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Building Partnerships In China

Together with one other student you will form a team to prepare and execute an assignment during the AUAS fact-finding Mission to China. Each team is responsible for acquiring its own assignment that is commissioned by a Dutch company or organization. The complexity and feasibility of each assignment is assessed and approved by the instructors of the school.

Fieldwork of the assignments is executed on location during a four-week visit to China.

Part of the course is also taught in Shanghai in collaboration with Shanghai Donghua University.

This course is designed to fit in any Major programme of any University (of Applied Sciences). The Assignment can be individually tailored to meet the criteria set by the Examination Board of your own study.

Student feedback:
My opinion about this minor in one sentence:
Absolutely amazing experience, better than expected. And I learned a lot in a plenty way.
A life long remembering experience. A time where I have learned a lot and grow personally in both business and in personal points .
Great experience. And it gives me a good insight in doing business in China.
Outstanding, fantastic experience.
This minor gave me a lot of knowledge and a experience that was totally new for me.
Best experience ever!

  • Please note that we also offer the Building Partnerships... programme to Southeast Asia (Thailand) and Korea. If the China programme is full, you may opt for the Southeast Asia or Korea programme.
  • The structure of the China Minor programme is identical to the Southeast Asia and Korea minors.


The programme is aimed at all students who have a special interest in doing business in or with China.

  • Introduction to business issues in other cultures
  • Learn how to find and maintain business relations
  • Learn how to network in the business community dealing with China
  • Learn how to execute a real-life assignment on location in China: To initiate a business relationship between China and The Netherlands
  • Learn about Geography, History, Politics, Economy, Language, Culture, Society and Population of China
  • Obtain a better insight into the economy of China
  • Understand the challenges of trading with, and doing business in China
  • Find out what you need to know when planning to do business at an international level
  • Find out what aspects you come across when doing business with Chinese partners
  • Learn how to deal with cultural differences when doing business
  • Understand the do's and don'ts when doing business in/with China
  • Apply knowledge learned to report writing
  • Apply knowledge learned to real-life situations


The Minor is aimed at ALL students that have a special interest in doing business or building relationships in or with China. 

The minor is also open for exchange students and students that are not enrolled at the HvA. The latter group need to register via

Command of the English language at CEF level B2 (literature and courses are in English)

You must have the ability to travel to China. Visitors to China need a visa.

Participation in the fact-finding mission in China is obligatory.

motivation letter and proposal for your assignment are part of the selection procedures.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and more details about this programme:

Check also the website:

Note: Doing business in Asia can be challenging and may require quite a lot of stamina of you. This mission is certainly not a holiday. You will face emotional, practical, cultural and maybe even physical challenges during your mission. However, your reward will be a true life experience that is unparalleled by any other course of your study!

The maximum number of students is 25, including external students.


Doing Business in China - Tim Ambler and Morgen Witzel, Routledge, Curzon

Understanding Contemporary China – Robert E. Gamer ed., Reinner

Experiencing Chinese, Living in China edition, Higher Education Press, Hanban


​7 weeks, 4 days rostered. (intense preparation programme)

1 month on location (Shanghai): Mo-Fr 8:30 - 13:00 classes. Afternoons reserved for business appointments.

​20 hrs per week (7 weeks) preparation course in Amsterdam.

All lectures are not mandatory. However, they are indispensable. One exception: the lectures in the first week of the minor are all mandatory. Keep this in mind when planning your holidays etc.! There are also other important dates in the programme that you do not want to miss. You can find them here.


1. Assignment + China Programme (20 ECTS)

Project, written report, video presentations


2. Economy, Trade & Business (2 ECTS)

Written Exam, continuous assessment



3. Sourcing, Research & Organization (2 ECTS)


 Project, written report


4. Chinese Language Basics (2 ECTS)

Oral and written exams


5. Culture, Society & Population (2 ECTS)


Written exam, oral assignment


6. Geography, History & Politics (2 ECTS)


Written exams, assignment


At the end of each academic year is a resit opportunity for each subject.

If a student fails to successfully complete the minor in the period in which she took the minor it is possible to finalize the minor in a following period in which the minor is given. 

If a minor is no longer offered or in case the minor is rewritten, the degree programme will offer students a further two opportunities to finalize this minor in the following year.

Aanvullende informatie

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The costs for this Minor are €2,300. This (fixed) fee covers your airfare, accommodation in Shanghai, transfers to hotel, lecturers, guest lecturers, administration, business and cultural visits organised through Dong Hua University, farewell dinner in Shanghai with local ‘buddies’ and staff from Dong Hua University. Please note, there may be incidental costs which are not included.The costs do not cover literature required for the modules in Amsterdam, visas, travel insurance, local costs in China such as travel, food and drink. For an idea regarding personal expenditure in Shanghai, take into account that although travel and eating are much cheaper than in The Netherlands, the attractions of Shanghai and the networking opportunities may tempt you to spend more than might be the case at home so plan a good budget for yourselves in China. (

Questions about the minor?
Contact Claudio Perotti,

Questions about the Kies op Maat procedure?

Applications will be processed in the order of receipt of signed learning agreements.