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  • Locations: Shanghai, China; Xiamen, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: Asian Studies, Criminal Justice, Human Rights, International Security and Conflict Resolution, Law, Peace & Conflict Studies, Political Science, Pre-Law, Public Administration, Social Policy & Administration, Social Work, Sociology
Housing Options: Hostel or Hotel Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: CES Faculty-Led Program SDSU Office: 2-Extended Studies
Program Description:

Criminal Justice in China

Summer 2019: Add your name to the Inquiry List below
Dates Abroad: TBA
Course Dates: TBA
Price: TBA


Summer 2018: Application CLOSED
Dates Abroad: arrive in Xiamen on June 24 - depart from Shanghai on July 7, 2018
Course Dates: June 24 - July 7, 2018
Price: $1,779

NOTE: Information subject to change for 2019.
"[The program] was an excellent opportunity to enrich myself in another culture, gain a valuable immersion experience, and apply my graduate studies in Criminal Justice and Criminology to another country's legal system through evaluation and comparative analysis. I got to travel with my student group to multiple historical sites of cultural significance which was a once in a lifetime visit... Not many people get to site see like this while also learning and getting academic credit! The CES staff and academic instructors were very knowledgeable, helpful, and provided expert insight into the program of study. I definitely recommend a CES course to any undergraduate or graduate student seeking to broaden their horizons, represent SDSU, and travel internationally with great people."
- Michael B., Summer 2018


The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA) at San Diego State University and Xiamen University conduct a two-week criminal law course comparing China's criminal justice system with that of the United States. The course will cover the Chinese Constitution, the criminal code, and the code of criminal procedure. Students are required to participate in daily one-on-one half-hour Chinese language training--no academic credit--to help them prepare for their daily experiences.

The program ends in Xiamen and then the group proceeds to Shanghai for two nights and departs from there.
  • Click the logo below to read about student experiences in China--as well as on this program!--on SDSU's Be International blog

*Summer 2018 Information*:
  • Learn more about this program by viewing an informative PRESENTATION.  
  • Watch a VIDEO showcasing the Summer 2017 Criminal Justice in Xiamen, China study abroad program


This program primarily takes place in Xiamen, a beautiful city and major tourist destination. Located in southeast China across from Taiwan, Xiamen has a metropolitan area with a population of approximately 3.5 million. The climate is slightly warmer than San Diego's with less humidity. The program will also tentatively include a 4-5 day program in Shanghai as well as an optional excursion to Beijing. 

Xiamen University, the host institution for this program, was founded in the 1920s and today has modern classrooms with the latest technology for teaching. It is a showplace for national and international visitors and welcomes many international students who come to learn Chinese. SDSU and Xiamen University are linked through the SDSU Confucius Institute.
  • Watch this brief VIDEO for a visual tour of Xiamen University!


All participants are required to register for the following SDSU College of Extended Studies (CES) “Special Sessions” course.  After you apply and are officially enrolled in the program, you will receive instructions on how to register for the course from the College of Extended Studies. 
  • CJ 550: Study Abroad: Xiamen (3 units of SDSU resident credit)

HINT for SDSU students: Log in to your WebPortal account and check your Degree Evaluation to see if the course fulfills your graduation requirements. Otherwise, meet with an academic advisor to discuss your options; click HERE for more information. 


TENTATIVE FOR 2018: Students stay in accommodations at Hotel Dashing Waves Bay, located at the East Gate of the Xiang'an campus of Xiamen University. Housing fees are not included in the program cost: Students should be prepared to pay 924 CNY (approx. $140 dollars) to the hotel in CNY cash upon arrival. If students wish you have their own room, the total price will be 1,848 CNY (approx. $280 dollars).   Payment in local currency, CNY cash, is preferred as the hotel does not accept credit card payment. More information will be provided by the faculty leaders after acceptance into the program.

A meal card loaded with 400 CNY (approx. $60) will be provided to each student and will cover all meals.

  • Two mandatory professional tours to a court and a police station
  • Trip to Shanghai, China's largest city
  • Optional excursion to Beijing


  • Olesya Adams, Deputy Public Defender (San Diego) and Instructor, School of Public Affairs, SDSU College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA)
  • Jeffrey Brooker, Deputy City Attorney / Criminal Prosecutor (San Diego) and Instructor, School of Public Affairs, SDSU College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA)



Payment Schedule: 
   $TBA    Deposit due with application to College of Extended Studies (CES) to reserve your spot in the program
   $TBA    Tuition due with course registration to CES
   $TBA    Total Program Fee 

Included in the Program Fee:
  • Tuition for 3 units of SDSU resident credit
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation Insurance
  • 1 group bus pick up at the Xiamen airport and transfer to the North Xiamen Train Station (valid only during a designated time)
  • A meal card loaded with 400 CNY (approx. $60) will be provided to each student and will cover all meals (see Housing and Meals for more information)
  • Accommodation and transportation to/from most excursions to courts and police stations
  • Chinese language sessions (8:00 - 9:30 for 8 days)
NOT Included in the Program Fee:
  • Roundtrip airfare to China
  • Accommodations in Xiamen: Students will be required to pay 1,848 CNY (approx. $280) for a single room for 11 nights or 924 CNY (approx. $140) for 11 nights in a double room upon arrival. Payment in CNY cash is preferred as the hotel does not accept credit card payment.
  • High-speed train fee of approximately $90 for one-way transport from Xiamen to Shanghai 
  • All meals not mentioned above
  • Transportation not covered above
  • Personal expenses
  • Vaccinations, if necessary (visit CDC website for more information)
  • Passport and visa fees (visit for more information). A Chinese L visa will be required for this program, costing approximately $140. You must apply to get on your own or use a travel/visa agency for an additional fee. More information available from the faculty leader. 
Refund Policy: 
Program Costs Refund:
Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable.  For this program:
  • TBA: more information coming soon
Course Tuition Refund: 
Refunds for course tuition follow the College of Extended Studies (CES) standard refund policy
Funding & Scholarship Information:
Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities and the general public
  • Open to all academic levels
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.
    • The program-specific orientation with the faculty for the Summer 2019 program is TBA 

Summer 2019: Application Not Yet Open

If you are interested in attending this program in summer 2019, add your name to the Inquiry List below and you'll receive email updates when available:

  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • For course content, requirements, teaching, and conditions at XMU, contact instructor Olesya Adams:
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Phil Hoog, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:,  (619) 594-0638

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.