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 undertake a unit in Chinese Commercial Law by participating in classes exploring contract law, law of joint ventures, as well as foreign trade law related to intellectual property, labour, employment and dispute resolution. Classes will be followed up by industry visits to help students relate classroom learnings with real world applications.

In addition to campus classes in Beijing, participants will visit Qufu City (birthplace of Confucius) and Xi'an (well-known for terracotta warriors) to learn the history behind the structures of Chinese Law.

Program overview

21 June - 6 July 2014

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
Students arrive in Beijing using the group flight booked as part of the program. Additional travel outside the program dates can be arranged in consultation with Reho Travel. Students will be responsible for any additional costs that are made in changing flights or departure dates.

Accommodation while in Beijing will be in twin share student accommodation on campus at the host university. Accommodation in Xi'an and Qufu is in 4 star hotel. Students will be allocated to roommates prior to departure and preferences can be requested as part of pre-departure arrangements.

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

Units offered

The program is offered during mid trimester break and enrolment occurs for Trimester 2. All teaching takes place in China during the program dates however students must be available to attend a compulsory orientation day in Melbourne prior to departure.

Students cannot enrol themselves in the study program units via StudentConnect. Successful applicants will be notified and enrolled by staff. Student should nominate their preferred unit of study when they submit their application.


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

Unit Chairs - Jane Fu and Kui Hua Wang


The approximate cost of the 2014 tour will be A$5000.

Included in the tour price is:

  • Return airfares from Melbourne
  • Return train from Beijing to Qufu
  • Flights to Xi'an
  • Campus accommodation at CUFE in Beijing
  • Twin share accommodation in Qufu and Xi'an (including breakfast and wifi)
  • Airport transfers
  • All transport in country required as part of the program
  • All academic activities including industry visits
  • Selected group meals (as indicated in the itinerary)
  • Tourist activities and tour
  • Travel insurance for length of the program

Items not included in the price and that students should allow for are:

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

Funding available
Domestic students may be eligible to apply for an OS-Help Loan of up to $7500 to help fund their participating in the Chinese Commercial Law Study Tour. The purpose of OS-HELP is to assist students with a range of expenses, such as airfares and accommodation. Further information on eligibility for OS-Help can be found here.

Important to note:

  • A minimum number of students is required for the program to run
  • A $500 deposit upon acceptance into the tour - see full details about applying
  • Fees for applying for a Chinese visa is included in the program cost however visa applications are the students responsibility. Rejection of a visa will not be sound reason for return of program fees or deposit
  • Travel insurance is free during the length of the program, students travelling beyond the program dates may need to pay for additional coverage.
  • Students MUST meet all deposit and payment deadlines or they may be excluded from the program. Pending applications for OS help are not a relevant reason for not making a payment deadline and so students must ensure they have funds to meet to relevant deadlines.

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 4 April 2014 and must be ready to take up their place in the program by paying their $500 deposit by 11 April 2014.

*Please note: that the deposit is non-refundable

Important dates:

  • 21 March 2014: Application closing date
  • 24-28 March 2014: Interviews
  • 11 April 2014: Deposit due
  • 9 May 2014: Final payment due
  • Mid May: Compulsory Pre-Departure
  • 21 June 2014 - Departure date
  • 6 July 2014 - Final day of the program

Contact us

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

Visit our Study Tours page and the Study Abroad website for more information on international programs offered by the Faculty of Business and Law and the University. You can also check out what other Deakin students have to say about their international experiences on

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