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China Studies Program


Experience firsthand the daily realities of this powerful country by living at Xiamen University and spending time in Hong Kong, Xi’an, Shanghai, Beijing, and an area of rural China.  The program includes Chinese language study, courses in Chinese history, contemporary society, and intercultural communication as well as possible business internships. Opportunities like weekly English language tutoring sessions help CSP students develop relationships with the students of Xiamen University while developing language proficiency. 


  • Two full years of college
    • Will accept sophomores in extenuating circumstances.
  • 2.75 GPA or higher


  • Courses may meet major or general education requirements.
  • Courses will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades.
  • Students will meet their third language/cross-cultural requirement by participating in this program.  Students will not earn 3 credits, rather the requirement will be waived.

Costs: 2014 - 2015 

Messiah tuition, room, board plus $1,200 off-campus study

Fee covers:

  • tuition, housing, meals
  • educational excursions
  • pre-depature and re-entry orientation
  • Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees.


Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from their program.


Messiah Pre-Approval Deadlines

Spring 2015 – April 1, 2014

Fall 2015 - December 1, 2014


China Studies Program Deadline

Spring 2015 - November 1, 2014

Rolling admissions; students are strongly encouraged to apply early


Course Equivalencies
The Registrar’s Office has determined that the following courses taken at the China Studies Program will fulfill General Education requirements:

General Education
Requirement Met
Contemporary Society: Public Policy and Economic Development   Non-Western
Chinese I (3 credit) and Chinese II (must take the six-credits to fulfill two language courses)   6 credits of language
Chinese History   Non-Western
Eastern Philosophy and Religion   Religion
Physical Education (Tai Chi)   P.E. Activity
Dimensions of East Asian Culture   Art
Participation in the Program   Cross-Cultural Waiver


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“I learned much about Asian cultures in general, and the Chinese culture in particular. I believe that this knowledge is essential for a person like me who wants to work in international relations.“

--Samuel Pirondi


China Studies Program: Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
Centers for Disease Control: China
CIA World Fact Book: China
"People's Daily Online"
U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheets: China



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