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

St. Bonaventure University

China Studies Program

This unique and intense two-week summer course introduces you to China, its culture, history, and prospects for the future, all with a business focus.

China Studies students outside an ancient pagodaThe China Studies program includes a two-week journey to China and completion of the 3-credit undergraduate and graduate university course MGT-446/MBA-646: China Studies. 

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.

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 spend eight days at the Friendship Hotel in Beijing, located next to the Beijing Institute of Technology. You will learn about Chinese culture, language, history, business operations, and management style and will be briefed by managers of companies such as Moog of East Aurora, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, OCBC Bank in Shanghai, Devries Global, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, and Messe-Frankfurt, as well as by representatives of the commercial attache of the U.S. Embassy in China, and 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 

Students on a visit to the Terracotta Army excavation site in Shaanxi, ChinaThis two-week experience is filled with every opportunity to discover China. There 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. 

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

Accommodations, preparations, cost and payments

Your accommodations will be in fine Western-style hotels. Students will be housed two to a room.

The total cost is $6,800, which includes tuition, hotels, all airfare from and to Buffalo Niagara International Airport, and a Western breakfast daily. A $1,500 deposit is required by Dec. 25, 2023. To make your deposit (and subsequent payments), CLICK HERE.

Class size is limited so your deposit should be submitted as soon as possible.

Program material will be forwarded weekly during the spring 2024 semester for your required reading. There will also be a meeting at St. Bonaventure University in February 2024 in which the China visa applications will be completed and final student preparations will be made. Please note that there will be a fee (estimated at $250) to process the Chinese visa application and students are required to purchase travel insurance (likely less than $100).

Application, release form, and other requirements

The program's online application, release form and copy of the complete photo page of your passport (if you have one at this time) must be submitted by Nov. 30, 2023. As noted above, the initial deposit is due Dec. 25, 2023, as well.

Program Application
Program Release Form

The completed release form and photo page of your passport may be attached to an email addressed to program Director Dr. Carl Case. Email Dr. Case. They may also be mailed or delivered to his office: 108B Swan Business Center, St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY 14778.

Competitive scholarship available
One $1,000 competitive, need-based scholarship is available for MGT-446 undergraduates with their Free Application for Federal Student 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 Dec. 15, 2023. If you are awarded the scholarship, the China studies application, release form, and deposit must be made by Dec. 25, 2023.