Study abroad in China

What You'll Study

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.

This study abroad program is offered Spring and Fall semesters through Parkland's ICISP partner Elgin Community College (ECC).  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.


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

Program Includes

  • 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
  • Airfare
  • Passport
  • Meals for the duration of the program
  • Personal expenses
  • Transportation to and from O’Hare International Airport
  • ECC tuition
  • Trip interruption insurance

Please contact or 217-351-2532 for estimate program cost.


  • Be 18 years of age or older 
  • Completed at least 12 hours of college-level coursework
  • Completed English Composition or its equivalent with a B or better
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better

Helpful Website:

Elgin Community College Study Abroad

For More Information:
Contact Jody Littleton: Room C126 phone: 217/351-2532 or email for more information.