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  • Locations: Hanoi, Vietnam; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Intersession
  • Restrictions: USD applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Intersession 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/03/2019 01/26/2019
NOTE: Program Dates vary dependent upon location(s).

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Professor(s): Dr. Carsten Zimmerman, Dr. Kenneth Bates, Dr. Rangapriya Kannan-Narasimhan 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

Kenneth Bates, PhD
Participants should arrive to Shanghai on January 3, 2019

Official program activities run January 4-15, 2019.

Participants should depart Shanghai on January 16, 2019.
Friday, December 14, 2018

8:30AM - 1:30PM

IPJ, rooms A/B
Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam GSBA 594: Corporate Innovation in Emerging Markets (2 units) Rangapriya Kannan-Narasimhan, PhD Participants should arrive to Hanoi on January 16, 2019

Official program activities in Hanoi run January 17-20, 2019.

The group will transit from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City on January 21, 2019.

Official program activities in Ho Chi Minh run January 22-25, 2019.

Participants return home on January 26, 2019.

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

GSBA 594: Corporate Innovation in Emerging Markets (2 units)

This course will provide students with an opportunity to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by mid to large sized organizations in emerging economies.  This course enables students to understand the nuances of emerging economies and what are the key strategic factors that enable organizations to succeed in this market space.  Participants will be exposed to foundations of innovation management in an emerging economies context. The focus is on introducing students to fundamental innovation concepts. Students will analyze case studies in the classroom. They will then interact with different organizations such as a) local organizations that operate successfully in the local market space b) local organizations that are in the process of expanding globally and c) global organizations that are expanding into local markets. The emphasis will be on how these firms involve different stakeholders in the innovation process to succeed in the market place. Exposure to different types of organizations will provide participants with a well-rounded perspective on how organizations understand a given market space to succeed in them.

  • Pre-requisite: GSBA 501 or 515 or concurrent
  • Course counts towards New Venture Management and Managerial Leadership concentrations

Estimated Program Costs

  Shanghai Vietnam
Tuition (reduced rate of $950/unit) $2,850 $1,900
Program Fee $250 $350
Accommodations* currently being negotiated currently being negotiated
Visa Fees $160 - 200 depending on nationality $42 - 120 depending on nationality and duration
Round Trip Airfare (between San Diego and location) $1,100 $1,100

Notes about estimated program costs:

  1. TUITION for the Ahlers Center's short-term international programs is reduced from $1,475/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 February 16, 2018 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.  Rates for 2019 are currently being negotiated for the Radisson.  The group hotels for the Vietnam program are currently being negotiated as well.


The application deadline for Intersession 2019 is October 1, 2018. 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 10, 2018. Once accepted, you must provide your flight itinerary and accommodations requests by October 29, 2018. 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

Accepted students should apply immediately for any necessary tourist visas. Students are solely responsible for obtaining their own visas. If you are required to obtain a visa, you may apply directly through the host country's consulate for a tourist visa or contact Allison Howitt, for a visa service referral. The information provided below applies to U.S. citizens. If you are not a U.S. citizen, click here to see if you need a visa. 


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 mid October 2018.


Tourist visas are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Vietnam.  Both standard and e-visa applications are acceptable.  Information on applying for a tourist visa to enter Vietnam can be found here.  Participants will be provided with thorough instructions on applying for a Vietnamese tourist visa upon acceptance to the program.

Additional Questions

Allison Howitt
Assistant Director Academic Programs, 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