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China – Operations & Human Resource Management

Due to continued safety concerns related to COVID-19, in-country summer programs will not run during Summer 2021. The Poole College of Management is excited to offer the Global Summer Institute, an alternative 4-week, internationally-focused program.

In a setting rich with human resources and widely known as the world’s leading manufacturing center, China is the perfect place for students to experience business globally. While studying these topics, students participate in several company visits to manufacturing facilities and corporate headquarters to gain insight into “doing business in China.” Students also participate in a seminar series featuring local business faculty and corporate leaders. In addition to this business-focused immersion into doing business in China, students live in Shanghai and visit Hangzhou, the tea capital of China, and the Great Wall in Beijing to gain a rich cultural understanding of China. To view photos from previous years, click here and here to see highlights through student photos.

Program Dates

May – June, 6 weeks


Shanghai, China




BUS 370 | Operations Management

Concepts in planning, controlling, and managing the operations function of manufacturing and service firms will be covered. Topics include operations strategy, process choice decisions, forecasting, production planning and control, and trends in operations management. Common tools for informed decision-making in these areas will be discussed.

MIE 330 | Human Resource Management

The systematic principles for managing the human resource component of organizations. Topics include: environmental influences on planning, recruitment, and selection; managing workforce diversity; developing effectiveness and enhancing productivity; compensation, benefits, and security; and strengthening employee-management relations.

M 380 | Doing Business in China

This experiential course combines in-class learning with out-of-classroom experiences to learn how business is done in China from multiple perspectives. *The M 380 course fulfills 3 credits of the interdisciplinary degree requirements for all NC State students. In addition, it counts as an elective for the business administration minor.


MIE 201: Introduction to Business Processes

Pre-requisites must be successfully completed before the start of the program. Students are able to apply to the program before they are enrolled in or while they are enrolled in the pre-requisite course. Acceptance to the program is conditional on the student enrolling in the pre-requisite and then successfully completing the course before the start of the program. 

If a student fails the pre-requisite course and is not able to repeat the course before the start of the program, he or she will be required to withdraw from the program and the refund/withdrawal policy will come into effect. Exceptions to the refund/withdrawal policy will not be made due to a student’s failure to pass the pre-requisite course. 

Academic Considerations

  • All courses are NC State courses and the grade earned in the course will count toward NC State GPA.
  • Review your degree audit to determine how courses will count for your major or minor. This program is designed for Poole majors and minors but all NC State students, who meet the prerequisites, are welcome to apply.

Calendar & Excursions

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Local excursions around Shanghai and in other cities will examine both the culture and business aspects of China. In Shanghai, students will explore the famous Bund skyline, attend an acrobat show, sample local cuisine, and much more. Mid-way through the program, students will take a weekend trip to Hangzhou, a city renowned for its historic relics and natural beauty, and visit a Buddhist temple and the Six Harmonies Pagoda. Finally, the program concludes with an excursion to Beijing which includes visits to the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City. From a business perspective, students will also visit a variety of corporations to learn how operations and human resources are management in China. Past corporate visits include: Lenovo, John Deere, and Lord