Northwest University, Xi’an - international students

China Know How Program

Introduction to the Program

The China Know How Program at Northwest University (NWU) is a one semester program for international students taught in English.

About the Program

China Know How Program is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about China through academic and cultural immersion. Wonderful English taught courses cover a wide range of current Chinese issues that include economics, management, law, history and culture.

Duration of the program is One Semester (16 weeks), Monday through Friday.

The program is splitted in two parts:

A. Morning Courses: 2 to 3 Chinese Language and Culture Course (different level)
B. Afternoon Course: 2 to 3 English taught courses on Modern China hot issues that include economics, managements, law, culture and history

Start Date of the Program

September or March

Application Deadline

June 10 or December 10


I. Financial Markets and Institutions in China

Course Description:

Financial markets and institutions not only affects our everyday life but also involve huge flows of funds throughout our economy, which in turn affect business profits, the production of goods and services, and even the economic well-being of most countries rather than a single country. Today, what happens to financial market and institutions in China is of great concern. This course examines how financial markets (such as bonds, stocks, and foreign exchanges) and financial institutions work in China. The study will reward you with an understanding of many exciting issues.

The course explains the environment of financial market development in China, operation of financial institutions, and government regulation. The basic concepts, principles will be explained. Throughout the course we will also cover current issues in both the domestic and international financial market.

II. Marketing Theory and Practice

Course Description:

As a field which can be the most widely used, the theories and practice of marketing changed a lot and continue develop. This course mainly analyzes the Chinese market dynamics based on the global market pattern and it will link up the traditional theories with the latest innovation by reviewing different typical cases.

III: Strategical Management: Concepts and Cases

Course Description:

This course synthesizes theory, empirical research, and practical applications to prepare students for the types of challenges they will face as managers in the globalized and turbulent business environment of the 21st century. This course is to teach students how companies gain and sustain competitive advantage with a single, strong voice, weaves together classic and cutting-edge theory with in-chapter cases and strategy highlights,

IV. An Introduction to China’s Foreign Trade

Course Description:

Since 30 years of reform and opening up, China’s foreign trade has also developed rapidly and has become the world’s second largest exporter and third largest trading nation. Since its accession to the World Trade Organization, China has made a series of adjustments in its foreign trade policies, systems and regulations, and has basically achieved its integration with the international trading system.

This course is closely related to the development of China’s foreign trade and it’s major trading partners since China’s accession to the WTO, and sums up the development of China’s foreign trade and its related theoretical and policy issues. The course is will discuss the overview of China’s foreign trade development, the development of foreign trade rationale basis, foreign trade development strategy, foreign trade system reform, foreign trade management, foreign trade promotion and other related issues.

V. Economic Reform and Development in China 

Course Description:

This course aims at introducing the general picture of China’s economic growth to students and let students understand the causes of China’s economic success, the stage of China’s development and the future growth prospects of China’s economy. The course emphasizes the role of institutions and their changes in China’s economic growth. The course is divided into eight sessions, covering the historical background of China’s economic growth, fiscal decentralization, population and urbanization, export-oriented development model, economic structure, China’s economic growth prospects, income distribution and political economy of China’s economic growth.

VI. China’s Opening-up: Strategy and Practices

Course Description:

In the past 30 years, China has made great efforts to integrate itself into the world economic system and makes full use of the international market and world resources to make up the gap of our economy in capital, technology and management to accelerate the pace of modernization.

China’s Opening-up: Strategy and Practices is a great feat to commemorate the 30th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Department of International Studies brings scholars together in recent years on China’s diplomacy, opening up and foreign relations to issue part of paper. This course stands in the forefront of observing and analyzing the international situation to introduce China’s economy.

VII. Commercial Bank Operation & Management 

Course Description:

Bank Management and Financial Services is designed primarily for students interested in pursuing careers in or learning more about the financial services industry. It explores the services that banks and their principal competitors (including savings and loans, credit unions, security and investment firms) offer in an increasingly competitive financial-services marketplace. This course discusses the major changes and events that are remaking banking and financial services today. Among the key events and unfolding trends covered in the text are: Newest Reforms in the Financial System, including the new Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Law and the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009.

