About the School

A unique course on China

Join one-of-a-kind program, designed to equip you with essential knowledge about the legal system, economy, culture and doing business with China. Take part in lectures and workshops led by professors from top world universities, experienced professionals, policy analysts and renowned lawyers.

About the course

The School offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary course to students of all faculties, entrepreneurs and senior-level managers as well as representatives of state and local administration. The programme will build up your knowledge of China and provide you with all the skills you need in order to advance your career related to the Middle Kingdom.

  • Possibility of participating in an annual program or selected modules.
  • The course is one year long, divided into two semesters. Teaching sessions are held on Saturdays usually from 9 AM to 4 PM.
  • The classes are taught in English.
  • In the academic year 2023/24 the lectures and workshops will be held in a hybrid mode. Some of them will be organised on the spot – at the University of Warsaw (Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, Warsaw) and live streamed, while the rest will be delivered on Zoom. It does not matter whether you live in Warsaw or are able to come – you may always attend the classes remotely.
  • All the details (including curriculum, session dates and lecturers’ bios) are available in the brochure here.
  • If you have any questions, please contact us via email: china.law@wpia.uw.edu.pl. We will do our best to help you!

Frequently asked questions

What is the mode of studies?

The program starts on 21 October 2023 and ends on 8 June 2024. Classes are held on Saturdays (9:00 AM – 4:30 PM). Completing the School results in receiving a diploma signed by the Rector and the Head of the School.

In the 2023/2024 academic year it will be possible to register just for selected modules (teaching sessions). The recruitment of this kind is held on a rolling basis (but the last possible day to apply is always 2 days before the beginning of the session). Completing the single module results in receiving a certificate signed by the Head of the School.

Detailed description of the mode studies including modules system (and the whole course curriculum) is available in our information brochure here. Should you have any questions or concerns, please send us an email (china.law@wpia.uw.edu.pl).

What are the classes like?

The classes are based on giving the lecture by the lecturer or engaging participants into discussion and group work within the workshops. Most of the lecturers prepare presentations that are delivered to the participants after the session. 

Hybrid mode in the 2023/2024 academic year means that some classes will be delivered entirely via Zoom (full online mode). Other classes, however, will be organized on the spot, at the Central Campus of the University of Warsaw, and live streamed. It means that students may attend them personally or remotely. 

What are the graduation requirements?

We implement arrangements for alternative assessment to replace exams, and the final evaluation is based mainly on the student’s activity. Participants will be asked to prepare short half-page memos for every lecture (based on the readings provided by the lecturers), usually 4 memos per month. To graduate from the School, the students must also meet attendance requirements. Two absences per semester are acceptable. A full absence is regarded as not participating in an entire teaching session. Attending online is possible only with the webcam turned on. Those who provide an additional mini essay that is rated good or very good, will be awarded a diploma with distinction.

In case of registering for the single module (teaching session), participants will receive the certificate of completion based on their attendance. Presence is the only formal requirement of completion of the session, the memos are not required.


Legal pillar

Students of the School will participate in sessions discussing the most crucial aspects of Chinese law, including: constitutional, civil, tax, financial, dispute resolution and intellectual property law. There will also be classes about the Chinese judicial system and criminal procedure and very up-to-date topics such as: cybersecurity and new technologies regulations and the smart courts.

Economic pillar

The business success in China depends not only on knowing the law but on applying it to real life situations. Therefore, the students will learn about the dispute resolution system in China, China’s model of economic growth, basic rules of import and export, foreign investments and e-commerce – the pillar to the modern Chinese domestic economy.

Business culture pillar

It is impossible to do business in China without understanding the basics of Chinese philosophy and culture. To do so, the students of the School will participate in workshops on the political system of the People’s Republic of China, its foreign policy and role in the international system as well as contemporary social/cultural issues (e.g. social credit system).

The course is led by professors from top universities in China, U.S., Europe and Australia, as well as recognised experts from think-tanks and other NGOs (Center for Eastern Studies, MERICS, Future of Privacy Forum).