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UNC in Xi'an, China: Ancient Capitals: May 18 - 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, Beijing, and Chengde. 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 18 - June 26, 2015



TBD soon.


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

Syllabi to be posted soon.


This program is open to all students, staff, alumni, and community members. Students should be 18 years or older with a clean disciplinary record.

No previous language experience needed. Three levels of Chinese language will be offered.

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.



Application to be posted soon.

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!