Asia/Middle East Programs

"Traveling abroad was deeply fulfilling, both as a student and as a person. It provided the opportunity to not only learn classroom skills, but also be able to apply them to actual business problems. Additionally, doing business across cultures provides the opportunity to grow in ways that are just not possible while remaining at home. I recommend this experience to all students, regardless of where they want to work in the future; it is irreplaceable."

- Rajesh Huntley
  MBA Alum
Location Course Professor Dates Mandatory Pre-Departure Meeting
Shanghai, China GSBA 593: International Practicum (3 units) Dr. Carsten Zimmermann and
Dr. Kenneth Bates
Jan 4 - 13
(arrive 1/3; depart 1/14)

Dec. 12

12:00 - 6:00 PM

Hong Kong, China
GSBA 512: Negotiations (3 units) Professor Craig Barkacs Jan 15 - 23
(arrive 1/14; depart 1/24)

Dec. 9

5:30 - 6:50 PM

Hong Kong, China

GSBA 594: Commercial Real Estate Capital Markets
(2 units)

Additional Program Information and Online Applications for GSBA 594

Dr. Charles Tu Jan 8 - 16
(arrive 1/7; depart 1/17)

Dec. 4

7:15 - 8:45 PM

Thinking about spending your intersession in Asia? Use this page to gather information about courses, program costs, applications, visas and other logistical information. Students may choose to take either 2, 3 or 6 units by traveling to one or two cities in Asia during Intersession 2015.

Course Descriptions

GSBA 593: International Practicum (3 units)

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: Must have completed at least 4 of the following management core courses (GSBA 503, 504, 505, 514, 516, or 518 or concurrent) prior to the practicum and have approval of their adviser.

GSBA 512: Negotiations (3 units)

Efforts to influence the goals, structure, and direction of an organization are undertaken by individuals and groups who frequently hold diverse and competing perspectives. Accordingly, negotiation is a central skill in managing conflict, creating value, and distributing resources. People want to participate effectively in decisions that affect them, and will resist accepting decisions dictated by others. People differ, and they use negotiation to handle their differences. This course will explore the science and art of negotiation. The “science” will be learned largely through readings and discussions of the readings. The “art” will be learned through experience in simulated negotiations.

  • Prerequisite: GSBA 501 or GSBA 515.
  • Course counts toward the Supply Chain concentration and the Managerial Leadership concentration.

Program Costs

  Practicum in Shanghai GSBA 512 Course in Hong Kong Practicum in Shanghai + GSBA 512 Course in Hong Kong
Program Fee  $250  $350  $600
Tuition ($950/UNIT)  $2,850  $2,850  $5,700
Fixed Cost Total  $3,100  $3,200  $6,300
Accommodation Estimates  $638  $1,020  $1,658
Visa Fee Estimates  $140-$180 no visas required for US citizens  $140-180
Airfare Estimates
From SAN   $1,500  $1,200  $1,800
From LAX  $1,200  $1,000  $1,500

Notes about program costs:

  1. TUITION for the Ahlers Center's short-term international programs abroad is reduced from $1,335/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. Students pay a program fee for each program (location) in which you participate. 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 August 28, 2014 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) accommodations 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. Group hotels are as follows:
    1. Shanghai: Radisson Blu New World Hotel - approximately $58USD/night per student for a double occupancy (shared) room
    2. Hong Kong: New World Millennium Hotel - approximately $102/night per student in double occupancy (shared) room


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The application deadline for Intersession 2015 is Friday, October 3, 2014. 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 for each location to which you apply. This program fee will be charged to each student's account upon acceptance and is non-refundable unless admission is denied.

You will be notified of acceptance by Friday, October 10, 2014. Once accepted, you must provide your flight itinerary and accommodations requests by October 31, 2014. Further information will be provided to accepted students.

Visa Info

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 US citizens. If you are not a US citizen, please check the visa requirements here.


China requires US Citizens to have a tourist visa and, after acceptance, students will be provided with more information about obtaining visas. You will make arrangements to apply for your tourist visa directly at the Chinese Consulate or through a visa service agency. The approximate cost for the visa is $140-$180USD.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong does not require US citizens to obtain a visa prior to arrival pending the duration of their trip does not exceed 90 days. Non-US citizens may require an entry visa for Hong Kong and should plan to apply through the Chinese Consulate or a visa referral service.  The cost varies dependent upon nationality.

Additional Questions

For programs in Asia please contact:
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