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Sichuan University, China - Semester or Year Abroad


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General information applicable to all GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Semester and Year Abroad Programs:

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed the Sichuan University program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers semester/year abroad programs with Sichuan University. A key national research university with a history of more than 100 years, Sichuan University is a comprehensive institution with the widest selection of disciplines in West China. 

Sichuan University enjoys a deep cultural background and eminent scholarly research tradition.

The university is dedicated to the internationalization of China’s higher education system and actively seeks opportunities for collaboration and scientific research with institutions of higher education and corporate partners all over the world. International students are valued and warmly welcomed to pursue academic studies at Sichuan University. 


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See what the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Video Blogger, Lauren Lowe, saw while she attended Sichuan University.


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Sichuan University is located in the heart of China's Sichuan region in Chengdu which is largely known as the gateway to the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Never heard of Chengdu, China? Well don't be fooled. This is a thriving metropolis of over 10 million people. Chengdu is the ideal place to an insiders look at one of the world’s most important economies. It won’t take long for Chengdu to feel like your home away from home with the friendly and curious locals, wide variety of food, and countless things to discover!

Academic Highlights

Sichuan University developed the Center of China Studies to specifically address the needs of international students who wish to learn about Chinese language and culture. This program offers a range of courses to meet the academic needs of students from a variety of academic areas and requires no prior language study. 

Courses are offered in:

  • Non-intensive Mandarin
  • Intensive Mandarin
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Environmental Studies
  • Arts
  • Business

Actual courses offered vary each semester depending on student demand. See "Course Catalog" for a list of possible classes.

An intensive, language-only program is also available, with 20 hours of language instruction per week covering vocabulary, grammar, writing, reading, speaking, and listening. This program is designed for individuals who plan to become fluent in Chinese and can accommodate students from beginner to advanced level.

Student can enroll in a total of 17 credits per semester at Sichuan University.

To see course descriptions for Sichuan University courses, click on "Course Catalog" on the left. All classes included in the Center of China Studies are instructed in English. Language instruction in Mandarin is available each semester with levels ranging from beginner to advanced with multiple levels within each category. Students will be tested upon arrival to ensure that they are place in the appropriate class.


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students attending Sichuan University are invited to live on-campus in student dormitories. Limited single and twin shared accommodation is available with private bathroom and shower. Bedding, desks, chairs, and Internet access is provided. Cafeterias and local restaurants are within close proximity to the dorms.

Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.
Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

  • Exciting excursions and activities
  • A chance to meet other students
  • Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

Michelle Sieng from the University of Tulsa, put together a few videos from her experience during the fall 2009 Bridging Cultures Program in Beijing, China:


Scholarships Available

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad strives to offer the most reasonable abroad fees to Asia.  To further enhance the affordability of the semester/year study abroad programs, we encourage you to apply for scholarships through all available scholarship sources.  Learn more about our scholarship opportunities.

Special Programs/Excursions

Planned Excursions & Events

Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.

On-Going Activities

Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.

Sichuan University Specific Excursions

Sichuan University provides all GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students with activities and excursions to places of significant interest (varies by semester). Some excursions are complimentary and others may have nominal charges. 

Example excursions include:

  • The Three Kingdom’s Museum and Temple
  • Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu’s Residence
  • Archaeology Museum of Sanxingdui
  • The Panda Research Center
  • Leshan Giant Buddha
  • Sichuan Opera (see video below)
  • Mt . Emei – one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains in China

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad participants may also choose to participate in optional, organized and affordable tours that are designed to be fun and educational. Examples include touring the Tibet Autonomous Region and the Silk Road. 

Friendship Family Program with local Chinese families: All GlobaLinks Learning Abroad participants have the option of spending time with local families.  The Friendship Family experience provides students with a deeper understanding of Chinese family life and allows for greater cultural interaction and language skill development.

Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>

Get Involved Abroad

Community Involvement

While abroad, we recommend getting involved in your local community. It's an awesome way to meet locals, experience the true Chinese culture, and create long lasting memories. From volunteering to festival-going, we challenge you to make the most of your international experience

You'll get a taste of how enriching community involvement can be during your first few days in China on GlobaLinks Learning Abroad's Bridging Cultures Program. The program includes one day of pre-arranged volunteering with the local community. You'll interact directly with locals while giving back to and sharing your own culture with the community that first welcomes you to China.  Plus, you can continue your volunteer efforts throughout the semester making a profound impact on the local community.  

Maximize your study abroad experience by getting involved at your host university, joining a club, or volunteering in your community.

Cultural Integration is an important part of your study abroad experience. There is no better way to learn more about the country, culture and people; make new friends; and become part of the community then to

Get Involved and Get Connected.         

Learn how other students have been involved: Hear from Our Students


Enhance your Experience

Global Citizens Development Modules


The new Global Citizen Development modules are online learning components designed to help you explore your study abroad destination and experience at a whole new level. These modules are not mandatory, however we strongly encourage your participation as they will introduce you to the opportunities and challenges you may encounter when participating in a study abroad program, as well as expose you to cultural insights and knowledge about your host country to help make your program abroad even more successful and fulfilling. Through the 3 modules, you will refine your skills in cross-cultural observation, adaptation, and communication. 


Learn the Local Language!

Although English  is a common language in many of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad’s program destinations, we recognize the need for basic communication in the host language. Therefore, all students will receive:  

  • Lonely Planet Guide & Phrase Book - For both language learning and culture/history/country specific inforamton you will receive a Lonely Planet Guide and Phase book before departure, which will allow you to start planning your adventures and learning how to communicate with locals.

  • Basic language practice during the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program, for semester/year programs students will participate in the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad BCP and have the opportunity to practice their language skills and learn a few new words through interaction with locals.


Course Catalog

To assist you in choosing courses, please read the instructions which you can download HERE.  Please read the document carefully, as this will answer many of your questions.
To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.
If you have any questions about course availability, please contact



GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students study abroad at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China during the semester/year and summer program (Tibetan Studies and Mandarin Language). See Chengdu through their eyes.


Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

  • Multi-day on-site Bridging Cultures Program
  • Local Discovery Activities hosted by on-site Resident Coordinator
  • Welcome and farewell events
  • HTH Worldwide health insurance protection
  • Alumni opportunities, including professional ambassador program
  • International Student Identity Card
  • Exclusive Career-Building Alumni Institute (add-on option)

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Twin Share room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.


Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 
Fall 2014 Semester - FallApplication Deadline: May 1, 2014
Anticipated DepartureAugust 22, 2014
Start DateAugust 23, 2014
End DateDecember 14, 2014
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Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2014 Year - FallApplication Deadline: May 1, 2014
Anticipated DepartureAugust 22, 2014
Start DateAugust 23, 2014
End DateMay 15, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1December 15, 2014 - February 15, 2015
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Spring 2015 Semester - SpringApplication Deadline: September 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureFebruary 24, 2015
Start DateFebruary 25, 2015
End DateMay 27, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Spring 2015 Year - SpringApplication Deadline: September 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureFebruary 24, 2015
Start DateFebruary 25, 2015
End DateDecember 11, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2015 Semester - FallApplication Deadline: May 1, 2015
Anticipated DepartureAugust 27, 2015
Start DateAugust 28, 2015
End DateDecember 10, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2015 Year - FallApplication Deadline: May 1, 2015
Anticipated DepartureAugust 25, 2015
Start DateAugust 26, 2015
End DateMay 14, 2016
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Mid Semester Break #2 -

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level. Students with a slightly lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 2.70

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

Program Manager
Spencer Ellis
1-800-980-0033 x108

Program Assistant
Svetlana Peixotto

Resident Director
Aaron Clark

Resident Coordinator
Kelly Guo