Is this Program Right for You?
Students in good academic standing with above a 2.0 GPA may apply. Please meet with AU Abroad Advisor Ethan Merritt to discuss the application further. Every participating student typically receives a special scholarship from the Chengdu Municipal Government of approximately $2400.
Global Maximum Educational Opportunities (G-MEO) has created an English language, US-style learning environment, The Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad. Located in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province in China's Southwest, the Center incorporates various course offerings from several U.S. universities that have partnered with the program. The prestigious Sichuan University, one of the leading universities in China and the earliest higher education institute in Sichuan, dating back to the Qing Dynasty, is the host institution. The Center is located on the University's beautiful, downtown Huaxi campus, in one of its stately old buildings. You will study with other American students on the program from a variety of U.S. institutions.
Chengdu has a population of over 14 million, and is a booming economic center. China's "Go West" policy aims to build Chengdu into a financial and cultural center on par with Beijing and Shanghai. It abounds with urban energy and entrepreneurial dynamism; its new subway system opened in 2010. Yet with a balmy, sub-tropical climate and a slower pace than Beijing or Shanghai, Chengdu is known for its quality of life. It is famous for its world-class cuisine, leisurely tea houses, local opera and historic temples.
For a great introduction to Chengdu, see this New York Times video.
"My study abroad experience so far in Chengdu has been amazing to say the least. With such small classes we are able to have several discussions with our professors and talk more deeply about the topics that interest us, it's a great learning experience. I have also managed to get two different internships, one at a law firm that was recently awarded the Best Law Firm in China and they have assigned a lawyer specifically to me to teach me about Chinese laws as well as any subjects of the law I am interested in such as international trade law. My other internship is at the Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences which is the government run think-tank for this province and will provide some great connections and also let me explore my research and writing abilities more. I am almost constantly in awe of the opportunities that have been presented to me.
On a note of the actual city of Chengdu, it's one of the coolest cities I have been in. The people here are extremely friendly and has some of the best food I've ever had. This city is alive in its own way that is very Chinese and it's really helped me gain a better sense of the Chinese culture. The dorms here are extremely nice and it has been fairly easy to adjust to life here. This is an incredible city in China and all the city motto is "A city you never want to leave" and I can already understand that feeling. I hope that in the future more American University students start coming on this program and see the great opportunities that Chengdu has to offer."
--- David Mullis, SIS Student
See this video from the 100K Strong Foundation highlighting the Chengdu program experience featuring program alumni Tailor Dortona (SPA Student)!
Students earn a full semester of American University (AU) credit. There are several American-style courses taught on the program all in English. Core courses offered on the program are in such subjects as China Studies, International Relations, Criminology, Economics, Communications, Business, Government and Psychology. Other courses in other subject areas may be available in some semesters. There are also elementary Chinese language courses available on the program. See the g-MEO Chengdu Program website for a detailed course list and descriptions.
Course Equivalency: Most courses offered on the Chengdu program have already been pre-approved and given equivalencies by AU departments. View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed.
Internship opportunities are also available on the program on either a for-credit or non-credit basis. Example possible internship placements may include:
- Equity Law Firm
- Deheng Law Offices
- Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences
- Great China International Education
- New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc.
- Zongbei Elementary School
- Yangchang and Shell Petroleum Company
- Lafarge Company
Housing and Meals
Standard double occupancy rooms for international students at the Sichuan University Huaxi Campus in downtown Chengdu.
Students may eat meals on campus or elsewhere. There are numerous inexpensive cafeterias and restaurants in and around campus (the cost of meals is not included in the program fees).
Students will do a one week excursion visiting other cities in China as part of the program. Students can visit on their own such places as the Giant Panda Breeding Center and the Wolong Nature Reserve, and the recently excavated Sanxingdui archeological site.