2024 International Study Tour

Beautiful modern city scenery at night in Shanghai, China

INFS3020: Information Systems and Technology International Study Tour 2024

25th August to 7th September 2024, Shanghai, China

This course affords students the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of an international aspect of information systems/technology (IS/IT) business operations (e.g. global IS/IT teams, distributed systems development, eBusiness, and localisation management) through first-hand observation of business operations in Asian countries such as China, India, and South Korea.

For 2024, the components of the course includes one pre-departure workshop conducted at the university and a two-week study trip to China. During the field trip, a number of leading national and international companies operating in the IS/IT sector and in other sectors with a significant IS/IT footprint will be visited. This is to enable students to develop an appreciation of the ways in which IS/IT-enabled business operations and business systems differ across cultures and countries. On their return, students will be required to prepare a group written report that builds on a real-world problem they have identified during their field trip observations of the business landscape and the country.  A group presentation and personal reflection report are also expected to be delivered post the trip.


INFS3020 is available to UNSW undergraduate students enrolled in Information Systems program, Commerce majoring in Information Systems, or double degrees with Information Systems program as one of the programs, and who have met the following eligibility criteria at the commencement of this course:

  • have completed a minimum of 72 UOC, of which 36 UOC must be INFS-coded courses; and
  • are in good academic standing.

Providing you have room in your program, INFS3020 may count as an INFS elective (even if it is not included in the online handbook at the year you commenced) or Business School Elective.  

INFS3020 is run in an intensive mode, primarily in August and September prior to commencement of classes for Term 3, plus assessments in Term 3. It is counted towards your Term 3 load. 

Application, Selection & Enrolment:

Applications for the INFS3020 are open now until 11.59pm on Friday 17th May 2024.     

To apply, complete the Expression of Interest form, upload your up-to-date academic statement, and a copy of the photo page of your passport.  

Expression of Interest Form

Up to 25 students (minimal of 20) can be enrolled into the course, and the selection is based on your academic merit and your justification presented in your application.   

Eligible students wishing to complete the course will be required to submit an online Express of Interest by the advertised date.

The School of Information Systems and Technology Management (ISTM) admin team will enrol eligible students who have been notified of their acceptance into this course before T3 2024 commences. You are required to make sure at least one course load to be reserved for this course if your application is approved.

If you have any query about application, please email to INFS3020 course LIC: Associate Professor Zixiu Guo at  z.guo@unsw.edu.au.

Key Dates and Information to know

  • We aim to visit leading technology companies during this study tour. You are welcome to visit course Facebook page to learn what happened in 2023 class.

    A similar program structure will be scheduled in 2024.  A detailed and confirmed schedule will be provided to the selected students early of July.

  • 5th April 2024:

    Application for INFS3020 2024 opens now.

    17th May 2024:

    Application closes at 11.59pm on Friday 17th May 2024.     

    31st May 2024:

    Students notified of outcome of the application (successful/unsuccessful)

    7th June 2024:

    You are required to confirm your acceptance of the offer by the 7th of June. Otherwise, your spot will be offered to students who are on the waitlist.

    7th June 2024:

    Payment of non-refundable $1000 deposit (securing your place in this course). An online payment link will be provided via email.

     21st June 2024:

    Non-refundable final payment of the balance

    1st July 2024:   

    Chinese visa application starts

    Week 7-9 Term 2 2024:

    Compulsory Pre-Departure in-person Session (3-hour session.  date, time & location TBA)


    Depart Sydney for commencement of study tour in China.


    Arrive in Shanghai hotel booked for the study tour in China.


    Depart China for conclusion of study tour.

    Term 3 2024:

    • Compulsory debriefing session (date, time, & location TBA)
    • Individual Report and personal reflection
    • Group project presentation (date, time, & location TBA)
  • In addition to normal course fees, students will incur additional costs of approximately between $2,500 to $2,700 (depending on the total number of enrolled, the more students, the less cost) for all program costs, accommodations, breakfast, transports to the companies, and organized social and cultural activities. Flights and visa costs are not included in this amount.

    There are costs that are not included in your payment and you should ensure that you have sufficient funds to cover transport to/from Sydney airport, and to the hotel/airport in Shanghai, phone calls, SIM card, laundry, admission costs at additional social and cultural tours, incidentals, and entertainment. In addition to these, you should allow at least $30 per day to spend on basic items such as food and drinks.

    If you are offered a place in this course, the initial non-refunded deposit of $1000 is due before 7th June 2024. This payment indicates your acceptance of the offer. 

  • Domestic students may be eligible for travel grants valued between $2000 and $3000 through the Australian Government New Colombo Plan Mobility Program. This is a competitive nomination process, and all applications are assessed on an individual basis. 

    After you are accepted into the course, you will be invited to apply for the NCP grant if you are eligible. 

  • Accommodation is provided for all students in a safe and central location. Students will stay in twin rooms and are required to stay together as a group.

    The study tour will be conducted in Shanghai. The companies to be visited will be confirmed prior to the pre-departure Information Session. 

  • Students may apply for an OS-HELP loan for this course (subject to meeting eligibility criteria). This financial assistance initiative by the Australian government assists with expenses incurred in overseas study. For further information including eligibility, please visit OS-HELP on the main UNSW website.

  • Each student is responsible for his/her own health before and during the course. You should consult your doctor to get advice about vaccinations or other health issues. You should also consult the Australian Government website for travellers: www.smartraveller.gov.au

  • UNSW's travel insurance policy covers students taking this course. You are obliged to read and understand all the details of the policy. While UNSW aims to assist you with cost-effective insurance, the coverage may not meet the requirements of all students going on this course. In such cases, we strongly recommend you arrange your own travel coverage through a private insurance provider.

  • The UNSW Business School continues to closely monitor the current global COVID-19 pandemic and are following the university’s approach to maintain a considered, evidence-based position guided by public health experts and government advice. 

    Should the situation change, and we are unable to travel to a specific INFS3020 location of China due to restrictions or public health risk, we will cancel the course and fees you have submitted to the trip will be fully refunded.


Course outline: INFS3020 Information Systems and Technology International Study Tour 2024

Still have Questions?

If you have any queries about the application, please email the INFS3020 course LIC: Associate Professor Zixiu Guo. 

E: z.guo@unsw.edu.au.

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