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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

China Chengdu

Semester: Fall
Offered: Annually
Program Focus: General Culture


CHIN 102. A “B” or better in the language. 3.0 cumulative GPA required.                              

Campus Contact:

Keith Dede
Associate Professor of Chinese

ext. 7445


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.

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.

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.

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

17 credits, please see below

17 credits, as follows:

Required Courses
8 credits of Chinese language (Option B in attached brochure)
4 credits Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society
2 credits Western China
1 elective course (3 credits).  Business, Calligraphy and Taiji/Martial Arts classes will not be accepted for credit.

  • General Information

    Passport Details:
    You will be required to email a high-resolution, color scan of your passport to the Overseas Office within 30 days of being accepted into a program. We recommend that you apply for a passport as early as possible. For more info, visit our Passport Resources page.

    Visa fees and requirements: A visa is required for this program.  You will be notified when it is time to apply and our office has received all of the necessary supporting documents. 

    Please make an appointment with Student Health Service to get an updated list of immunizations that are recommended or mandatory for this program. You may also be required to submit various test results (HIV, chest x-rays, etc.) as a part of your visa application.

    Students will be required to show proof of health insurance with coverage for international travel, as per the Affordable Care Act. Lewis & Clark College will provide supplemental travel insurance coverage through iNext.

    Fees To Plan For:
    Fees for the following items are not included in the comprehensive program fee:
    Passport fees
    Required photographs
    Visa fees
    Immunizations and health exams
    Transportation to city of departure
    Post-program travel


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