China Study and Business Experience

Business Development and Intercultural Challenges

Experience the mega city Shanghai and get insights into doing business in China.

China’s market growth coupled with its opening business environment. The tremendous human resource potential boosted by the government investment in education. The rising income level driving consumer spending. These all make China highly attractive to Western firms as the focal point for their global growth strategies - and an intriguing place to visit and experience.

During this one week study trip you will sense Shanghai from its very core. You’ll follow lectures covering Chinese culture and business practices. Field trips to Swiss and Chinese companies will introduce you to their economic value chains from R&D to procurement, from production to distribution. Discussions with business experts enhance your understanding of market entry concepts and strategies to China.

During the week, your impressions are rounded off by insights into the country’s historical, social and political aspects, as well as its prospects for the future.



*****************Join the Cultural Lunch on Friday 3 November 2017 from 11.30 to 12.50 in Berne to get further details about the study trip to China "and other BFH study trips".

 If you sign in until 27 October 2017 via Email at Jacqueline Ducret (Email:, you'll get a lunch bag. But you can also join the event spontaneously. ****************


Program highlights*

Lectures and networking:


  • The Swiss Consul in Shanghai
  • The Swiss Chamber of Commerce
  • Market research institute supporting foreign companies’ market entry

Tours and visits:

  • Suzhou Industrial Park
  • Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park
  • Shanghai city tour
  • Chinese companies and Swiss subsidiaries in China

*The program may vary from year to year, following the dynamics of the business environment.


The study trip takes place every year in June.




  • Students form the Kalaidos university and partner institutions: CHF 3’200
  • External participants: CHF 3’700

The fees include hotel, certain meals and on-ground transportation. Participants pay for their flights, visa, books and travel insurance themselves.



Who can join?

Master’s students, Bachelor’s students and external participants with min. 3 years of professional business experience can join the study trip. Good English communication skills are required.