Originally established by American University, the China Studies Institute (formerly the Beijing Program in Asian Studies) offers students firsthand knowledge of the emerging economic and political powerhouse. China's ascendancy necessitates dialogue and understanding not just at the governmental level but also at the grassroots level. It is the mission of the China Studies Institute to promote such understanding in a manner that accounts for China's unique cultural and political realities.
The China Studies Institute has a wide range of courses to suit various needs of students and all courses, except the advanced Chinese classes, are taught in English. It also has a long established travel program and internship practice, among others.