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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring Short Term
  • Cost Estimate: Spring Short Term
Dates / Deadlines:

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Program Description:

China: Exploring Small Businesses in China

Is this program for me? China1

The China off-campus program is an opportunity to explore first-hand this ancient, but rapidly changing country. While a lot of attention in the business press has been paid to multi-national companies and state-owned enterprises, we in this course will primarily focus on the little guys. That is, we will explore the opportunities and challenges small businesses there face under a system that is vastly differently from what we are used to in the US.
Based on the 2012 statistics, 98% of all firms in China are small businesses. They account for 85% of employment, 75% of new products, 65% of patents, 60% of GDP and 50% of government tax revenues. While clearly small businesses are a crucial component of the Chinese economy and a robust engine for the country’s overall growth, they oftentimes have to live in the shadow of state-owned enterprises which have much easier access to capital and wield enormous political clout. This course will analyze the environment in which small businesses operate in China and also explore how foreigners can start businesses in China to exploit opportunities that country can offer.


This program is open to graduate students only.

Academic Credit

3 credits are awarded for successful completion of ACCY 6900. 

This program fulfills general elective credit for Master's and MBA programs. Students may petition to have study away courses count towards Graduate School of Business Certificates or other Master's degree requirements by speaking with their academic advisor.


Application Deadline EXTENDED!
Sunday, October 21, 2018

On-Campus Dates*
Saturdays 1:00PM – 5:00PM
February 16, 2019
March 2, 2019

*Online option available. Faculty will make arrangements with accepted online students to join the on-campus sessions virtually. 

Overseas Dates
March 9 - 17, 2019


GW Professor

Dr. Yun Zhang ( - Associate Professor of Accountancy


For this program students will be charged GW tuition for 3 credits as well as a program fee.

Click HERE for cost estimate.
Scholarships are available to GW School of Business graduate students. For more details, click HERE.

Information Session

View a live recording of the information session HERE

Additional Information


This program is administered by Global & Experiential Education in The George Washington University School of Business.

Feel free to contact us at 202.994.0767 or with questions.

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