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  • Locations: Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Intersession
  • Restrictions: USD applicants only
  • To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Intersession 2018 10/02/2017
Rolling Admission 01/04/2018 01/16/2018
NOTE: Paticipants should arrive to Shanghai on January 3, 2018. Official program activities run January 4 - 16, 2018. Participants should plan to depart from Shanghai on January 17, 2018.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Professor(s): Dr. Carsten Zimmerman, Dr. Yen-Ting (Daniel) Lin Disciplines offered: Business Alumni Program, Master of Business Administration (GSBA)
Program Advisor: Allison Howitt - Program Type: Graduate Business - Ahlers Center
Program Description:
Asia Intersession Collage
Location Course Professor Dates Pre-Departure Meeting
Shanghai, China GSBA 593: International Consulting Project (3 units) Carsten Zimmermann, PhD

Yen-Ting (Daniel) Lin, PhD
Participants should arrive to Shanghai on January 3, 2018

Official program activities run January 4-16, 2018.

Participants should depart Shanghai on January 17, 2018.
Friday, December 8, 2017

8:30AM - 1:30PM

IPJ, rooms A/B

Course Description


Students work in multicultural teams to provide solutions to a business problem or strategic project for a company abroad. The overseas professional project delivers hands-on experience of the markets, economic policies and business practices of the country in which the company operates. The consulting project will require students to apply creativity and analytical tools to complete the project, and communicate the results to clients. Faculty members will serve as supervisors for student teams.

  • Prerequisite: GSBA 504 and GSBA 505

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition (reduced rate of $950/unit) $2,850
Program Fee $250
Accommodations* $840
Chinese Visa Fee $200
Round Trip Airfare (between San Diego and Shanghai) $1,100

Notes about estimated program costs:

  1. TUITION for the Ahlers Center's short-term international programs is reduced from $1,420/unit to $950/unit to allow students to use the extra funds towards airfare, accommodations, and other costs incurred while abroad.
  2. PROGRAM FEE is NON-REFUNDABLE once you apply and are accepted to a program. This fee is not a deposit towards tuition, rather a separate payment towards on-site logistical fees such as classroom rentals, speakers, overhead, group activities, some meals, and international health insurance.
  3. AIRFARE is estimated as of April 18, 2017 using Please check current airfare using your departure and return cities for a more accurate estimate.
  4. *ACCOMMODATION costs are based on double occupancy (sharing a room) and the current exchange rate (subject to change). Students wishing to stay in a private, single occupancy room should expect to be billed twice the quoted rates for the single supplement. Students are not required to stay at the group hotels, although it is highly recommended. The rates listed here include all taxes, internet for up to two devices per person and daily breakfast.  The group hotel in Shanghai is the Radisson Blu New World Hotel - $60USD/night per student for a double occupancy (shared) room.


The application deadline for Intersession 2018 is October 2, 2017. To be considered for acceptance, your online application must be complete by this date. Once you apply for a program, you commit to pay the program fee. This program fee will be charged to each student's account upon acceptance and is non-refundable unless admission is denied. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by October 9, 2017. Once accepted, you must provide your flight itinerary and accommodations requests by October 30, 2017. Further information will be provided to accepted students.  

Students who have already opened an online application and wish to continue working on it, click here.

Visa Information

China requires all U.S. citizens to have a tourist visa and, after acceptance, students will be provided with more information about obtaining visas. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check to see if you are required to obtain a visa to enter China.  You will make arrangements to apply for your tourist visa directly at the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles or through a visa service agency. The approximate cost for the visa is $200 USD.  Students are solely responsible for obtaining their own visas, however a group processing is offered through the Ahlers Center, pending the applicant submits their visa application materials by the prescribed deadline. Accepted participants will be provided with thorough instructions on how to apply for a Chinese tourist visa in early October 2017.

Additional Questions

Allison Howitt
Academic Programs Manager, Ahlers Center for International Business
University of San Diego
Coronado Room 114
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
tel: +1 (619) 260-4847
fax: +1 (619) 260-4198


To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)