International Business, Innovation and Enterprise in China

Key Information


Application Deadline: 19/02/24 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Business and Law

Ref: 10008471


Departure Date: 14/06/24

Return Date: 23/06/24


£1200: the estimated cost for travel and accommodation (excluding DMU Global funding). Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers (£50 in China), visits, food and drink, visa (£200)


DMU Global Bursary: £400


Accommodation: Shared rooms in a hostel booked by DMU

Travel: Flights booked by DMU (students travel as a group)


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office -

Trip Lead: Landy Yang -

How to pay

Payment details: Students will be required to pay £800 as a contribution towards the cost of travel and accommodation after being offered a place on the trip. The DMU Global bursary will be deducted directly from the overall cost of the booking.

Carbon Levy

Student contribution: To offset the carbon emissions from the flight for this trip there is a £5 Carbon Levy for this trip which has been added to the total cost. Information about how this Levy will be used can be found here.


All students enrolled on International Business and Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation programmes are eligible to participate on this opportunity. There is a maximum of 20 places available, with a minimum of 10 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Please note, if you have already participated on or been accepted for a DMU Global overseas trip between September 2023 and August 2024 you are not eligible to apply for this opportunity.


Students are recommended to apply for no more than 2 overseas opportunities. Further application submissions will not be considered.


Business students have the opportunity to visit Jingjiang, a city in Jiangsu province, China which is approximately 2 hours from the major hub of Shanghai where the group will fly to from the UK. The city is an interesting location for students to visit due to its traditional industries of electronics, auto parts, biochemicals, textiles and machinery, and emerging industries including shipbuilding and logistics.

As part of the trip there will be a visit to the Quanji Hotel which is one of the most successful national chain hotels in China. There will also be a visit to The New Time Shipbuilding Co. Ltd which is the shipbuilding leader in the industry in China. 

In addition, there is a provisional plan to visit the Fruit Supply and Wholesale market to hear from leading experts working in the field to share how they thrive in E-pay platforms and make the market share bigger. Students will be asked to test the business models and theories they have learnt and think critically whilst visit the different business sectors in Jinjiang.

There will be organised opportunities to reflect upon and discuss the operation of business and enterprise in China, and compare it the existing models in the UK, evaluating the differences between the two. Students will be asked to bring an entrepreneurial mindset to the trip, considering how to be a successful entrepreneur through observing and engaging with successful local people and their businesses.

Learning objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop knowledge, skills and competencies that enhance your studies. The objectives of this trip to China are:

  • To develop students’ business awareness and acumen through interactions in a different market and cultural/linguistic context.
  • Gain first-hand knowledge and experience in a different international business environment, compare and identify the enterprise commons and differences between China and UK
  • Apply and achieve deeper understanding of business theories and models through real business cases in varies sectors, knowing how to spot opportunities and identify gaps for innovation.
  • Enhance intercultural competency and adaptability, and improve interpersonal communication skills
  • See the possibilities and career opportunities available globally, and support the enhancement of student career development plans
  • To gain confidence, work collaboratively and development an entrepreneurial mindset in a different cultural context

Prior to the trip. students will learn about the Jiangsu Province, Shanghai and Yangtze River Urban Agglomeration to gain an understanding of business environment. Students will also be introduced to Chinese culture to help build intercultural awareness.

Cultural Activities

There will be a range of cultural activities offered to students, as well as free time to explore the city independently. Example activities include, a visit to a local market to daily life in China, such as how see its norm in a small city in China, how people trade, communicate, commute with smart E-pay platforms and what do eat and drink. There will also be opportunities to experience the incredible cuisine and specifically Jingjiang food at night food markets. Specialities include the pork jerky and steamed soup dumplings filled with crab.

Students will also be encouraged to learn some beginners Mandarin, and learn some words from the local dialect to be able to interact with locals. There will be “City walk task” for students to encourage interaction and engagement with the local community.

Visa Information

All students visiting China will be required to apply for and secure a visa for a visit to the country. The estimated cost of a visa is £200, and students will need to independently apply, and visit a visa application centre in London or Manchester prior to travel.