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  • Locations: Chengdu, China
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:
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 Location Chengdu, China
Early Fall 2017
August 20 – September 9, 2017
 Estimated    Program  Fee $850
 Credits 5 UW credits
 Prerequisites CHIN 103, CHIN 203 or the equivalent. US citizen or US legal permanent resident
 Program      Directors Yuqing Cao
 Program  Manager Darielle Horsey |
 Application    Deadline March 15, 2017 - EXTENDED!
 Information  Session(s) Friday, February 10, 2:00-3:20 in SAV 130
  General This study abroad program is designed for students who are currently taking or have recently taken 1st or 2nd Year Chinese. Most expenses in China will be paid for by the Confucius Institute.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships


Program Description

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Chinese Bridge Study Tours are Chinese language and culture immersion programs sponsored by Confucius Institutes all over the world. They are designed to give international college students a direct and deep experience with Chinese language and culture through classes, and visits to local historical and cultural heritage sites.

This study tour is co-sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Literature and the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington. It is intended for students who are currently taking or have recently taken 1st or 2nd Year Chinese.

During the three-week stay in China, students will engage in a large variety of activities, including interactive Chinese language classes, Chinese culture classes (paper cutting, calligraphy, ink and wash painting, tea ceremony, martial arts, etc.), cultural exchanges (activities with Chinese students), and sight-seeing to many historical and cultural attractions in Sichuan province as well as to its capital, Chengdu.

The program is hosted by UW partner institution Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. Participation will be limited to 20 students, accompanied by a UW faculty member. Only U.S citizens and U.S. legal permanent residents are eligible to participate in this program.

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Chengdu, China


Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Sanxingdui Relics, Leshan Giant Buddha, and more.


Housing is free for participants of this program. Students will live in Sichuan University dorms or, if campus dorms happen to be unavailable, in a hotel that meets the health, safety and security standards that the university requires.

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Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

You are eligible to apply if:

  1. You are currently taking or have recently taken 1st or 2nd Year Chinese.
  2. You are a U.S. citizen or U.S. legal permanent resident. There are no special physical requirements for this program.


5 Credits


CHIN 145/245 (5 credits)

Upon successful completion of this program, 1st Year Chinese students will be awarded five CHIN 145 credits, and 2nd Year Chinese students will be awarded five CHIN 245 credits. CHIN 145/245 credits do not count towards satisfying Chinese Major or Chinese Minor language requirements.

Learning Goals: 

  • To practice Chinese language skills learned in UW classroom in a native language environment.
  • To improve Chinese language skills learned in UW classroom in a native language environment.
  • To learn more about Chinese culture, history, society and people through first-hand experience and interaction with both Chinese students at the host university and the general public.
  • To become more comfortable speaking the language with native speakers.

Program Directors & Staff

Yuqing Cao, Department of Asian and Language Literature, Program Director

Liping Yu, Department of Asian Languages and Literature, Program Staff

Program Expenses

Cost: $850

Estimated Program Fee of $850, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money*.

*regular daily meals will be paid for by the Confucius Institute.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$800* international roundtrip. Domestic airfare in China will be covered by the Confucius Institute.

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $850 October 13, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.