University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2018: China ENTR/MSEG - micro

Program Dates January 08, 2018 - January 28, 2018 (dates are tentative)
This program has been cancelled.

Program Overview

Study entrepreneurship in Shenzhen, China, where the average maximum temperature is around 68 °F and the skies will be blue. Shenzhen is a major financial center in southern China. The city is home to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange as well as the headquarters of numerous high-tech companies. It is often referred to as China's Silicon Valley due to its high concentration of technology companies. Shenzhen ranks 22nd in the 2015 edition of the Global Financial Centres Index published by the Z/Yen Group and Qatar Financial Centre Authority [1]. It also has one of the busiest container ports in the world [2].

Shenzhen is home to some of China's most successful high-tech companies, including BYD, Konka, Skyworth, Tencent, Coolpad, ZTE, Gionee, TP-Link, DJI, BGI (Beijing Genomics Institute), OnePlus and Huawei. Taiwan's largest company, Hon Hai Group, has a large manufacturing plant based in Shenzhen. Due to its unique location, Shenzhen is also an extremely fertile ground for startups, whether by local or foreign entrepreneurs. Successful startups include PetCube, Palette, WearVigo, OnePlus, Notch and Makeblock, many of which we plan to visit during this course. It is also the product development base of the hardware startup accelerator, HAX Accelerator (formerly HAXLR8R).Students will be housed in dual-occupancy dormitory rooms with a private bath at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen campus. U.S. students will have the opportunity to share experiences and learn about local customs from Chinese students wherever possible.

Whether you’re interested in joining a major corporation after graduation, or a startup, or mainly interested in local Chinese cuisine, or want to experience Chinese history and culture, the Winter Session 2018 in Shenzhen, China is your chance!.

[1] The Global Financial Centres Index 17" (PDF). Long Finance. March 2015.
[2] The JOC Top 50 World Container Ports. May 2015.

The Program Fee includes housing, all program-related excursions, some meals and international medical insurance.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from Shenzen, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in China. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare. For this program, students will be given recommended flight itineraries for traveling together.

ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Courses: Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites. Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure). All students must enroll in at least 3 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course. Students should register for either ENTR 460 or MSEG 425.  Please consult your advisor to determine which course satisfies your program requirements. 
ELEG 460: High Technology Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
ENTR 460: High Technology Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
MSEG 425: Entrepreneurship and Risk: Meeting the Challenges (3 credits)
UNIV 370-149: Study Abroad - China ENTR/MSEG (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$1,485.00$3,984.00
Estimated Program Fee$3,150.00$3,150.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$4,665.00$7,164.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,400.00$1,400.00

The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.

When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.

Contact Information:
Scott Jones
Faculty Director
206A Purnell Hall
John Rabolt
Faculty Director
Materials Science
211 Dupont Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on April 20, 2017
Recommendation also due by 5pm on April 20, 2017
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: May 02, 2017

Interest Meetings:
03/06/2017, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 230 Purnell Hall
03/15/2017, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM, 315 Gore Hall
04/05/2017, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM, 218 Gore Hall

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.