With a culture steeped in 6,000 years of history, China has emerged as a popular study abroad destination among U.S. students. A semester in China offers students a life-changing opportunity to experience the life and culture in the world's second largest economy. In partnership with Chongqing Technology and Business University (CTBU), ECC students can spend a semester studying Chinese language, culture and history in the bustling city of Chongqing. This program is also open to students at Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP) and College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS) member schools.
Chongqing Technology and Business University is situated in Chongqing city – known as the ‘gateway to the west.' The main campus, nestled at the foot of Nanshan Mountain and near the famous Yangtze River, lies only 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) from the central shopping and entertainment area of Chongqing. Participants in this program will enroll as students at CTBU and complete tours and study related to Chinese language, culture and history. Electives are available in the fields of humanities and business. This is an academic study abroad and cultural program, and students will earn 12 – 18 credits during the course of the program.
The cornerstone of the program is the immersion of participants into the local community, including interaction with Chinese students and excursions, which provide an introduction to the history, culture, and people of China. The program incorporates traditional classroom instruction with cultural excursions to enhance the student’s study abroad experience. Cultural excursions may include:
- Traditional Chinese dinner gathering
- Tour of Chongqing city
- Chinese ‘paper cut’ design by local artists
- Visit to Lao Jun Cave, a Taoist temple
- Tour of ancient city Ciqikou
CTBU features a beautifully landscaped campus with many trees and gardens. The unique architecture of the university’s buildings makes the campus a popular attraction for local people and tourists. An excellent bus network and light rail system connects CTBU to the city center and the surrounding suburbs. CTBU boasts strong teaching resources and advanced research facilities; small classes guarantee one-on-one attention. The campus also features basketball, volleyball and tennis courts and a swimming pool for student use. A supermarket, post office, bank and hospital are also located on campus.
This is a non-faculty led program.
- Fall semester: August - January
- Spring semester: February - June
- Fall semester: May 1
- Spring semester: October 1
The program is open to serious students who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in another culture. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older as of the program start date. The minimum age requirement is strictly upheld. All applicants are required to complete an application form. A personal interview with the program director may be held to determine the participant’s maturity and adaptability to a foreign environment. Successful completion of the application process is required for admission to the program.
All students will be required to have:
- 2.5 or higher GPA, based on 12 or more credits of college study
- Completion of college-level English 101 (or equivalent) with a C or better
- Two faculty recommendations
- Physician's approval to travel
- Strong interest in Chinese language and culture
If a participant has special needs, the program will attempt to make whatever reasonable accommodations are possible. However, it may be difficult for those with severe physical disabilities to travel to and within China. Admission is made on a space available basis.
Students earn 15-18 semester hours in college credit in the semester program. All students earn ECC credit; classes taken at CTBU are reflected as ECC classes on an ECC transcript. Courses are selected from an abbreviated list. Students are required to take the following two courses:
- Chinese Culture (3)
- A Chinese course at the appropriate level (4-8 credits)
Students may then choose two or three additional courses from an approved list, primarily composed of marketing and business courses. A complete listing of available courses is available from the Center for International Educations and Programs (B105) or by emailing
email@example.com. Prior to submitting your application to the ECC Center for International Education and Programs (B105), please make an appointment with Sean Jensen in the Academic Advising Department to select preliminary courses and review your educational plan. An appointment can be made by calling the Academic Advising Department at 847-214-7390 or by visiting building B, room B120.
Lodging and Meals
Students will live in CTBU’s International Student Apartments. The apartments are well equipped with furniture, private toilet, air conditioner, telephone, internet, and kitchen appliances. Students may eat at any of the five canteens on campus, cook in their apartment, or eat out. If students choose to eat out, there are several restaurants in the surrounding communities.
A current passport and visa are required for students in the semester program. Upon acceptance into the program, students will be provided with directions on how apply for a visa.
Pre-departure orientation will be held approximately one month prior to departure and will cover important information related to safety, security, insurance and program expectations. Attendance is required.
Please contact the Center for International Education and Programs for the most current program price.
- Tuition and related administrative cost at CTBU
- Lodging at CTBU
- Linens, kitchen utensils and equipment
- Required cultural activities and excursions
- Mandatory health insurance
- Chinese visa application fee
- In-country airport transfers
- Administrative and liaison fees
- Fees do not cover:
- Meals for the duration of the program
- Personal expenses
- Transportation to and from O’Hare International Airport
- ECC tuition
- Trip interruption insurance
Financial aid (grants, loans, other scholarships, etc.) may be available to those who qualify. Additionally, the CTBU semester program offers a
China Study Abroad Exchange Scholarship in the amount of $750.00 awarded to two students annually. Students wishing to use financial aid for study abroad should contact the Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships to discuss requirements. An appointment can be made by calling the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 847-214-7360 or by visiting building B, room B156.
Applying to the Program
To apply for the CTBU Chongqing program, please complete the following forms:
- CBTU Chongqing Study Abroad Application
- Financial Aid Certification
- China Study Abroad Exchange Scholarship (optional)
Submit forms to the Center for International Education and Programs in building B, room B105.
For more information, please contact the Center for International Education and Programs at
firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by B105.