Originally established by American University, the China Studies Institute (formerly the Beijing Program in Asian Studies) offers students firsthand knowledge of the emerging economic and political powerhouse. China's ascendancy necessitates dialogue and understanding not just at the governmental level but also at the grassroots level. It is the mission of the China Studies Institute to promote such understanding in a manner that accounts for China's unique cultural and political realities.
The China Studies Institute has a wide range of courses to suit various needs of students and all courses, except the advanced Chinese classes, are taught in English. It also has a long established travel program and internship practice, among others.
**As of Fall 2012 CSI has a new GPA requirement of 3.2**
Courses are offered in:
Internships (both full-time and part-time) and Independent Studies (in research topics from contemporary political, economic, and diplomatic issues to historical inquiries.) can also be arranged. An immersion track in the Chinese language is also available.
Although not a requirement, students are encouraged to take advantage of the program's intensive Chinese language offerings. In addition, all students are eligible for an internship placement in prominent institutions like CNN, Economist, and NBC.
The Institute's host institution, Peking University, is the most prestigious academic institution in China. The Institute is affiliated directly with its School of International Studies and the History Department where you will interact with China's best students. All courses, except the advanced Chinese classes, are taught in English.
Global Understanding core credit can be fulfilled by this semester program when students participate in the pre- and post-departure New Perspectives course. Lab fees apply as of Fall 2013. Visit the GEO for details or go to the GEO Global Understanding webpage.
All Gordon students applying to the China Studies Institute must first submit an online seat application (link available to Gordon students only) to participate in a Global Education program. Only after you have been approved by the Global Education Office for study abroad may you proceed with the China Studies Institute online application.
After you have been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with application to the China Studies Institute.
Deadlines for program applications are:
All students who participate in this program through Gordon College are charged the basic term expenses, minus Board as indicated in the academic catalog, and may apply their internal scholarship awards to the cost of the program. Please consult with Student Financial Services to review your situation.
Regular Gordon semester costs include:
For further information please contact:
The Global Education Office
See the China Studies Institute homepage for further details