The Cornell Institute for China Economic Research (CICER) has been hosting an annual summer program in economics and business since 2017. The goal of this program is to help college students gain an in-depth understanding of the most important economic and business challenges facing China, the U.S., and the world. Through live and interactive learning sessions, participants have many opportunities to consult with professors and professionals, network with Cornell students, and make new friends!

Considering the long wait time for a visa interview appointment at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, we are starting our application process earlier this year. The dates for the 2024 on-campus summer program are 15 July – 2 August 2024. We hope to see you on the beautiful campus of Cornell University in the summer of 2024!

The application deadline has been extended to 15 April 2024.
Our final online info. session will be held on 24 March (Sunday) at 10-11 a.m. (Beijing time).
Please use Tencent Meeting ID 929-788-1677 to join.

CICER’s summer program offers courses and academic seminars by prominent professors, an information session about U.S. graduate school applications, a discussion panel about career choices by Cornell alums, and guest speakers from international organizations, etc. All sessions are live and interactive! Program activities include:


  • Courses by prominent professors: Applied Economics, Big Data & Business Analytics, and Finance (tentative).

  • Research seminars by faculty.

  • Business analysis simulation.


  • Information session about U.S. graduate school application.

  • Panel discussion about working experience in the industry sectors by industry leaders and Cornell alums.

  • Academic consultations with Cornell faculty.

  • Social event and networking opportunities with Cornell professors and students.

  • Visitation to places of interest, including Niagara Falls, Corning Museum of Glass, Premium Shopping Outlet, New York City, Cornell Tech in NYC, etc.

  • Certificate issued by CICER upon satisfactory completion of the program.

  • Graded end-of-program exam. (Students with excellent performance may request a recommendation letter from CICER director for graduate school application.)


Early bird applicants are offered a discount of $200. In addition, merit-based scholarships are available to outstanding applicants.

  • USD$3600 (program fee) + USD$2700 (other fees include accommodation at Cornell housing, hotel stay, entrance fees to places of visit, and transportation fees for CICER-organized events.)

    NOTE: International travel return flight tickets are not included in the fees. Please apply early to make arrangements for Visa application.


  • Application and rolling admission begin: 16 October 2023

  • Early bird application ends: 31 January 2024

  • Regular application ends: 1 March 2024

    Note: If you already have a U.S. Visa, we may accept your application after 1 March 2024. Our application will strictly close on 1 June 2024.

  • Program begins: 15 July 2024

Note: Upon admission and receipt of a non-refundable USD$300 deposit, CICER will provide an official invitation letter, tips, and a checklist for Visa application. However, applicants are responsible for paying for Visa application-related fees.

Applicants will be notified of their application results via email within 10 work days after their application is received.


Required application materials: 1. completed online application form; 2. a personal statement (about 500 words); 3. official transcript; 4. proof of English proficiency (any of the following: CET-4, CET-6, IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, or other proof.)

If you do not have any English test scores to prove English proficiency, please email Please note that we will not process any incomplete applications!



We will be hosting 5 webinars and 1 in-person info. session in Beijing to introduce the summer program and answer any questions about the program. Except for the in-person session, please use Tencent Meeting ID 929-788-1677 to join the webinars. Each webinar session will start at 8 p.m. (Beijing Time). The dates for the sessions are as follows:

  • 25 October 2023 (Wednesday)

  • 17 November 2023 (Friday)

  • 6 December 2023 (Wednesday) (IN-PERSON)

    (See poster on the right for more info. Zoom option is also available – Zoom ID: 97687624318, passcode: 211137)

  • 17 January 2024 (Wednesday)

  • 21 February 2024 (Wednesday)

  • 10 March 2024 (Sunday)

Contact Us:

Email: | Wechat Assistant: cicercornell | Wechat Official Account: cornellcicer


Please click here for the full list of faculty members and guest speakers for CICER programs.

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