Georgetown offers a variety of China-related programs for diverse audiences, including traditional undergraduate and graduate students, as well as customized programs for mid-career and professional students. Scholarship, fellowship, and grant programs also provide Georgetown students with support for external study and research related to China.
- Undergraduate Programs
- Study Abroad
- Graduate Programs
- Scholarships and Awards
- Training Programs
- Search the university's course listings for courses on China.
Chinese Major: The Chinese major combines thorough training in spoken and written Chinese language with the development of critical approaches to a broad range of Chinese cultural phenomena including classical and modern literature, visual arts, film, popular culture, and underlying aspects of philosophical and social thought. Most courses are conducted in Chinese with readings in Chinese.
Regional and Comparative Studies Major: Open to undergraduate students in the School of Foreign Service, this major allows students to concentrate on either one or two geographical regions, drawing from across a variety of academic disciplines. The major requires a total of ten courses, as well as language proficiency in a modern language appropriate to the region studied. Under this major, students can explore topics such as Chinese language, literature, culture, politics, economics, and foreign policy.
History Major: The History Major offers students the opportunity to take a wide variety of courses related to the history of Chinese politics, culture, and society. Students must take two semesters of general education courses and nine elective courses, up to six of which may be focused on a specific region.
Chinese Minor: The Chinese minor requires seven courses, at least six of which must be Chinese language courses or advanced courses conducted in Chinese. The seventh course may be taught in either Chinese or English and must have Chinese literature, culture/civilization, or linguistics as a substantial component.
Asian Studies Certificate: Open to all undergraduate students, the certificate requires a minimum of six semester courses, including the study of more than one Asian society or national group. Specific requirements include one course in Asian history, one course in humanities, one course in politics, one course in economics of the Asian region, and two elective courses in Asian Studies. A minimum of two years of study of an Asian language is also required.
During 2010-11 academic year, 71 Georgetown undergraduates studied abroad in China through the Office of International Programs.
For the academic year, Georgetown offers programs located in:
- Beijing (Peking University, The Beijing Center, and Minzu University of China)
- Harbin (Harbin Institute of Technology)
- Hong Kong (Chinese University of Hong Kong and City University of Hong Kong)
- Nanjing (Nanjing University)
- Shanghai (East China Normal University)
- Taipei (National Chengchi University)
Summer study abroad programs are also offered in:
- Beijing (Peking University and Minzu University of China.)
- Shanghai (Global Health Program at Fudan University School of Public Health, and Business Management & Intercultural Communication at Fudan University School of Management)
Summer research opportunity is also available at Fudan University's Department of Chemistry for rising Georgetown seniors.
For Graduate Student Study Abroad, see Graduate Programs
MBA and EMBA Global Business Experience Programs: For the past several years, MBA and EMBA students have studied business conditions in China and conducted consulting projects for Chinese companies as part of a Global Integrative Course, culminating in a week-long residency. During the residencies, student teams present their results to client companies and visit a number of Chinese businesses.
The School of Business is currently seeking consulting projects from either small or large companies or organizations, located in the US or anywhere else in the world, which have interests in China. Projects can focus on market and industry analysis, financial valuation, production and operations, social issues, or any specific functional or management issue that confronts management of the sponsoring organization. For more information, see this introduction to the project.
Law-Asia Program: Law-Asia’s mission is to encourage scholarly communication between the faculty and students of Georgetown and their counterparts in East Asia; to focus the academic strengths of the Georgetown law and foreign policy faculty on legal issues arising out of Asia’s growing economic power; to ensure that Georgetown’s graduates will be equipped to practice competently and ethically in a global context shared with the nations of East Asia; and to make its expertise in law, legal pedagogy and foreign policy available to coming generations of US and Asian lawyers and policy makers. The program is co-directed by Viet Dinh and James Feinerman.
Global Law Scholars Program: In 2000, Georgetown inaugurated the Global Law Scholars Program in response to the changing nature of legal practice and in recognition of the Law Center’s prominent positioning—both academic and geographic—in the field of International Law. The GLS Program is small and selective, accepting only about 20 students each year. GLS students have enjoyed summer positions at law firms abroad—most recently, for example, in Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, France, Japan, Switzerland, Russia, and the United Kingdom—or at companies that operate across borders—for example, at General Electric International in China and Belgium.
Semester Abroad at Tsinghua University Law School: Students at the Law Center have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at Tsinghua University Law School. These students are able to participate in the LL.M program in Chinese Law while at Tsinghua. It is the first of its kind in China and is taught entirely in English. Georgetown students will take classes with other foreign law students and legal professionals. Students will be able to earn up to 12 credits through coursework completed at Tsinghua.
International Programs for Medical Students: Medical students can spend part of their academic program at Fudan University's Huashan Hospital. Students find this is an excellent way to apply their medical skills and knowledge, as well as receive a culturally diverse medical experience.
Asian Studies Graduate Certificate: The Asian Studies Graduate Certificate is open to individuals already admitted to a Georgetown University graduate program. For graduate students interested in China, the program offers classes in Chinese government, history, economics, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, and culture/society.
Asian Studies Master of Arts Degree: Housed at the only U.S. Department of Education-funded National Resource Center for East Asia in the nation's capital, the new M.A. degree gives students a unique combination of functional training and regional expertise. The M.A. in Asian Studies at Georgetown is a terminal 36 credit (12 course) degree program, in which students will have the opportunity to study core disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences as they relate to Asia. Students will also be given the opportunity to specialize in at least one and potentially two areas of concentration. A thesis option is available.
