China & East Asia

Global Immersion Courses

MBA - Global Immersion Courses - China & East Asia

China & East Asia

Exploring how China Influences the Conduct of Business Within China and Internationally

Darden’s engagement in East Asia runs deep, with support on the ground from the UVA China Office, an actively engaged alumni network, events and thought leadership led by the Asia Initiative. Between the annual Shanghai Investing Summit and regular student programming in the area, Darden makes a difference in this dynamic and rapidly changing region while training future leaders to do the same.

Nearly half of all of Darden’s current international students hold citizenships from a nation in Asia, with the most students coming from China. Check the admissions schedule for the calendar of when Darden representatives will be in your area.

The residential MBA program offers a Global Immersion Course to China each year and often Global Consulting Projects with clients in China, too. Second Year residential MBA students also have the opportunity to go on exchange at one of our partner schools in China, such as Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management or China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). Also, the Executive MBA offers a residency in China each year.

Darden Executive Education regularly develops custom programs for clients in China, sometimes in partnership with other schools or local organizations. Leaders from China have also attended Darden’s The Executive Program, a flagship course for executive development.

Through Darden’s Asia Initiative, Darden faculty often conduct research or offer thought leadership in relation to India or present in the country.


Academic Program Overview

The academic structure of the program will include a group project prior to departure that will provide background understanding of China that can be leveraged into rich learning experiences.

  • Business Meetings: Entrepreneur, US Importer, Manufacturer, Real Estate Developer, Arts Enterprise
  • Networking Opportunities: Darden Alumni reception
  • Cultural Experiences: Chinese Acrobats, Canal Town Visit, Chinese Gardens, City Planning Museum
  • Exploratory Activities: City Walk, Local Dining Reviews

After the trip, students will provide a final summary presentation which will be shared with other students.

Faculty Lead, Kimberly A. Whitler 

Program Dates, 11–18 May 2019


What Will Students Gain From This Program?

Students will gain up-close and first-hand exposure to Chinese business practice and culture, will witness the dynamic nature of Chinese business innovation and change, will confront current challenges facing the country and will experience a greater appreciation for this important part of the world and its impact on society.


What Have Students Said About This Program?

"The Shanghai course provided an exceptional view of the Chinese business environment and how it intersects with culture and government. We were afforded exclusive opportunities to meet with top management teams of banks, media groups, development companies and start-ups. The insights I gained on this trip will certainly serve me well as a future manager in a global context."

"The China course allowed me not only to learn so much about the Chinese power house, but also to establish some important connections with Darden alumni, CEIBS students and speakers that I'd had never be able to do so by myself."

Click here to learn more about what Darden is doing in East Asia.


Contact Us

Darden maintains a presence in China through the UVA China Office in Shanghai, which regularly hosts events, supports activities, and serves as the Eastern gateway to the University of Virginia and Darden.

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