About China

China, an ancient, mysterious and beautiful land, is always appealing to adventurous foreign visitors. As the third largest country in the world occupying an area of 9,600,000 sq km, it spans 62 degrees of longitude and 49 degrees of latitude. A wide variety of terrain and climate shape its numerous natural attractions. Abundant in a variety of resources, plants, animals, and minerals, the land has nurtured countless generations of Chinese people.

One of China's greatest treasures is her long, rich history. As early as 1.7 million years ago, the earliest humans evolved on this land. The first dynasty, the Xia Dynasty, dates to about the 21st century BC. For 4,000 years, feudalism was the dominant economic and cultural model. Then, in 1911, the revolution led by Sun Yat-sen brought the monarchy to an end. On October 1st, 1949, PRC was founded, fully named the 'People's Republic of China'. Since then, this country has developed independently and vigorously. Most recently, reform and opening-up policy has energized life in this country.

Why Study In China ?

It's important to note that China study abroad programs are offered throughout the year. Depending on your availability, you could choose to pursue longer programs in the fall or spring. Or, you could seek out shorter programs in the summer and winter semesters. Follow up with individual programs to learn more.

Some of the following concentrations might be especially interested in pursuing classes in China. Be aware that these are not the only options available and that courses may differ by program. Also, be sure to check with your academic advisor to learn if credits might be transferable.


9,600,000 sq km (3,706,580 sq mi)


1.38 billion

Capital City


National Flag



middle and East Asia, bounded on the east by the Pacific Ocean

Territorial Seas

The Bohai Sea, the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea, and the South China Sea


mainly continental monsoon climate (Tibet: vertical climate zone)


Han Chinese (93.3%), plus 55 ethnic groups like Miao, Li, Mongolian


Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua) based on Beijing dialect, plus local dialects

Currency and Monetary Unit

Renminbi / Yuan