VIII. Chinese Law 

Course Description:

This course covers five laws, including the Constitution, Civil Law, Commercial Law, Criminal Law, Procedural Law, International Law. There are 16 chapters to expound the current legal system and basic system of China and reflect the new development of China’s legislation. Each chapter is followed by legal terms and notes, exercises and reference.

IX. Course: Foreign Investment Law in China 

Course Description:

Foreign Investment Law in China provides a comprehensive overview of Chinese foreign investment law. This course discusses PRC foreign investment regime in the broader context of China’s unfolding process of “reform and opening up” that began in the late 1970s and continues to the present. A hypothetical client story is used to help students think about and work through various real life questions.

X. Insurance Principle 

Course Description:

Insurance Principle & Practice in China is an independent discipline that study the marketing economy under the conditions of risk loss compensation mechanism. As an important new discipline in the field of economics, insurance focuses on studying the insurance production, operation and development.
XI. Cultures of Former Capitals of China

Course Description:

The ancient capital is the essence of Chinese history and culture and is the main carrier of ancient Chinese cultural heritage. This research and teaching in Northwestern University has a profound academic tradition and geographical advantages. This course will focus on the history and evolution of China’s ancient capitals including Xi’an, Beijing, Luoyang, Kaifeng, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Anyang, and analyzes their urban morphology and structure. Also, this course will open up students’ academic horizons from the perspective of time and space so that students can master the basic theories and researching methods of historical urban geography, understand the history and culture of the ancient capitals of China, and improve their appreciation for historical and cultural city.

XII. The Silk Road and Chinese Culture 

Course Description:

The Silk Road and Chinese culture is to discuss the trend of the Silk Road and the relationship between the Silk Road and some regions or cities and towns, to study the cultural exchange between the East and the West through the Silk Road. Besides, this course introduces the ancient Chinese civilization fully including its system, events and cultural achievements and so on.

XIII. The Ancient City of Xi’an and Silk Road 

Course Description:

As a renowned historical and cultural city at home and abroad, Xi’an has a profound economic and social foundation, rich cultural heritage and a long tradition of civilization. In the long history of the development of the Chinese nation, the ancient capital of Xi’an is in a very important position and plays a major historical role. This course introduces the long historic development of Xi’an and its influence on the silk road to help students learn about the ancient city.

XIV. China’s Cultural Heritage 

Course Description:

This course aims at helping students to master knowledge of Chinese culture. The course offers 31 courses, including 29 cultural topics, such as Ancient Chinese Mythology, Chinese Characters, Remains and Architecture of Ancient Chinese, Four Great Inventions of Ancient Chinese, Traditional Chinese Festivals, The Silk Road, Chinese Foods, Chinese Calligraphy and Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy and so on. This course attaches importance to scientificity of knowledge and the text is easy to understand.

XV. Introduction to China 

Course Description:

As an ancient Eastern civilization, China holds a long history and splendid culture. A majority of foreign students know about China superficially before arriving China. This course will introduce China’s condition to foreign students systematically, which makes them have a comprehensive understanding of China on the basis of their original knowledge. In addition, Chinese language is linked with its society, history, culture and its life. So if foreign students want to learn Chinese language, it is essential to know the basic knowledge about China. This course lays the foundation of China basic knowledge and help students to study Chinese language and professional and cultural knowledge successfully. Through this course, foreign students can know Chinese culture deeply.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB 8,000 per semester

Accommodation at Northwest University

There are dormitories available for international students. Contact us to book and for more information. For further information on the accommodation visit the accommodation page here.

Application Process

To apply complete the application form and pay the application fee here. Your application is normally processed within 4 weeks. After you have been accepted you will receive your official acceptance letter visa application form. If you have any questions contact us

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