photo of Xi'an China

UNC in Xi'an, China: Ancient Capitals: May 21 - June 26, 2015

Dates I Costs I Courses I Eligibility I Housing I Apply I Visa

FL 296: Study Abroad Experience (LAC7)

MIND 181: Great Traditions of Asia (LAC3c)

The course will begin on campus with two days of preparatory work. The course will then move to China for 5 weeks. Students will arrive in Xi’an, China where they will spend 4 weeks taking intensive Chinese language courses at Shaanxi Normal University’s International College of Chinese Studies (60 contact hours, total), and live on-campus in a student hotel with UNC faculty and resident-directors. While in Xi’an, students participate in excursions to sites within and around the city that highlight the religions and cultures of traditional China, such as the Terra Cotta Soldiers, the Great Mosque, the Temple of the Eight Immortals, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and the sacred Daoist mountain Hua shan. Through these visits, students learn about the great philosophical, religious, and literary traditions of Asia. Students also have time to explore the city on their own, interact with locals, and put their language skills to practical and immediate use.

The International College of Chinese Studies (ICCS) at Shaanxi Normal University (SNU) in Xi’an, China, welcomes over 500 students from around the world each year to study Chinese language and culture in its intensive Chinese Language Training Program.

Students will end the program with a 7 day excursion to China's ancient capitals, including visiting Luoyang, Kaifeng, and Beijing. Visit the Great Wall of China, Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and other famous places.

Excursions, field trips, and real life experiences will enhance the content of each course. For more information, contact Dr. Michelle Low or Dr. Adam Fong.


Application Deadline: February 15
Program Dates: May 21 - June 26, 2015



US Dollars


UNC Tuition/Program Fee


Paid to UNC

Study Abroad Administrative Fee


Paid to UNC

Estimated Additional Non-Billable Expenses



Additional Meals


Will vary by person

Local Transport and Incidentals


Will vary by person



Puchased individually

Round-trip Airfare


Purchased individually




The above estimated total expenses are used to help plan and prepare for the program, as well as calculate eligibility for financial aid.   All amounts listed are estimates and are subject to change depending on international economic factors, past participant reports, and on-site staff reports.  Student expenditures in-country depends greatly on personal spending habits, post- or during-program travel, and available funds.

"Billable Expenses" will be charged to your UNC student account according to the regular UNC billing cycle. Please be aware that the total billable amount due must be paid upon receipt of invoice.

To be eligible for summer financial aid, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 UNC credits during the summer term(s).


Students will earn 6 credits, which can be applied to meet LAC requirements in areas 3c and 7.

MIND 181: Great Traditions of Asia (LAC 3c)

FL 296: Study Abroad Experience (LAC 7)


Applicants must have completed a minimum of one semester of college-level academic coursework (2.5 minimum GPA) and have a clear disciplinary record.

The first 24 applicants will be considered for this program. Applications will be considered on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Housing and Meals

Students will stay in double-occupancy dorms on campus for the first four weeks of the program. These dorms have private bathrooms, air condintioning, and high-speed internet. They are close to shops and restaurants. During the last week of the trip, students will stay in a hotel, which includes breakfast daily.



Click here for application. Please download the application, save to your computer, type pages 1-6, print, complete pages 7-10 , and sign. Turn in complete applications to the CIE-Study Abroad Office (UC 2205).

Complete applications also include:

  • Short Personal Statement (prompt on pg. 4)
  • Disciplinary Verification Form signed off on by the Dean of Student's Office (p. 6)

A $400 deposit is due at the time of application which will be applied against your UNC tuition.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling bases. There are a maximum of 24 students permitted in the program.


Students attending SNNU will apply for a “Student (X) Visa.” Students will proces their visa applications as a group.

Click here for more information about visas.


    China application deadline:
    FEBRUARY 15th