Expressway to China Summer 2019



The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (UHM) Shidler College of Business, with sponsorship and grants by the Hanban, Confucius Institute at UHM, Center for Chinese Studies at UHM, Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) and Air China, is offering an introduction to China program. This summer opportunity is for students interested in learning about China to gain first-hand exposure to the culture, language, and business practices in this vibrant and exciting country.

Participants will deepen their understanding of China and the Chinese business culture through language lessons and cultural activities, tours of cultural and historical landmarks, company visits in Beijing and Shanghai, and talks on Chinese business etiquette and intercultural business communication. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with other college students from China, Europe, and Asia.

Below is a summary of the planned program offering.

Tentative Schedule

The program will run from July 22 - August 10, 2019.

Date Tentative Program Schedule
July 22-24

Pre-Departure Orientation at UHM campus

  1. Crash course in conversational Mandarin
  2. Lessons in Chinese economy and business etiquette
Day 1
July 29
  1. Evening departure from Honolulu 
  2. Arrival in Beijing
  3. Check-in at hotel
  4. Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) campus tour
Day 2
July 30
  1. Opening Ceremony
  2. Morning Chinese class
  3. Afternoon cultural experience: Chinese painting
Day 3
July 31
  1. Morning Chinese class
  2. Afternoon cultural excursion: Tiananmen, Forbidden City
Day 4
August 1
  1. Morning Chinese class
  2. Afternoon Company visit
Day 5
August 2
  1. Morning cultural excursion: Great Wall of China
  2. Afternoon cultural excursion: Hanban
Day 6
August 3
  1. Morning Chinese class
  2. Afternoon cultural experience: Chinese Kungfu
Day 7
August 4
  1. Morning Chinese class
  2. Afternoon cultural excursion: Temple of Heaven
Day 8
August 5
  1. Morning Chinese class
  2. Afternoon cultural experience: Chinese knots
Day 9
August 6
  1. Morning Chinese class
  2. Afternoon cultural excursion: Beijing Hutong; Nanluoguxiang
Day 10
August 7
  1. Check-out of hotel
  2. Bullet train to Shanghai
  3. Check-in at hotel
Day 11
August 8
  1. Chinese in use: China Art Museum
  2. Chinese in use: Pudong Urban Planning Hall
  3. Chinese in use: Oriental Pearl Tower and the Bund
Day 12
August 9
  1. Chinese in use: Shanghai Museum
  2. Presentation session: Impressions of Shanghai
  3. Company visit
Day 13
August 10
  1. Check-out of hotel
  2. Shuttle to airport; departing from Shanghai
  3. Arrival in Honolulu

***(NB: Program subject to change.)


The estimated program cost for participants is $1,500. This covers travel insurance, round-trip international airfare, ten-year visa, and cell phone SIM card. Students must have a US Passport.

All in-country costs, including accommodations, meals, ground transportation, inter-city transportation, excursions, and other program costs are covered by a grant from the Hanban/Confucius Institute, UHM Center of Chinese Studies, and Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Interested participants:

  1. Must be non-Chinese citizens above 18 years of age
  2. Must have a US passport (no exceptions)
  3. Have not received Hanban grants in the last three years
  4. All travel will begin and end as a group tour (no exceptions) 


Tuition Cost: 

To make this opportunity affordable, this is a non-credit introductory program with no tuition cost. 


International Business Majors:

For International Business majors, this program will fulfill your International Integrative Experience (IIExp) requirement.


Online Application

A US passport is mandatory (no exceptions).

Application deadline is MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019.

Fill out the online the application here.


Shidler Scholarship:

Some scholarships may be available. Recipients must be admitted into Shidler College of Business. Scholarship decisions will be based on various criteria such as academic merit, financial need, student club involvement, and demonstrated leadership.