Course Offerings | API Study Abroad
Course Offerings


  • Courses in English and Mandarin


  • 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to 2nd semester freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Mandarin speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • One passport photo
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Entry requirements: valid passport and student visa

Dates & Fees

Sep 3, 2018 - Dec 15, 2018
Late Feb, 2019 - Early Jun, 2019
Sep 3, 2018 - Early Jun, 2019


Jul 1, 2018
July 15, 2018
Nov 15, 2018
Dec 1, 2018
Jul 1, 2018
July 15, 2018

Course Offerings

If you require syllabi that are not listed below, please contact your API Program Manager.

The Global China Program provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn about China through academic and cultural immersion during one semester. This program is open to current college students who wish to study in China for one semester (15 weeks). The program consists of two parts—Chinese Language course and Content courses on China Studies which will be conducted in English.

The Global China Program offers a credit structure which is identical to the majority of North American universities and colleges. Course contents are carefully designed to meet the requirements of North American universities and colleges.


Beginning Chinese (Mandarin) (6) – Conducted in Mandarin [Syllabus]

Chinese language is regarded as one of the most difficult languages to learn due to its distinct pronunciation and pictographic characters. However, learning Chinese is never a mission impossible. Students at this level are expected to acquire the elementary vocabulary and patterns, which may seem to be hard at the outset. It is the indispensable step for the Chinese language learning though. This entry-level Chinese language course will offer students a genuine vision of what and how the Chinese people are thinking and talking, thus helping them to pave the way for a more real and pleasant experience of the Chinese culture.

Intermediate Chinese (Mandarin) (6) – Conducted in Mandarin [Syllabus]

This course is designed to improve students’ overall ability to understand and use Chinese language. The course consists of pronunciation practice, explanations and practice of new linguistic items, and practice of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course aims at improving students’ overall language proficiency through a variety of learning activities and tasks.

Advanced Chinese (Mandarin) (6) – Conducted in Mandarin [Syllabus]

This advanced Chinese class focuses more on analyzing the reading material or social phenomenon then presenting one’s opinions on it as well as writing reports. Students are expected to be familiar with the new words and new text before they come to the lessons thus in the class, the main focus will be discussions, reports, and presentations.


Internship Course (4 credits and 224 placement hours, OR 6 credits and 340 placement hours PLUS 26 seminar hours) – Conducted in English [4 Credit Syllabus] [6 Credit Syllabus]

In an increasingly interconnected global labor market, employers are looking to hire people with
experience in diverse and multicultural environments. The ability to engage and communicate across cultures is an important skill that enables job seekers in navigating the job market and a constantly evolving workplace. An avenue to greater cultural immersion, this semester-long, unpaid international internship represents a unique opportunity to gain awareness of the challenges, subtleties, and pitfalls of working and living in a culture other than your own.
This course is comprised of two parts which together offer experience in and significant reflection on the multicultural workplace. First, you will be placed in a semester-long internship in Shanghai within a sector related to your professional ambitions. Second, you will enroll in an academic seminar that will require you to analyze and evaluate the workplace culture and the daily business environment you experience. While the seminar is conducted in English, your internship placement will be available in English and/or the language of your host country.

*There is an additional placement fee of $700 to enroll in the Internship Course. The course fee includes two business tours in Shanghai and one overnight trip over a weekend.

Check out placement opportunities here!


China’s Macroeconomic Impact (3) – Conducted in English [Syllabus]

Since 1978 when China initiated economic reforms and opening up policies, the Chinese economy has been one of the fastest growing economies. China is now the world’s second-biggest economy and second biggest exporter. What are the impacts of China’s rise on the global economy? What will other countries react to China’s economic emerge? This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge of what has happened to China and its impact on global economy in the last three decades. The course will offer an in-depth discussion of Chinese macroeconomic development, industrial structure, trade pattern, economic imbalance, and its impact on the rest of the world economy, particularly on Asia, the US, and Africa.

