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Sichuan University Summer Intensive Language Exchange

We regret that the Sichuan Exchange program is no longer running. It may be operational again in the future.



Chengdu, China: June 16 - August 13, 2014

Classes run from Wed June 18 to Wed August 13. Arrive in Chengdu June 15 or earlier. Welcome and orientation activities are Mon-Tue June 16-17. Depart from Chengdu August 14 or later.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2014
(Late applications will be considered for waiting-list status)

Download the program brochure (PDF)
(the brochure is designed to be printed double-sided and folded in thirds)

Download the program application and instructions (PDF)

[We are still preparing the unofficial budget sheet for an estimate of your program costs]

If you have questions about the program, or would like contact information for previous student participants, contact (


Location | Dorm | Program | Application | Cost | Financial Aid | Timeline | Contact


Sichuan University is in Chengdu, an ancient, fascinating city located in Sichuan Province between the heartland of Chinese civilization and the Tibetan plateau. From the relics of the mysterious prehistoric Sanxing duiculture to the plethora of ancient Daoist and Buddhist temples dotting its hillsides, Sichuan has a long, rich history. It is a place of scenic wonder, including the stunningly beautifulJiuzhai gou National Park. Sichuan is also famous for its spicy, vibrant cuisine and its ethnic minorities.


Students will receive approximately 160 hours of classroom language instruction, earning UW credit equivalent to a full year of Chinese language coursework at the second-, third-, or fourth-year level. UW students will be in classes together with students from Arizona State University.  Outside of class, students will meet with individual language tutors for language practice and for integration into Chengdu life, and adhere to a Chinese-only language pledge.  There will be opportunities for structured extra-curricular activities, and the program will include weekend excursions to local sites that will expose students to Sichuan’s cultural and natural heritage. Students are also free to explore China on their own after the program ends.

All students are required to stay in university dormitories for the length of the program.

Students may also consider applying to the Chengdu exploration seminar or the UW Worldwide program to continue study at Sichuan University in the fall. They are independent programs and requires separate applications.


Students who will have completed the equivalent of one to three years of college-level Chinese by June 2014 are welcome to apply.  Priority will be given to students currently enrolled in UW Chinese language courses. In addition, priority will be given to students currently studying at the 3rd- and 2nd-year levels, and to students who are majoring or minoring in Chinese.  Please see the application  form (PDF) for additional requirements and details.

Applicants must have a passport that will be valid for at least 6 months after the planned return from China. If you need to apply for or renew a passport, be sure to begin the process immediately so that you will have your valid passport in hand by mid-April.

Application Deadline: February 28

Students will be informed of the results of their application by March 7.  In order to participate, accepted students must commit to the program on-line by the end of March, attend mandatory pre-departure orientation sessions in May (exact dates to be determined), and complete an on-line International Programs and Exchanges (IPE) orientation.  Instructions and a detailed timeline for these and other procedures will be provided to accepted students. Updates will appear at the top of this web site.


Students will pay an exchange fee equivalent to one term of UW tuition to participate in the exchange. (As exchange students, UW students will not pay tuition or instructional fees to Sichuan University.) The cost of summer tuition will be posted at the university's "Office of Budget and Planning; under the "UW Tuition & Fees" menu select the last option "Summer Quarter 2014 Tuition and Fees" and then click the link for "Tuition and Required Fees (2014 Summer Full-Time Rates)". Students will also pay a fee of approximately $1100 to cover the cost of housing and cultural activities.  (The fee is subject to change, and students should also be aware that changes in exchange rate could affect their costs.) We are endeavoring to keep costs as low as possible and may be able to negotiate a fee lower than $1000; the final amount will be announced after know how many students are likely to attend the program.

The exchange fee and the Sichuan University fee do not cover: UW study abroad fee, airfare, visa application fee, medical insurance, personal and travel expenses, meals.  A budget sheet with estimates for all these costs is available for download at the top of this page.

Participating students who have committed to the program and completed their contract will authorize the following payments:

within first two weeks of April: $350 non-refundable deposit plus $300 UW study abroad fee (total $650)
July 10: Exchange fee (equivalent to UW tuition, less $350 deposit)

All payments made to UW will be charged to students’ accounts in the usual way.

Announcement about insurance: All UW students traveling on study abroad programs are required to sign up for the mandatory UW Study Abroad Insurance program through the chosen provider, HTH, or to apply for a waiver if they can demonstrate that they have equivalent personal insurance coverage for study abroad. We will have more information about this as the new rule is formalized. In the past the insurance cost was about $34/month, but costs may change this year.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be used to cover costs during participation in the exchange. Participants who are on financial aid should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) to find out how their awards will apply. Students interested in applying for increased financial aid during the study abroad quarter should obtain a revision request from the financial aid office. To obtain a revision students must submit the request to OSFA along with the estimated budget sheet that IPE will provide. Check with OSFA for deadlines and forms. See the IPE web site under "Study Abroad Students:Finances..." for more information.

Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA)
Schmitz Hall 105

There are numerous scholarship opportunities for study abroad. International Programs and Exchanges (IPE) maintains an extensive list of funding options and also offers study abroad scholarships. See for information.


  • February 28Application due
  • March 7: Students will be informed whether they have been accepted to the program, and provided with a budget sheet estimating total costs
  • March 21: Students who intend to participate must inform Asian Languages & Literature.
  • March 24: Students who intend to participate must "commit" to the program through the IPE website
  • March 31: participating students must submit a signed payment contract authorizing payment of (a) UW Study Abroad fee of $300 and (b) non-refundable exchange fee deposit of $350
  • April: Students on financial aid should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for a revision request form for summer 2014 using the IPE's official budget sheet for the program; students should also contact their doctor or visit the UW health services to inquire about immunizations and other appropriate health precautions. Students should also consult the US government's CDC web site's Travelers' Health page.
  • May: Mandatory pre-departure orientations will be scheduled (exact dates and times to be determined); students must also complete a mandatory on-line IPE orientation, which can be found at the IPE web site
  • June: Students purchase UW travel insurance through the IPE web site
  • June 14 or 15: Depart US to arrive June 16 in Chengdu; classes run from June 18 to August 13
  • July 10: Exchange fee (equivalent to tuition, less the $350 deposit) due


For more information, contact Zev Handel in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature.

Summer 2014 Sichuan Flyer (PDF)

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