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There is not a single day in which walking around Suzhou where you don’t encounter something that is truly fascinating.Sean Wilkinson, Faculty, Art and Design, Spring 2015

Our Staff

Weiping Wang

Associate Provost & Dean of the China Institute

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Sean McCarthy

Associate Director of International Initiatives

Email Sean McCarthy

Lingyu Bai (Cindy)

Senior Financial Specialist

Email Lingyu Bai (Cindy)

Xue Deng

Market Development and Programming

Email Xue Deng

Wei Ding

Special Programs Coordinator - China Institute

Email Wei Ding

Nicholas Johnson

Director of Student Life - China Institute

Email Nicholas Johnson

Mark Kopenski

Managing Director - International Markets

Email Mark Kopenski

Meijuan Wu (Wendy)

Assistant Director of Student Programming

Email Meijuan Wu (Wendy)

Junqi Xu

Administrative Officer

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Jia Jia Wei

Executive Director of the China Institute & Director of International Initiatives - University of Dayton

Email Jia Jia Wei

Zoe Krzywda

China Initiatives Admission Counselor - University of Dayton

Email Zoe Krzywda

Yingrun Cui

Market Development and Programming

Email Yingrun Cui

Ningning Ding (Peter)

Assistant Director of Student Programming

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Dong Zhang

Assistant Executive Director & Director of Student Programming - China Institute

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Nai Kong

Assistant to the Dean of the China Institute & Creativity, Design and Image Lab Specialist

Email Nai Kong

Hongdan Wang (Iris)

Chinese Universities Partnership and Market Development Coordinator

Email Hongdan Wang (Iris)

Jige Xin

Assistant to the Executive Director and Engineering Lab Specialist

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Past Faculty

College Of Arts And Sciences

  • Christopher Agnew, History
  • Karen Bartley, History
  • Brett Billman, Communication
  • Jacob Burmeister, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
  • Daniel Curran, President Emeritus, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
  • Fr. Daivd Fleming, S.M., History
  • Jeremy Forbis, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
  • Xiamara Hohman, English
  • Xiaoli Li, English
  • Stephanie Litka, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work 
  • Kurt Mosser, Philosophy
  • Youssef Raffoul, Mathematics
  • Cassandra Secrease, Communication
  • Muhammad Usman, Mathematics
  • Versalle Washington, History
  • Sean Wilkinson, Art and Design

School Of Business Administration

  • Serdar Durmusoglu, Management and Marketing
  • Tanawat (Tom) Hirunyawipada, Management and Marketing
  • Mark Jacobs, Management Information Systems, Operations Management, and Decision Sciences
  • Barbara John, Economics and Finance
  • Terence Lau, Office of the Dean, Management and Marketing
  • Yue Pan, Management and Marketing, International Business
  • Paul Sweeney, Management and Marketing, International Business
  • Ting (Jeffrey) Zhang, Economics and Finance

School Of Engineering

  • Eric Balster, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Philip Doepker, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Amy Doll, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Charlie Edmonson, Engineering Technology
  • Mark Mears, Engineering 
  • Donald Moon, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Andrew Murray, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Javier Narvaez, Engineering
  • Denise Taylor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
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When I first thought about China, I thought more about the ancient history ... and so I expected to see more of the cultural things and not such a modern city. Lauren Schmitz, Sophomore, Civil Engineering, Spring 2015

Study Beyond

At the China Institute, we’re committed to providing students with unique education abroad opportunities. That’s why you can spend 14 weeks during the fall or spring semester gaining an international perspective for today’s job market. As you learn from internationally-minded professors, global professionals and prominent leaders in innovation, you’ll advance your résumé, grow in your intercultural understanding and enrich your future career -- not to mention have the experience of a lifetime.

In addition to taking classes during the 14 week semester program at the China Institute, students will be able travel China during planned tours and excursions and on their own to places like Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Suzhou, Chengdu, and more! Also included are corporate site visits to some of the many Fortune 500 companies in Suzhou Industrial Park. Students will find their experience at the China Institute to be filled with a unique blend of academics and culture, modern, industrial China and historical, traditional China, new friends, experiences and adventures. 

Fall semester programs at the China Institute run from August to November -- students will always be home in time for Thanksgiving!  Spring semester programs at the China Institute run from January to April. The spring program contains two six-week academic sessions and two breaks. Plus, you’ll be home early for summer!

China Institute applications can submitted for free here!

 

Program Cost

We live and work in a world without borders, and employers are looking for global leaders. We want to help you gain a global experience – and an edge in the workplace. That’s why we consider all students not currently registered at the University of Dayton for up to $15,000 in scholarships to help cover the program cost. The program cost includes tuition, airfare, Chinese visa, housing, meals, a gym membership, program transportation and associated tours and excursions. For exact program cost, non-UD students should contact us at udci@udayton.edu or visit your home institution's Education Abroad Office. 

UD students are eligible for a $3,000 travel abroad scholarship, which will cover the cost of your airfare, Chinese visa and tours and excursions. If you are a current UD student, you can study for a semester at the China Institute at the same cost as one on-campus semester at UD. Plus, your regular financial aid package applies!

