China Studies Summer School

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  • Interested in China but don't know where to start?
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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 from Saturday 1 to Saturday 29 July 2017, 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.


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.

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.

Summer School staff

Professor David Goodman is head of the Department of China Studies at XJTLU. A fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a PRC Ministry of Education Distinguished Overseas Academic, his research concentrates on social and political change in China since 1900, especially at the local level.

Jean Louis Rocca is a leading European sociologist of China. Based at Sciences Po in Paris, he also teaches at Tsinghua University.

Gain credits

The course may be taken for credit at other universities, equivalent to one-eighth of a full-time student learning load for an academic year. Further details of assessment are available on request.

Travel and accommodation

Travel and accommodation are organised by the Summer School. You will be met at Shanghai airport and brought to Suzhou. The costs of travel and accommodation are included with the tuition fee.

Knowledge and skills

  • Learn about the historical context of China's emergence as a growing international economic and political force
  • Take Chinese classes and learn to speak one of the world's most important language
  • Meet new people from around the world and develop your intercultural communication skills.


The programme’s rigorous curriculum introduced me to themes central to China’s development in the 21st century. I have come away with a deeper understanding of China’s recent socio-political changes, further fostering my interest in pursuing the subject long-term.

Hayley Keon Alumnus, China Studies Summer School, USA

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via our online application system:

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Note: The deadline for applications is 20 May 2017.

You are advised to arrive in China through Shanghai. Our International Office will assist with obtaining visas, and meet you on arrival.

Further information

For further information about the Summer School and China Studies degree programmes email [email protected]