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This is the program brochure page.
  • Locations: Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Cost Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description



Thunderbird’s Global Field Seminars are faculty-led one-week seminars designed to give students the opportunity to network with fellow students and local alumni while they learn the challenges and opportunities of doing business in that city, country, and region. This is a busy week full of cultural visits, business visits, and alumni presentations.

Quick Facts

  • March 8 -15, 2020

  • Guest Lectures from Thunderbird Alumni and Business Leaders

  • Visits to Companies like Infosys, Shanghai General Motors, Cummins Filtration, and Honeywell.

  • Cultural excursions to the Bund and Yuyuan Garden.

  • Earn 2-3 credits

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information.



Location Details

Seen as a gateway to Asia for many businesses and one of the major global financial and shipping centers, Shanghai is an attractive location for students learning how to do business in the region. It’s a mix of modern and traditional, east and west, rich and poor. Students will revel in these different cultural influences while visiting companies, learning from guest speakers, and enjoying historical sites.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a Thunderbird Master of Global Management student in good standing.

  • Prerequisite course: TGM 505 OR TAM 505

Non Thunderbird students may be considered after a conversation with the Director of Academic Programs, Josh Allen. Please contact him with any queries if interested in this program. 


Students will register for the below course during the Spring registration period.

TGM 594: Global Management in Asia Pacific

This course fulfills two credits of the Thunderbird Applied/Experiential Learning requirement for MGM degree. 

TAM 594: Global Field Seminar

This course fulfills three credits of the Thunderbird Applied/Experiential Learning requirement for MALM degree. 

Course Format 

These courses are online courses being taught over Spring 2020 Session C with a required in person residency over Spring Break (March 8-15, 2020). Students in TAM 589 will have several weeks of work prior to the residency, including quizzes, assignments, and/or discussion forums. Students in TGM 594 will have pre-reads prior to residency. Both courses will have final deliverables due a few weeks after the end of the residential week.




Faculty Director

Lena Booth, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Academic Programs
Associate Professor of Finance
Thunderbird School of Global Management
Mail code: 1221
Office: AZCTR 822
Dr. Lena Booth's Profile

Josh Allen
Director of Academic Programs
Thunderbird School of Global Management
Mail code: 1221
Office: AZCTR 838

Dr. Lene Booth

 Josh Allen



Program Housing

Students will stay in single-occupancy rooms at the Central Shanghai Hotel, which will include daily breakfast.  Opening and closing group meals are also included. Students will travel around Shanghai as a group; transportation to company and cultural visits will be included in the cost.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Spring Break 2020 is $2,910.00.

Program Fee includes: Single occupancy housing, site visits and cultural events, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for the two-credit/3-credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty-Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Please note that Scholarships are available for this program based on need and merit.

ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program. The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee. 

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2020 09/19/2019
Rolling Admission 03/08/2020 03/15/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until Study Abroad Office contacts you to do so.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.