Summer in China

Spend 4 weeks immersed in business and culture in China. This program includes visits with multi-national companies that complement your 3 week study in Beijing followed by tours of monuments and historic sites in international Shanghai.

On Summer in China, you will study abroad in English and take Mandarin language classes in bustling Beijing, the 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 - 3 weeks in Beijing; half-week 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 Beijing, so you can easily explore the city and the surrounding areas with Beijing'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 3 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. 

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.

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.

Academic Course (45 contact hours - 3 credits):

International Business and Corporate Strategy- The course is designed for those interested in acquiring a set of analytical tools and strategic thinking in managing an international business. The course examoins how firms can obtain and sustain competitive advantage and superior return through the development and implementation of international strategies. Specifically, this course will cover how to analyze industry attractiveness, evaluate the competitive environment, identify business and corporate level strategies, assess the extent to which a company has a sustainable competitive advantage, and develop innovative strategies that open up uncontested market space. We will focus on strategies that develop and exploit 2 sources of superior returns: unique value-creating resources, and powerful positions in markets and supply chains.

Additional Academic Component:

Chinese Culture & Language (4 hours of Mandarin)- This course intends to provide a broad survey of Chinese culture, ranging from ancient Chinese legend and myth, to brief Chinese history, famous scholars, some schools of thoughts and modern Chinese political structure, economic and social policies as well as folk customs and festivals. The purpose of the course is to enable the students to have a deeper understanding of the country and its people so as to help them with better cross-cultural communciation in the future.

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, one of the world's largest and most influential cities.  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.  

Your last week you stay in Shanghai, 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. 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 Shanghai and Beijing 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, Shanghai and Beijing 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.

During the Beijing portion of the program, participants will live in a student dormitory. 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. 

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 April 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?

The application process can be broken into easy steps!

1. The first step is to fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. (Only takes five minutes!)

2. After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms. 

3. The next step is to pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

4. Within a day after submitting your deposit, you will receive a welcome email from your Program Coordinator—the person you will work with until departure. Your Program Coordinator will then give you program-specific items in your portal. (Note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program-specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

#CISabroadTip: Contact your school’s registrar and have them send us your transcript early on in the application process (you can send us your transcript even before you’ve made the $200 deposit!) since snail mail makes this the slowest piece to submit. (We also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. For application deadline, please check here or contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

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 1 course for 3 US credits. This course will be instructed in English, but additional Mandarin language lessons are also included in your program fees!

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.

Term: Summer 2017
Arrival June 4
Classes Start June 6
Classes End June 24
Departure June 29
Application Deadline March 15
Term: Summer 2017 Price: $4,990** 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:

•    Tuition and fees
•    Shared Accommodation in University Dorms
•    Excursions in Beijing including business visits and the Great Wall and Forbidden City
•    Trip to Shanghai including 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
•    UIBE 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.