Providing an opportunity for students to learn first-hand about one of the fastest growing economies in the world, LeBow College of Business offers an exciting and flexible exchange program at the Antai College of Economics and Management (ACEM) at Shanghai JiaoTong University in China. Through this exchange LeBow students will enroll in regular MBA courses with local and international students at ACEM, adding a global perspective with a Chinese focus to their LeBow MBA. Studying and living in Shanghai is a unique opportunity to experience the city's dynamic business environment and gain personal knowledge of this rapidly-growing market.
LeBow students participating in the exchange program will enroll in courses in the Intermational MBA (IMBA) program at ACEM. This unique program, taught entirely in English, is designed to give students a solid foundation in management while integrating essential knowledge of Chinese culture and business practice into the curriculum. Weekly Chinese conversation classes are also available for interested students and are strongly encouraged. The ACEM MBA program was ranked by the Financial Times in 2008 as #41 in the top 100 Global MBA Schools. A special intensive summer program on Business and Culture in China is also available.ACEM strives to provide both a theoretical and practical approach to its curriculum, and students will learn from accomplished professors and experienced practitioners. ACEM faculty are world class teachers and experienced in research and industry, many also working in consulting and government organizations.
The IMBA courses at ACEM are intensive and each course last for two weeks. Students will enroll in one class at a time and exchange students must complete at least three courses during their exchange period. Courses use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, case studies, group projects and guest speakers.
Sample course offerings include:
Multinational Strategic Management
Management, Teamwork and Communications
Data Model and Decision Making
International Marketing Management
Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
Macroeconomics & Public Policy
Course Equivalencies: As part of the application process, students must obtain course approvals from the relevant departments in LeBow for the courses they intend to complete while studying at ACEM. It is recommended that students approve more courses than they intend to take while studying abroad as course schedules can change or conflict or students may not receive all of their top choices. Students should primarily select elective courses for study abroad and should work closely with their academic advisor in LeBow on the course selections. The intensive summer program has already been approved for LeBow credits.
Grading: Students are taught and graded by ACEM faculty. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn the equivalent of a "B" or above at the host institution. ACEM uses a Chinese grading scale, of 100 points with similar, though not identical grade break points to the American system. LeBow students must receive a 75 or higher in their ACEM courses to receive credit for their coursework at LeBow.The goal is to be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel. Students will enroll in nine to twelve credits at ACEM, typically three to four courses.
Living in Shanghai, the most international and largest commercial city in China is an amazing opportunity for students. ACEM's location near the downtown commercial district provides easy access to the high energy of the city and wonderful possibilities for exploring the many multinational companies based in the city. The city has an international feel and is home to over 300,000 foreign professionals. Its varied architecture makes it a vibrant city to explore, moving from traditional to modern structures from one neighborhood to the next. Programming offered by ACEM will help LeBow students to make the most of their time in Shanghai.
Exchange students will typically live in shared apartments with other students near the ACEM campus. These apartments are reasonably priced and can be arranged through a local real estate agency, recommended by ACEM. It is possible for students to apply for the university dormitories, but the rooms are in high demand and visiting students generally prefer the conditions of private housing.
For meals, students can eat at a very economical price in the on-campus cafeterias, and this is an excellent way to experience and understand Chinese university life. There are also a variety of Chinese and Western restaurants located within walking distance of the campus and an even wider range of possibilities for exploration throughout the city of Shanghai.
ACEM offers many activities for its students, and LeBow students are encouraged to get involved in at least one activity during their stay in Shanghai. Each year ACEM organizes off-campus tours to coporations where students meet with executives and administration of the corporations to gain an insider's perspective on business. Student salons organized to explore ideas on ethical or practical issues of business education. Each year in November ACEM hosts the Sunshine Cup, a series of athletic competitions amongst the business schools in the area. This event is an excellent way to network, have fun and engage in some good physicial exercise. The MBA Student Association organizes social events throughout the semester. The school also offers a variety of clubs, some professional in nature such as the Commercial Bank Association, the S.M.A.R.T. Club or the Toastmasters Club.
Calendar ACEM operates on a semester calendar, offering several intensive two-week courses to students throughout the semester. LeBow students may participate in the exchange during the Fall or Spring semester at ACEM, though it is preferable for students to go in the Fall. The ACEM Fall Semester runs from roughly early September to late December and participation in the program will replace the Fall term at Drexel. The ACEM Spring Semester begins in mid-February and ends in early July. LeBow students participating in the exchange in the Spring will arrive mid-semester, in early April and will finish in mid-June to early July. This option will replace the Spring term at Drexel. ACEM also offers an intensive summer program from the end of June to the third week of July focusing on the Culture of Chinese business. More information on the summer program can be accessed at:http://www.summerschool.sjtu.edu.cn/.
Students are required to obtain a student visa to study in China and will need to obtain a residence permit once they have arrived in Shanghai. Detailed information on obtaining these documents will be provided to accepted students.