Application Deadline & Fee

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Program Dates

June 10, 2018 - July 15, 2018 (5 weeks)

Program Details

The program provides students a serious and engaged academic learning opportunity on Chinese politics and economy through site visits of museums, historical sites, government institutions, media, firms, free trade zones, and NGOs and directly communicating with Chinese students, scholars, and professionals in different disciplines and industries. Students will get to learn different topics, such as political culture, political and economic history and its legacy, foreign relations, public diplomacy, current issues of politics and economy, business etiquette, business prospect, and media and public relations of the country. The working language will be English.

Students will spend time in Beijing, the capital city of China, and the political, economic, and cultural center of the country (although a few excursions will be in Shandong Province and Tianjin Municipality). It is the perfect starting point for students who are interested in understanding the historical legacy and the current political, economic and business situation in China. As the seat of China’s political power, Beijing offers great opportunities for participants to personally experience the speed and challenges of economy development and urbanization, the close interaction between state and market by interacting with professionals in numerous industries/institutions. As the home to many of China’s most significant historical sites, monuments and museums, Beijing offers enough opportunities for participants to see the major sites.

The host university, Communication University of China (CUC), is one of the top public universities in China and has extensive experiences in international education, training, and cooperation with international partners. It is located in the eastern suburb of metropolitan Beijing, on the edge of the 5th ring road, and with convenient access to the Beijing Subway. It is convenient to travel between CUC and the airport, railway station, and a lot of major sites and excursion destinations and this effectively reduces the cost of local transportation.

Students will also visit:

  • Beijing
  • Shandong
  • Tianjin

Anticipated Curriculum

*Students are expected to take one or two courses while on this study abroad.

POLS 2210: Introduction to Chinese Politics
(Prerequisite - ENGL 1010)

POLS 362G: Modern Chinese Political Economy
(Prerequisite - UAS*)

COMM 202R: Communication Field Experience
(Prerequisite - Instructor Approval)

COMM 362G: International Communication
(Prerequisite- COMM 3020, 3050, UAS*)

*University Advanced Standing - 24 credits completed, GPA 2.0 or higher MAT 1030 and ENGL 2010 or equivalent.

Program Requirements*

Must be 18 years of age at the time of departure

Minimum G.P.A.: 2.5

Physical requirements: Significant amount of walking on field trips almost on a daily basis; hiking the Great Wall and Mountain Tai.

*Accessibility services vary from country to country. Contact the Office of Global Engagement if you require such services.

Estimated Program Fee*

Covers housing and transportation


*This cost is tentative and based on the current exchange rate and program plans. This cost may be updated due to exchange-rate fluctuations or program changes. This program receives funding from the Office of Engaged Learning Chinese Initiative Funds to subsidize program cost.

Additional Estimated Costs

UVU tuition ($165 per credit hour)
Roundtrip international airfare (approx $1500)
Meals (approx $250)
Discretionary spending (approx $300)
Visa Processing (approx $180)
Passport (approx $135)
All students are required to pay a $75 application fee for all Study Abroad programs.

Tuition Waivers

Please contact the UVU Benefits Office for more information. In certain instances, tuition waivers may not apply for an international program.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Pell Grants and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to the program, based on eligibility. Applicant must have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (BA 105) and complete all necessary application forms for financial aid.

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Travel Report

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