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Chengdu, China (USAC) Academics


To apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You need to be in good-academic, conduct and financial standing. You also need to have a cumulative GPA of 2.5. You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure. You may apply as a first year student, but must have at least sophomore standing by the time the program begins. No prior knowledge of Chinese language is required. 


Semester/Year Long Students:
You may choose to enroll in Chinese Language Studies or Chinese Studies Courses. All courses are with other USAC participants.
Students in the Chinese Language Studies courses will enroll in three sequential (back-to-back) language courses, and will select elective courses from Chinese Studies, totaling 12-18 credits.  Students will take a placement test at the beginning of the program to determine the level of Chinese they will be enrolled in. No prior Chinese language is needed to enroll in the Chinese Language Studies program. Students placing in Intermediate Chinese or higher are required to enroll in Chinese Conversation as an elective. An example of a sequence of language courses would be: Intermediate Chinese I, Intermediate Chinese II and Advanced Chinese I.
Students in the Chinese Studies Program take courses taught in English and are meant to familiarize the students with the region, culture, country and Asia. Elementary Chinese I or the equivalent is required for all non-language students. Students in the Chinese Studies Program also take 12-18 credits.
For a list of the Chinese Language courses and Chinese Studies courses, please access the USAC website and select the appropriate term.

Summer Students:
Students can enroll in either Summer Session I (5 weeks), Summer Session II (4 weeks) or both I & II (9 weeks). Students will enroll in 3-6 credits in session I and 3-5 credits in session II (you can take 6 credits in session II only if you are enrolled in an intensive language course). During both sessions, students will choose from either language intensive courses or cultural courses. Students planning to use financial aid need to be enrolled in at least 6 credits.

Summer language courses are intensive, with students earning 1-5 credits of Chinese, per session. Students can decide to take only Chinese language courses or a mixture of Chinese language and culture courses. Students who do not take an intensive Chinese language course are required to take introduction to Chinese Language I or Chinese Language II for one credit. All Chinese Culture and International Studies courses are taught in English and are designed to familiarize students to China. All courses are with other USAC participants. For a list of Summer courses, please access the USAC website.

Internships in Chengdu (semester/academic year only): 
Qualified students may apply for internships during their time abroad. These internships are designed to complement the academic program. As a result, interns receive credit (a maximum of three) but no financial compensation. The schedule and number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses. USAC will attempt to place students in any major field of work/study, but it is not guaranteed. Past placements have been with organizations who want to enhance their English speaking skills or marketing materials, at Chengdu Daily Newspaper, teaching English as a second language in schools, Geologic Research Institute, etc. Students should notify the Chengdu coordinator about their desire to do an internship prior to their arrival in Chengdu. Students need to have a GPA of 3.0 and be in junior standing by the time of the program. Chinese language abilities are not required, but strongly suggested to make the experience more enjoyable. A refundable $200 fee is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship. 

Whether or not an internship will come back as internship credit for your major will vary. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisors to discuss what completing an internship abroad will do for them. 

UW-Eau Claire Equivalencies

To find courses that have been evaluated, go to the Transfer Wizard site by clicking here
  • Choose China, then click "Search"
  • Click on Southwest Univ of National
  • Click "Search" again. All courses that have been evaluated for UWEC credit will appear. 
If the course does not appear on the transfer wizard, it has not yet been evaluated for UWEC credit. 

Please remember that the transfer wizard is a historical record. There is NO guarantee that the same courses will be offered in the future or that they will be offered during the term in which you will be abroad. 

Liberal Education/General Education Requirements

For semester and summer students in catalog years 2016-17 and later, this program can fulfill an Integrate Learning (I1) requirement upon completion of the integrated learning assignments while abroad. Please contact your study abroad coordinator for more details. 

For semester students in catalog years through 2015-16, Foreign Culture can be waived upon successful program completion. The requirement is not automatically applied: please email Degree Review at after completion of your program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A., or B.M. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirements. See the university catalog for details.). 

For summer students in catalog years through 2015-16, three credits of foreign Culture can be waived upon successful program completion. If a summer student successful completes a Chinese Intensive Language Course (not introduction to Chinese I or II), an additional three credits of the Foreign Culture requirement can be waived. The requirement is not automatically applied: please email Degree Review at after completion of your program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A., or B.M. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirements. See the university catalog for details.). 

Academic Calendar

You may study in the program for the full academic year, fall, spring or summer. The academic year runs from late August – Early May; fall term runs from late August – Mid December; spring term runs from early January – early May. The summer session I program runs from late May - late June. Summer session II runs from early July - early August. If a student participates in both summer sessions, they will be abroad late May - early August. Exact dates will be available the semester prior to departure. 

*Summer students: For those interested in going for just session I OR both session I & II, this program's start dates will be during finals week of spring semester (just session II participants will not be affected). Due to this, you may need to rearrange some spring finals once you know your spring courses. There is no guarantee that your faculty will allow this. If you have questions at this time, please contact your Study Abroad Coordinator, Jenna ( Otherwise, Jenna will be in touch should you be accepted to the program.