Confucius Institute

Study Abroad in China

Program Description

Academic Program




Financial Aid


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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 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, and 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 the four-week long intensive language study in Beijing, the course will be concluded with five-days of 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.


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


Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.0; graduates must have a 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. Applicants 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 program cost is $2950. The cost includes:

  • Round trip airfare with the group flight
  • Hotels, entry fees, guides, & transportation on all excursions
  • All on-campus meals
  • Lodging in Shanghai and Xi'an
  • Lodging in a hotel on the CUEB campus
  • CUEB tuition (4 credits)
  • A Chinese visa
  • An International Student Identity Card (ISIC)

The cost does not include CSU tuition for BUS/FIN 493, MBA/FIN 693, INB 491, or MLA 240/340/440. To view the current tuition rates, go to Costs may change due to increases in airfare and/or the exchange rate.

Students are also responsible for passport fees, health insurance, and personal souvenir purchases and sightseeing outside of the program.


The $2950 cost is broken down into 3 payments:

  • $200 Payment Due with Application (See application for instructions on how to make this payment)
  • $1600 Payment - This charge will be posted to your Treasury Services account after your acceptance. Payment deadline: March 7, 2014
  • $1150 for Remainder of Cost - This charge will be posted to your Treasury Services account after your acceptance. Payment deadline: March 21, 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.


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 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 Study Abroad office.


Three scholarships are available to students on short term programs. Eligible students can apply for the CISP Education Abroad Scholarship, the ODAMA Education Abroad Scholarship, a special Confucius Institute Scholarship only available to students on this program, and the John A. Chao Scholarship. (Click on the links to go to the eligibility requirements for each scholarship as well as the application form.)


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 application here.


Dr. Haigang Zhou
Director, Confucius Institute
Monte Ahuja College of Business
BU 324, JH 291

Qizhi Zhang
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
RT 1651

Education Abroad Office
Main Classroom Suite 106