Chinese Commercial Law Study Tour

The Deakin School of Law is inviting students to travel to the People's Republic of China between T1 and T2 to develop an understanding of the Chinese legal system and its relationship to history and culture.

Over two weeks students will participate in lectures exploring contract law, law of joint ventures, as well as foreign trade law related to intellectual property, labour, employment and dispute resolution.

Deakin students will be hosted in Shanghai by Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SHUFE) Law School, one of China's key universities under the direct leadership of the Ministry of Education. In addition to on campus lectures in Shanghai, participants will travel to Hangzhou - West Lake and Beijing to learn the history behind the structures of Chinese law.

Program overview

22 June - 7 July 2015

Deakin students will be hosted in Beijing by the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE), one of China's key universities under the direct leadership of the Ministry of Education.

Structure for the 16 day program will include morning classes at CUFE followed by industry visits or cultural activities in the afternoon. A number of evening events will also be organised.

The Chinese Commercial Law Study Tour will include:

  • A series of classes provided by academic staff from CUFE
  • Company visits to Chinese and international firms
  • Site visits to Law courts and Chinese government organisations
  • Exploration of the Great Wall of China, Terracotta Warriors and Confucius Mansion
  • Guided tours of various sights in Beijing

An indicative program itinerary can be found in the brochure (PDF, 309.2 KB) (subject to change).

Travel Details

You will need to travel with the group to begin the program in China. Additional travel arrangements may be made after the conclusion of the academic program. Any travel or accommodation costs outside the program dates will incur additional costs beyond the quoted price.

Accommodation for the tour will be on at host university student residences or at four star hotels. All rooms will be on a twin share basis. Travel to and from all activities outlined in the program will be on private buses and travel between cities will be by private buses or bullet train.

Further details on inclusions of the program can be obtained by contacting the Program Coordinator on

Unit details

This program will be conducted in intensive mode while students are in China. All content will be delivered over the two week program thereby making all classes, industry visits and guest lectures compulsory, unless otherwise stated by the academic coordinator. The assessment tasks will comprise of Individual assignments plus an examination that will be conducted at Deakin after the conclusion of the program.


Develop an understanding of the Chinese legal system and its relationship to Chinese history and culture while developing an awareness of Chinese commercial law in the context of foreign trade and investment.

Assessment: Written assignment and exam

MLL344 Relevant for:

Law and combined law students as a Law or general elective

MLM703 Relevant for:

Master of Commercial Law students as an elective

Postgraduate students as part of a Commercial Law major or as an elective


The approximate cost is A$5000 which includes:

  • Deakin Travel insurance for the length of the program
  • Visits to historical and cultural sites
  • Lectures at SHUFE
  • Site visits and industry excursions
  • Transport to all activities in the itinerary
  • Twin share accommodation in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Beijing
  • Return flights from Melbourne

Program fees do not include:

  • unit tuition fees
  • passport fees
  • spending money
  • meals not specified on the itinerary

* Please note that participation in the tour is subject to your eligibility to obtain a visa into China. Visa assistance will be provided by Deakin's travel agent however it is your responsibility to complete the necessary requirements for the Chinese government. Costs associated with not obtaining a visa into China will be your responsibility. 

Contact details

Study tour enquiries:
Academic enquiries:,.edu,au

How to apply

Step 1

Express your interest by emailing the Program Coordinator with following details:

  • Last name
  • First name
  • Student ID
  • Course

Step 2

Once your eligibility has been confirmed by the Program Coordinator you will be sent an application form and be asked to provide the following:

  • Current WAM
  • Personal statement outlining reasons for interest in the program

Step 3

Students will then be asked to attend a brief interview with the unit chair and program coordinator to determine suitability for the program.

Successful applicants will be informed on 20 April 2015 and must be ready to take up their place in the program by paying their $500 deposit by 27 April 2015.

*Please note: that the deposit is non-refundable

Important dates:

  • Applications close: 13 April 2015 
  • Deposit due: 27 April 2015 
  • Final payment due: 15 May 2015
  • Compulsory pre-departure session: Early June 
  • Departure date: 22 June 
  • Final day of the program: 7 July

Contact us

International Development
Program Coordinator
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood VIC 3125
Telephone +61 3 92445004

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