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About the Chengdu, China Program

The Chengdu program is a USAC specialty program. Learn more about on-site program elements and the city itself below.

About Chengdu

A student learning how to do traditional Qiang Minority embroidery in Chengdu, China.A student eating a Sichuan fried scorpion in Chengdu, China.

  • Population: approx. 16 million
  • Distance from Beijing: 1,130 miles
  • Distance from Tibet: 777 miles

An ancient capital, Chengdu has grown into the modern economic, transportation, and cultural hub of Southwest China. It is known for its ethnically diverse culture, incredible cuisine, and relaxing lifestyle. This modern city is rapidly growing while maintaining a wonderful balance of history and modernity. With new subway lines expanding every day, as well as an extensive urban and regional transportation network, you can easily explore surrounding areas.

Sichuan's culture is diverse and inclusive with festivals from all ethnic groups in China as well as many heritage sites, such as Buddhist and Daoist mountains, wonderful museums, and beautiful temples. Surrounding Chengdu is some of China's most beautiful scenery, including Juizhaigou, a stunning national park. Sichuan is also home to China's famous ambassador, the Giant Panda, with a research station in Chengdu, and the Wulong Nature Reserve 40 miles to the north.

Quick Details

2023-24 Application Cycle

The Chengdu program will not run in 2023-24.
Consider the Chinese studies option in Chiang Mai, Thailand instead.

2024-25 Application Cycle

  • Summer 2024: Open
    • Session I or I&II deadline: March 15
    • Session II deadline: April 15
  • Fall/Yearlong 2024-25: Open
    • Deadline: May 15
  • Spring 2025: Open
    • Deadline: Oct 15


  • Preferred Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Approval from home university

Program Type



U.S. Credit

Program Capacity

50 students


English, Chinese

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