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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Nanjing, China; Shanghai, China; Shenyang, China
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • Budget Sheets: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
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  • Participate in briefings and discussions with US and Chinese business executives, and tour company production and operation facilities.
  • Brace yourself as you hike China's most famous landmark, the Great Wall at Ba Da Ling and visit Dr. Sun Yatsen’s Mausoleum in China’s former capital of Nanjing.
  • Experience China's culture and long history through its museums, temples, and ancient palaces such as the Forbidden City.


The objective of the course is to introduce students to important historical, political, and economic perspectives on doing business in China today as well as formulating US-China relations. This intensive field study in Beijing, Shanghai, and Nanjing will provide students with a rich introduction to Chinese history and an overview of modern China's economics, business, political and cultural environment.

Learn through a combination of lectures by CU Denver faculty, guest lectures, field trips, and seminars with experts on each day's topics. Visit US-China joint venture operations as well as other foreign-invested companies for chance to interview their managers.

The Window on China is complemented by excursions consisting of multiple business, government and cultural sites that help meet the main objective of the course, which revolves around a prominent relationship between the U.S and China.

Innovation Works, Buffalo Investments, AsiaSat, GE Global Health, Wellhope Argo-Tech, and Shanghai General Motors are among the businesses and government sites to be visited.



Course Information

  • 3 Credits
  • INTB 4028/6028
  • PSCI 4995/5995
  • Housing


    2019 Cost


  • Includes: tuition and fees, shared accommodations, entrance fees, some meals, domestic airfare, train ticket, and international health and evacuation insurance
  • Not Included: international airfare, most meals, visa fees (~$250 for US Citizens), and personal expenses
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    Faculty Leader

    This program is directed by Dr. Chen Ji and Dr. Stephen Thomas:

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    Chen Ji is Director of China Initiatives for the University of Colorado Denver Center for International Business Education and Research and Senior Instructor of Finance. He has led faculty and student study tours to China for over 20 years. Chen Ji teaches principles of finance, international financial management, financial institutions and markets, investment and portfolio management, corporate financial management, China and the Global Economy, and Window on China. His research focuses on China's bond and securities markets, banking system, pension and insurance reform, and human resources management practices. Chen Ji holds a master’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado Boulder, a master’s degree in economics from Liaoning University, and a BS in engineering from Dalian Institute of Technology.

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    Stephen Thomas has a PhD in political science and Chinese politics from Stanford University. He has taught in the political science department at the University of Colorado Denver since 1976.  He held the Fei Yi-Ming Chair of Comparative Politics at the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University joint center program in 1994-1995, teaching US-China relations and East Asian Development.  In 2009, he taught American Government and International Relations at the China Agricultural University in Beijing. He has done research on early (1870 to 1911) Chinese industrialization (economic “self-strengthening”) and post-1978 Chinese financial institutions and Sovereign Wealth Funds.

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    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Financial Aid

    CU Denver students may be able to use their existing financial aid for Global Study programs. Note that Maymester programs are considered part of the Summer term for financial aid. In order to be eligible for financial aid, students must be registered for at least half-time status (6 credits for undergraduates, 3 credits for graduates) during the Summer term. For more information and to discuss your personal aid package, contact the Financial Aid Office at or 303.315.1850.


    CU Denver Global Education Scholarship

    Degree-seeking CU Denver|Anschutz students participating on a CU Denver Global Study program during the Maymester, Summer, or Winter terms are eligible to apply for this $1000 scholarship from the Office of Global Education. Verify eligibility criteria, application requirements, deadlines, and start an application here.

    CU Denver World Within Your Reach Scholarship

    Degree-seeking CU Denver|Anschutz students participating on a CU Denver Global Study program during the Maymester, Summer, or Winter terms are eligible to apply for this scholarship from the Office of Global Education. This scholarship will cover the full program cost, international airfare, and passport fees for a limited number of recipients per year. Verify eligibility criteria, application requirements, and start an application here. The deadline for the summer application cycle is January 31, 2019.

    Other Scholarships

    We encourage you to seek additional scholarships for which you or your program may be eligible. See if your academic department or college/school offers study abroad scholarships, or visit the following websites to learn about external funding:

    This program is currently not accepting applications.