China Studies Summer School at XJTLU

China Studies Summer School

Introduction to the Program

The China Studies Summer School at XJTLU is a four week program for international students.

About the Program

The XJTLU China Studies Summer School is a place to be, a course to follow, and an experience to be had. The academic course at the heart of this year’s summer school, taught in intensive mode, is social change in China.

The summer school, which runs in July, will take you to Xi’an, Chengdu and Hangzhou, as well as introducing you to Suzhou, the home of XJTLU.

Xi’an is famous as an ancient Chinese capital housing, amongst other treasures, the Terracotta Army. Chengdu is famous for spicy food and pandas. Suzhou is the long term cultural centre of China, famous for its silk, gardens, canals, painting and wood carving.

About XJTLU Language Centre

The Language Centre was established in 2006, the year Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University was founded. It has grown rapidly since and currently has more than 100 administrative and teaching staff members, who have experience of teaching English, Chinese and Spanish at top universities and institutes around the world.

We provide English for Academic Purposes teaching on degree modules, first-rate English language support across all years of study, offer Chinese and Spanish language programmes, as well as professional teacher training for teachers inside and from outside of XJTLU.

Learn Chinese

There will be opportunities to learn Chinese during the Summer School, although no prior knowledge of Chinese is necessary. Language classes will be provided most days and a Chinese language teacher will accompany the Summer School.

Start Date of the Program


Application Deadline

20 May


This course is concerned with the major changes undergone by Chinese society since the beginning of reform and openness strategy in 1978. Placing these changes in historical perspective it focuses on three broad topics, each of which is considered in depth: social classes; regional diversity; equality. All three are set in the historical context of China’s emergence as a growing international economic and political force. This course bring students to historical sites in Suzhou, Hangzhou, Xi’an and Chengdu. Work on the three broad topics will follow a similar pattern, comprising lectures, discussion groups, site explorations and practical projects.

Tuition Fees

RMB 20,000 (approx. USD $3,300), excluding travel to and from China. Fee covers travel within China, accommodation, entry fees (to sites of interest) and tuition.


The accommodation facilities are located within the Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District, where the University is situated. All accommodation within this area is private and managed by the Suzhou Industrial Park Education Development & Investment Limited Company (SIPEDI), and also provides to students studying at other institutions.

For further information on the accommodation visit the accommodation page here.


To apply complete the application form and pay the application fee here. It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for your application to be processed and before an admissions decision is given. 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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