Semester in China

Program Spotlight Culture, history, and full language immersion await! Spend the semester getting to know China’s language, history, and culture while living in the heart of Beijing on a Chinese campus where all students know at least some English.

Semester in China includes two semesters running from September to December and from January/February to June. Because the spring semester falls after the Chinese New Year, the start dates may vary as much as 3 weeks from year to year. With the exception of language courses, you may take all of your courses in English. As a CISabroad student, you will take 6 credits of Mandarin-language study, plus 2 or 3 electives (6 or 9 US credits). Electives are available in the following subjects: Economics, Business, and International Studies, among others.

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses
Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses.

Course load: 4–5 classes (12–15 US credits). You will take 6 credits of Mandarin language, and then 2–3 electives (6–9 credits).

Course approval: It is best to get 7–8 classes approved before you go abroad. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

Course descriptions and catalog: Choose one Mandarin Language course: Introductory Chinese Mandarin (CHN100) or Intermediate Chinese Mandarin (CHN200).

CISabroad's partner university in Beijing, The University of International Business and Economics, offers these courses in English throughout the year. Please note, these courses may change each semester and you will register for your courses when you arrive in Beijing. For a list of course descriptions, please click here.

  • China's Culture and Society
  • The Great Chinese Revolution
  • Chinese Economic and Business Systems I
  • Chinese Economic and Business Systems II
  • Chinese Foreign Economic Relations
  • Chinese Economic and Social Development Programs
  • General Outline of China
  • Chinese Business Ethics
  • Marketing in China
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Trade and FDI in China
  • Environmental Protection in China
  • China's Capital Market: Opportunities and Challenges
  • Entrepreneurship: Business Opportunities in China
  • Transnational Corporation Management
  • Chinese Traditional Culture and Leadership Behavior
  • Intercultural Business Communication in China
  • Experimental Study of Intercultural Communication
  • International Finance: System, Market, and Investment Opportunities
  • China in the Global Economy
  • Chinese Business Culture and Consumer Behavior
  • Case Study of an International Corporation's Marketing Strategies in China