Language for Business and Technology: China



With the continuing "Zero Covid" policy in China, we regret that we cannot offer the LBAT China in Summer 2023. 

Hopefully, we'll be back in 2024.

General Information:

The China LBAT gives students the opportunity to study for nine weeks in China, six of which take place in Shanghai and three weeks in the coastal city of Qingdao. The China LBAT is an intensive Chinese language immersion led by Georgia Tech faculty members. Students also get individual one-on-one tutoring sessions, participate in weekly group dinners, and visit important cultural and business sites as part of the experience. So, come explore the fascinating fusion of traditional Chinese culture with modern, metropolitan culture. Come experience one of the world’s fastest-growing economies in China’s business center, Shanghai. Come enhance your language abilities in an immersion environment. Come have fun and experience all the great things that Georgia Tech and China have to offer!

Click to see our China LBAT 2022 Promotion Slideshow

Also, check out the China LBAT alumni experiences:

Our Out-of-Classroom Activities:

  • Shanghai Cultural Site Visits: Shanghai Museum, Yu Yuan Imperial Garden, Oriental Pearl Tower/Shanghai Center, Peking Opera Show, Acrobat Show, and Zhouzhuang town (may vary each year)
  • Business Site Visits: Shanghai Volkswagen, Bao Steel Company (Baogang), Hai'er, Hisense, Shanghai International Financial Center, Shanghai Expo (may vary each year)
  • Qingdao Fieldtrips: Laoshan Daoist Mtn, Hai'er Company, Navy Museum, German Governor’s Mansion & Cathedral,  Qingdao Expo, and Badaguan Huashi Villa. (may vary each year)


Shanghai (6 weeks) and Qingdao (3 weeks), China



Host Institution

Shanghai Jiaotong University 上海交通大學, a top engineering university in China. Its excellent central Shanghai location is very convenient to many activities. We typically have a campus tour and a lot of interaction opportunities with local SJTU students.


Faculty Club Hotel at Shanghai Jiaotong University with two students per room and internet access.


  • CHIN 3691: Chinese for Current Events (syllabus)
  • CHIN 3692: Business Chinese (syllabus)
  • CHIN 3693: Conversation Practicum (syllabus)
  • CHIN 3813: Living in China (syllabus)

Total credits: 12  (All count toward the Chinese Minor, which needs 15 credits!)


CHIN 2002 or Equivalent and good standing (contact Dr. Foster for placement consult)


  • The Program Charge 2022 is $5500 (pending approval) includes $250 non-refundable application fee (unless we have to cancel due to covid quarantine restrictions - see below), housing, classroom, tutoring, group dinners, cultural and business site visits, group transportation, cultural classes in Taichi, Calligraphy, and Chinese painting (varies per year); tickets (air or train) from Shanghai to Qingdao, travel health insurance, one textbook (you bring the other)
    • Payment Schedule:
      • Application Fee $250 (included in Program Charge)
      • February 15, 2022: $2625 first half (first installment) [may pay entire Program Fee on Feb. 15 if desired, please inform]
      • March 15, 2022: $2625 second half (first installment)
      • Your student account will be automatically assessed these fees on the indicated dates.
  • Program Charge does NOT include: 12 credit hours of tuition, international airline tickets, visa, technology fee, independent ground transportation (including your departure from Qingdao at end of program to facilitate flexibility with post-program travel plans), independent meals
  • Pay in-state tuition: Out-of-State students pay in-state tuition

Cancellation Policy

Covid Cancellation Policy: Refund of Program Charges (including Application Fee) in Full if we have to cancel because China does not lift its 14-21 days quarantine requirement.

Regular Program Cancellation Policy:

Program descriptions and charges are subject to final approval by educational units and the Office of International Education.  Georgia Tech reserves the right to alter or cancel this program due to low enrollment, unavailability of a professor to teach a planned course or other unforeseen circumstances.  Once Georgia Tech has made payments to service providers, or if Georgia Tech cancels the program before departure or while the program is in progress for reasons beyond its control, such as political unrest or danger to participants' safety, only those fees that Georgia Tech is able to have refunded by service providers will be returned to participants. If a student withdraws before the application deadline no penalty is incurred beyond the non-refundable application fee. If a student withdraws from the program after the application deadline, the student will be responsible for the payment of all fees.

Backup Plan 1: We will direct you to a virtual Summer Chinese language program and transfer credits. Coordinate your Foreign Credit Approval in advance with Dr. Foster

Backup Plan 2: You apply to an intensive Summer Chinese language program in China, go according to your time which will include 14-21 days of quarantine, then we transfer credits. Coordinate your Foreign Credit Approval in advance with Dr. Foster

Informational Meetings

Mandatory Orientation Meetings:

More Information & Questions:

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Program Contact

Paul Foster
311 Swann

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