China: Chengdu Spring Program

Chengdu study abroad program

Spring Semester Study Abroad Program

Spring semester study of Chinese language and culture at Chengdu University.

The UNH Chengdu Program is an intensive language and cultural program open to all students interested in experiencing life in China. Program benefits include:

  • It's inexpensive! The program costs much less than a semester in Durham and there are numerous scholarship opportunities for students studying abroad in China.
  • Open to all students! Both advanced language learners and beginners can take part in the program. No previous language study is needed.
  • Live in Chengdu, the booming capital of the Sichuan region famous for its food and panda population
  • Enjoy the dedicated support of an extensive international student office at Chengdu University
  • Earn 16 UNH credits

Students with all levels of Chinese language background are encouraged to apply - from upper-level students to beginners. Chengdu, the capital of China's southwestern Sichuan province, is an ideal city to experience all that China has to offer. On one hand, it is a booming modern metropolis of 14 million. At the same time, Chengdu is also well known for the relaxed and friendly attitude of its locals and its rich, ancient history. Students immersed in such a city for a semester will not only improve their language skills but will also gain insights beyond what they could learn in classrooms in the U.S. They will have a chance to see the challenges and opportunities facing Chengdu and to compare and contrast Chinese policies and practices to those in U.S. The program dates coincide with the CDU spring semester schedule. Students typically arrive in late February, after the Chinese New Year holiday, and depart China in mid-June.

Program dates

February 25 - June 9, 2019


Details forthcoming


Sept. 30, 2018

deposit deadline

Oct. 22, 2018

How to apply Financial Aid/scholarships


Mike Merrill
Education Abroad Advisor, Program Manager


At the time of application, all students are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • At least 12 credits earned at UNH
    • Freshmen students not meeting the 12-credit requirement may be allowed to participate in the program. Approval is needed from both the Program Faculty Director. Contact the COLA Center for Study Abroad for guidance.
  • A declared major
  • A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
    • Students who do not have a declared major or who have an established GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 may still apply. Admission will be at the discretion of the program faculty director.
  • Good standing with the Student Conduct System
    • A student who is on probation, regardless of the underlying violation, must successfully petition through the Academic Standards and Advising Committee (ASAC) for permission to participate. Students who have had a past violation will also be required to petition. Please contact your Dean’s Office for more guidance and the petition form, if needed.

There are no course or language pre-requisites for this program.

calligraphy students Chengdu

No previous study of Chinese is necessary. All students enroll in an intensive Chinese language and cultural program taught by CDU for international students. Students can earn 16 UNH credits upon successful completion of the program and can satisfy up to four of the course options below. Students can also choose to take 1-2 subject area courses other than Chinese if they can get pre-approval from their perspective colleges before departure.


This program will be run by Chengdu University staff in China. All other adjunct faculties from CDU will be those who have taught at/for UNH before.

About Chengdu University

Chengdu University sign

Chengdu University (CDU), run by the Chengdu Municipal Government, is a comprehensive university offering regular undergraduate education and benefits from the system of educational provision jointly administered by relevant competent authorities of either Sichuan Province or Chengdu City. Since its foundation nearly 30 years ago, CDU has grown into a comprehensive city-based university with over 30,000 students. It partnered with UNH in the establishment of the Confucius Institute at UNH, which ran through 2021. Since 2010, CDU has sent 9 of its faculties to help teach Chinese language and culture at UNH.

Chengdu University campus

UNH students live on CDU's campus which is located in the eastern edge of the city in a lively residential neighborhood. The city center is accessible by bus, taxi, and a new subway line which opened in 2017. The campus grounds are expansive and provide students access to multiple dining options, basic sports facilities, a library, and green spaces. UNH students are typically paired with Chinese student volunteers from the International Office who help accommodate to them to the University and life in Chengdu.

Chengdu has a population of 14 million! It is one of the most advanced metropolises in China's Southwest but also a historic city with a continuous past stretching back 2,000 years. Modern Chengdu reflects this combination of old and new with a vast urban cityscape of new buildings and development alongside vestiages of its ancient past, like its historic city walls and old neighborhoods such as Jinli. In China, Chengdu has many famous cultural associations including being the regional home to the Giant Panda (the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries are located nearby), its distinctly spicy cuisine, and historical ties to China's literary tradition. Students will live in a university district outside downtown Chengdu which is easily accessible by public transport and within walking distance of many shops and eating options.

Helpful Links

Chengdu video


Students pay UNH tuition and an additional program fee that covers housing and program activities. Since room and board is much less expensive at CDU, students who are paying for room and board at UNH can actually save up to approximately $5,800 by studying in Chengdu. The costs below are an estimate and are subject to change.

UNH Durham Costs

UNH Chengdu Costs

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*CDU provides students with an optional meal plan. We’ve included this estimated cost here to provide a comparison with on-campus meal costs. The CDU meal plan is paid for in country and will not appear on your UNH bill.

Difference of - $5,819 to spend on the semester in Chengdu

Cost and Payment Information Sheet

Housing and Meals

Students will be living in shared on-campus CDU dorms designed for foreign students. The dorms feature shared living spaces (students may have the option to pay extra for a single room), kitchen access, internet access, air conditioning, and cleaning services. Students can also purchase an optional meal plan from CDU for approximately $500 which provides access to multiple dining facilities on campus. In addition, there are numerous cheap food options in the University neighborhood.

Other Inclusions

  • Travel to Xi'an and Beijing including visits to the Terra Cotta Warriors and the Great Wall
  • Regional excursions and cultural activities organized by the CDU International Office
  • Comprehensive international insurance and travel assistance coverage
  • Pre-departure preparation and visa advising
  • In-country support from Chengdu University's International Student Office and full access to University resources
  • Students are typically assigned a Chinese student partner to help guide them through the transition of living in China

Not Included

Major expenses not includes in the program fees are:

  • Airfare to and from Chengdu (approx. $1,110-1,500)
  • Visa fees (approx. $215)
  • Meals (students may purchase a University meal plan for approx. $500)
  • Other personal travel and spending money

Payment Information and Refund Policy

Accepted students will be required to submit a $200 non-refundable program deposit following acceptance into the program.

View study abroad payment deadlines, cancellation and refund policy

While we cannot guarantee complete security abroad (just like on campus in Durham) the University of New Hampshire and the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) make every effort to facilitate safe international student experiences. Please find below important information on health and safety-related resources, policies, and procedures. If you have additional questions, please contact the program faculty director or the COLA Center for Study Abroad.

Travel to China

  • Program Location and Support. Students on the UNH Chengdu Program reside on the campus of Chengdu University (CDU). The CDU campus is a large, gated area located in eastern Chengdu which contains all academic, residential, and student support buildings of the University. Students reside in an international student dorm on campus and receive support services from the dedicated International Student Office. UNH faculty or CDU staff will accompany students on program-sponsored excursions. 
  • US Department of State Country Information
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Health Information for Travelers to China
  • Emergency Contacts at UNH
    • COLA Center for Study Abroad: 603 862-3962 
    • International SOS (UNH Membership #11BCAS000009): 215 942-8478
    • UNH Police Dispatch (emergencies only): 603 862-1212
    • UNH SHARPP (Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Program):  603 862-723
  • Additional Contacts
    • China Police Emergency Contact: 110
    • China Emergency Ambulance Contact: 120
    • China Fire Emergency Contact: 119

UNH Global health and safety information

This Spring 8 UNH students are studying abroad in Chengdu in 2017. We asked them to turn in a weekly blog so we can hear about their experiences.