Established by American University in Washington, D.C., the China Studies Institute – CSI – (formerly Beijing Institute of Asian Studies – BIAS) has been in Beijing since 1985. Still maintaining a strong institutional affiliation with AU, the program began to operate independently, accepting students from other universities in the fall of 2004.
CSI's host institution, Peking University, is the most prestigious academic institution in China. The program is affiliated directly with the School of International Studies and the History Department where American students interact with China's best students. A particularly exciting option for students participating in the China Studies Institute study abroad program is the opportunity to participate in an internship, arranged by CSI. Past students have worked in Media, Business, Information Technology, NGOs and Non-Profits and Law Firms.
Through this study abroad program, students will gain a multifaceted, systematic knowledge of Chinese culture and society.
Three 8-week programs are offered in:
- Language Immersion
More information about CSI's summer programs may be found here:
Please see the top of the program page for cost information. Click on the term you are interested in and you will be directed to a budget sheet that contains program fees and other important financial information.
The program fee is set by CSI. CSI will invoice UWM for the program cost and this cost will be posted to students' PAWS accounts along with CIE administrative fees and mandatory health insurance fees. Items included in the program fee vary by summer program. Please visit the UWM study abroad "Fees & Policies" page for details about program fees. Students should consult the CSI website for latest program cost projections and inclusions and exclusions.
Scholarships and Grants
Financial aid, scholarships and grants may be used for our programs. Attend a Financing Study Abroad 101 Session to learn about study abroad costs and budgets and how financial aid can be used for study abroad, as well as general information on how to search for scholarships and other funding resources.
Based on eligibility, students may apply for any scholarship either through our office or elsewhere. For a general list of study abroad scholarships and grants, visit our webpage. We encourage students to search widely for other scholarships that can be applied to their study abroad program.
Are you a Pell Grant recipient? Check out the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.
Application Requirements & Deadline
This program has an early application deadline of March 1, 2019.
This program requires an online application and other required documents found as part of the online application; a $100 application fee; and a valid passport.
Applications will be reviewed shortly after the March 1 deadline. We will ask participants to confirm their participation in the program shortly after they are notified of their acceptance.
Click the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page to begin an application.
Applying for a Passport
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program's end date. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.