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China Summer Study Abroad Program

The China Program will resume in Summer 2023.

The China summer study abroad program will be further postponed to summer 2023, due to continuing Chinese government’s travel restrictions to contain the spread of Covid-19.  Please check back in the fall of 2022.

Students in good standing at any ABA- or state-approved law school are eligible to enroll.

Study Law Abroad

The St. Mary’s University School of Law Institute on Chinese Law and Business is a program of legal studies that prepares law students for the challenges of representing clients doing business with Chinese partners. Through an array of business-related courses, field trips, and guest speakers, the Institute introduces students to the Chinese legal system and the instruments of international and domestic law governing cross-border sales of goods, protection of intellectual property and investments.

Participants learn about the practical realities of doing business in China, as well as the dispute resolution mechanisms that play a large role in enforcing private agreements between enterprises in China and the United States.

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.



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.

Course Information

All classes are taught in English.

The program of study is academically demanding. Regular class attendance is required. In each course, the goal is to make the classroom experiences, and related guest lectures and field trips, intellectually engaging and inspiring.

All students in the Institute take six credit hours of study, which consists of the following four courses:

Summer Study Abroad Scholarships

(two credit hours, Professor Vincent R. Johnson) explores the Convention on the International Sale of Goods and other Chinese and international laws relevant to business relationships between American and Chinese entities. Topics include cross-border sales, outsourcing, foreign agents and distributors, business format franchising, joint ventures and wholly foreign-owned enterprises

International Intellectual Property Law

(two credit hours, Professor Robert H. Hu) discusses the licensing and protection of intellectual property against the larger backdrop of international trade and commerce, with particular reference to intellectual property rules applicable in the United States and China.

Introduction to Chinese Law

(one credit hour, Professor Xinqiang Sun) introduces students to the history and institutions of the Chinese legal system, including the governmental structure, legislative process, court system, sources of law and enforcement mechanisms. It also explores important substantive areas of the law, such as the rules governing property ownership.

International Sports Law

(one credit hour, Professor David Grenardo) includes examining the models of sports organizations and governance internationally, dispute resolution, anti-doping, competition law, labor markets and discrimination. This course will also cover an overview of sports law in China.

Vincent R. Johnson, J.D., LL.M.

St. Mary’s University School of Law

Interim Dean and Charles E. Cantú Distinguished Professor of Law, St. Mary’s University School of Law
Johnson has been a Fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court and a Fulbright Scholar in China, Burma and Romania. He has taught in the United Kingdom, Austria, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Georgia, Mongolia, Serbia, Kazakhstan and Moldova. A law graduate of Notre Dame, Yale and the London School of Economics, his books have been used as assigned reading at more than 40 American law schools, and his articles have been cited in more than 210 law reviews and 60 judicial opinions.

David A. Grenardo, J.D.

St. Mary’s University School of Law

Grenardo teaches Sports Law, International Sports Law, Professional Responsibility, Contracts, Business Associations and Civil Procedure. He practiced law in California and Texas for nearly a decade before joining the legal academy in 2011. His scholarship focuses on professional responsibility, sports law, legal pedagogy and the practice of law. He has published in many law reviews and has spoken on the radio many times. He earned his B.A. from Rice University where he played football and was a four-year letterman. He earned his J.D. from Duke University School of Law.

Xinqiang Sun, Ph.D. 

Beihang University School of Law

Sun is the Director of the Center for the Study of Comparative Law at Beihang University. He has written and translated several books and critical essays on law, and has been a Fulbright Scholar in the United States and a visiting scholar at universities in China and abroad.

Robert H. Hu , LL.M., Ph.D.

Program Director

Hu is a professor at St. Mary’s University School of Law. A member of the American Law Institute, he teaches Advanced Legal Research, and Trademark Law courses and has published books and articles on Chinese intellectual property law and legal research.

Professor Hu was born and educated in China. He received a law degree from Beijing University. He was a Fulbright Scholar from 1986-1987.

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Apply to the China Program

Applications are closed at this time.


Enrollment and housing applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be accompanied by a refundable $100 tuition deposit. Visiting students must submit a letter of good standing from an ABA- or state-accredited law school.


To apply, contact:

St. Mary’s University School of Law
Institute on Chinese Law and Business
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas 78228