The China Program will resume in Summer 2022.
St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio and Beihang University in Beijing invite you to participate in a summer study abroad program on the law of representing clients doing business with China.
Classes and field trips are complemented by internship opportunities with law firms, legal publishers, and a human rights lawyer.
Students in good standing at any ABA- or state-approved law school are eligible to enroll.
About Beihang University
Beihang University is a preeminent Chinese university in science and engineering, with 59 undergraduate programs, 38 masters’ programs, and 21 doctoral programs and approximately 28,000 students. Beihang University School of Law offers LL.B. and LL.M. degree programs. It is ranked 15th among over 500 Chinese law schools by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
The school’s various research centers and institutes include the International Law Center and the Research Center for Anglo-American Law. Dean Weiqiu Long and Professor Xinqiang Sun, both of whom were Fulbright Scholars in the United States, have each spoken at St. Mary’s home campus in Texas and published in the St. Mary’s Law Journal. Sun will teach a course as part of the Institute.
About St. Mary’s University
St. Mary’s University School of Law, founded in 1927, is fully accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). As the leading Catholic law school in the Southwest, the School of Law currently enrolls more than 800 students in a full-time program and an evening division. The law school offers joint degrees and an LL.M. program in addition to the J.D. degree program.
Passports and Visa Information
Travel to China requires both a passport and a visa. Information about obtaining a United State passport can be found on the State Department website. We also have passport applications in the director’s office of the law library. Please stop by to pick one up or contact Professor Hu. Participants in the Institute are encouraged to read the State Department’s country-specific information for China.
As a service to students, the China program staff, in collaboration with a travel agency in Houston, offers to handle visa applications for St. Mary’s law students enrolled in the China program. A student wishing to use this service must provide the following documentation:
1. Your passport. The Chinese government requires a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry.
2. A passport photo. Photo should be in color and recent.
3. A fee of $190. The fee includes $140 for visa application and $50 for service charge. A check or money order is accepted for payment. The check should be made out to “St. Mary’s University – China Program”.
4. An application form. The form and instructions can be found on the Consulate General of China in Houston’s website. The application must be typed. Professor Hu can assist with the application form if needed.
5. Invitation letter. The invitation letter from Beihang University will be provided to you by the St. Mary’s School of Law.
All the above documentation and payment must be submitted on or before April 23 to Professor Hu’s office in the Law Library. You will get the visa back by May 8.
If you miss the above deadline, you must secure a visa on your own. The form and instructions can be found on the Consulate General of China in Houston’s website. We will give you an invitation letter and provide you with the contact information of a travel agency that can assist you for a fee.
Dates, Tuition and Housing
The law school study abroad program in China will resume in Summer 2021. Enrollment is not limited, but is unlikely to exceed 40 students. Classes are scheduled from morning to noon. Students may travel during two long weekends and one five-day break to Shanghai, Xian or other destinations throughout China. Students participate in field trips to a law firm, a government agency and an arbitration office.
Classes are conducted on the campus of Beihang University in Beijing – a pre-eminent Chinese institution of higher education with modern instructional venues, libraries and technology. Students have access to many of the facilities on campus for study and recreation.
Living accommodations are available on campus in a hotel owned and operated by Beihang University. The hotel features simple Western-style shared guest rooms. Each room comes with a private bath, television and free internet access. The rate for a two-bed room is about $900 per person for 35 days (check-in Saturday, May 24, and check-out Sunday, June 28). Breakfast is included.
Alternatively, luxury accommodations are available at a nearby five-star hotel for about $105 per night for two persons.
This worksheet explains how a student can minimize the costs of studying law abroad.
Summer Study Abroad Scholarships
The China Pioneer Fund is named in honor of Dean Emeritus Charles E. Cantú, who initiated the China International Study Program. To apply, please submit the 2019 China Pioneer Fund Honorarium Application form to Sister Grace Walle, F.M.I. by 5 p.m. on April 1, 2020.
Two alumni of the Institute on Chinese Law and Business Summer Program have donated funds for a scholarship on its 10th anniversary. To apply, please submit the 2019 Institute on Chinese Law and Business Scholarship form to Sister Grace Walle, F.M.I. by 5 p.m. on April 1, 2020.