Summer in China

Spend 4 weeks immersed in business and culture in China. This program includes visits with multi-national companies in Shanghai that complement your studies in Beijing.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

You will spend your first three weeks in Beijing staying on a University campus in dorms on a shared basis. All rooms come equipped with a living room, a small kitchen that includes water boiler, a small oven or microwave for cooking and a private bathroom with shower facilities.

Your last week will be spent in Shanghai, one of the world's largest and most influential cities - it is home to more than 23 million people! This exciting economic, technological, and international trade hub gives you access to countless historical, cultural, and modern sights and activities. You will be able to try delicious Chinese cuisine, see relics of ancient Chinese history, and experience the thriving, bustling life that is typical for a city of this size. Shanghai is conveniently located on the estuary of the Yangtze River, which is the largest river in China.

After cold harsh winters, China comes alive in the summer with so much to see and do. Both Beijing and Shanghai have events every day of the week, whether it is cooking classes in a hutong, tai-chi by the Bund, dancing at Yuyuan gardens or tasting the delicacies of Wangfujing snack street, each city offers a multitude of opportunities to enjoy China’s unique culture.

With Summer in China, Beijing and Shanghai offers so much to explore, taste, smell, and see! You will have no trouble finding art exhibitions, theater events, music and dancing, film festivals, and more during your free weekends.

Participants will also enjoy regular group interactions through their hands-on coursework, which takes them to various locations in and around the city. Students will get to visit businesses in Shanghai where they meet leaders of successful multi-national corporations and gain exposure to global business practices in Shanghai, a major financial hub and China's biggest city.

On Summer in China, you will study abroad in English and take Mandarin language classes in bustling Shanghai, the financial capital of China. In your free time, you can explore the city and the surrounding areas, and become immersed in Chinese culture while living in one of the biggest cities in the world! You will experience:

Unique programs. This special summer study abroad program allows you to study business in Shanghai. We designed this program specifically for business students with an interest in learning about and living in the fastest growing economy in the world. 

Perfect location. You’ll be minutes from the heart of Shanghai, so you can easily explore the city and the surrounding areas with Shanghai's user friendly public transportation system.

We’re here to support you. While all programs offer exceptional support services, we know you’ll love our staff in China. We’ll make sure you’re well prepared before you go, help you settle in as soon as you step off the plane, take care of you the entire time you’re in China, then provide some great resources for your readjustment and making the most of your experience once you’re back home. 

We offer a great value. In 4 weeks you’ll earn 9 credits, which is a great deal, especially when you consider all you get when studying abroad in China with CISabroad! Although it appears to be a short experience, we bet it will stay with you longer than you would have ever expected. 

The four week Summer in China program offers courses in English and hands-on experience and exposure to international businesses and global practices. You will also study Chinese language and culture while immersed in two of China’s most vibrant cities- Beijing and Shanghai. Summer in China is a unique way to gain valuable international business skills, learn a new language and explore a fascinating country!

Study business, culture and Chinese language in Beijing and Shanghai – Spend your first three weeks in Beijing, the cultural capital of China. Take a trip to The Great Wall and explore the city's historic and traditional neighborhoods. Professors will lay the foundation for the business visits while also emphasizing Chinese culture and language. The last week in Shanghai you'll experience the commercial and financial center of mainland China and the economic center of East Asia. This portion of the program will focus on intercultural business practices by learning from and interacting with employees of multi-national corporations. 

Enjoy a combination of Western and Chinese perspectives - This summer study abroad program is led by faculty from the business college of Jacksonville University, a highly regarded AACSB-accredited college. Jacksonville University faculty guide the academics from a Western business perspective, while local Chinese business professionals provide insight into China's business practices and studies.

An experiential program - Get real, hands-on experience through visits to multi-national corporations. Complement your academic experiences with class projects before your final presentation to Chinese business managers. Enjoy frequent language, culture and business exchanges through excursions and interactions with local business people.  

If you've always wanted to study abroad in China, check out our Summer in China program. Here are just a few of the key highlights that make this program unique:

  • Free weekends to explore the city or locations outside of Beijing
  • Visit local businesses
  • Learn global business practices in two Chinese cities: Beijing, China's culture capital and Shanghai, a major financial hub and China's largest city
  • Exciting cultural activities and excursions to sites throughout Beijing and Shanghai
  • Study Mandarin
  • Live and study on a Chinese college campus

While spending your summer in China with CISabroad, you'll have the opportunity to go on a variety of excursions in Beijing, Shanghai, and surrounding areas.

Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City

The capital of the People's Republic of China is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, combining ancient Chinese history with modern attractions that will thrill any visitor. From the grand and imposing space that is Tiananmen Square, to the old center of the world at the Forbidden City, visitors will feel they have stepped into the past as they wander the cobbled stones and feel the majesty of the incredible site.

The Great Wall and Olympic Village

Being the worlds most recognizable structures and feats of engineering both old and new, this tour day is a sight to behold. Memories of the Olympics in 2008 and the unforgettable opening ceremony make the Olympic Village a great picture moment. Then a visit to the Great Wall of China spanning the length of the country gives visitors the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the past, a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Shanghai City Tour

The business center that is Shanghai offers not only futuristic skylines and vibrant art districts, but also history and culture at every street corner. Including entry to the Shanghai Museum, Jing An Temple District, Yuyuan Garden and The Bund as well as the delightful French Concession the city tour has a bit of everything to capture the imagination.

