2017 CICER Summer Program

CICER offers an annual Summer Program in Economics and Business. The goal of the program is to help college students in China gain an in-depth understanding of the most important economic and business challenges facing China, the US and the world, as well as acquiring knowledge of the academic environment, culture and social background of the US.  

The three-week program (2017/07/12~2017/08/01) offers courses by prominent professors in business and economics, workshops on graduate school applications, seminars on the US job market and career choices, and extensive field trips to other Ivy-League universities, prominent think tanks, and international organizations in New York City and Washington DC. Students will have opportunities to interact with professionals in these organizations. 

The program offers:

  • Courses and seminars on economics and business by Cornell professors
  • Academic seminars featuring professors from leading universities and institutions
  • Workshops on graduate school applications and career development
  • Field trips to New York City and Washington DC, as well as interaction with professionals

Summer Program Speakers:

  • Prof Matthew Backus (Columbia)
  • Prof Panle Jia Barwick (Cornell)
  • Prof Jerry Hausman (MIT)
  • Prof Andrew Karolyi (Cornell)
  • Prof Shanjun Li (Cornell)
  • Prof David Ng (Cornell)
  • Prof Michael Waldman (Cornell)


  1. Application deadline: Mar 1, 2017
  2. Please submit your application package to china.institute@cornell.edu with email subject as "SUMMER2017"
  3. Admission requirement: undergraduate student, all majors are welcomed with priority given to Economics and Finance major.
  4. Required application materials: 
  • online application form (link for download above) 
  • undergraduate transcript
  • CET4 and/or CET6 and/or TOEFL/GRE

Program Fee and Expenses:

  1. Program fee: $4600
  2. Other expenses (All travels included): $2800 

Total: $7400

*program fee Scholarships are available for exceptional applicants.

Contact Us:

CICER Summer Program Directors:

Jie Li, Director of Program Development. Email: jl2522@cornell.edu

Qilu Yu, Director of Marketing and Communications. Email: qy37@cornell.edu

  1. Email: china.institute@cornell.edu
  2. WeChat:
  • WeChat: Please scan the QR code to follow our official WeChat account and join our WeChat group chat.
  • WeChat official account: cornellcicer
  • WeChat assistant: cicercornell


Program Overview 

Week 1 Highlights

  • Convocation ceremony-classes begin
  • Graduate school admission workshop
  • US career development workshop
  • Niagara Falls tour and premium mall shopping

Week 2 Highlights

  • Networking with current graduate students
  • Guest speakers from leading universities
  • Winery tour and nature exploration
  • Commencement ceremony

Week 3 Highlights

  • Washington D.C. attractions
  • World Bank, IMF, and Federal Reserve Board
  • New York City attractions
  • United Nations and Wall Street

Time line

  • 15 Oct 2016
    • Application Process Begins

  • 1 Dec 2016
    • Rolling offer BEGINS

  • 1 Mar 2017
    • Application Deadline

  • 15 Mar 2017
    • Admission Decisions

  • Mar-June 2017
    • Visa Application

  • 12 July 2017
    • Summer program Begins

  • 1 Aug 2017
    • Summer program Ends