In this program, students will be living in Chengdu, China. Here they will be able to learn from a wide range of Mandarin classes as this program allows for students to choose from multiple levels of Mandarin Chinese, where immersion and application are the primary approaches to teaching. This firsthand experience allows students to regularly speak with native speakers, as well as learn about Chinese and Tibetan culture.
Live in a friendly, culturally, and historically unique environment known as “China’s China,” home to the largest panda sanctuary, Sichuan food, and picturesque scenery. Chengdu field trips have much to offer its adventurous students.
Students are situated in the heart of China, known for being one of the oldest countries as well as one of the fastest developing, and discover that the doors of exploration are always open.
This Program is perfect for students who are interested in experiencing what it is to live in one of the most ancient, culturally fascinating, and authentic places in all of China. Chengdu is a very important economic center as well as transportation and communication hubs in the entire country. Click here for more information on this program.
This program offers a high quality educational experience with a focus on either Chinese Language or Chinese Studies. The intensive language approach also allows students to complete up one and a half years of Chinese language coursework in just one semester. However, students who would rather focus on Chinese Studies may select from several courses taught in English. Students will enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester comprised of a language study plus electives in Chinese culture and international relations. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change. Students are advised to take 3-credit electives. See course listings here.
Cultural Immersion Opportunities
Students are welcome to participate in all university activities, including sports and events, as well as city-wide activities in the community—celebrations for the Chinese New Year, annual conventions, and special events. Informal social events are also planned, including meals out as a group and other outings throughout the city. These activities are optional and usually only have a nominal expense (for example, the price of a meal).
Some field trips organized by the school include: Chengdu City Tour, Panda Research Institute, Yellow Dragon River, Leshan and Emei Shan, Qiang Minority Village, Qingchen Mountain, Dujiangyan Irrigation, and much more.
Housing Accommodation & Meals
The university's new international students' dorm features single rooms with a private bathroom, air conditioner and TV. Each floor has a shared kitchen, refrigerator, and washing machine. Conveniently located on campus, the rooms are in the same building as the USAC office and classrooms
Students can also choose to stay in an apartment in nearby Chinese neighborhoods. The furnished apartments are of varying age, size, and character but are all a chance to live with a small group of roommates in neighborhoods with locals and other students.
There are three student cafeterias on campus and students often eat at nearby restaurants. Chengdu is famous for its food, with many affordable choices near campus.
Dates / Deadlines:
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** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.