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Sichuan University - Pacific Lutheran University

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Considered one of China’s most prestigious universities, Sichuan University attracts students from around the world. Known for its spicy cuisine and panda reserves, Chengdu offers students an authentic experience of China. Courses include all levels of Mandarin language study and a variety of area studies classes. ISEP's program at Sichuan University is run by Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.



Location
Nestled in a rich agricultural basin near the foothills of Tibet, Sichuan Province is China's most populous. Within the mixture of modern cities and rural villages is Chengdu, the provincial capital – home to Western China’s best universities and hospitals, and a major site for foreign and domestic investment, including global industry leaders like Microsoft, Boeing and Intel.

PROGRAM TYPE
ISEP Direct: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.


Chance of Placement
ISEP Direct chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.


Program Dates
Academic Year: late August to late May
Semester 1: late August to December
Semester 2: late February to late May

ISEP-Direct
Information about ISEP Direct fees and deadlines.

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing and Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Full Year 2016-17: $26,750
Semester 1 16-17: $15,250
Semester 2 16-17: $12,950


For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: March 15, 2016
SM2: November 1, 2016


Fast Facts
Chengdu, China (pop. 9.4 million)
Student Enrollment: 70,000
Language of instruction: English
Sichuan-PLU Program Homepage
Courses
Sichuan University Homepage
Program Photos

Programs
Semester 1:
Chinese Language Courses: Choose Option A—Non-intensive (beginner level) (4 credits) or Option B—Intensive (all ability levels) (8 credits).

Elective Courses (options vary): Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society (4 credits), Western China: The Rural and Minority Experience (2 credits only available to those participating in Tibet Study Tour), The 20th Century History of China: 1912-1992 (3 credits), Chinese Politics: From Historical Ideas to Contemporary Realities (3 credits), Sino-American Relations and Problems (3 credits), Daoism and Traditional Chinese Culture, Public Economics, International Trade, Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy (1 credit), Introduction to Taiji (1 credit), Introduction to Ping Pong (1 credit)

Semester 2:
Chinese Language Courses*: Choose Option A—Non-intensive (beginner level) (4 credits) or Option B—Intensive (all ability levels) (8 credits).

Elective Courses (options vary):
Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society (4 credits), The 20th Century History of China: 1912-1992 (3 credits), Chinese Politics: From Historical Ideas to Contemporary Realities (3 credits), Sino-American Relations and Problems (3 credits), Daoism and Traditional Chinese Culture, Public Economics, International Trade, Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy (1 credit), Introduction to Taiji (1 credit), Introduction to Ping Pong (1 credit)

* Full Year or Semester 2 students have the option to enroll in an additional month of language classes at no additional TUITION cost, but must pay the additional housing cost directly to Sichuan University.

Academic Notes
Other than language courses, all courses are taught in English.

In the Fall program, a Pacific Lutheran University faculty will serve as the Site Director. It is recommended that ISEP students take Chinese Culture and Society with the PLU students; the 2-credit Western China course is also available and has additional fees to cover the required Study Tour. Any combination of the courses listed under SM1, plus the PLU faculty course may be taken for a total of 17 credits. See PLU Program website in the "Courses" link above for more details.

In the Spring, on-site support is provided by the Overseas Office through Sichuan University. Any combination of the courses listed under SM2 may be taken for a total of 17 credits.

Students will receive U.S. academic credit from Pacific Lutheran University upon completing the program. Transcripts will show that coursework was completed while at Sichuan University.

Students typically enroll in 3-6 classes per term, which averages to 20 hours in class per week. A term runs for 12 weeks.

TRANSCRIPT DETAILS

Semester 1 transcripts are issued in March.
Semester 2 transcripts are issued in June.

Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Requirement: Previous Chinese language study is not required.
Language Courses: Intensive Mandarin Chinese courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year and/or semester for all levels.

REQUIREMENTS FOR NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS TAKING COURSES IN ENGLISH:

ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? Yes
TOEFL: 50 iBT
Institutional TOEFL accepted? Yes
IELTS: 5
Other tests accepted: TBD
English as a Foreign Language courses available? No

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
ISEP students must have sophomore, junior or senior status with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
International students who are not native English speakers must submit a Language Proficiency Report for both English and Chinese.

Housing and Meals
Students are housed in double-occupancy rooms at the international residence hall. The cost of accommodations are included in the program fee. Meals are not included. Because most full-year students prefer to travel during the break between semesters, housing between semesters is not included in the program fee. Students who wish to stay on campus can make arrangements with the on-campus coordinator to pay Sichuan University directly.

ESTIMATED PERSONAL EXPENSES

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at $200 for food plus an extra $100-$200 for personal expenses. For those wishing to travel extensively on weekends, it is recommended to budget extra funds.

Orientation
Included in the program fee for Full Year and Fall semester students is an exciting 10-day pre-session China orientation tour starting from Beijing to Xi'an and finally Chengdu.

Spring semester students will have a standard orientation where they will be introduced to Sichuan University campus, staff, course registration, banking system, and other essential information.

ARRIVAL DETAILS

Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Student Activities
Students will have the opportunity to visit the International Panda Breeding Research Center and the Leshan Great Buddha outside of Chengdu. Additionally, students will be provided the opportunity to participate in an optional mid semester study tour. Locations may include rural sites in Sichuan Province, Tibet, and Shanghai.

Additional fees are not included in the program fee. Cost and travel information for these optional tours will be announced prior to placement.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
A service learning program component will allow students to teach English at a variety of locations within Sichuan University and Chengdu.

Profile
Sichuan University, with a history dating back to 1896, offers the widest scope of disciplines offered at a university in the West of China. Sichuan University boasts over 70,000 students. It is widely considered one of China’s most prestigious universities and falls directly under the State Ministry of Education.

The large and bustling campus attracts students from around the world. The surrounding area is fun and convenient, offering Internet cafes, restaurants, banking and shopping.