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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

China: Chengdu

Semester: Fall, Full year
Offered: Annually
Estimated Dates: Fall: mid-August to mid-December, Full Year: mid-August to May/July
Program Focus: General Culture


CHIN 102. A “B” or better in the language. 3.0 cumulative GPA required                 
Housing: Dormitories
Campus Contact:

Keith Dede
Professor of Chinese
, 503-768-7445

Susan Glosser
Associate Professor of History and Program Director, Asian Studies
, 503-768-7488

Program Design

Housed in Sichuan University in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, the program is coordinated through Pacific Lutheran University’s Wang Center, which sends a faculty member to accompany the students. The program includes an orientation tour prior to arriving in Chengdu, courses on contemporary culture and society, and field trips to rural Sichuan, including areas with primarily ethnic minority inhabitants.

This program engages students in the various cultures of China as an integral part of the
required courses that explore Chinese culture and the minority experience. Students are first introduced to the Forbidden City and the Great Wall in Beijing and then take an overnight train to Xi’an whose famous Terracotta Warriors and Wild Goose Pagoda are a reminder of China’s prominence in the world as the eastern terminus of the Silk Road. Finally, students fly into Chengdu, home to China’s pandas and a sizable Tibetan minority population, and prepare for their semester of study at Sichuan University. While in Chengdu, students engage with local communities through study tours to rural farms, local villages and nearby monuments such as Qingchengshan Daoist Mountain. In October,
students visit a Tibetan Region for a week of discovery to explore Buddhist temples, and shrines, a culture vastly different than that of China’s ethnic Han majority.

Full Year Participation:
After successful completion of this program you may be eligible to participate on one of our other language intensive programs. It is your responsibility to contact Keith Dede before registration for spring semester to determine your eligibility to continue on one of our other programs.  Participation during second program entails participation in the January Term program in Beijing immediately after completing the fall semester.


Requirements Fulfilled:
Fulfills the overseas study requirement for the Asian Studies major, the World Language major (with Chinese as primary language), and the Chinese minor.

18 credits, please see below

18 credits, as follows:

Fall Required Courses (10-14 credits)

CHIN 101/102/201/202/350 (C - 4-8 credits) Chinese Language

CHSP 350 (SO - 4 credits) Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society
CHSP 350 (2 credits) Western China: The Rural and Minority Experience

Electives (up to 7 credits)
ARTD 387 (AR - 4 credits) Transformations of Perspectives
HIST 339 (3 credits) The 20th Century History of China
POLS 387 (3 credits) Chinese Politics: Historical Ideas to Contemporary Realities
POLS 332 (3 credits) Sino-American Relations
RELI 350 (3 credits) Daoism & Traditional Chinese Culture
ECON 350 (3 credits) Economics of Development in China

NOTE: Business, Calligraphy and Taiji/Martial Arts classes will not be accepted for credit.


Fee Breakdown:

Overseas Program Fee (includes tuition, room & board, excursions, and supplemental health insurance): $31,112

Stipend: Students will receive a stipend to cover the cost of meals and transportation costs not covered by the program fee.

Estimated Airfare (Round Trip PDX to PEK): $800-$2,000

Estimated Health Insurance Fee: $1,275.50*

*All students participating in overseas programs are automatically enrolled in iNext, a supplemental travel insurance program. The fee for iNext is covered in the program cost. However, students are also required to have comprehensive health insurance during their time abroad. All students participating in overseas programs, both abroad and domestic, are automatically enrolled in the College’s student health insurance program. Similar to a regular semester on-campus, students participating in overseas programs may waive enrollment in the student health insurance program if they have other comprehensive health insurance (e.g., through a parent, guardian or employer) that 1) provides coverage for them in the geographic region in which they will be studying and 2) includes mental health benefits. Click here for more information regarding Health Insurance Information & Overseas Programs.  

Program Preparation

Application Process: This program has a dual application process. Student must first submit a Lewis & Clark Application. Once admitted by Lewis & Clark, the students will receive instructions for submitting their secondary, or program sponsor, application, and will receive a separate notification letter from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU).  Please keep a digital copy of your essays and other application materials as you will need to submit these again to PLU or you will need to re-write the essays.  Please note that this secondary application process can be as late as the semester preceding your scheduled participation.

For more information about the application process, click here.

Visa: Students will be required to apply for a visa in order to participate in this program. More information will be provided upon admission to the program.

Country-Specific Health Information: Click here to view specific health information for people traveling to China.

State Department Country Information: Click here to visit the State Department’s China page.

China, Chengdu

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