 

Course Listing

Students may take up to 19 credit hours of University of Dayton courses that can be applied to a UD student's degree or easily transferred to another institution for non-UD students. Courses are currently offered across the College of Arts and Sciences, AACSB accredited School of Business Administration, and ABET accredited School of Engineering. All students who are not Chinese citizens are required to take the free, 1-credit hour course: UDI 148: Everyday Conversations in China.

Exclusive to fall semester programs at the China Institute, students will have an incredible opportunity to earn one of two minors in just one semester (see below for more information).

For program specific courses, please visit the application.  

As a reminder, it is best to always speak to your academic adviser before applying for an education abroad program. Visit catalog.udayton.edu for course descriptions and pre-requisite or co-requisite requirements.

Minor Options in Fall

Studies in Design and Entrepreneurship in China

The Studies in Design and Entrepreneurship in China minor is a brand-new minor only available to students studying at the China Institute. This unique minor program will provide students with an interdisciplinary educational lens to explore China from the perspectives of art, philosophy, sociology, business and design.

The courses included in this minor are: 

SSC 200: Social Science Integrated – Socioeconomic Change in China
PHL 320: Philosophy of Art
MGT 318: Fundamentals of New Venture Creation
EGR 299: Engineering Innovation and Design

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is a growing field worldwide. Students minoring in Entrepreneurship will develop an understanding of how a business enterprise is conceived, launched and sustained. The curriculum teaches students to identify viable business opportunities and explores how such opportunities are transformed into new ventures. Students will use China as their classroom as they explore Entrepreneurship from multiple angles. During the fall semester at the China Institute, students who wish to enroll in the Entrepreneurship minor will take: 

MGT 318: Fundamentals of New Venture Creation
MGT 319: Fundamentals of Entrepreneurial Finance
MGT 490: Managing the Enterprise
MKT 420: Entrepreneurial Marketing


Additional Information 

This 12-credit hour minors will be included on University of Dayton transcripts issued to students who successfully complete the program. Students are also eligible to take up to six additional credit hours of coursework (plus UDI 148)  not contained within these minors. The culmination of these minors will result in a capstone-style projects. In addition to the courses, students will participate in cultural and historical excursions and corporate site visits. For more information on this minor programs, please contact us at udci@udayton.edu.

Students not pursuing either minor opportunity are still eligible to enroll in courses associated with the minor programs.

Experience Tomorrow, Today

At the China Institute, we’re committed to providing students with unique education abroad opportunities. That’s why you can spend 6 weeks during a summer program gaining an international perspective for today’s job market. As you learn from UD professors, international professionals and prominent leaders in innovation, you’ll advance your résumé – and enrich your future career.

Summer programs at the China Institute run from mid-May to late-June and are 6 weeks long. Students may take up to 7 credit hours of University of Dayton courses that can be applied to a UD students degree or easily transferred to another institution for non-UD students. Courses are currently offered across the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, and School of Engineering.

In addition to taking classes during the 6 week summer program at the China Institute, students will be able travel China during planned tours and excursions and on their own to places like Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Suzhou, Chengdu, and more! Also included are corporate site visits to some of the many Fortune 500 companies in Suzhou Industrial Park. Students will find their experience at the China Institute to be filled with a unique blend of academics and culture, modern, industrial China and historical, traditional China, new friends, experiences and adventures. 

The cost of the summer program includes up to 7 credit hours of UD tuition, international and domestic airfare, housing, tours and excursions, program transportation, and Chinese visa processing and costs. 

To apply, view detailed program costs, and more information, please visit our application. It is free to apply, non-binding, and can be completed in just about 10 minutes. 

For additional questions, please email us at udci@udayton.edu

 

 

 

Course Listing

Students may take up to 7 credit hours of University of Dayton courses that can be applied to a UD student's degree or easily transferred to another institution for non-UD students. Courses are currently offered across the College of Arts and Sciences, AACSB accredited School of Business Administration, and ABET accredited School of Engineering. All students who are not Chinese citizens are required to take the free, 1-credit hour course: UDI 148: Everyday Conversations in China.

For program specific courses, please visit the application.  Summer 2019 course listing coming soon.

Experience Tomorrow, Today

Exclusive to UD students is the opportunity to take one, 3-credit hour, specialized, upper-level course at the China Institute during 2-weeks of winter break. This is an incredible opportunity for students who opt for a shorter education aboard experience.

Winter intersession programs are typically around $5,000-$6,000. This cost includes 3-credit hours of tuition, airfare, housing, tours/excursions, program transportation.

Programming

January 2019

 

ENG 378: Professional and Technical Writing in Global Contexts

This course offers English majors, minors, and students from other majors an opportunity to understand the process of planning, creating, revising, producing, and delivering profession and technical writing documents used and to be used in the global contexts. Offering this class in China gives students a unique opportunity to see professional and technical writing as well as localization in action in a given global context. Students will learn how the information development team of US companies operate in the Chinese environment, meet with technical communicators from all over the world, and talk with technical writers in China to understand how they become a tech writer.

