Study Abroad China

The China program for Spring 2012 has been canceled due to low interest; hopefully it will resume in Spring 2013.

Program Description:

Xi'an International University (XAIU) is well-known in China because it is one of the four private universities in Xi'an.  XAIU offers Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees, as well as postgraduate work with different levels of programs, and various models of instruction. XAIU is a modern institution that maintains a small school feeling despite its large size. The university has over 40,000 students enrolled each year and over 1,728 full-time faculty and staff to accommodate these students annually.

The program consists of transferable credit courses taken in English with other Chinese students.

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Program Credits:

The students may earn 12-16 college credits per semester.
Required Courses:

  • History of Chinese Culture and Society (3)
  • Chinese Literature and Art (3)

In addition, participants will elect 1-2 other courses in Economics, American Literature, English Composition, and History. Students will also have the opportunity to take Chinese coursework as classes are available in all levels of Chinese proficiency, from beginner to advanced speaker. Please consult your ICISP representative when choosing courses to ensure transferability.

Program Requirements:

This program is open to serious students, teachers, and individuals who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in Chinese culture, society and history.

All students are required to register for credit and participate in all classroom and program activities. All students will be required to have:

  • 2.75 or higher GPA, based on 12 or more credits of college study
  • Two faculty recommendations
  • English Composition I completed with a grade of C or better
  • International Health Insurance Package (cost variable)
  • Physician's approval to travel

No previous study of Chinese is required.

Pre-Trip Orientation:

The required pre-trip orientation will be held at College of Lake County prior to departure. Students should contact their ICISP representative for further information on exact dates.

Program Fee:

The program fee for Spring 2011 is $5,000 (subject to change).

The fee will cover:

  • Admissions and excursions listed as included in the cost of the program
  • Course-related field trips
  • Full-time administrative staff
  • Housing/Instructional costs
  • Round trip airfare from Chicago
  • Travel/Health insurance
  • Visa Fee

The fee does not cover:

  • Passport
  • Personal expenses
  • Tuition

Flight Details:

The group will travel together to and from Xi'an, China via the Chicago O'Hare airport. The cost of this ticket is covered in the program fees. However, the individuals are responsible for the cost of traveling to and from the Chicago airport.


Both a passport and a visa are required for the semester program in China. Participants must first obtain a passport prior to applying for their visa.

As a sponsor the College of Lake County (CLC), will assist processing visa applications through the Chinese Consulate in  Chicago.  The website for the Chinese Embassy is available online at: Participants can download visa applications from this web site.  Contact Li-hua, the ICISP representative from CLC, about specific details concerning visa application process.
Please plan early and accordingly.

Lodging and Meals:

Residence hall

  • Program participants will live with Chinese, American and other international students
  • Rooms are double occupancy with bathroom and kitchenette