The Confucius Institute manages two study abroad programs in Chengdu, China. Chengdu is one of the most advanced metropolises in China's Southwest. Students immersed in such a city for a semester or even a short-term program 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 China policies and practices to those in US. Such experience will no doubt help them with their future careers.