Institute for China Studies


Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question, or would you like more information about studying at the institute for China Studies? Below you will find the frequently asked questions. Is your question not included? Please contact us at +86 139 1856 3747 or send an email to 

Registration & Admission

From our home page you can access the course page by clicking on the “Course” button located in the header of footer. You will be redirected to the course page, where you can select a course by clicking on the “Detailed Course Description” button. When the course that interests you, you can click on the “Login” button located in the upper right corner of the screen. You will have two options; You can either login directly when you have a user account at the Institute, or you can register yourself for the course.

Every course introduction page includes a detailed content description of the course, including the entry conditions that are applicable. Our short courses on are designed as open executive courses, waiving minimum entry requirements.

After you have registered and paid the tuition fee for the short course it is not possible anymore to cancel your registration. 

Our short courses include tailormade literature and reading materials addressing specific aspects of China’s business landscape. Due to the specific nature of our courses it is not possible to apply for an exemption.

If you are interested to register for a course for yourself or for your team, but require a deferred start, please contact our team via to confirm how you can secure your seat at your preferred start date.

Course Information

Our courses are focused on multiple aspects of entrepreneurship in China and China’s international business landscape. Our courses have been designed around the specializations foreign investment, corporate finance, business analysis, human resources, commerce and trade and sales and business development. 

Even if you have little experience with studying or have not studied for a while, courses at the Institute for China Studies are easy to follow. Our courses are divided into manageable units and the course materials are written in a clear and unambiguous manner. If you run into a problem, or have a question you can contact your course professor.

For each course, it is clearly described which prior education requirement is linked to the course and what you can do at the end of the course. There is often no prior education requirement for taking a course at the Institute for China Studies, so everyone can start with a course at the Institute.

Our courses have a duration ranging from 2 to 12 weeks. The average length of a course is 6 to 8 weeks.

Our courses have an average study load ranging from 4 to 10 hours per week. On average, taught courses have a lower study load duration, whereas research courses include a higher study load.

If you wish to end your course early, the Institute for China studies must be notified in writing via email. For courses with a duration of 3 months or less, no restitution of the paid tuition fee will be made.

Do you have little time available to spend on your course? That is no problem at all, because the Institute for China Studies offers you the possibility to extend your course for 6 months free of charge.

If you are unable to spend time on your studies due to temporary circumstances, this is no problem at all. If, for whatever reason, you are unable to complete the course within the study duration of your choice, you can extend it for another 6 months free of charge.

All our courses are taught in English language. Our courses include course materials from official data sources including but not limited to China’s laws and regulations. In the event these materials are included as course material, an English translation of the content will be provided.

Our courses are taught online in an asynchronous manner.  Courses consist out of weekly units addressing a certain topic. During the week at a time that suits their agenda best, students can follow the course by accessing our Digital Learning Environment and progress through the course materials.

Upon completion of the registration and payment of the tuition fee, the student can start following the courses. Since our courses are taught online in an asynchronous manner students can decide to start the courses at a time that suits them best.

Yes, upon successful completion of a course, students will receive a Statement of Completion.

Course Materials

Upon completion of registration as a student and payment of the tuition fee you will gain access to our Digital Learning Environment. All course materials are directly accessible online.

Our courses include course materials from official data sources including but not limited to China’s laws and regulations. In the event these materials are included as course material, an English translation of the content will be provided.

Development of courses starts with performing in-depth desktop research on the subject matter, which includes searching data, interpreting data, structuring data, and converting into information for practical use. The course content is further complemented with insights, experiences and best practices shared by expert contributors. We periodical review the course materials to ensure latest developments in China’s business landscape are reflected.

The Institute for China Studies holds the copy rights of all tailormade literature and reading materials utilized on our courses. If materials from external contributors are used in our courses, we ensure to hold the rights.


Via assessments students display mastery of the subject matter that is discussed within a unit. 

Courses are built up out of multiple weekly units, and in each unit a subject is introduced. In general all units include one graded assignment. The graded assignment is to be completed at the end of each unit. Further, units may include quizzes which the student may use to test his or her knowledge about a subject. Quizzes are not graded and do not contribute towards a final grade. 

Upon successful completion of the course students receive a Statement of Completion. Assignments form an integral part of the course. If no assignments are submitted, or assignments do not meet the requirements for a passing grade, no Statement of Completion will be awarded. 

All assignments must be submitted via our Digital Learning Environment. Assignments submitted via post, e-mail or other means will not be reviewed and graded.

Communication & Contact

Main contact with your course professor is via email. Each course includes a not-for-credit introduction module which includes the information of your course professor, contact details, and office hours.

You will have contact with your course professor throughout the duration of the entire course. You can contact your course professor when you have any questions or need support. 


Tuition fees are paid via credit card or bank transfer.

For our open enrollment courses tuition fee is paid in advance in full.

0% VAT is applicable to our courses.

Course duration varies between 2 and 12 weeks. Due to the relative short duration of our courses it is not possible to pay the tuition fee in multiple installments.

No additional cost apply to our courses. The tuition fee includes admission and student registration, access to the Digital Learning Environment, tailormade literature and reading materials, review and grading of assignments and contact with your course professor.


We frequently work together with external contributors to enrich our tailored literature and reading materials with the experiences and best practices these contributors share. Our courses however are only taught by faculty of the Institute for China Studies.

Yes, we offer customized and in-company programs and courses. For more detailed information please contact us at