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

St. Bonaventure University

We regret to report that due to coronavirus safeguards announced by China resulting in the unavailability of flights in May, the 2022 China Studies program, scheduled for May 16-31, has been canceled.

China Studies Program

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 pagodaThe China Studies program includes a two-week journey to China and completion of a 3-credit undergraduate and graduate course.* 

The 2022 program has been canceled. Details for the 2023 program will be available here at a later date.

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students and others, including alumni, spouses and friends.

You will land in Shanghai, the Paris of the East, and spend four days in this remarkable city.

Next, you will spend two days in Xi’an, home of the 2,300-year-old Terra Cotta Warriors, described by National Geographic magazine as the 8th wonder of the world. 

Finally, you will stay at the Friendship Hotel in Beijing, located next to the Beijing Institute of Technology, for eight days. You will learn about Chinese culture, language, history, business operations, and management style and will be briefed by the managers of companies such as:
  • Moog (of East Aurora)
  • PriceWaterhouse Coopers
  • OCBC Bank in Shanghai
  • Messe-Frankfurt
  • Devries Global PR Firm
  • China Daily
  • Commercial Attache – U.S. Embassy
  • Shanghai National Exposition and Convention Center

Ready for adventure?

This is an unforgettable trip filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, with visits to the international financial hub Shanghai, aka Paris of the East, and to the megacity Beijing, the nation's cultural, educational and political center.

Briefings, lectures, visits and more 

This two-week experience is filled with every opportunity to discover China.

"This truly is an unforgettable journey and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Dr. Carl Case, professor of management at St. Bonaventure and China Studies director. "You not only experience China's rich culture and history, but you see as well its significant role in shaping international business."

Students on a visit to the Terracotta Army excavation site in Shaanxi, ChinaThere are 36 hours of briefings and lectures in which you may ask questions to learn more about the nation, its people, and what it offers as a market.

In addition, there will be cultural visits to the new Pudong area of Shanghai and to many historical sites in Beijing such as the Great Wall, Ti’ananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven. 

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.

Note that all presentations are in English so no knowledge of the Chinese language is required. 

The 2022 program, scheduled for May 16-31, has been canceled due to China's adherence to coronavirus safeguards. Details of the 2023 program will be announced as they become available.

Accommodations, cost and payments

Your accommodations will be in Western-style fine hotels. Students will be two to a room and the cost includes a western breakfast daily and 5 other meals. 

The 2023 program's total cost, which has yet to be determined, includes tuition and all airfare. The group will depart from and return to Buffalo Niagara International Airport. There is also a fee to process the Chinese visa application.

A $1,000 competitive need-based scholarship is also available for MGT-446 undergraduate students with a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the Financial Aid Office at St. Bonaventure University. Details and deadlines for applying to the scholarship for the 2023 program will be announced here as they become available.

Those attending the 2023 program will be required to submit an initial deposit with their application and release form by Oct. 31, 2022. A second payment is due Feb. 1, 2023, and a final payment is due March 1, 2023.

Instructions for making payments will be available here at a later date.

Application procedures and deadlines

An application, release form, and copy of the complete photo page of your passport (if you have one now) must be submitted by Oct. 31, 2022. These may be delivered to Dr. Carl Case in Swan Business Center 108B or mailed to him at Swan Business Center 108B, St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY 14778. They may also be attached to an email to Dr. Case.

Class size is limited, so it is advisable to submit your deposit as soon as possible.

A link to download the program application (with payment deadlines) and release form will be available here at a later date.

*Program participants take the 3-credit course MGT 446/MBA 646. International Business: China Studies