Beijing, with a history going back 3 millennia, is known as much for modern architecture as its ancient sites.

St. Bonaventure University

The next China Studies program, which was scheduled for May of 2021, has been postponed a year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The next program is now planned for May of 2022. Exact dates, program costs and other details will be announced as they become available. 

China Studies

This unique and intense two-week summer course takes students on a great adventure, a journey to mainland China for the learning experience of a lifetime.

China Studies students outside an ancient pagodaChina Studies program participants will visit Beijing, the nation's sprawling capital and one of the most populous cities in the world, as well as Shanghai, known as the Paris of the East.

You will take MGT 446/MBA 646. International Business/China Studies, a 3-credit course with a business focus that provides an overview of the culture and history of this great nation. The course also explores its prospects for China's future, all with a business focus.

Offered primarily to students pursuing an MBA or a master's in integrated marketing communications, it is also open to undergraduate students and others, including alumni, spouses and friends. Class size is limited, so students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

"There is no substitute for being physically in China, getting to know a totally different culture and visualizing and understanding what's going on there," said Dr. Donald Swanz, retired associate professor of accounting at St. Bonaventure who founded the China Studies program in 1997.

Briefings, lectures, cultural visits and more

Program participants will be briefed by managers of American companies doing business in China such as Moog, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and more.

IStudents on a visit to the Terracotta Army excavation site in Shaanxi, Chinan Beijing, you will stay at the Friendship Hotel, located next to the Beijing Institute of Technology, for nine days. You learn about Chinese culture, language, history, business operations, and management style.

You will visit the U.S. Embassy in Beijing for a briefing on the business climate in China.There will be trips to historically significant sites as well: the Great Wall, Ti’ananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven and other historically significant sites.

You'll take an overnight trip to Xi’an to see the 2,300-year-old Terra Cotta Warriors, described by National Geographic Magazine as the eighth wonder of the world.

All presentations are in English, so no knowledge of the Chinese language is required.

Participants stay in fine Western-style hotels.