1. What is the cost of program tuition? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for the Summer in China program can be found on the Price and Dates page

2. When are the program fees due?

The Program fees for Summer in China are due on May 1st. This program also requires a separate deposit that will be invoiced to students in early March. CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

There are four easy steps in the Application process.

1. Fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc.

2. Pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost.

3. Complete the Academic Reference Form, Course Selection Worksheet, Personal Statement, Applicant Profile, copy of your passport photo page, and Scholarship Application (Optional).

4. Mail in your official Transcript to our office.

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application for the Summer in China program is due on March 1st.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

For almost all CISabroad programs, you WILL NEED A PASSPORT. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. The Summer in China program does require a visa and more information will be given upon acceptance into the program.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes! For the Summer in China program, the GPA requirement is 2.5.

6. What are my housing options?

The Summer in China program housing will be in shared university dorms in Beijing and shared hotel rooms in the heart of Shanghai.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

For the Summer in China program, you will enroll in 3 courses (9 U.S. Credits). Of these credits, 3 will be in a Mandarin language course and 6 will be from business electives.

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and a January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

During the Beijing portion of the program, participants will live in a student dormitory in Beijing. Accommodation will be in shared rooms with a small, basic kitchen facility with a fridge. These rooms are equipped with air-conditioners and furnished with a desk, chair, desk lamp, wardrobe, bed, pillow and linen for each student. There is a token-operated laundry facility on-site.

After taking a high speed train from Beijing to Shanghai, students will live in a hotel in shared rooms for the rest of the program (approximately one week). 

Participants on the Summer in China program will be supported by local staff as well as the lead professor on the program, Douglas L. Johansen, Ph.D.

About Professor Johansen

Douglas L. Johansen, Ph.D. was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He received his B.A. from the University of Iowa School of Letters and a Masters in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and has also studied at the University of Haute Bretagne in Rennes, France.  He was awarded a Ph.D. in Marketing by Florida State University College of Business in 2011. His academic awards and honors include National Merit Scholarship Finalist, a Sheth Foundation Grant, Academy of International Business Doctoral Consortium, and Editor of Das Tor.

His background as a business practitioner includes executive and managerial positions with Xerox as well as firms in the financial service, information technology, international development and consulting industries.  He has traveled and done business in over 20 countries.  He speaks fluent French, fluent Portuguese, and German.

Currently, Douglas Johansen is Assistant Professor of Marketing and International Business at Jacksonville University’s AACSB accredited Davis College of Business.  He has published in a wide range of scholarly publications as well as journalistic venues. His primary research interests are in international marketing, international strategy and marketing strategy and entrepreneurship. He is an active member, conference presenter and reviewer for a number of organizations including AMA, AIB, AOM, and SMS.

On Summer in China, you’ll be in enrolled in a Mandarin language course and two international business courses. 

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Contact an advisor to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

All international business courses are taught by Jacksonville University faculty. For details on faculty and support staff, please visit the "In-Country Support" tab.  

Global Business INB 420 (3 credits) - This course provides an overview of the evolving nature of the global business environment with special focus on the development of management skills related to international business. Topics covered include internationalization of the firm, industry globalization, international business strategy, cross-cultural management techniques, international human resources management and labor relations as well as the conduct of building of competitive capabilities and managing across the boundaries.

Global Business Experience INB 421 (3 credits)- The purpose of this course is to use the whole world as a laboratory to learn about and experience doing business and managing organizations around the world. More specifically, the students will experience the social, political, historical, and other environmental elements that influence the decision-making process, business functions, and the leadership styles at a variety of organizations around the globe. The objective is to provide an exceptional learning opportunity for the students to meet with professionals, experts, and the business leaders in foreign firms to observe and to discuss the current and future aspects of doing business in a global environment.

Mandarin (3 credits) – students will take a placement test upon arrival and be placed in the appropriate level of Mandarin – beginner or intermediate* (101 or 102). The faculty is from a local language school and is accredited by Jacksonville University.
*Advanced languages courses may be available for those that place higher. These will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, but not be guaranteed.  

Price and Dates
Term: Summer 2015
Arrival Late-June
Departure Mid-July
Application Deadline April 1
Term: Summer 2015 Price: $TBD more info


Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

•    Full-time tuition and fees
•    Shared Accommodation in University Dorms
•    Excursions in Beijing including the Great Wall and Forbidden City
•    Trip to Shanghai including business visits and cultrual excursions
•    Medical and accident insurance
•    CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
•    Academic advising
•    Financial aid counseling
•    Assistance with travel arrangements
•    Predeparture and on-site orientation
•    Airport pickup
•    On-site support
•    Jacksonville University transcript
•    Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide


CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Price and Dates
Term: Summer 2015
Arrival Late-June
Departure Mid-July
Application Deadline April 1
Term: Summer 2015 Price: $TBD more info


Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

•    Full-time tuition and fees
•    Shared Accommodation in University Dorms
•    Excursions in Beijing including the Great Wall and Forbidden City
•    Trip to Shanghai including business visits and cultrual excursions
•    Medical and accident insurance
•    CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
•    Academic advising
•    Financial aid counseling
•    Assistance with travel arrangements
•    Predeparture and on-site orientation
•    Airport pickup
•    On-site support
•    Jacksonville University transcript
•    Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide


CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.