China's Rise and Transformation: the View from its Fastest Growing City (UBC - SWUPL 2018 Summer Program) - Chongqing, China

POLI 321B | 3 credits

Special Funding

All students accepted into this Global Seminar program will receive a special fellowship award of $3,000.

About the program

Coursework:  POLI 321B (3 credits)

Chongqing is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic cities in China and the economic center for China’s South West region. It is seen as a top priority target area by the Canadian government, hence visits by Prime Minister Harper in 2012 and the Governor General in July 2017. Canada operates a full Consulate General in Chongqing.

The program will provide unique field visits on a daily basis with access to government, courts, companies, and research centers, allowing for interactions with many key players. Additionally, the program will offer unique opportunities to visit historical cities (Chengdu, Xian), including the Panda reserve, and to taste the cuisine of Sichuan and Chongqing, possibly the most colorful and endearing in China.

Students will acquire analytical skills and great insights in updated policy-making process in China covering economic issues, social issues, urban issues, legal issues, and China’s impact on global governance. The combination of analytical and real world skills acquired at the heart of China’s transformation will be extremely valuable on the job market. The program is also certain to have a transformative effect on your views of China and of global affairs.

A top level course on policy-making and reforms in China across a wide range of domains combining instruction by UBC Professor Yves Tiberghien (also Exec Director of the UBC China Council and Director Emeritus of the Institute of Asian Research) and some courses from experts at one of the top 3 policy schools in China: Southwestern University of Political Sciences and law (SWUPL). The Teaching Assistant, Yingqiu Kuang, is a high achieving PhD candidate in UBC’s POLI SCI department and a Chongqing native.

The program benefits from dual support of BC government and Chongqing Municipal government – as well as Canada’s Federal government.  It is seen as a pilot high impact program that will be likely reproduced in the future.

Lectures will be given Monday - Thursday from 9am - 12pm over the 3 weeks. To obtain the POLI 321B (3 credits), students will need to participate in the lectures and group work (25%), write a 5-page experiential report from field visits (25%) and write a 10-12 page (double-spaced) think piece within one month of the end of the trip (50%). There will be no final exam.

Afternoons and Fridays will be devoted to field visits to a range of exciting sites (Court, government, 3-gorge dam museum, large companies, environmental sites, and cultural activities, as well as travel to sites in Chongqing and Sichuan. The first weekend will be devoted to a visit to the ancient capital of Chengdu, including the Panda reserve.

General timeline

Program Dates: 

April 26th (9 - 3 pm at UBC)

April 30th - May 18th in Chongqing, China

UBC preparation session in March (date tbc)


-particularly well suited for POLI, IR, ECON, Sauder, AS, SOC, HIST majors

-but open to all majors on campus

-should have taken 2 POLI or IR courses at upper level (familiarity with social science writing)

-ability to work in groups and with the guidelines of the project – social skills

Program fees and costs

Program Fee and Special Fellowship

The Program Fee is $3,500 - $3,900 (approximately), however all accepted students will receive a $3,000 Special Fellowship.  Given the support of the BC and Federal government for training in Chinese policy competence, eligible students will receive a special UBC - China Go Global Fellowship of $3,000. Therefore, the Program Fee is $500 - $900. The final fee depends on the number of students in the program. Students do not pay the Go Global fee when applying to a Global Seminar. The Go Global fee is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program.

Program Fee Includes:

Program Fee Does Not Include:

In country group accommodations


Program related travel (public transportation, group train tickets, etc.)


Entrance fees to program related activities (museums, site locations, etc)


On-site guest lecturers


Some group meals

Go Global Fee

*UBC Tuition - Not included. Part of your costs

This amount will differ for domestic and international students. This amount will be assigned to you on the Student Service Centre (SSC) according to normal UBC tuition timelines. Read about tuition fees.

This amount is not determined or applied by Go Global.

All students participating in a Global Seminar will have tuition applied to their SSC account.

*Flights - Not Included. Part of your costs

Travel to Chongqing, China is a separate cost. You are responsible for arranging your own travel. You should not book your flight until you are notified to book. All Global Seminars only run if there is a minimum number of students enrolled. 

*Incidentals - Not Included. Part of your costs

Some examples include: personal mobile communication, personal transportation that is not related to the learning outcomes of the program, additional meals that are not already identified as part of the program fee, immunizations, Visas, etc.

Global Seminars refund policy

Adjustment on deposits

Students are eligible for an adjustment of their deposit under the following circumstances:

Withdrawal after acceptance in program

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $93.25 (ie: you receive a $656.75 credit)

Withdrawal after deposit posted on SSC

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $321.75 (ie: you receive a $428.25 credit)

Withdrawal after deposit due date

  • The deposit and all remaining program fees are completely non-refundable. Exceptions may be determined at the discretion of Go Global. 

Any funds allocated to students through the ARA program must be returned in their entirety.

Students who decide to withdraw their application must submit a request in writing by email to the Global Seminar Advisor at


Global Seminars Advisor

Student Advising

Drop in advising - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00-3:00pm

Please email with your student number in the subject line.

Global Seminars Advisor

Telephone: 604 822 0942

Fax: 604 822 9885

UBC Life Building
6138 Student Union Blvd
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