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Global Seminar: International Operations (Hong Kong, China)
Hong Kong, China
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 09-FEB-2015 
Variable 12-MAY-2015 29-MAY-2015
 NOTE: You should plan to arrive in Hong Kong on May 12th so you will need to depart the US on May 11th. You will depart Hong Kong on May 29th.
Summer 2016 01-FEB-2016** Variable TBA TBA

** For most programs, applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and starting January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Applications for programs offering exchange positions will be reviewed AFTER the application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
 Type of Program:
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
 Housing Option(s):
 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
Program Information:
Victoria Peak View by Lori Seward


  • Study Operations Management in one of the largest trading centers in Asia

  • Engage in daily site visits to local businesses
  • Learn first-hand about manufacturing in mainland China during a field trip to Guangdong Province
  • 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).




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.


  University of Colorado
Course Levels

INBU 4151: International Operations (equivalent to MGMT 4150)


3 credits

This course fulfills the International Experience requirement for the International Business Certificate.

This course counts towards business electives.

This course has also been approved for Engineering students as a General Technical Elective for College of Engineering.





Your faculty director for this program is Dr. Lori Seward. Lori E. Seward is a senior instructor of Operations Management in The Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has been the coordinator of the undergraduate core business statistics course and currently teaches the core MBA statistics course. She is also responsible for coordinating the undergraduate program in Operations Management.

Dr. Seward will choose program participants, lead a pre-departure orientation, teach the course, and be regularly available to provide general assistance. She 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.


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.


We estimate that we will have updated program costs for this program in November 2014.

CUHK Derek and Daniel by Lori Seward



  • Leeds business students who are accepted on this program may apply to the Leeds Study Abroad Scholarship. This scholarship is not available to non Leeds students.
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Grants: (up to $2400/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. Click here for more information.






Group Shot by Lori Seward





Program Reviews:
Summer 2014 Participant
Overall, a great location, great course and good experience.
Summer 2014 Participant
The company visits were great for getting an insight to what is a very different culture and way of doing business. The interactions with the businesses were the most valuable thing from the trip. Hong Kong is an amazing place to be and there is no shortage of experiences to have. Everybody speaks english and are extremely helpful and nice. Try to discover areas away from the main tourist locations.
Summer 2014 Participant
Great! Three weeks was the perfect amount of time to spend in Hong Kong.
Summer 2014 Participant
Hong Kong is an amazing city. It's the type of place that you never forget.