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Chongqing, China | 2 weeks at Southwest University of Political Science and Law



The International and Graduate Affairs Office of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and the Southwest University of Political Science and Law (SWUPL) have partnered to waive the program fee for a summer exchange program for up to 6 Moritz students. Located in Chongqing, the two-week law program is designed for law students from all over the world to experience SWUPL, Chinese culture, society, and academic life. Moritz students will have the opportunity to experience legal, social, and cultural differences both in the study of law and in student life. No Chinese language skills are necessary to participate, as all of the seminars are offered in English. The short format allows Moritz students to work or do internships between semesters, all while taking advantage of studying abroad.


Program Dates: Nine days in late May (non-credit bearing program)


Southwest University of Political Science and Law is located in Chongqing City, the upstream area of Yangtze River. Currently there are two campuses in SWUPL, of which the main campus is in Yubei District, and the other one is in Shapingba District, covering a total area of more than 3000 mu (approximately 500 acres, or 2 km2). Yubei campus is the education center for undergraduates and postgraduates, while Shapinba campus is founded for continuing education and cadre training, now the enrolled students are more than 25000 and staff are more than 2300 in total. SWUPL gives priority to legal science, seeks multi-disciplinary coordinated development of philosophy, economics, literature,management and engineering, etc., with economic law and procedural law as national key programs. A multi-level and multi-type pattern of fostering talents from undergraduates, postgraduates, doctoral education, continuing education to education oriented to overseas students has been founded. Read more about the university on their website.


1L, 2L, and LL.M. students are eligible to apply. Those students with an interest in International and Comparative Law will receive preference, but all students are encouraged to apply.


Program Fee: Waived for Moritz students
Office of International Affairs Study Abroad program Fee: $150
Housing: Provided by SWUPL, at no cost to the student
International Travel: Approximately $1000
Passport (if needed): Approximately $150
Visa (required): Approximately $150
Supplemental Health Insurance: Approximately $40/month

Students should also budget additional amounts for miscellaneous expenses, and must have primary health insurance. Housing, airport pick-up and drop-off, a food allowance, and field trips (excluding ticket price for Dazu Rock Carvings) are included in the program fee. Students are responsible for any personal trips or excursions.


Students are housed on campus in university dorms for the duration of the program at no cost to them. Students are given a 400RMB allowance for food, but many students have found that their appetites exceed this allowance.



China requires U.S. citizens to carry a valid U.S. passport and visa when traveling to China for any purpose. Visas are available through a number of travel and visa agencies in Columbus, including Fun Travel Service in Dublin, OH. Please see their website for more information on visa services or contact the International and Graduate Affairs Office with additional questions using the contact info below.


While participating in an Ohio State study abroad program, students are required to maintain their primary insurance coverage.


Lectures and activities are intended to give students a broad perspective into Chinese culture and law.



Day 1 

  • 9:30-10:00 On Campus Orientation
  • 10:10-11:40 On Campus Opening Ceremony
  • 12:00-13:30 Campus Canteen Welcome Lunch
  • 14:00-16:00 On Campus Campus Tour & University History Museum

Day 2

  • 9:00-11:30 On Campus Introduction to China's Reform and Changes
  • 14:00-16:00 On Campus Chinese Language I

Day 3

  • 9:00-11:30 On Campus An Introduction to Chinese Traditional Legal Culture
  • 14:00-17:00 Off Campus Visit to Minguo Street

Day 4

  • 9:00-11:30 On Campus An Introduction to Chinese Judicial System
  • 14:00-16:00 On Campus Chinese Dumpling Making

Day 5

  • 9:00-11:00 Off Campus Visit to Chongqing Zoo
  • 14:00-16:00 Off Campus Ciqikou Ancient Town

Day 6

  • 9:00-11:00 On Campus Free Activities
  • 14:00-16:00 On Campus Chinese Traditional Drama Experience

Day 7

  • 9:00-11:00 Off Campus Chinese Kung Fu
  • 14:00-16:00 On Campus Chinese Language II

Day 8

  • 9:00-11:00 On Campus Chinese Tea Culture Experience
  • 14:00-16:30 On Campus An Introduction to Chinese Contemporary Economy

Day 9

  • 9:00-11:00 On Campus Chinese Calligraphy
  • 14:00-16:30 On Campus Chongqing and "The Belt and Road "Initiative

Day 10

  • 10:00-11:30 On campus Closing Ceremony
  • 11:40-12:30 On campus Farewell Lunch


Applying to study abroad is a three-step process:

Step 1: Internal Application within the Moritz College of Law

Please complete the online application and upload required materials:

  1. “Statement of Educational Objectives” (up to 250 words) explaining your interest in the exchange opportunity and what you hope to accomplish and gain by studying abroad
  2. Official copy of law academic transcript (undergraduate transcript not necessary)

Step 2: Once pre-approved by Moritz, complete the Office of International Affairs study abroad application ($150 program fee) and related paperwork (orientation, risk management, supplemental health insurance)

Step 3: Complete university partner application and submit required materials


Applications are due by March 1, but early applications are encouraged. If applying as a 1L, note that no decision will be made until first semester grades are posted.


The internal review process at Moritz takes approximately 2-4 weeks

All Ohio State students participating in any OSU sponsored study abroad program must attend a pre-departure orientation organized by the Office of International Affairs. Possible dates for this orientation will be shared with students once they are accepted to the program.

Moritz College of Law Contact Information

Office of International & Graduate Affairs
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
55 W 12th Avenue, 361 Drinko Hall
Columbus, Ohio 43210

SWUPL Summer Program Contact Information 

Ms. Li Muzi (Amy)
International Cooperation and Exchange Office
Southwest University of Political Science and Law
Chongqing, China
Phone: (86) 23 67258299 or (86) 136 0830 5860