Study at Sichuan University and immerse yourself in the culture and language of China. Sichuan University is home to 55,000 students including approximately 1,500 international students from around the world.
The Center for China Studies at Sichuan provides an opportunity for international students to study Chinese language at all levels on an intensive or non-intensive basis and gain an understanding of historical, social, political, economic, and cultural aspects of Chinese society. Located on the main campus of Sichuan University, the program offers quality courses taught in English, as well as field trips in the local area and optional activities and excursions. No prior language study is required.
The program also includes one (spring) or two (fall) weekend study tours outside of Chengdu. Travel to Emei Mountain and learn about Chinese religion, development and the environment while visiting this sacred Buddhist mountain. See the temples and the monkey preserve, as well as the Leshan Great Buddha, the largest stone sculpture of Buddha in the world. Also travel to China's wartime capital of Chongqing, including a visit to an agricultural village for a first hand glimpse at the way the majority of China's population still live.
Chengdu: Sichuan University is located in Chengdu in Sichuan Province in western China - rated one of the nation's most liveable cities and home to 13 million residents. The Wangjiang campus is approximately 10 minutes by car and 40 minutes by foot from the city center.
Chengdu has a reputation as a very "laid-back" city that emphasizes culture and relaxation. It is credited with a good nightlife scene and contains many new western style buildings in the large city center. Popular city highlights include the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (home to nearly 50 giant and red pandas), the Green Ram Temple, Du Fu's Cottage, and the People's Park.
Academic Information: Students take a maximum of 17 credits. TU students may receive Honors College credit for their study abroad experience.
Sichuan University, one of China’s key universities, is accredited under the direct supervision of Chinese Ministry of Education.
Language of Instruction: English (except for Chinese language courses).
Dates: Fall: August - December Spring: February - May
Housing: On-campus university accommodation (double occupancy).
Costs:* Fall 2013:
$4,800 Spring 2014: $4,750
Cost includes academic credit (maximum 17 credits), housing, health insurance, pre-departure and on-site orientations, weekend activities, academic excursions, internet service, and one or two weekend study tours. Additional costs include passport and visa fees, airfare, meals, 100 RMB refundable housing deposit (approx. $15), personal expenses, and a $300 Study Abroad Fee.
""Studying abroad has given me an international perspective. Through taking classes abroad and meeting international students, I have become more aware of the global opportunities that are open for me in my career. I have also been able to make lasting friendships with my fellow students."