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  • Locations: Chengdu, China
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: AU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Ethan Merritt Click here for a definition of this term Advising Required: YES
Language Pre-requisite: none Minimum GPA: 2.75
Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing Click here for a definition of this term Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: No
Language of Instruction: Chinese, English Language Courses Offered: Yes
Housing: Dormitory Internship: YES
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Not Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is this Program Right for You?

This program has special additional scholarship opportunities.  Every participating student typically receives a special scholarship from the Chengdu Municipal Government.  Please speak to the AU Abroad advisor to learn more.

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 16 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.

Student Testimonials

Chengdu program center"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)!

Academic Information

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.

InternshipsChengdu campus

Internship opportunities are also available on the program on either a for-credit or non-credit basis.  Example possible internship placements may include:

  • Unilever
  • EffectMobi
  • Hongyao Culture Communication  
  • Deheng Law Offices
  • Lansen Rehabilitation
  • Open University of China (Chengdu)
  • Sichuan Academy of Social Science

Student Life

Housing and Meals

Downtown ChengduStandard 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 4-day 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.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/24/2018
Varies by program 02/19/2019 05/24/2019
Fall 2019 03/22/2019
Varies by program 09/01/2019 12/06/2019
NOTE: Program dates are tentative based on the previous term. Final dates will be provided soon and confirmed upon acceptance into the program. Do not finalize plans or travel arrangements until exact dates are given by the program.
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/22/2019
Varies by program 09/02/2019 05/24/2020
NOTE: Program dates are tentative based on the previous term. Final dates will be provided soon and confirmed upon acceptance into the program. Do not finalize plans or travel arrangements until exact dates are given by the program.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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