Henry Chen Memorial Scholarship: Awarded annually by the Asian Studies Faculty to a student who exemplifies the qualities and ideals to which Professor Chen’s life was devoted. The $500 scholarship supports overseas study of Chinese language and culture. Students interested in this award are required to submit a proposal and resume by mid April to the School of Foreign Service, Asian Studies Program, 513A ICC, or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chinese Government Scholarship: Since 2006, the China Scholarship Council (CSC), in conjunction with the Chinese Embassy in Washington, has awarded full scholarships for Georgetown students to study in China for one year. In 2008, three Georgetown students received this award.
Fulbright Awards: Georgetown students have been consistently competitive in receiving Fulbright Awards to do research in China. The most recent winner is Alexander Davenport (SFS ’08), who will explore the role of education in the future of migrants within Shanghai society. Other recent winners include Maria Repnikova (SFS ’06), who researched Chinese labor migration into Russia, Christine Fu (SFS ’04), who studied the economic development of minorities in Yunnan Province, and Meredith Oyen (G'04, G'07), who did research on her doctoral dissertation, "Allies, Enemies, and Aliens: Migration in US-Chinese Relations, 1943-65."
National Chengchi University Fellowship: Fellowship covers full tuition for graduate courses (not including language courses), dormitory room for full academic year, and a monthly stipend of NT$15,000 (~US$467) for 12 months.For more information, please see the NCCU Website.
In 2002, the Chinese government granted Georgetown a license to train Chinese officials in Washington and in China. The license, granted by China’s State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, was one of only 11 such licenses issued at the time.
Center for Intercultural Education and Development (CIED): CIED conducts customized training for visiting Chinese officials. These professional development programs include classroom sessions with Georgetown professors coupled with site visits to businesses, organizations and government agencies. The goal of these programs is to provide participants with a deeper understanding of how their areas of interest are managed in the United States. Recent programs include:
Partner: U.S.-China Business and Culture Exchange Center (Virginia)
- Emergency Management and Public Administration-Guangzhou
- Public Policy and Ethics in the United States-Guangzhou
- Public Policy and Administration-Tianjin
- Financial Leasing and Assets Management- China Great Wall Asset Management Corporation
- International Business Management-Guangxi
- Bioethics and Population Policies in the United States - Chinese Population and Family Planning Committee (CPFPC)
Partner: U.S.-China Business Training Center (California)
Center for Language Education and Development (CLED): CLED runs training programs in English language proficiency, cross-cultural communication, and business and professional skills. From 2004-2006, CLED ran several programs specially designed for the Guangzhou Personnel Bureau for groups numbering from 19 to 34. Officials from the Guangzhou Provincial Government participated in either one-week programs on E-Government or three-week programs on Public Administration in the U.S. Each program consisted of special lectures from University professors and other experts in the field, site visits to federal and international organizations, as well as introductory sessions on U.S. culture.
Besides training students of English, CLED also specializes in teacher training, offering courses online, on-site and off-site. In 2009, CLED will run a 6-week teacher training program for Business English teachers from the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing. The training program, which will be held on the Georgetown campus, will be customized to the needs of UIBE faculty and will include classroom discussion as well as observations and practice.
School of Continuing Studies (SCS): The School of Continuing Studies (SCS) hosted a group of 18 undergraduates from China for a month during the summer of 2007. The academic program was comprised of an American studies seminar, a curriculum for emerging leaders, and a community service component. Topics studied included the evolution of American society, culture, values, and institutions, as well as a practical look at questions of justice, democracy, political authority, liberty, and the limits of government.
English Language Fellows Program: The English Language Fellow Program, funded by the United States Department of State, serves countries that are committed to developing English communicative competence in their students and professionals. Since 2001, the EL Fellow Program has placed American English language teachers (Fellows) in over 80 countries in all regions of the world. Through projects initiated by U.S. Embassies abroad, Fellows promote English language learning around the globe. The Center for Intercultural Education and Development (CIED) at Georgetown University has managed the program since 2005. ELFP Fellows programs in China include:
Beijing Foreign Studies University: The EL Fellow is continuing English language curriculum reform for the university.
Sichuan Normal University: The EL Fellow is teaching English to the students and English teachers with an emphasis on English for Writing, English for Speaking, Teaching Methodologies, and Teaching Techniques.
Xinjiang Normal University: The EL Fellow is strengthening English language teacher training in western China.
Shenyang Normal University: The EL Fellow is implementing the third year of a three-year project to reform English teaching in Northeast China.
Custom Programs for Chinese Officials:
- Law Center Professors James Feinerman and John Jackson led three training programs for top PRC officials on WTO accession in 2000-2001.
- Department of International Health professors hosted nearly 30 health officials from the Center for Diseases Prevention and Control in China's Henan province on Nov. 9, 2009
Georgetown was designated in 2010 by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Resource Center for East Asia.Title VI funding for a comprehensive National Resource Center for East Asian studies at Georgetown facilitates activities that enrich the university community, its students, and its faculty as well as those in the broader Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia area. NRC activities include: Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships for graduate students; outreach to community college teachers and secondary schools; advanced language offerings to enhance training programs that contribute to the pool of graduates with advanced East Asian area and language expertise; an innovative new Public Health in Asia Initiative that will build a network of scholars, policymakers, and clinicians to address public health issues in the region; expanded scholarly contributions by Georgetown’s renowned East Asia faculty; and enhanced library East Asia resources to meet the needs of students, faculty, community college teachers, and other community members.