEMINAR COST:  $6,540
   
    All prices quoted are subject to change. The information contained in the program documents and forms is presented in good faith and is believed to be correct as of the date presented. Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.   
   
    Non-NIU students should consult with their home institutions regarding additional costs that may apply to study abroad. Non-NIU students are responsible for any study abroad charges imposed by their home institution.   
   
   
   
    ADDITIONAL COSTS TO PARTICIPANTS: Several costs are not included in the program cost that is cited above. Other expenses that will be incurred by the participants include:
   
 

•    Transportation to and from airport in arrival city for those who don’t book through IBS
•    Cost of acquiring a passport (approximately $140, including passport photos)
•    Visa fees
•    $40 Undergraduate application fee (Non-NIU undergraduate students only)
•    Most lunches and dinners
•    Entrance fees for free-time pursuits
•    Purchases of a personal nature
   
    The amount of spending money recommended by past participants ranges from $50-$150 per day, depending on an individual’s spending habits.





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Financial Aid

As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, you may be eligible for: Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, MAP Award or your privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization. Tuition waivers do not apply. Please contact Pamela Rosenberg, the International Programs business manager, in Williston Hall 408, (815) 753-9530, prosenberg@niu.edu for more information.

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Withdrawal Policy

Applicants withdrawing from the seminar after April 1, 2014 will not be refunded the $100 program deposit.

Applicants withdrawing from the seminar after this date will also be held accountable for any funds obligated to overseas vendors and agents on the applicant’s behalf.  This provision is in effect even if the applicant has not submitted the $100 deposit or additional payments, and if the applicant is applying for financial aid.

If the applicant must withdraw after April 1, 2014 for medical reasons, funds obligated on their behalf to overseas vendors can only be refunded if:

1)    The request is submitted to the Study Abroad Office in writing and accompanied by a signed     statement stating that travel is not advised from a physician on the physician’s letterhead; and
2)    NIU is able to obtain refunds from overseas vendors and agents.  

    CANCELLATION OF THE SEMINAR: The Study Abroad Office and International Business Seminars reserve the right to cancel this seminar if the minimum required enrollment is not attained. If, prior to the commencement of the seminar, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for any of the countries to be visited, all applicants will be notified promptly of the warning and the possibility of cancellation of the seminar. If, during the course of the seminar, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for the country the group is currently in, students will be promptly notified of the warning and the advisability of canceling the seminar.
   
    NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY AND INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SEMINARS
    RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ALTER OR CANCEL
    THIS PROGRAM AS MAY BE DEEMED NECESSARY!



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Passport/Visa Information


 PASSPORT: - IMPORTANT - All participants must have a passport in order to participate in this seminar. Important Note: U.S. passports must be valid SIX months beyond the intended stay overseas. Individuals who do not currently posses a valid passport should apply for one immediately. Information on acquiring a passport is available at the U.S. State Department’s Website: http://travel.state.gov/passport_1738.html. U.S. passport holders do not need special visas for this seminar.
   
VISA:  A valid passport is required prior to May 15, 2014 in order to obtain a visa to enter China.  Individuals who do not currently possess a valid passport should apply for one immediately upon acceptance into the seminar.  Foreign passport holders may need special visas for travel in China and are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas.
   


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Contact Information

 

QUESTIONS?
Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700
Email: niuabroad@niu.edu

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This program is currently not accepting applications.