Chongquing China
Chongqing, China
Widener Law offers its students an exciting exchange program with Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing, China. Spend one semester studying the law and earning credits towards graduation while experiencing Chinese culture and history.

Experience China
Located at the meeting of the Jialing and Yangtze Rivers, the city of Chongqing has a rich history dating back over two thousand years. Chongqing is one of only four Chinese cities to be considered a direct-controlled municipality, giving it equal political standing with the provinces. Rich in natural resources, the city has historically been a major inland trading port, and because of its strategic location, it is considered an integral part of China’s Western Development Strategy.

Visit the beautiful Three Gorges area and enjoy the remarkable scenery or view the amazing Dazu Rock Carvings, ancient religious carvings and sculptures depicting Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist symbols and figures. In the city itself, you can visit the People’s Liberation Monument or the city’s zoo, which features a number of exotic, native animals such as giant pandas or the rare South China tiger. Imagine the unique opportunity to learn about China and further your legal education at the same time!

Pursue a Unique Opportunity
Unlike other Study Abroad programs offered by Widener Law, the Chonqing program is an exchange program available only to Widener Law students. In consultation with the Office of Student Affairs, participating students will register for one semester of classes at Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing, many of which are offered in English. Most English language classes involve international law, business law, or Chinese law, but others are often available. Chinese language instruction is available, but does not count for Law School credit. Participating students have earned 12-13 credits during their semesters in Chongqing.

The university provides housing for students participating in the program, although students are free to seek off-campus housing as well.

Students may participate after their first three semesters of law school. Due to the Chinese academic calendar, students cannot participate in this program during their final semester. Therefore, regular division students participate in their 2L spring or 3L fall semesters. For approval, strong academic performance is preferred -- and a healthy sense of adventure is required!

Students interested in participating in the program should contact the Office of Student Affairs.