** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
The Chengdu program is ideal for students who are interested in experiencing life in one of the most ancient, culturally fascinating, and authentic places in all of China. Chengdu is also one of the most important economic centers and transportation and communication hubs in the country. The program offers the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese, a language which is becoming increasingly popular in the global marketplace. Mandarin is the official/standard dialect used in China, and Chengdu is a great place to practice it outside of class. Studying in China offers you a unique opportunity to experience one of the world's most ancient civilizations while living in the one of the world's fastest growing major economies
Academically, this program offers a high quality educational experience with a focus on either Chinese Language or Chinese Studies. If you choose to focus on intensive language study, you may also take one or two elective courses such as Tai Chi, Chinese culture, history, or Chinese cuisine. The intensive language approach allows you to complete up to one and a half years of Chinese language coursework in only one semester. Students who would rather focus on Chinese Studies may select from several courses taught in English. Students choosing this second option must take the required Elementary Chinese Language I course and may take additional elective courses in Chinese history, literature, government and politics, culture, and society.
However, the academic courses are only part of the value of the program. Participation in formal and informal activities, such as field trips to sites of historical and cultural interest, museums, weekend trips to the mountains, and other cultural immersion activities form an integral part of the program.
USAC also offers a 5-week summer session for students who do not have the time to study in China for a term or more. During the summer session, students can ernoll in Chinese language courses or other courses related to China, but taught in English.
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account.