IDIS W40 China Business and Engineering

This program is not offered this academic year. See this year's interims.

Basic information

China’s emerging economy has a large impact on today’s world, especially in business and engineering. During this interim students spend three weeks in China meeting with business and engineering professionals who are part of this reshaping of the global economy.

The course includes major cultural and economic centers of China: Beijing, Shanghai, and Hangzhou. Students engage with professionals at approximately thirteen companies. In addition many important historic and cultural sites are explored, including the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. Students learn why China has a comparative advantage in many types of manufacturing and how some US firms have responded to that. Students learn what types of engineering is done well in China. Students learn some of the environmental impacts of China’s rapid growth. Students also learn how Chinese Christians shape their life, work, and business with their Christian faith. Students will also learn about the history and culture of China and how this has shaped modern events. Students are challenged to consider what China means for their future careers in business and engineering.


This course may fulfill the Engineering department International Designation.

This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.


Preference given to students majoring in the business or engineering departments.


$3,800 (estimate)

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Leonard Van Drunen

Leonard Van Drunen

Department Chair, Professor
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Renard Tubergen

Renard Tubergen

Associate Professor
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