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About The Program



  • UT undergraduate with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Successful completion of STA 309 by the summer you participate:  
  • Please note, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

About the Program

Program Duration: Five weeks, first summer session June 

Company Visits: The program includes required company visits in Austin and Midlothian, Texas in May, as well as a two-night stay in Los Angeles prior to departure to Hong Kong. View a previous Pre-HK Itinerary to get an idea.

Check-in to L.A. dorms:   Saturday, June 6, 2015
Check-in to Hong Kong dorms:  Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Check-out of Hong Kong dorms:  Saturday, July 11, 2015

Note: Due to the pre-Hong Kong itinerary of this program, students are discouraged from purchasing airfare before receiving detailed information on the Texas and L.A. schedule from the program coordinator. From December to January, students will be sent recommended flights from L.A. to Hong Kong that fit in with the L.A. portion of the trip.

About the Courses

Operations Management – Taught by University of Texas, McCombs faculty 
OM335 (H)

Doing Business with Chinese Suppliers  – Taught by CUHK faculty
IB372 or OM340S or IB320F

Classes take place Monday-Thursday (usually 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Some afternoon or Friday classes possible. Students are strongly urged to refrain from making weekend travel plans until receipt of finalized schedule. Absence from class will not be permitted.

Cultural Analysis Assignment

You will be responsible for completing a short analysis of the local culture. You will receive instructions and guidance throughout the process. Each student will receive a set of materials they can use during this assignment and in their future careers.

The assignment is designed to be a short, fun and enriching group activity. You will receive valuable feedback on your analysis, and all contributions will be compiled into the class' group observations of the culture. For more information, and to see a sample student assignment, check out the Cultural Analysis Toolkit.

During the re-entry session, you will receive feedback and guidance from the assistant director. You'll learn how to leverage this project and the skills you have developed while abroad to distinguish yourself during the recruitment process. For more information, please visit Study Abroad and Your Career.

  • Re-entry Orientation in September


Guoming Lai, Assistant Professor, Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management. His research expertise is in Classical Operations Management, Strategic Supply Chain Management, Retailing, and Energy/Commodity Resource Management. He has explored the research topics with his coauthors on, such as, sales channel stuffing, inventory management & supply chain strategies under capital market interaction, energy and natural gas trading and storage management, inventory and pricing strategies with strategic consumers, etc. He has published articles in the journals of Management Science, Operations Research, and Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. He has taught the courses of Production and Operations Management, Operations Management, and Strategic Supply Chain Management at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Texas at Austin. Guoming received his PhD degree in Management of Manufacturing and Automation and a master’s degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. He also earned a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Tsinghua University in China.

Michael Hasler is a lecturer at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in the Information, Risk, and Operations Management department. He is also the associate academic director for the Supply Chain Management Center of Excellence at McCombs.

The bulk of his professional experience was in the auto industry in supply chain and operations. He moved to high-tech in the semiconductor equipment industry with Applied Materials in Austin, Texas in 1996. While at Applied he helped launch their supply chain management activity, led operations for a $1 billion division, and headed Global Materials Operations before leaving in 2003. As one of the operations executives at Applied Materials he was chosen to help create and spearhead the Leadership Development program. It was this experience that led to his Ph.D. in human resource development at Texas A&M University in 2009.

Page last updated: 7/9/2015