The University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire has partnered with University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) to offer students the opportunity to study Chinese language and culture in Chengdu, China. The program is located at Southwest University for Nationalities, the oldest campus in the heart of Chengdu. The campus has over 20,000 students from all 55 ethnic groups in China. Campus is surrounded by small restaurants that cater to the Sichuan and Tibetan flavors. On campus students have access to the library, campus post-office, academic buildings and many athletic complexes to practice ping-pong, basketball, etc. with their Chinese friends.
Chengdu is located in the Sichuan Province of China and is also known as, “the city of heaven.” It is a city where the past meets present and is the fastest developing city in China. The people are friendly and it is a great place to live. Many people who travel to Chengdu never want to leave. Chengdu is famous for its spicy food and tea culture. The Sichuan Valley is also home to some of the most dramatic scenery in China and the panda.
HOUSING & MEALS
Students have the option to live in either residence halls or apartments. Most students opt to live in the residence halls as they are more affordable and are located amongst other international students. The residence halls feature single rooms with a private bathroom, air conditioner and TV. Each floor has a shared kitchen, refrigerator and washing machine.
Students who live in an apartment end up living off campus in a Chinese neighborhood. The USAC Resident Director arranges the apartments, but students are responsible for paying all fees. The furnished apartments vary in size, but all are shared with other USAC participants. In each apartment, students will have a private bedroom but share the kitchen, bathroom and living area with their roommates.
In the summer, housing rent (for a shared room) is included in the program fees.
To learn about eligibility requirements, academic offerings, and the academic calendar; click here: Academics - China, Chengdu (USAC). All courses are taught in English, by local Chinese faculty, except for the Chinese Language Courses (in which Chinese is the primary language of instruction). Internships are available, see the academics page for more information.
Below you will fine more information on program costs: Fall 2016, Summer 2016, Spring 2017
- Meet with a peer adviser about the program. Check the link to see which programs have peer advisers this semester.
- Schedule a general advising appointment with CIE staff by calling 715-836-4411.
- Get some video advice from past peer advisers about study abroad. Scroll down
- View online info session “First Steps to Study Abroad”.
EXCURSION & ACTIVITIES
Every term, USAC organizes many program field trips, one being an overnight trip, that are included in your program fees. The two field trips that are usually included are a Chengdu city tour and a trip to the Panda Research Institute. To see more field trip options, click here.
USAC also offers tours for an additional fee. Students going in the fall, may opt to add a Beijing Tour on prior to the start of their program in Chengdu. Students going in the spring, may opt to add a Hong Kong and Macau Tour on prior to the start of their program.
There are many ways for students to get involved with local students. At the on-site orientation, students can sign up for Chinese buddies. There is also a Language Corner student organization that allows USAC students to practice their Chinese and for Chinese students to practice their English. The community of Chengdu often reaches out to USAC to have students get involved in local parades, events, etc.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, read the application instructions on the How to Apply Page. Then return to this program brochure page, and click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.