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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: Fall Interest Meeting, October 13th, 2016 at 5 PM in KOBL 350. 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

  • Missed the interest meeting? Check out the info here!

  • Check out Asia Institute’s Snapshot of the 2015 program!

  • See highlights from the 2015 program here!


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.
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 2015 Participant
Incredible experience and eye opening for many who haven't seen Asia or any part of China.
Summer 2014 Participant
Hong Kong is an amazing city. It's the type of place that you never forget.
Summer 2015 Participant
I studied abroad for the International Operations Global Seminar in Hong Kong and southern China. This place was beautiful, especially at night, and it was amazing to see how big Hong Kong grew as a business capitol of the world. The food was authentic and delicious, but I would recommend researching and studying the culture of the Chinese before attending so you are fully prepared to be immersed in a completely different culture.
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