Mandarin & Minority Culture Studies in the Land of Pandas - Summer or January Short Course


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers summer programs in China through our partner International Studies Abroad.

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Sichuan University in partnership with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers a summer program entitled "Mandarin and Minority Culture Studies in the Land of Panda. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this

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

short-term 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.

This program is an amazing 6-week summer program where participants will gain unparalleled insight into the study of Tibetan culture while also learning Mandarin language. The Tibet Studies class will expand participant’s knowledge of Tibetan civilization both practically and theoretically. A field component is included which will lead participants to a Tibetan Village so they can better conceptualize and apply what is learned in class.





The Mandarin & Minority Culture Studies in the Land of Pandas Program is offered through Sichuan University, which is located in Chengdu, China. 

Chengdu is the capital of the Sichuan Province, home to approximately 10 million people, and is located in southwest China at the western edge of the Sichuan Basin. It is known as one of the most important economic centers and is a major transportation and communication hub in China. Historically, it has played an important role in the political, economical, cultural, and military development of southwest China. Chengdu is regarded as the starting point of the Southern Silk Road and is the gateway to the Tibet Autonomous Region. The surrounding region is famous for its three unique characteristics: beautiful scenery, Bashu Culture, and home of the Giant Pandas.

Learn morea about Chengdu and China.




Academic Highlights

The language class consists of 48 hours of instruction designed for students with beginner-level language skill. For an additional cost, students can choose to take intermediate (additional 2400 yuan) or advanced (additional 3600 yuan) Mandarin courses. To compliment the language learning experience a lecture series will be conducted each week on Chinese culture, history, politics, economy, Sino-US relations, religion, and law.

The Global Tibet Class consists of 53 hours of instruction to cover a wide variety of topics regarding Tibet.  

Excursions to local areas of cultural interest will take place each week and participants will interact with local students through organized activities on and off campus. Some examples include: Sichuan Opera, Leshan Giant Buddha, Panda Breeding and Research Center, local museums and sports. 

The program is generally worth 6 U.S. credits, depending on the home university.


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.

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 Progams/Excursions

Some of the unique features of the Tibetan Studies and Mandarin Language program include:

  • 48 hour Mandarin language class
  • Tibetan Studies Class with field trip to a Tibetan Village
  • Weekly lecture series on China studies 
  • Weekly excursions to places of cultural interest 
  • Planned activities with local Chinese students

Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included 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 once you’re abroad. 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>


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For any questions about the classes offered through this program please email


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Mandarin & Minority Culture Studies in the Land of Pandas
Program FeesTBD
Housing without Mealsincluded in program fee
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Summer/Short Course 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
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 (if applicable)
Housing and some meals are typically included in the Summer/Short Course fee. This is noted above if included or the approximate housing range is provided. 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. If housing does not include meals 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. 

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 lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 2.50

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