TSU students will have the exciting opportunity to spend two weeks in China during the summer to develop their language skills and learn firsthand about Chinese culture. Participants will spend one week in Beijing at Beijing Jiaotong University—one of China’s premier universities—studying Chinese and visiting cultural sites in Beijing; participants will then travel by high-speed rail to Shanghai for several days, and then return to Beijing. Students who wish to receive credit can, on successful completion of the program, receive three or six university credits at TSU. Most in-country costs will be supported by Beijing Jiaotong University, and the TSU China Institute will provide additional financial support. In order to be eligible for the trip, students should take at least one semester of Chinese language through the TSU Department of Foreign Languages, or, in the alternative, sign up for a China Institute Continuing Education course in spring 2019.

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Further details about the application procedures are given below.

Please note that some of the information provided here is tentative and may be subject to change. Please bookmark this page and in the future check here for updates.




Schedule for 2018 (for reference)

Flight to China

Depart: Wed, May 16 (1:00am,you need to arrive at the airport at the night of May 15th), George Bush Airport (IAH)
Arrive: Thur, May 17, Beijing International Airport (PEK)
Depart: wed, May 30, Beijing International Airport (PEK)
Arrive: Wed, May 30, George Bush Airport (IAH)

Itinerary in China

Our planned schedule in China is as follows:

DayDateCourse Schedule and Activities (Classroom: Building 14 Room 5204)。Contact Person: Ms. JIANG Yang; Phone:0086-15120036098
Morning Lunch Afternoon Evening
15/16Depart from Houston, 1:00 A.M.
25/17Arrival in Beijing, CA996, 04:50 T3, Check in, get student card at Golden Inns。7:40-8:30 Breakfast at Student Cafeteria。8:30-9:30 Get familiar with the campus11:00-12:30 Lunch at Student Cafeteria14:00-16:00 Currency exchange & SIM Card purchase at Bank,China Mobile Office18:00-19:30 Welcome Dinner at Hongguoyuan Restaurant
35/187:00-8:20 Breakfast at Student Cafeteria。8:30-11:30 Visit Hanergy Renewable Energy Exhibition Center at Olympic Forest Park。11:30-12:30 Lunch at Student Cafeteria14:00-17:00 Basic Chinese Course17:00-18:30 Dinner at Student Cafeteria
45/197:00-8:20 Breakfast at Student Cafeteria。8:30 - 11:30 Basic Chinese Course11:30-12:30 Lunch at Student Cafeteria14:00-17:00 Visit Summer Palace17:30-18:00 Dinner at Student Cafeteria
55/207:00-8:20 Breakfast at Student Cafeteria。8:30-11:30 Basic Chinese Course11:30-12:30 Lunch at Student Cafeteria13:00-17:00 Visit Confucian Temple and The Lama Temple at Student Cafeteria。17:30-18:30 Dinner at restaurant
65/217:00-8:20 Breakfast at Student Cafeteria。8:30 - 11:30 Chinese language comprehensive course11:30-12:30 Lunch at Student Cafeteria14:00-15:00 Visit National Museum。16:00-18:00 Calligraphy Course 18:00-19:00 Dinner at Student Cafeteria
75/227:00-8:20 Breakfast at Student Cafeteria。8:30-11:30 Basic Chinese Coursee11:30-12:30 Lunch at Student Cafeteria14:00-17:00 Visit Wangfujing Street17:30-19:00 Dinner at Student Cafeteria
85/237:00-8:20 Breakfast at Student Cafeteria8:30-16:00 Visit Great Wall17:00-19:00 Dinner at Student Cafeteria
95/247:00-8:20 Breakfast at Student Cafeteria。8:30-11:30 Basic Chinese Course11:30-12:30 Lunch at Student Cafeteria14:00-17:00 Visit Forbidden City17:30-19:00 Dinner at Student Cafeteria
105/257:00-8:20 Breakfast at Student Cafeteria。8:30-11:30 Basic Chinese Course/Chinese Language Test11:30-12:30 Lunch at Student Cafeteria14:00-17:00 Visit National Museum17:30-19:00 Dinner at Student Cafeteria
115/2605:30- Leave for Shanghai by hign speed train G5, 07:00-11:4014:30-16:30 Visit Shanghai City Planning Exhibition Hall16:30-20:00 Visit Tianzifang and the Bund
125/2709:00-17:00 Visit Zhujiajiao Town09:00-17:00 Visit Zhujiajiao Town
135/288:30-11:00 Visit M50 Art Industry ParkReturn to Beijing by high-speed train, G12, 12:00-16:3817:30-19:00 Dinner at Student Cafeteria
145/297:00-8:20 Breakfast at Student Cafeteria。09:30- 11:00 Chinese Kungfu Class12:00- 13:30 Lunch at Student Cafeteria14:00- 16:30 Closing Ceremony, Students' Reports at Multi-functional Hall, Jixie Building17:00- 19:00 Farewell Dinner at Hongguoyuan Restaurant
145/307:00-8:20 Breakfast at Student Cafeteria。8:30-11:00 Packaging, free time11:00- Lunch at Student CafeteriaReturn the room key, student card, Check out, leave for the airport

TSU University Credit

Students who wish to receive TSU university credit may sign up for either one or two TSU courses offered in Summer Session 1, namely “Chinese” (3 credits), “Topics in World History” (3 credits), or both. Upon successful completion of these courses, students will receive TSU university credit.


The TSU China Institute and our partner university, Beijing Jiaotong University, will provide financial support for in-country costs, including instruction, room, board, and most travel expenses. Expected student costs may include the following:

  • Roundtrip airfare, PRC visa fees, approximately $3000.
  • Incidentals, including personal expenses, gifts, etc. not included
The TSU China Institute will provide additional financial support, including some merit-based scholarships to qualified students.


The China Study Trip is open to TSU students who meet the following requirements:

  • Good standing: Participants must be in good standing at TSU.
  • China Institute courses: To be eligible for this program, students must have taken at least one course offered through the TSU China Institute prior to our summer departure for China. These courses include Chinese language courses (Chinese 131 and Chinese 132). In the alternative, students who have not yet taken one of the above TSU China Institute courses may still sign up for a China Institute course that will be offered in spring 2019 through Continuing Education. For information on our courses, please visit our webpage Courses for Spring 2019; details about the Continuing Education course will be available in February 2019. Please also feel free to contact China Institute staff.

Application Procedure

Application forms and instructions can be downloaded through the following link:

TSU China Institute China Study Trip Application Form

On clicking the above link, a second window will open with the application form in PDF format. Please then save the form as a file on your computer, then print and complete the form. (Please note that the form in PDF format may not display properly on some web browsers, but it will display and print properly when saved to your computer and opened with Adobe Reader.)

As the application instructions explain, your application should include the following:

  1. Cover sheet (completed).
  2. Current transcript from TSU including courses in progress (unofficial copies are acceptable).
  3. Personal statement (1–2 pages) addressing the following: : (i) your motivations for joining the program and your potential contributions; (ii) your long term career goals; (iii) any experiences traveling abroad (and to China or East Asia in particular); and (iv) your Chinese language proficiency and background.
  4. Resume or CV including education, work history, volunteer history, community service, etc.
  5. Two recommendations, mailed or emailed directly to the China Institute (please use the recommendation form on page 2 of the application form). At least one recommender must be a TSU faculty member.


January 20, 2019: $200 trip deposite is due.
March , 2019:Second Deposit Due.
April, 2019: Trip Meetings .
May 2, 2019: Trip Payments are due in full..