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Program Highlights for Chengdu, China

The city

Language spoken:

China Yuan Renminbi (RMB, ¥)


City type:
Metropolis (Population >500,000)

Passport & Visa requirements

The program

Program type:

Host university:
Southwest Minzu University

Language of instruction:
English, Chinese

Terms offered:
Spring, Summer, Fall, Yearlong

Program capacity:
50 students

Credit type:
U.S. semester credit

Deadline to apply

Summer 2024:
Session 1 or 1&2: On hold
Session 2: On hold

Fall/Yearlong 2024-25:
On hold

Spring 2025:
October 15


  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Choose from multiple levels of Mandarin Chinese—an increasingly important language in today’s global society.
  • Live in a very friendly city known as “China’s China,” with a long and rich history and its own unique local culture.
  • Visit the home of the panda, the international symbol of Chinese friendship and goodwill.
  • Sample spicy Sichuan food and traditional “hot pots”.
  • Enjoy picturesque field trips to mountains, rivers, and waterfalls.
  • Visit dozens of cultural and historic museums or the New Century Global Center, the largest building in the world.
  • Sip on delicious boba milk tea or experience a traditional tea house.
  • Explore nearby towns and villages and take in the scenic landscapes and natural beauty.
  • The USAC Resident Director and staff are present on-site full-time to welcome and support you during your term abroad.

Why Study In Chengdu?

Students sitting on a traditional mountain transportation bike in Chengdu, China.A local man on a traditional boat on the river surrounded by water lily pads in Chengdu, China.The Chengdu program is ideal for students who are interested in experiencing life in one of the most ancient, culturally fascinating, and authentic places in all of China. Chengdu is also one of the most important economic centers and transportation and communication hubs in the country. The program offers the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese, a language which is becoming increasingly popular in the global marketplace. Mandarin is the official/standard dialect used in China, and Chengdu is a great place to practice it outside of class. Studying in China offers you a unique opportunity to experience one of the world’s most ancient civilizations while living in the one of the world’s fastest growing major economies.

Academically, this program offers a high quality educational experience with a focus on either Chinese Language or Chinese Studies. If you choose to focus on intensive language study, you may also take one or two elective courses such as Tai Chi, Chinese culture, history, or Chinese cuisine. The intensive language approach allows you to complete up to one and a half years of Chinese language coursework in only one semester. Students who would rather focus on Chinese Studies may select from several courses taught in English. Students choosing this second option must take the required Elementary Chinese Language I course and may take additional elective courses in Chinese history, literature, government and politics, culture, and society.

However, the academic courses are only part of the value of the program. Participation in formal and informal activities, such as field trips to sites of historical and cultural interest, museums, weekend trips to the mountains, and other cultural immersion activities form an integral part of the program.