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) Carsten Zimmermann and
Kenny Bates
January 3-12
(arrive January 2; depart January 13)

December 9, 2016
Noon-6 p.m.

Mumbai, India
GSBA 594: Corporate Innovation in Emerging Markets (2 units) Priya Kannan-Narasimhan January 15-22
(arrive January/14; depart January/23)
December 12, 2016
5:30-7 p.m.
Coronado 132
Hong Kong, China

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

Additional Program Information and Online Applications for GSBA 594: Commercial Real Estate Captial Markets

Charles Tu

January 14-21
(arrive January 13; depart January 22)

December 8, 2016
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Coronado 230

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 5 units by traveling to one or two cities in Asia during Intersession 2017.

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: GSBA 504 or 516, GSBA 505, GSBA 514 or 518

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

The Innovation in Emerging Markets is a graduate level course that will provide students with an opportunity to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by mid- to large-sized organizations in emerging economies. 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 local organizations that operate successfully in the local market pace, local organizations that are in the process of expanding globally and 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. 

  • Prerequisite: GSBA 501 or GSBA 515.
  • Course counts toward the New Venture Management and the Managerial Leadership concentrations.

Program Costs

  Practicum in Shanghai Program in Mumbai
Program Fee  $250  $350
Tuition ($950/UNIT)  $2,850  $1,900
Fixed Cost Total  $3,100  $2,250
Accommodation Estimates*  $660  $630
Visa Fee Estimates  $160-200 $162
Airfare Estimates
From SAN   $1,100  $1,100
From LAX  $700  $850

Notes about program costs:

  1. TUITION for the Ahlers Center's short-term international programs abroad is reduced from $1,380/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 21, 2016 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. The rates listed here include all taxes, internet for up to two devices per person and breakfast.  Group hotels are as follows:
    1. Shanghai: Radisson Blu New World Hotel - $60USD/night per student for a double occupancy (shared) room
    2. Mumbai: The group sponsored hotel in India is still being negotiated. We anticipate keeping costs at approximately $70/night per student for a double occupancy (shared) room.


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The application deadline for Intersession 2017 is September 30, 2016. 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 October 7, 2016. Once accepted, you must provide your flight itinerary and accommodations requests by October 28, 2016. 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, academic programs manager, for a visa service referral. The information provided below applies to U.S. citizens. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check the visa requirements here.


China requires U.S. 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 $160-$200USD.


India requires U.S. citizens to have a tourist visa and, after acceptance, students will be provided with more information about obtaining visas. Applicants will apply online for an eVisa application through an approved processing agency. The approximate cost for the visa is $162USD.

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