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China Studies Program


Come explore the vast, geographically diverse land of China, home to one-fifth of the world’s population!  Students experience firsthand the daily realities of this powerful country by living at Xiamen University, also 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.  Students also choose to concentrate in either Business or China Studies. 


Opportunities like weekly English language tutoring sessions help CSP students develop relationships with the students of Xiamen University and residents of Xiamen. 

Goals and Objectives
The object of the China Studies Program is to help students to gain an appreciation for Chinese people and culture, to understand current political, economic, theological, social, and religious circumstances, and to develop a Christ-centered world view of China.

Students must have completed two full years of college and have at least a 2.75 GPA to qualify for the program. Will consider second semester sophomores. Students are required to attend all Messiah-run pre-departure orientation sessions the semester before studying abroad as well as half-day reentry retreat upon returning to campus the following semester.

The sixteen credits earned may meet some general education or major requirements. Courses taken will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades. Please refer to the grade conversion chart . Students will choose from two concentrations:


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.

Fee covers tuition, housing, meals, educational excursions, pre-departure, and re-entry orientation.  Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees. A $300 deposit is requested within two weeks of acceptance.


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


Messiah Application Deadlines

Spring 2015 – April 1, 2014

Fall 2015 - December 1, 2014


Begin the application process here!



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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