Business and Culture in China
In 2013, Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, established the Antai Global Summer Program (AGSP) to satisfy the growing need of helping international students understand China from business perspectives. AGSP is a three-week-long, credits-conferring, English-taught summer program focusing on learning Business and Culture in China. Approximately 100 students from over 20 countries join each cohort. The program holds two separate sessions in May and July each year.
Participants gain a deep understanding of the Chinese economy and culture with in-class coursework, company visits, social events and tours. In addition to having faculty who teach in top business schools around the world, the summer program features sessions taught by executive speakers including senior knowledge expert of top-brand MNCs, executives of successful Chinese enterprises, founders of start-up companies and so on.
Cultural immersion activity is also a highlight of the program. During the program, Antai College of Economics and Management organizes out-of-city excursions, acrobatic shows, river cruising, tea-making, Zen practice, pot modeling, Chinese cooking lessons, etc.
The program offers two tracks: undergraduate track and graduate track. The undergraduate track is aimed to familiarize students with Chinese history, culture, policy and business environment, whereas the graduate track focus on developing students' vision and capabilities of doing business in China.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), founded in 1896, is one of the three oldest public universities in modern China. In the 1920s and 1930s, SJTU was crowned as the “oriental MIT” adapted and implemented the world’s most advanced teaching and research methods. During the first half of the 20th century, SJTU was considered one of the most exclusive and renowned university in China. Currently SJTU is one of the top universities in Mainland China with more than 20 colleges, 34000 students, half of which are graduate students and over 3000 faculty members.
The Business and Culture in China program is hosted by SJTU's Antai College of Economics & Management. As the only business school in Mainland China triple-accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, Antai aims to develop the highest-level managerial talent, with fully international viewpoints and capabilities, and the ability to compete in the global economy.
There’s a reason the Chinese are so successful in international business – they’ve been excelling at it since the days of Marco Polo and the Silk Road. There’s no better city to examine the rapidly changing nature of global business than Shanghai.
Shanghai is an economic and cultural hub of more than 24 million people. A fast-moving, cosmopolitan place, Shanghai has opportunities that attract a variety of interests. Dynamic by nature and necessity, Shanghai is proof that the world's most populous city can be livable and lovable. Merchants and tycoons once sought their fortune here and it still has a whiff of opportunism and decadence. Pudong's cloud-piercing skyscrapers and the flashy malls of Nanjing Lu show where China is swiftly headed in the 21st century. But while Shanghai's sights are certainly fixed on the future, you'll still find the glamour of the past along the Art Deco Bund and French Concession's colonial boulevards.
China is arguably the best country for a business student to study abroad. When it comes to economics, China has been the world's fastest growing country for the past 30 years. Even during the financial crisis, China's economic growth has maintained a level of 8 percent, a pace unthinkable in other countries. China's GDP recently surpassed Japan's to become the world's second largest economy after the United States. The world's top 500 companies all do business in China, with many choosing to base their Asia-Pacific headquarters in the bustling Chinese cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.
The current rise of China has made it very clear that people who can speak Chinese and have firsthand experience of living in China are going to have a great advantage in terms of employment. China serves as a huge market for multinational corporations, and employers are well aware that a real understanding of China, Chinese culture and Chinese people is a big plus for those who want to become the world's next generation of leaders.
"After my program, I realized I had made the best decision of my life. China is a place everyone should experience. Not only does it have incredible people, history, culture, food, geography, academics, etc, but it is a huge up and coming world power that people, especially Americans, need to have a better understanding of. Through this program, I learned so much about China and myself that I would never have otherwise." - Past Participant, Summer Business and Culture in China, Summer 2017
The Program holds two separate sessions in May and July each year. In Summer 2019, Session 1 will take place May 19 – June 7, 2019 (depart June 8, 2019). Session 2 will take place July 7 – 26, 2019 (depart July 27, 2019).
Recognized as one of China's top business schools, Antai College of Economics & Management is experienced in designing curriculum of rich academic components combined with real-world business immersion practice. In addition to classroom teaching, this summer school program features company field trips, executive speaker sessions, unique cultural and social events.
Inspirational academic sessions featuring highly-qualified faculty and world-renowned specialists. Challenging but rewarding team activities to hone your leadership skills and communication abilities. Develop a solid foundation in business and management thinking. Thirty two academic sessions. Lecture topics include:
China's Economy and the Challenges to Doing Business in China
Multi-dimensional Cross Culture Difference and Communication
Understanding China: A Western Point of View
When the World Comes to China: Social, Cultural Economic Issues and Opportunities
Driving Innovation in China
Environmental Challenges and Policy Responses in China
Corporate Strategies of Chinese Firms
Multinationals: Successes and Failures in China.
Chinese language training introduces basic knowledge about Chinese language and culture.
Exclusive visits to leading companies in various industries and across types of companies (MNC, joint-venture, SOE). Lectures by industry executives and leading experts in their fields. Examples of past company visits include:
Cultural and Social Activities
Social events characterized by Chinese culture and excursions to famous landmarks in one of the most exciting cities in the world. Acquire first-hand understanding of Chinese culture. Sample cultural and social activities include:
Visit the Yu Garden and the Bund
Full-day excursion to Wuzhen (an old town featuring ancient Chinese architecture)
Steamed buns making
Chinese acrobatics show
The Antai Global Summer Program follows the cohort model. The cohort model allows students to forge strong professional connections to a group of peers who are all taking the same class together. Students can expect a combination of lecture, discussions and group work. Class attendance is mandatory. Lectures are presented by local Chinese instructors and international instructors.
Chinese professors will use English as the medium of instruction. Remember that English is often not their first language and sometimes pronunciations and ease of communication is not as efficient as it might be if they were using their first language. The same is true for the local Chinese students. They will be communicating with you in English, their second/third language. You will need to be patient and flexible when it comes to communication. A helpful reminder: Suppose it were you attempting to express yourself in Mandarin or Shanghainese.
Evaluation is based on a team project that gives students the chance to integrate their learning.
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
SJTU uses a 0-100 grading scale. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at SJTU. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion.
For the summer program at SJTU, students must:
have a 3.0 GPA each semester for two semesters prior to term abroad;
be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing;
be at least 18 years old.
Students who are on disciplinary probation, academic probation and/or honor board probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Tulane study abroad program. Approvals are revoked for students who are placed on probation after being approved to study abroad.
Students on disciplinary, academic and/or honor board probation during time of application are considered only if the probation period ends prior to departure for study abroad. Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Study Abroad & Exchange in consultation with Tulane's Division of Student Affairs and/or Academic Affairs. If the application is approved, the host institution will be notified of the probationary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Tulane to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student's participation in a study abroad program.
Freeman Summer Abroad Application
To access the Freeman summer abroad application, please attend a Summer Abroad Info Session. Once you have attended the info session, Study Abroad & Exchange staff will set you up with a general summer abroad application. Login to your FreemanAbroad account to complete the application. Application deadlines are noted below.
Some summer programs are more competitive than others. You can list up to six programs on your summer abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed using a rubric that evaluates a student based on several criteria, including GPA; class standing while abroad; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline.
Exchange program participants pay a $6000 program fee. The program fee includes tuition, housing, most meals, field trips, activity fees, company visits and cultural immersion events. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
During the program period, students are housed in a three-star residence hotel on Xuhui campus, which is within 15-minute-walking distance from Antai college. Two students of the same gender will share one standard room. The room is equipped with TV, air-conditioning, free Internet access, shower booth, hair dryer, etc.