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Chengdu, Beijing, China

Program Description

Upcoming Info Session: 

February 6: 6:00pm - 7:00pm 

Zane Showker Hall 0205

The four-week 2024 JMU Study Abroad Program in China allows students to experience China's over 5000 years of history by observing the innovation and fast pace in business, interacting closely with the host university students, faculty and residents, exploring business and career opportunities, and traveling extensively.

Each participant will register for two JMU courses out of the five courses offered, which includes, IB 298 - International Business Special Topics of Supply Chain Analytics, HIST 391 - Travel Studies Seminar, POSC 371 - Modern Chinese Politics, BSAN 498 -  Special Topics of Business Analytics of Supply Chain Management, and all levels of Chinese language courses. Other Chinese language courses at 300 and 400 levels, 3 credits each, are available upon request.

In case of being quarantined upon the arrival of the host country, we will conduct online instructions to finish the required course work during the quarantine, then exclusively travel, and tour global businesses in multiple places in Chengdu, Beijing, other places in China, and interact with students and faculty in the host university, and with local residents.

Since 2004, over 200 JMU students have joined us to study abroad in China. Over 20 JMU alumni from China programs are working in China now. Among the activities during the study abroad, we interacted closely with students, faculty, and residents at the host university and nearby communities. We travel extensively in China, including Beijing (Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace), Chengdu (Mt. Ermei, Dujiangyan, Mt. Qingcheng, Panda Base). Wuhan (Yellow Crane Pagoda, Provincial Museum, East Lake), Weihai, Qingdao, Shenyang, Dalian, Xian, Xinjiang, Gansu, Inner Mongolia, Chengde, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau. We visited quite a few countries nearby China during the study abroad, including Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Nepal.

For more information, please review the program slide deck, and contact the program director, Dr. Ping Wang, at

Location Description

Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province, well known as the Country of Heaven with a population of 15 million. Living in Chengdu you will immerse yourself in a history of over 2400 years with its many naturally beautiful landscapes and famous historical and cultural sites (such as Dujiangyan, Mount Qingcheng, Leshan Giant Bhuda, Mount Ermei, Wenshu Temple, Giant Panda, Wide and Narrow Alleys, to name a few).

You will also experience a big city's lively night-life, enjoy its laid back atmosphere, delicious spicy food, witness its fast growing hi–tech start–ups, and be exposed to life changing career opportunities in this most important economic, financial, commercial, cultural, transportation, and communication center in Western China.


Among so many things to do in Beijing, the capital of China with a population of 22 million, are sightseeing historic and cultural places such as Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, where you will learn more of Chinese culture, and business and economic status.


Ping Wang | | CIS/BSAN


We will stay in the host University Foreign Students Dorms or nearby hotels with internet access and laundry facilities. Students will be in shared double rooms.

When we travel outside of our base, two students will share one hotel room.

All meals are covered via meal cards or weekly meal allowances.

Additional Items to Consider

  • We will inform students about required visa applications in early Spring 2024.
  • There are not any additional immunizations and background checks needed for traveling in China.
  • The program will try to get China cell phone sim cards for students.
  • The program fees will cover all expenses in China, excluding the international travel to and from China, including all expenses associated with the possible quarantine in China.
  • In case JMU official program cancellation for travels to China, we will plan to do the program in European countries.
  • The program will assist those international business majors to extend their stay to fulfill their major requirements.
  • You Are Planning to Visit China: Here’s What You Need to Know at On June 30, the U.S. Department of State issued a travel advisory urging U.S. citizens to reconsider traveling to China due to concerns over “the arbitrary enforcement of local laws, including in relation to exit bans, and the risk of wrongful detentions.” While these risks are indeed present and unsettling, they can create a perception of China as a dangerous country to visit. However, the reality is that China is an extremely safe destination, with friendly services, breathtaking scenery, and, of course, a renowned culinary culture. Focusing solely on the political risks may cause people to overlook other important factors that are more immediately relevant when travelling in the country.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

No foreign language proficiency is required.

Open to all majors and academic levels

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Attend Program Information Session
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


IB 298: International Business Special Topics of Supply Chain Analytics (3 credits)

HIST 391: Travel Studies Seminar (3 credits)

POSC 371: Modern Chinese Politics (3 credits)

BSAN 498: Special Topics of Business Analytics in Supply Chain Operations (3 credits)

CHIN 101: Elementary Chinese I (3 credits)

CHIN 102: Elementary Chinese II (3 credits)

CHIN 231: Intermediate Chinese I (3 credits)

CHIN 232: Intermediate Chinese II (3 credits)

CHIN 300: Chinese Grammar and Communication (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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