International Marketing (China Focus) (3) – Conducted in English [Syllabus]

This course assesses the parameters of marketing strategy and success in the context of prevailing Chinese cultural norms and expectations in a rapidly developing consumer culture wherein social mobility, rapid change, technological sophistication and the growing incursion of foreign mass media and popular culture are the conditions of the day. The course lays out the underlying cultural logic that informs management and considers how these matters impact product development strategies, market research, and approaches to customer and public relations. Likewise, the course examines marketing questions with reference to a common product, price, place, and promotion strategies in China. This course will include case studies from successful Western firms in China such as Apple and KFC and Asian firms like Toyota, Haier, and Alibaba.

History of Modern China (3) – Conducted in English [Syllabus]

This course serves as a survey of modern Chinese history. It will guide the students to explore the drastic social, cultural and political transitions occurred in China in the past one and half centuries, which have led to the country’s current condition. Lectures and discussions will center on the introduction of the general social context of different historical periods, significant incidents and events, key historical figures, as well as landmark literary texts and cultural artifacts. While generally following a chronological order, the course content will also be arranged in such a way as to address the various themes of social changes that have significant implications in the contemporary era – the reconstruction of national and ethnic identities of modern time,
China’s international relationships, religions and secret societies, the transformation of gender role and family relationship, changes in economic policies, as well as trends in literature and popular cultures. Through the study of an array of texts that include historical documents, literary works, documentary and feature films, the course will provide the opportunities for the students to acquire and exercise analytical skills to critically examine materials from varied medium, sources, and perspectives.


Globalization and Urbanization: China’s Urban Transformation and What it Means for the World (3) – Conducted in English [Syllabus]

This course introduces students to the recent literature on China’s immense urban transformation process, spatial restructuring and urban problems it causes. Much of the course focuses on the post-1978 period, which fundamentally differs from the preceding 30 years of state socialism. The topics are mainly divided into three parts. Part 1 is in the process and the uniqueness of urbanization in China. Issues such as the socialist ideology, the household registration (hukou) system, rural-urban migration, and globalization will be discussed. We will also pay special attention to the process of urban development in Shanghai. Part 2 is on the spatial restructuring of Chinese cities. We will study the dominant work unit (danwei) compounds in pre-reform era, urban renewal and expansion and the diversified urban landscapes in post-reform era, urban renewal and expansion and the diversified urban landscapes in the post-reform era. Part 3 will examine various urban issues emerging with the rapid urbanization, such as the massive migration and assimilation, housing problems, urban inequality, and discontent.

Issues in Contemporary Chinese Society (3) – Conducted in English [Syllabus]

China’s transition to a market economy and return to the global community have huge impacts on the lives of its people, as well as the rest of the world. While covering other fields such as anthropology, political science, gender studies and urban studies, this course mostly employs a sociological perspective to examine issues in contemporary Chinese society. Topics examined include not only these well-known aspects of Chinese society such as guanxi and face, collectivism and family-centered culture, but also the emerging civil society, ongoing sexual revolution, and increasing social polarization that is more likely associated with the enormous social change over the past three decades. Students will be asked to critically and creatively think about change and continuity in contemporary China in relation to the dynamic and complex interaction of local factors and global forces.

Chinese Philosophy (3) – Conducted in English [Syllabus]

This module introduces several schools of philosophy that were developed in ancient China and that has been of outstanding relevance within its entire intellectual history. We will look mainly at the Pre-Qin thinkers, beginning with at the great Confucian masters Confucius (Kongzi), Mencius (Mengzi), Xunzi (Hsun Tzu), and the response given by Mozi. We will then examine the Daoist masterpieces the Daodejing (Tao-Te-Ching) also known as the Laozi(Lao-Tzu) and the Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu). Finally, we will read passages from the Legalist “classic” Hanfeizi (Han Fei Tzu).