Center for International Services & Programs

China in the Global Economy: Language, Culture, and Business

May 9 – June 9, 2014

Program Description

This program offers a first-hand opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese, understand China’s growing role in the contemporary global economic and political arenas, discover the rich cultural history and heritage of the Chinese people, and explore the contemporary Chinese society.  The highlight of the course is a four and a half week visit to China, featuring Chinese language classes, company visits, guest lectures, tours of some of the major historical and cultural sights.
During the visit, students live and study in the Capital University of Economics and Business (CUEB) in Beijing. In Beijing, students will visit the Summer Palace, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Olympic sites, and the Great Wall.
Following four-week long intensive language study in Beijing, the course will be concluded with five-day cultural, historic, and business visits to Xi’an and Shanghai. Xi’an is the capital of 12 dynasties; it is the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and the home of the Terracotta Warriors. Shanghai is the financial center of China, a nexus of Chinese tradition and European style influence.

Academic Program

Students will be able to earn a total of 8 credits during this four and half-week program. All participants will take Chinese language classes at CUEB (4 credits) and are required to take a four-credit CSU field studies.
The students will choose from the following two specialized tracks:
Track 1  China in the Global Economy:  BUS/FIN 493; MBA/FIN 693; INB 491
Track 2 Chinese Language, History, Culture and  Contemporary Chinese Society: MLA 240/340/440
Following a four-week long intensive study and field trips in Beijing, the course will be concluded with five-day cultural, historic, and business visits to Xi’an and Shanghai.


Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.0; graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0.
At the time of application, the applicant must have completed two semesters at CSU if a first year student, and one semester if a transfer or graduate student. Students from other universities may be accepted to the program as a CSU transient student. Must also have no unpaid balance on their Treasury Services account and have no infractions of the Student Code of Conduct. All applications must be approved by the Program Director and the Education Abroad office.


The $2950 program fee includes:
  • round trip airfare with the group flight
  • hotels, entry fees, guides, and transportation on all excursions
  • lodging in a hotel on the CUEB campus
  • meals
  • CUEB tuition (4 credits)
  • a Chinese visa
  • an International Student ID Card
The cost does not include CSU tuition for BUS/FIN 493, MBA/FIN 693, or MLA 240/340/440. To view the current tuition rates, please visit the webite of the Office of Treasury Services. The cost may change due to increases in airfare and/or the exchange rate.
Students should budget an additional $100 for personal expenses and souvenirs.
Students are also responsible for passport fees, health insurance, and personal souvenir purchases and sightseeing.


The $2950 cost is broken down into 2 payments:
  • $200 payment due with application (see application for instructions on how to make this payment).
  • $2750 payment due on March 7, 2014.
You make payments toward these charges just like you would for tuition, electronically through Campusnet or by cash/check through the Cashier’s desk in Main Classroom or by mail.

If your program fees are not paid by the due dates indicated above, you may be removed from the program.

Financial Aid

Students may use summer financial aid to pay for program fees, except the $200 deposit. Summer financial aid is usually whatever aid a student did not use for fall and spring. It is also usually loans, not grants. Students can apply for independent loans through private lenders or by talking with a Campus 411/ All-in-One Enrollment Services representative.

In order to apply summer financial aid toward these fees, the student must provide the Study Abroad office with a copy of their financial aid award letter reflecting that the student has enough summer aid to cover both their tuition costs for all courses taken in the summer term and the program fees. The student must also provide the Study Abroad office with their summer course schedule. All of these documents must be submitted to the study abroad office by the March 7th payment deadline.
If you have any questions about using financial aid toward the study abroad cost, please contact the CISP.


Scholarships are available to students on this program. Eligible students can apply for the CISP Study Abroad Scholarship and the John A. Chao Memorial Scholarship. If you receive a Pell grant as part of your financial aid package, you may also apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Study Abroad Scholarship.

Do I need a Visa?

You will need a visa (permission to enter) to enter China. The visa fee is included in the program fee, and you will receive instructions from the Education Abroad office after you are accepted into the program about how to apply for the visa.


The program application and deposit slip is due no later than February 21, 2014 to confirm your participation. To make the program deposit of $200, take your payment to the Cashier’s Desk in the First Floor of the Main Classroom. You will receive a receipt that you must turn in with your application.

Download the CHN 14 Brochure_web.pdf and CHN 14 Application.pdf


Program Directors
Dr. Haigang Zhou
Monte Ahuja College of Business,
BU 324
Phone: 216-687-3687
Qizhi Zhang
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, RT 1651
Phone: 216-687-3929
Education Abroad Office
MC 106
Phone: 216-687-3910