China: Chengdu Summer Program

Chengdu street

Summer Short-Study Study Abroad Program

Three-week program in Chinese language study at both the beginner and advanced levels at Chengdu University.

This summer short-study program includes travel and intensive Chinese language study at both the beginner and advanced levels at Chengdu University in China. The program is open to any UNH student interested in gaining an exposure to Chinese language and culture. Students spend two weeks in Chengdu focusing on language and culture study, and spend their final week visiting Xi'an and Beijing. 

Program Benefits

  • Discover the best of China: Chengdu, Xi'an, and Beijing
  • Housing, meals, and travel within China is provided to students at no cost!
  • No Chinese language skills required
  • Earn 4 UNH credits over the summer

While the program is open to all students, space is limited.

Program dates

May 19 - June 9, 2019

Information Session

Details forthcoming

Application Deadline

Feb. 28, 2019

Deposit deadline

March 11, 2019

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.

Students attend 9 days of morning classes at Chengdu University studying basic Chinese conversation and spend afternoons practicing in a real environment under faculty guidance. Morning language sessions typically run from 9am-12pm and afternoon cultural activities normally take place between 2 and 4pm. Classes are available both for students with previous Chinese language study and for beginning students. Students register for CHIN 420. There are also frequent evening and weekend excursions to nearby attractions. The last week of the program is spent visiting Xian and Beijing - travel costs are included in the program.

CHIN 420 - Summer Experience in China
Credits: 4.00

This course is designed to allow students to experience the Chinese language and culture first hand. It will be conducted in China each summer. Students will first travel to Beijing, Xian, Chengdu and Shanghai for about a week with a faculty member. They will then learn basic Chinese conversation skills for two and a half weeks at Chengdu University. Students can choose to take either elementary or intermediate Chinese in Chengdu.

calligraphy students Chengdu


Chengdu has a population of 14 million! It is one of the most advanced metropolises in China's Southwest and its economic hub, but is 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. Forbes Magazine recently ranked the city of Chengdu as the No. 1 city with the greatest potential.

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.

Chengdu video

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Program Tuition and Fees

The estimated 2019 program costs are $1,836 (N.H. residents) or $2,024 (non-residents). This covers tuition for 4 UNH credits, housing, planned program travel within China, excursion costs and meals. Students must also pay the following fees associated with summer course registration at UNH: Registration ($20), Technology Fee ($26), Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($100), and international health insurance fee ($70).

Housing and Meals

While in Chengdu, 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. While traveling outside of Chengdu, accommodation will be provided at hotels.

In Chengdu, students will be provided access to the CDU dining halls and food courts. In addition, there are numerous cheap food options in the University neighborhood. Outside of Chengdu, the program will organize group meals for students. 

Other Inclusions

Not Included

  • Airfare to and from Chengdu (approx. $1,000-1,200)
  • Visa fees (approx. $215)
  • Books/supplies (approx. $25)
  • Other personal travel and spending money

Payment Info and Refund Policy

View study abroad payment deadlines, cancellation and refund policy

Chengdu study abroad program


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