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China Studies Institute

VISION

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.

QUALIFICATIONS

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. Students interested in CSI should:

  • Must have Junior or Senior standing at the time of participation.
  • Have a minimum 3.2 GPA

CREDIT

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.

An immersion track in the Chinese language is available. Courses are also offered in:

  • Political Science
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Arts & Literature

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.

Global Understanding core credit can be fulfilled by this semester program when students participate in COR210 pre-departure and COR211 upon re-entry. Lab fees apply. 

COST

Students are charged the basic term expenses minus Board. Regular Gordon semester costs include:

  • Tuition
  • Housing and meals
  • A mid-semester study trip to major Chinese cities and venues
  • Program-related ground transportation

Costs not included:

  • Travel to and from program

APPLICATION PROCEDURE & DEADLINES

Students wishing to study abroad must first submit an online seat application and have an interview with the Global Education Office.

FALL SEMESTER: 
Online seat applications must be submitted and interviews completed by March 1. You will receive a decision regarding your seat application within five days. After you have been approved by the Global Education Office, proceed directly with your program's application process. CSI's fall semester deadline is June 1.

SPRING SEMESTER: 
Online seat applications must be submitted and interviews completed by September 30. You will receive a decision regarding your seat application within five days.

After you have been approved by the Global Education Office, proceed directly with your program's application process. CSI's spring semester deadline is November 1.

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