Prague, Czech Republic

China: A World Superpower - Myth or Reality?

blended course
when 1 July 2023 - 8 July 2023
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 890

Iran’s nuclear program, North Korea, global warming, the world financial crisis, America’s budget deficit, Taiwan, oil prices and efforts to eradicate piracy near Somalia – what do all these issues have in common? The answer is that, to a lesser or greater extent, China is involved. Whether one likes it or not, the People’s Republic of China is becoming an economic and political powerhouse and the world’s second most powerful country after the United States. At the same time there are a lot of misconceptions and confusion about the real nature of Beijing’s political and economic system. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student interested in finding out what the real China is and where it is headed in the near future, SCHOLA EMPIRICA is pleased to invite you to the Summer School on China: A World Superpower – Myth or Reality.

Course leader

Mgr. Jakub Leps: Academic Director of the Summer School

Target group

Students of either undergraduate or graduate degrees or recent graduates.

Course aim

The summer school on “China: A World Superpower – Myth or Reality?” will deal with a highly complex puzzle, which includes Chinese domestic politics, its economy, Beijing’s foreign policy and position in the current world order. The main aim of the program is therefore to explore, examine and understand how these phenomena relate to and influence each other.

Upon finishing the program, the students will ideally have gained a clearer picture of China’s capabilities as well as weaknesses and should understand the Beijing consensus, where the People`s Republic of China is headed and what China’s superpower ambitions will mean for other states, in both a short-term and long-term perspective.

Credits info

Many students participating in our program counted our summer schools towards their degrees, usually receiving 3-4 ECTS.  If you wish to receive credits for attending a summer school, you need to negotiate the amount of credits with your university. We can provide those who are interested with a confirmation of completion of the program.

Fee info

EUR 890: The program Early Bird fee is 840 EUR (Deadline February 10, 2023)
The program fee is 890 EUR (Final Deadline May 1, 2023)

The fee includes:

Tuition and reading materials;
Student’s handbook;
Maps and public transports tickets;
Accommodation for one week and two meals per day (breakfast and dinner, plus coffee breaks);
Site visits and cultural and special events.

Students are responsible for their own travel costs, lunches and other personal expenses.


There are currently no scholarships offered by the SCHOLA EMPIRICA NGO. Accepted students may ask the organizers for documents they need to support their own scholarship application(s) from their universities, NGO or government sources.