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  • Locations: Hanoi, Vietnam; Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Singapore, Singapore
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Course Description

Business in Pac Rim 2019


The world has seen some dramatic economic and financial changes in the past decade. One of the biggest stories has been the remarkable growth of the emerging economies. This short term study abroad course, comprising a 1 credit-hour GBL course in the fall semester and a 4 credit-hour BUS/FIN course in the winter term, considers the impact of growth in these economies on global growth and balance.
The course explores the impact of emerging markets using the perspective of influential works of contemporary finance and economics such as Jim O’Neill’ (2011) “The Growth Map: Economic Opportunity in the BRICs and Beyond” and Thomas Friedman’s (2005) “The World is Flat”. The former book by the retired chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, who coined and popularized the ubiquitous BRIC acronym, describes the author’s vision of the future for emerging markets – Goldman Sachs’ research papers contributed greatly in opening the floodgates of financial investment flows into emerging markets. The latter book describes the flattening of the business world due to increasing digital connectivity and ease of international travel and trade, and highlights the impact on both the developed and the developing countries. 
Students on this course should gain immensely from a deeper understanding of the significant opportunities, and of the challenges, brought about from a flatter, better connected world – with significantly higher future growth prospects in the developing world as compared to the developed economies.

  • This course serves as a 200-level elective in Business or Finance and counts towards the Asian Studies minor.
  • The WT course also satisfies the Experiential Learning Requirement for the General Studies requirement.
  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar: GBL 177

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall prerequisite preparatory seminar course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated fall course. There is no additional cost for the prerequisite preparatory seminar course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.

It is Elon University policy that students who are registered part-time for the fall semester will be charged the additional one credit hour of tuition for the fall prerequisite preparatory seminar course. Students will also be charged four credit hours of tuition for Winter Term in addition to the program fees. If students contact the Bursar's office to verify that they will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester, the four hours of Winter Term tuition will not be collected. 

There will also be a required meeting about the course in May.

Spring Meeting Information

This course will also meet in both spring semesters on the following days:

  • Thursday May 9, 2019 from 4:15-5:15 p.m. in KOBC 208
  • Friday February 21, 2020, 3-8 p.m., location TBD

Fall Course Meeting Information

The fall pre-departure course will meet on the following days, location TBA: 

  • Friday September 5, 2019, 3:05-4:45 PM
  • Friday September 20, 2019, 3:05-4:45 PM
  • Friday September 27, 2019, 3:05-4:45 PM
  • Friday October 18, 2019, 3:05-4:45 PM
  • Friday October 25, 2019, 3:05-4:45 PM
  • Friday November 8, 2019, 3:05-4:45 PM
  • Friday November 15, 2019, 3:05-4:45 PM
  • Friday November 29, 2019, 3:05-4:45 PM
  • Friday December 6, 2019, 3:05-4:45 PM

Activity Level: Moderate

You will spend much of the day exploring. Whether walking through historic neighborhoods at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, your days will be full. You'll need to keep up with the group, including stairs and moderate movement.
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Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during registration for Winter Term.

Cancellation Policy


To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.


The tentative dates for the program are January 3-24, 2020.
While official flight itineraries are typically distributed in early September, the tentative group departure/return point is TBD.
Note: This information is subject to change based on airline changes and cancellations.



In this course, students experience the distinct societies of Vietnam, Singapore, and Hong Kong through the lens of business and cultural activities. In each location, we will examine the influences of economic development and emerging trends in global business. The central focus of the course is to ensure the student can observe first-hand how business is conducted within these diverse regional economies. Throughout the program, students will be able to compare their Pacific Rim experiences with their own U.S. culture through interactions with business executives, government officials, and academics on business visits, as well as through cultural field trips.
Through these travels, we expect students to gain a sense of differing business and economic systems, and of the challenges facing these developing countries in balancing rapid urbanization and industrialization with their traditional rural economic base, and in spanning the gaps between rich and poor.


  • Depart from JFK
  • Vietnam (business and cultural visits in Hanoi and Halong Bay)
  • Singapore (business and cultural visits)
  • Hong Kong (business and cultural visits)
  • Arrive in JFK 

Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.


Students will be housed in shared accommodations.


Costs for global study vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in fall semester tuition/bill). 

Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.

Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet.


Scholarships/Travel Grants

Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page or the financial planning section of our FAQs.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your program. 

Connect with us

Questions? See if they're answered in our Short-Term Programs FAQ section

Prefer to ask in person? Drop by the GEC in Global Commons 360 for Quick Questions, no appointment necessary:
Wednesdays 2-4 PM
Thursdays 9-11 AM
Learn from program alumniConnect with a Global Ambassador to learn from students that have studied on this program or others. Search the Global Ambassadors profiles to find students in your major(s), or organization(s), or with similar experiences.  

Get social: Connect with the GEC, alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal! You can also read blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for other programs on the Study Abroad Blog.

Program Leader 1: Neeraj Gupta
Department of Finance
Koury Business Center (KOBC) 222
2075 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Program Leader 2: Mark Mallon
Department of Strategic Management
Koury Business Center (KOBC) 352B
2075 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
Global Commons 360
2375 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)


Additional Links 

Blogs from past courses led by at least one of the faculty leaders can be found below:

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Click "apply now" from this brochure to get started, and complete your application by the deadline listed below.

If applications are not yet available, see the deadlines webpage for information on when this program will be accepting applications.

See the application instructions webpage for more information on the application requirements and process. 

I learned that the world is large but also flat. It's large because there is life everywhere and in so many different forms, but it's flat because we live in such a globalized world where everything is connected somehow.
     — Joshua Benjamin Klein, Winter 2015
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2020 09/02/2019
Rolling Admission 01/03/2020 01/24/2020
NOTE: Please view the deadlines page for full application, payment and cancellation deadlines.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.