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Beijing Semester Study Abroad


The English LLM program at China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing is open exclusively to international students focusing on China’s rapidly developing domestic and international law.

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Established in 1952, CUPL, the leading law school in China, has played a key part in the formation of China’s legal system: from the drafting of the 1954 Constitution of the People’s republic of China, to the promulgation of the Anti-Secession Law and the enactment and implementation of almost every major law of the Republic.

International students can also study Mandarin Chinese and have the opportunity to take work experience.


Students must have completed one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study at USF School of Law. Second-year students must have earned a cumulative GPA above 2.50 in the spring semester of their first year.  Third-year students must be in good academic standing.

About CUPL 

China University of Political Science and Law is a multidisciplinary research university directly under the Ministry of Education. The university focuses on law, accompanied with a variety of other disciplines such as philosophy, economics, literature, science and management. There are two campuses, both in Beijing: Fuxue Road of Changping District and Xueyuan Road of Haidian District.

CUPL has fostered more than 200,000 graduates of different levels, taken part in virtually every legislation activity of the state since its foundation and led the jurisprudence theoretical innovation as well as the legal conceptual renewal of China, representing its international exchanges in the field of law. CUPL now has 14007 full-time students, including 8414 undergraduates, 4324 postgraduates and 248 overseas students. It currently has a faculty of 898 members, among which 109 are doctoral advisers, 587 are professors or associate professors, 83.7% have master’s degrees of above.

The university has established international relationships with about 100 other universities of more than 20 different countries or regions. Hundreds of teachers or students are sent abroad each year for study and exchange. Along with the development of joint-education programs in its schools such as the School of EU and Comparative Law, the pattern of fostering international legal talent has taken form.

LLM in International Law 


Students in the LLM in International Law program are able to pursue their interests in either commercial law or general comparative law by choosing different courses offered by the program. 

The purpose of the program is to provide advanced and practical knowledge of Chinese law to students and practitioners across the world, who feel more comfortable in using English as a medium of study. To promote further and wider legal exchange and cooperation between CUPL and foreign students and practitioners is also one of the main concerns of the program. 


1) Compulsory subjects (3 credits each, 12 credits in total)

  • Introduction to Chinese Law 54 contact hours
  • Chinese Constitutional and Administrative Law 54 contact hours
  • Chinese Contract Law 54 contact hours
  • Foreign Investment Law of China 54 contact hours  

2) Optional subjects (2 credits each, optional courses offered each term maybe adjusted depending on the availability of lecturers)

  • Human Rights in China 36 contact hours
  • Criminal Law and Criminal Procedures 36 contact hours
  • Civil Law and Civil Procedures 36 contact hours
  • Company Law of China 36 contact hours
  • Intellectual Property Law of China 36 contact hours
  • International Law and Chinese Practices 36 contact hours
  • China and Law of WTO 36 contact hours
  • Arbitration Law of China 36 contact hours
  • Maritime Law of China 36 contact hours
  • Securities Law of China 36 contact hours
  • Competition Law of China 36 contact hours
  • Commercial Laws of Mainland China and
  • Hong Kong in Comparison 36 contact hours 

Mandarin Chinese Lessons: 

Students can take Chinese languages classes at the University. These are 7500 RMB for 5 months.

Accommodation and Facilities: 

CUPL staff helps students secure private housing arrangements in a number of places near the university. The average accommodation in Beijing is between 2000-2500 RMB per month for shared apartments, although it can vary by location and size. Most students find accommodation or roommates to share with on thebeijinger.com. 

Internet connection is available on campus. The CUPL library has a small collection of books in English. The program is also building up a small collection of English publications on Chinese law. Access to electronic databases including LexisNexis, Westlaw and Isinolaw (database in English on Chinese law) are available on campus.

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Financial Aid 

USF students will pay full-time tuition to USF for their semester abroad. Living expenses will be calculated according to the cost of living in each location.