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Global Seminar: International Operations (Hong Kong, China)
Hong Kong, China
Terms: Summer

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 01-FEB-2016 
Variable 10-MAY-2016 27-MAY-2016
Summer 2017 01-MAR-2017** Variable 16-MAY-2017 02-JUN-2017
 NOTE: Dates on this page are for information only; final dates will be confirmed with participants after acceptance to the program. Do not purchase airfare until instructed to do so by your Program Manager. The Start Date indicates the day participants arrive at the program location; the End Date indicates the day participants depart from the program location.

** Most programs’ applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Some programs start the admissions process earlier and fill before the deadline, and some programs’ applications aren’t reviewed until after the deadline. Check with Study Abroad staff for details.

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Quick Facts:

 Program Types:
Faculty-Led Global Seminar
 Areas of Study:
Business/Intl Business, Management (HR, Info & Ops)
 Minimum Required GPA (at time of application):
 Minimum Class Standing (at program start):
2 - sophomore
 Course Prerequisite(s):
Completion of the Leeds’ core business requirements
 Open to students from:
All CU Campuses (UCB/UCD/UCCS), CU-Boulder, Any U.S. Institution
 Language(s) of Instruction:
 Course Load for Summer/Winter Program:
3 credits
 Length of Summer/Winter Program:
3 Weeks, *Maymester

Program Information:


Hong Kong by Adam Macaluso
  • Study Operations Management in one of the largest trading centers in Asia

  • Engage in daily site visits to local businesses
  • Live in one of two Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China

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The seminar will be held in Hong Kong, a special administrative region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). This location was selected because many US enterprises have expanded to China due to the strong growth in the Chinese economy. As a one-time British colony, English is still widely spoken in Hong Kong, making navigation and communication easier than in the PRC. Economically, Hong Kong is one of the great trading cities of the world and is the doorway to Guangdong Province, one of the largest manufacturing regions in the PRC. Hong Kong has the third-largest maritime shipping port in the world, has the largest air cargo port; and is ranked as world’s top financial center by the World Economic Forum (WEF 2011).


You will be housed in shared accommodations at The Salisbury Hotel – YMCA of Hong Kong, located downtown, on the Kowloon Peninsula, within a short walking distance of a metro station, the Clock Tower, the Walk of Stars, and many other famous attractions & services.


You are responsible for travel to and from Hong Kong, where the program begins and ends. Transportation during the program (including all site visits and between housing and classrooms) is included in the program fee.


By Richard D'Abreu
  • Course: INBU 4151: International Operations (equivalent to MGMT 4150)
  • Credits: 3 upper-division credit hours
  • Approved for: This course fulfills a core equivalent for the Global Experience requirement of the Global Business Certificate. This course counts towards Operations Management major requirements. This course has also been approved for Engineering students as a General Technical Elective for College of Engineering.
  • Grading: This is a CU-Boulder course, so you will receive letter grades
  • GS Hong Kong `Spring '17 Syllabus

This course will compare systems of production/operations management in the United States with those in Japan, Europe, and Asia. You will contrast various regional and national approaches to business, quality management, labor practices, management styles, international competitiveness, productivity, distribution systems, trade practices, and strategies for penetrating foreign markets. You will also examine different sociocultural environments, government-business relationships, banking industries, operations strategies, and the potential for transferring industrial management practices and techniques between countries. The course will be heavily tailored to focus on operations management in Hong Kong, China, and Asia. The program will also examine manufacturing in mainland China during an overnight field trip to Guangdong Province.

The Global Seminar will start with a series of lectures in Boulder in April. The program will then travel to Hong Kong for 2 weeks in May.


Your faculty director for this program is Dr. Keith Stockton. Dr. Stockton has 20 years of private industry experience and has been with the Leeds School of Business for ten years. He has developed and taught a wide variety of operations management, social responsibility and entrepreneurship classes during his tenure at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Dr. Stockton will choose program participants, lead a pre-departure orientation, teach the course, and be regularly available to provide general assistance. He will be available overseas in case of emergency. A travel organization is in charge of all logistical aspects of the program and its staff is also be available in case of emergency in China.


A city tour will take place the first day. Each learning component will have a tour of a business associated with that topic. Students may participate in optional side trips to the Hong Kong islands as well as an amusement park. There will also be a university tour in Hong Kong so students can see their counterparts’ educational environment.



  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Grants: (up to $2,400/project) for undergraduate research or creative work projects including projects while studying abroad. Application, detailed descriptions, project archive (to get project ideas) are available on the UROP website. Application deadline is EARLY - usually in late February/early March.



By Dee Zucco

Program Reviews:

Summer 2014 Participant
Overall, a great location, great course and good experience.
Ryan Cary Broida, Summer 2016 Participant
In china, they don't care about you or that you are from the USA. Walk fast and don't be bothered by the multitude of people who walk into you. Go out of your way to talk to locals like we did, it is a way to get an insight into the local customs and cultures and also the aspirations of people who can be surprisingly similar to you. Take initiative and go talk to people, if they don't want to talk to you...move on, you will find people who share your opinions and even aspirations.
Ryan Cary Broida, Summer 2016 Participant
To sum everything up, I think taking this trip right after completing my sophomore was a very perfect time for me. I have had enough business education to understand what is going on and my brain is able to think in a business mindset. I think this trip helped me be able to act more professionally and be able to imagine myself in these companies we visited. It was helpful and the experiential learning was great because it allowed us to learn what e like and what we don't like by actually seeing into many different industries. I am overall very happy that I was able to experience this trip with the people that I did, as I have made very valuable connections and friendships. Lori did a great job with every aspect of the trip, and I am sure Keith will do an outstanding job next year with the group.
Summer 2014 Participant
Great! Three weeks was the perfect amount of time to spend in Hong Kong.
Ryan Cary Broida, Summer 2016 Participant
If you are considering this program, and the course work covered while abroad, I would say it is right on par with the syllabus and information giver by Lori. It is a VERY APPLICATION based course. You get out what you put in. This type of course should attract like minded individuals who are willing to take initiative and go out of their way to learn something. The theme of the trip is curiosity and asking as many questions as you can at each different company, and talking to the locals as much as possible. For the location, we traveled to Tokyo the weekend before which was an incredible idea. It helped acclimate us to the asian climate and culture. But, I would say prepare for the heat! It is extremely humid in China, and you will understand what I am saying once you are walking around in the sweltering heat with a suit and tie on. Interacting with the locals is fun, but it is challenging considering no one was able to speak mandarin or Cantonese. Chinese people will also walk directly into you, so be prepared to put your shoulder down and establish a nice presence in the street. If you are looking for internship opportunities, this is a great trip. The amount of time you can sped with SVP's and other influential people in these big companies is very helpul in terms of networking and being able to grow your network. As far as excursions, I think Lori did a great job with planning the tours and sites we visited. Very active and interesting experiences.
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