China Global Intensive

You will be introduced to issues related to business globalisation within a Chinese context. Advances in transportation, technology and communication have dramatically increased the level of global interaction in China.

The China global intensive is collaboration between the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (SIFT), Fudan University and the RMIT College of Business.

Shanghai, China

This global intensive is suitable for Undergraduate and postgraduate students, any discipline and will be taking place 18 November – 3 December 2017.

During the intensive study period in Shanghai, you will be involved in: A historical and cultural tours of Shanghai, Lectures by SIFT and Fudan University Professors. Site visits and briefings by organisations such as General Motors—Shanghai, Shanghai Stock Exchange, Austrade, BAO Steel, and the Shanghai Waigoqiao Free Trade Zone.

There will also be time to explore the local area including the Jade Buddha Temple, The Bund, Pearl Tower, Pudong Financial District and the Shanghai Markets.


China is the world's most populous country, with a continuous culture stretching back nearly 4,000 years.

Many of the elements that make up the foundation of the modern world originated in China, including paper, gunpowder, credit banking, the compass and paper money.

China stagnated for more than two decades under the rigid authoritarianism of early communist rule and its late leader, Chairman Mao. But China now has the world's fastest-growing economy and is undergoing what has been described as a second industrial revolution.

It has also launched an ambitious space exploration programme, involving plans to set up a space station by 2020.

The People's Republic of China (PRC) was founded in 1949 after the Communist Party defeated the previously dominant nationalist Kuomintang in a civil war. The Kuomintang retreated to Taiwan, creating two rival Chinese states - the PRC on the mainland and the Republic of China based on Taiwan.


Shanghai has emerged from its turbulent twentieth century of war, occupation and revolution as mainland China’s largest city and commercial capital. Its size, relative wealth and position as a major port have long made it one of the most cosmopolitan of Chinese cities. Once known as the ‘Paris of the East’, it was home to as many as 70,000 foreigners in the early 1930s, and tens of thousands of Jewish refugees passed through the city in the years that followed.

As China moves inexorably towards becoming the planet’s largest economy, Shanghai is seeking to re-establish itself as a world city. The city has become arguably the most vibrant and cosmopolitan place in China during the country’s modernisation phase. As part of the industrial and social transformation of China, Shanghai has adopted a Four Centres Strategy, which aims to develop the city as a centre of international excellence in finance, trade, shipping and general economics. Shanghai has also recognised that raising the profile of culture will be a necessary step in achieving ‘world city’ status.

Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (SUIBE)

The SUIBE is a famous Chinese University in the fast beating commercial heart of China: Shanghai.

The SUIBE University, School of International Studies has educated thousands of students from all over the world, many having attained leading positions at Fortune 500 companies as well as at local and National Governments in their respective home countries.

For more information visit SUIBE University's website

Fudan University

As China's first higher education institution to establish the educational system of Business Administration, the century-old Fudan University created the business discipline in as early as 1917, and later set up the School of Business in 1929. But it had to suspend the education of management in the 1950s, when new waves of restructuring hit all the universities and colleges nationwide. When the country started to implement reform and open-up policies, Fudan University took a lead to resume the education of management, and started to enrol undergraduates for Management Science in 1977, and later established Department of Management Science in 1979 and School of Management in 1985.

The past two decades have witnessed a great success of development in School of Management, and now it has eight departments, 16 cross-discipline research centres/institutes, three laboratories, one development centre for senior managers and one management consulting firm.

The School of Management at Fudan University is now structured to be an international-level business school. The School has nine Ph.D. Degree programs, 17 Master's Degree programs, two professional Master's Degree programs of MBA/EMBA and MPAcc, and three mobile stations for post-doctoral research on Management Science, Business Administration and Applied Economics respectively.

For more information visit Fudan University's website


  • Date of overseas tour: Saturday 18 November – 3 Sunday December 2017
  • Pre Tour Workshops: 21-22 October and 28-29 October 2017
  • Post Tour Workshop - TBA
  • Students must attend ALL classes unless ill, in which case they must obtain a medical certificate as evidence of their illness

Overseas Course Content/Topics

Based on the 2015 program, topics covered include*:

Lectures by SIFT and Fudan University professors

  • Chinese Business Etiquette
  • China’s Entry into the Global Market
  • Guanxi in Business
  • Chinese Culture

Site visits and briefings by organisations such as:

  • General Motors
  • Stock Exchange
  • Austrade
  • BAO Steel
  • Shanghai Waigoqiao Free Trade Zone

Historical and cultural tours of Shanghai

Optional three-day visit to Beijing to see the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the 2008 Summer Olympic Village.

* Please note that the program changes from year to year and will be finalised before the second weekend workshop in Melbourne.

Course content and assessment

You will enrol in the course:

ISYS2382 – Business Globalisation: A Study Abroad China (Undergraduate)

ISYS2383 – Business Globalisation: A Study Abroad China (Postgraduate)

Assessment tasks may include:

  • Reflective Journals
  • Research Report
  • Case Studies
  • Essays

How to Apply and Information Sessions

Please complete the Globalisation in Practise – A Study Abroad in China Mobi application form by Thursday 31 August 2017.

As there are limited places available, students are encouraged to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Information Sessions

Book into an information session via CareerHub


Friday 7th April, 6.00-7.00pm, 80.09.10

Friday 21st April 6:00-7:00, 80.09.10

Wednesday 26th April, 12.30-1.30pm, 80.08.13

Friday 28th April, 6.00-7.00pm, 80.09.10


Wednesday 3rd May, 12:30-1:30pm, 80.08.55

Friday 5th May, 6.00-7.00pm, 80.09.10

Wednesday 10th May, 12.30-1.30pm, 80.08.13

Friday 12th May, 6.00-7.00pm, 80.09.10

Friday 19th May, 6.00-7.00pm, 80.09.10

Friday 26th May, 6.00-7.00pm, 80.09.10



Further information

For any enquires contact Dr. Paul Cerotti