SOM 498 Capstone Course in Beijing

Exciting Winter Break

The 3-week business program offers participants the opportunity to fulfill their Global Understanding requirement abroad as they explore the intersection of management, finance, and culture in China.

This program is also a great way to globalize a resume by gaining access to some Chinese perspectives on global business. While on this 3-week program, students will have professional site visits to numerous Chinese and multi-national organizations.

CGE group in Beijing

2013 group in Beijing, China

2014 Potential Company Visits Include:

Cultural Events

  • Beijing Opera and a seminar about the opera

  • Chinese traditional music

  • Networking with local business people

  • American Chamber of Commence networking event

  • Discussion or cultural exchange with local students

Academic Director

Yan Ling bio picDr. Ling is Associate Professor in George Mason University’s School of Business. She obtained her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and received her undergraduate degree from Central University of Finance & Economics in China. Dr. Ling teaches courses in strategic management and entrepreneurship at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Her primary research focuses on top management issues as they pertain to small, privately-held firms, including family businesses and new ventures. She is interested in how the top-level management of small, privately-held firms is different from that of large, publicly-held organizations. Her research has been published in top journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Research, and the Journal of Organizational Behaviors, among others.

Dates: July 6-25, 2014

You should plan to leave the United States at least one day prior to the program start date to arrive in Beijing for the first day of the program. You can schedule your return to the United States from Beijing for the last day of the program or choose to travel independently.

Do not purchase international airfare until you are advised by your Program Officer.

Program Fee: $4,242

The Center for Global Education Program Fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Ground transportation
  • Cultural excursions
  • Business site visits during the two-week program
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Emergency medical insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation
  • Administrative services in Beijing and at George Mason University

AASCU Scholarship for Summer Study in China
One Mason student is eligible for a $1500 scholarship to study in China this summer. Students should have academic merit, show economic need and be willing to share their travel and learning experience with AASCU. To apply contact the Center for Global Education.


Scholarships are available to George Mason students through the Center for Global Education as well as through outside resources.

CGE Scholarships

Open to George Mason University students who participate in CGE Winter Break and Summer Programs. CGE Scholarship amounts range from approximately $250 to $1,000 and are both merit- and need-based. Students who are awarded a Global Scholarship may volunteer to assist CGE in the promotion of study abroad upon their return.

CGE Scholarships Information Page

Financial Aid

Mason students may also use financial aid (external link to FAFSA Student Aid) to cover a program's cost. If you are not a George Mason university student check with your study abroad office or office of financial aid to learn more about how to cover the cost of your study abroad.

How to Apply

Consult the How to Apply section for detailed instructions.

  1. Start by completing the online application.

  2. Pay the $150 registration and processing fee ($200 for non-Mason).

Note that all supplemental documents are required by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Contact the Program Officer for further application forms and instructions specific to your program.

*CGE reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or any other unforeseen circumstances.