In May 2008 Saint Joseph’s University inaugurated its new China Program aimed at undergraduates interested in spending a month exploring China while earning credit for a regular Saint Joseph’s course taught by a Saint Joseph’s faculty member. In that first year of the China Program, thirteen undergraduates visited Shanghai, Nanjing, Tiantai, Ningbo, Xi’an and Beijing. Dr. David Carpenter, director of the Asian Studies Program and Associate Professor of the History of Religions in the Department Theology and Religious Studies, offered a course on Mahayana Buddhism and Dr. Ann Green, Associate Professor in the Department of English, offered a course on writing.

In the subsequent program years,  courses have included “Modern China: Struggle and Survival,” taught by Dr. Jay Carter of the Department of History and “International Management,” taught by Dr. John Neiva of the Department of Management.

The China Summer Program will continue to offer a variety of course selections and take students to some of the most famous, historical and beautiful cities in China.


A limited number of scholarships are available to Asian Studies majors and minors for study in Asia. If you are an Asian Studies major or minor and would like to apply for a scholarship to cover a portion of the costs of the Summer China Program you can download an application here.

Learn More About The China Program

Students from China Interested in Studying at SJU

SJU has a wealth of information for students from China who are interested in attending our university.  You can visit the Office of China Programs website for more information.