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

St. Bonaventure University

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.


Program dates, costs & details


  • Dates: The 2021 China Studies program is tentatively scheduled for May 17 to June 1, 2021.
  • Cost: The cost per participant is $5,795, including a non-refundable $1,500 deposit. The cost includes air fair from and returning to Buffalo Niagara International Airport, accommodations, breakfast daily and five other meals. Deposits must be paid at http://www.sbu.edu/ChinaDeposit.
  • Need-based aid: A $1,000 competitive need-based scholarship is also available for MGT-446 undergraduates with a Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) on file with the Financial Aid Office at St. Bonaventure University. To apply for the scholarship, you must email Dr. Carl Case by Oct. 1. If you are awarded the scholarship, the China Studies application, release form, and deposit must be made by Oct. 31.
  • Language: All presentations are in English; no knowledge of Chinese is required.
    Accommodations: You will stay in fine western-style hotels.