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USD Business Students Experience the Global Economy First-Hand in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China

The group of students, faculty and alumni who went on the Hong Kong trip in front of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Beacom School of Business students traveled to Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China as part of the Global Immersion Program.

VERMILLION, S.D. – In May, a group of twenty students along with faculty, staff and distinguished alumni from the Beacom School of Business embarked on the second annual Global Immersion Program, a 10-day trip to Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China.

Beacom launched the Global Immersion Program in 2018 as an opportunity to provide students with a transformational learning experience during their undergraduate and graduate studies. The trip is a major component of an international business course, and it gives students a first-hand look at global business concepts as they are being taught.

In 2019, the trip was enhanced with a visit to mainland China. The group spent three days in Shenzhen, which is known as the Silicon Valley of China.

“This was an eye-opening trip for me and undoubtedly one of the best educational experiences I’ve had throughout my college career,” said Taylor Schoenfelder, Beacom School of Business M.B.A. student. “Visiting Shenzhen showed me how vastly different and yet completely connected the U.S. and China are both culturally and economically.”

“This program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students. It offers them a chance to experience a part of the world that is vastly different than what they are used to,” said Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business. “Being able to study abroad and gain these first-hand experiences will have a lasting impact on our students personally and in their careers.”

Alumni engagement is also an essential part of the program. Two distinguished USD alumni were included in this year’s program. Ryan Taylor (’93), attorney at Cutler Law Firm in Sioux Falls joined the group for the 10-day trip. His participation in the business visits and debrief sessions added valuable insight to the discussions. John Kuhl (’97), who was in Hong Kong on a business trip, also joined the group for an evening to speak about his story of finding success and life balance in international business.

The program included a mixture of both cultural excursions and business visits.

In Hong Kong, students visited the following businesses.

  • US Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau
  •  PRIZM Digital marketing, Hong Kong
  • Morgan Philips Group
  • Modern Terminals
  • Edelman

In Shenzhen, China, students visited the following businesses.

  • Miele manufacturing plant
  • Halifax Fan
  • Shenzhen Stock Exchange
  • Bee+


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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