Instructor: Xiaoli Li 

Study Beyond

The University of Dayton offers a unique opportunity to college students from our partner institutions to experience academic and college life at the University of Dayton in the student's desired areas of study. The program runs during the spring semesters, typically mid-January to early-May. Students can take up to 12 credit hours per semester of any course of their choosing as long as there are seats available and any pre-requisites are met. 

Students will be assigned University housing with UD students and will enjoy tours and excursions around the Dayton area. Discounted tuition, housing, meals, tours and excursions, and a gym membership are all included in the program. 

If a student receives an average grade of B or above (GPA 3.0) in courses of study during the program, the University of Dayton will waive the English proficiency requirement (i.e., TOEFL, IELTS) if the student would like to be considered for undergraduate admission to the University of Dayton. Students who wish to be considered for graduate admission may also be able to have their English proficiency requirement waived depending on the program of study. 

For more information on VSP, please contact Ms. Hongdan (Iris) Wang at hwang11@udayton.edu.

Apply to VSP

Only pre-screened students who are currently enrolled in our partner institutions may apply for the University of Dayton's Visiting Student Program (VSP). Students must complete the free online application here*. 

Additional documents will need to be submitted:

Official transcript(s) from home institution;
Document showing courses student is currently enrolled in at the home institution;
Proof of English proficiency (i.e., TOEFL, IELTS, or testament from the home institution stating that the student is proficient in English if no test scores are available);
Completed 'Affidavit of Support' form and bank statement(s) showing sufficient amount of funds;
Copy of passport (photo page only).


*Application coming soon.

 

Education Without Borders

The B.E.S.T. Program was founded by the University of Dayton, a top-tier national research institution, for international students to start their U.S. degree at the China Institute, located in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China. 

The B.E.S.T. Program is a special blend of academic and experiential learning centered around four areas of academic inquiry: business, engineering, science and technology. Students get a head start on their undergraduate studies through hands-on learning, interactive classes and group projects, and earning college credits that count toward a degree at the University of Dayton. 

By participating in the B.E.S.T. Program, students will not only interact with American students and professors, but they will also be earning college credits that may trasfer to any U.S. institution.

Explore your academic interests and apply for the B.E.S.T. Program today!

For more information on the B.E.S.T. Program, contact Ms. Hongdan (Iris) Wang at hwang11@udayton.edu.

Apply to B.E.S.T.

To apply for the B.E.S.T. program, please complete the free, online application here*.

*Application coming soon.

Our exclusive partnerships with international universities and Fortune 500 companies means you’ll be joining the future of innovation the day you arrive. With our established relationships, you’ll have the chance to learn through firsthand experience at some of the world’s most successful companies. Enjoy seminars on Chinese culture from researchers at multinational companies. Participate in projects with professors from partner institutions. Shape your own international experience and add to your growing global perspective.

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The University of Dayton has established partnerships with:

  • China Jiliang University
  • Changzhou Institute of Technology
  • Beijing Jiaotong University
  • Fujian Normal University
  • Jiangsu Second Normal University
  • Nanjing Medical University
  • Nanjing University
  • Nanjing University Jinling College
  • Nanjing University of The Arts
  • Nanjing University of Finance and Economics
  • Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications
  • Nanjing University of Science and Technology
  • Nanjing University of Science and Technology Zijin College
  • Nanjing Xiaozhuang University
  • Shandong University
  • Shanghai Normal University
  • Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
  • Soochow University
  • University of International Business and Economics
  • University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
  • Xi'an International Studies University
  • Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics
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A Student

The China Institute is your chance to go beyond the typical education abroad opportunity to discover a transformative experience and career preparation that translates to greater future success. You’ll network, make connections, and learn from an intensive and immersive cultural experience that’s as rewarding as it is challenging. This is your opportunity to expand your global perspective while adding to your résumé.

This isn’t study abroad. This is study beyond. Apply for Free Today.

The China Institute Student Site is an additional resource that covers everything from cell phones and banking in China to scholarships, and more. This website is a central location for all pre-departure information as well as general information on China and the Institute. 

If you'd like more information or have a question that is not listed below, please email us at udci@udayton.edu

Student FAQs

A Faculty Member

“We believe people working together can accomplish the extraordinary.” –Weiping Wang, Associate Provost

Are you interested in teaching, serving as a visiting scholar at one of our partner institutions or participating in a professional development opportunity at the China Institute? Our facility provides numerous opportunities for faculty from any university to expand their educational and professional horizons.

What is it like to teach at the China Institute?

The China Institute offers year-round teaching opportunities and delivers continuing education and executive training to partnering corporations in and around Suzhou Industrial Park. Additionally, we are providing research and development expertise to companies in China through sponsored research contracts and projects in the Innovation Center. If you are interested in instructing a course at the China Institute, please fill out the UD Faculty Interest Form or Non-UD Faculty Interest Form. Please note that all qualified non-University of Dayton faculty must hold an advanced degree from a Western Institution.  

Faculty FAQs