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Sichuan University - CCI
Chengdu, China (Outgoing Program)
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A two-week cultural exchange program at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, preceded by three days of country familiarization in Beijing.
Language Pre-requisite: None
Primary Instruction Language: English
Eligibility: actively enrolled undergraduate and graduate students at Kent State University (no guest students; no doctoral students) from:
- College of Communication and Information (ALL MAJORS)
- College of Architecture and Environmental Design
- School of Fashion Design and Merchandising
- Kent State Regional Campuses
- Arts and Sciences/Department of English
- University College/Exploratory students
Kent State University College of Communication and Information students are invited to attend the Sichuan University Summer Immersion Program to cultivate dialogue between Chinese and international students in academic research, cultural exchange, tour of campus, basic Chinese language, understanding of Chinese traditional culture, tourism excursions, and other hands on activities.
Sichuan University (SCU), ranked the 8th most prestigious university in China, was founded in 1740 with the origin in BCE 141. SCU is the most comprehensive and largest university in Western China, with more than 70,000 students and 11,000 faculty and staff across all three campuses located in Chengdu.
Chengdu is the original city name which dates back to its founding over 2000 years ago. Chengdu is the capital of southwestern China's Sichuan province, as well as one of the largest cities and the most important economic, financial, commercial, cultural, transportation, and communication centers in Western China with a population of more than 14 million. The city is famed for its cuisine, and is also home to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a conservation center where visitors can view endangered giant pandas in a natural habitat. Chengdu also hosts more than 260 Fortune 500 companies. In 2006, it was named China's 4th most liveable city by China Daily. The fertile Chengdu Plain, on which Chengdu is located, is also known as the “Country of Heaven,” a phrase also often translated as “The Land of Abundance.”
Sichuan Province is located in southwestern China and contains a stretch of Asia’s largest river, the Yangtze River. The region is renowned for its cuisine, and also the home of giant pandas. Sichuan is ranked 4th largest province in China with a population of over 81 million including 4 ethnicities. The name of the province is an abbreviation “four circuits of rivers.” The region and its vicinity was the cradle of unique local civilizations which can be dated back to at least the 15th century BC. Sichuan consists of two geographically very distinct parts. The eastern part of the province is mostly within the fertile Sichuan basin. The western Sichuan consists of the numerous mountain ranges forming the easternmost part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Sichuan has been historically known as the "Province of Abundance." It is one of the major agricultural production bases of China. Sichuan's beautiful landscapes and rich historical relics have also made the province a major center for tourism.
Important: This program will satisfy the study abroad requirement for undergraduate students majoring in Global Communication. If Global Communication Master’s students register for credit hours of individual investigation, with their advisor’s permission, this will meet their study abroad requirement.
Program Length: 20 days
Program Contents: Three days of cultural familiarization in Beijing, followed by a two-week cultural exchange program in Chengdu, China which includes English-language classes and lecture series, intercultural communication discussions, campus tour and weekend excursions in Sichuan Province.
Program Instructors: International faculty invited to participate in the Sichuan University Summer Immersion Program.
Important: This program will satisfy the study abroad requirement for students majoring in Global Communication.
PROGRAM DATES ARE TENTATIVE. FINALIZED DATES WILL BE PROVIDED IN EARLY MARCH, 2018.
Applications open: 2/14/18
Applications close: 3/2/18, 11:59 p.m.
Program Dates: (tentatively) July 3 – July 23, 2018
Day 1: Depart Cleveland
Day 2: Arrive in Beijing; begin cultural visits
Day 3: Cultural visits in Beijing
Day 4: Cultural visits in Beijing
Day 5: Depart for Chengdu
Day 6: Opening Ceremony of Sichuan UIP, campus tour
Day 7: Sichuan UIP classes begin
Day 8: Sichuan UIP classes and programs
Day 9: Sichuan UIP classes? and programs
Day 10: Sichuan UIP classes? and programs
Day 11: Sichuan UIP classes? and programs
Day 12: Weekend excursion
Day 13: Weekend excursion
Day 14: Sichuan UIP classes? and programs resume
Day 15: Sichuan UIP classes? and programs
Day 16: Sichuan UIP classes? and programs
Day 17: Sichuan UIP classes? and programs
Day 18: Sichuan UIP classes? and programs, farewell
Day 19: Excursion
Day 20: Depart from Chengdu; Arrive in CLE
- Complete all required items within this application portal.
- Submit the completed and signed Sichuan University Foreign Student Application to Stephanie D. Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Miao Liu (email@example.com)
- Be in good academic standing with a GPA of at least 2.5 and above.
- Upload a picture or scanned PDF copy of your Passport Identification page.
- Provide a letter of recommendation from a Kent State faculty member that evaluates your suitability for the program and your ability to adapt to unfamiliar environment. Faculty may email it to Stephanie D. Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Miao Liu (email@example.com)
- Upload a paper not to exceed 600 words that answers these two questions: 1) your motivation for participating in the program and how specifically this program would support your professional aspirations; 2) how and why a current issue or policy in China might be of significant interest to the United States (the issue can be economic, political, national security, technology, immigration, etc).
International Student Dorm, Double Occupancy, Private Bathroom
COSTS & TUITION
Airfare: USD $2,000 (estimated), balance reimbursed by Sichuan University RMB 3,000
CCI Airfare Scholarship: paid by Kent State toward airfare USD $1,300
Lodging: Free (during program); paid by Sichuan University RMB 150/day
Food: Free (during program); paid by Sichuan University RMB 65/day
Insurance: USD $36
Passport: USD $135.00 (if you do not already have one)
Visa: USD $213.00 (estimated)
OGE Application Fee: USD $60.00
Lodging and food for two extra days: USD $80 (estimated)
Out-of-Pocket Expenses: less than USD $1,000 (estimated)
Stephanie D. Smith