Application Deadline & Fee

                   February 1, 2022; $75                          Application fee is non-refundable.

Program Dates

May 5 - June 21, 2022
7 weeks


Program Details

This program provides students with a serious and engaged academic learning opportunity in the Chinese language, culture, history, and society through well-designed classroom instruction, one-on-one tutoring, hands-on activities, and site visits of schools, hospitals, museums, historical sites, government institutions, media firms, and NGOs. Students will also interact directly with Chinese students, scholars, professionals and Chinese people from different disciplines and industries.

Chuxiong is known for its ancient history and for having one of the greatest Yi populations in Yunnan. Splendid mountains and gorgeous rivers are features of the city and the prefecture. It is a land of beauty and marvels. There are abundant cultural resources by combining natural beauty and historical cultural relics. The Chuxiong Prefecture Museum, the Zixi Mountain National Forest Park, the Yi ethnic group's Ten-Month Solar Calendar theme park, Yi Ocean Beach Park, Fortune Pagoda, temples, among many other public parks and sightseeing spots.

Chuxiong is also best known as the excavation site of the earliest Homo sapiens in China and its distinctive landform, the Earth Forest. Together with its neighboring counties of Sichuan, most Yi ethnic people of China inhabit in this region. Besides Yi, there are many other groups like Han, Usu, Miao, Dai, Hui, Bai, Hani, Zhuang, just to name a few. All of them together present splendid and diverse ethnic cultures.

The city of Chuxiong has a population of almost 300,000 inhabitants. UVU students will have the opportunity to be involved with and learn from the 26 diverse ethnic groups as they learn their culture and practice their communicative skills. While at Chuxiong Normal University (CNU), students will receive direct instruction by trained native educators who are conducting their practicum in Chinese as a Second Language.

Students will also visit:

  • Shanghai
  • Dali
  • Kunming
  • Beijing
  • and more

Students will see China from a different perspective and have a better understanding of China from different scenarios.

Anticipated Curriculum

*Students are expected to take at least two courses but no more than two courses

CHIN 2010 Intermediate Chinese I (4 credits)
Prerequisite(s): Students need equivalent knowledge of CHIN 1020

CHIN 202G Intermediate Chinese II (4 credit)
Prerequisite(s): Students need equivalent knowledge of CHIN 2010

CHIN 490R Special Topics in Chinese Language and Literacy (3 credits)
Prerequisite(s): CHIN 3050 and *University Advanced Standing

*University Advanced Standing - 24 credits completed, GPA 2.0 or higher MAT 1030 and ENGL 2010 or equivalent.

Program Requirements*

Must be 18 years of age at the time of departure

Minimum G.P.A.: 2.0

Prerequisite Course(s): CHIN 1010

Physical requirements: Significant daily walking to and from classes, at museums, at cultural and historical sites, etc. Climbing the Great Wall, Stone Forest, Ethic Village, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Shanghai Bund, Dali tour, etc. The weather might be hot and humid. Refrigeration might not be available for medications, substandard sanitation/utilities and facilities might be possible. Beds may not be as comfortable as American students are accustomed to. Disability accommodation is not guaranteed.

All UVU study abroad students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Students may be required to test negative for COVID-19 at their own expense by host countries as a condition for entry.

*Accessibility services vary from country to country. Contact the Office of Educationa Abroad if you require such services.

Estimated Program Fee*

Fee covers Chinese visa, housing, in-country transportation, educational materials at Chuxiong Normal University, excursions (including a boat ride with dinner on the Shanghai Bay, the Forbidden City, and museum entrance fees), all meals in Shanghai and Beijing,  Visa processing and International Insurance.


Additional Estimated Costs

The student is responsible for these additional costs
UVU tuition ($1155 for 7 credits at $165 per credit hour)
Roundtrip international airfare (approx $1200)
Meals at Chuxiong Normal University (approx $150)
Discretionary spending (approx $200)
Passport (approx $165)

Students should be prepared to pay out-of-pocket for possible COVID tests or quarantine stays if required by the host country for entry or exit.

All students are required to pay a $75 non-refundable application fee.


There are some scholarship opportunities that are available from UVU and nationally. These scholarships are competitive and have varying application dates. Please click on the following here for more information.

Financial Aid 

Pell Grants and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to the program, based on eligibility. Speak to a Financial Aid Advisor for more information (BA 105). 

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Travel Report

Students are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department’s country information webpage for the most up-to-date information on travel advisories, entry, exit, and visa requirements, safety, security, health, and other important travel factors.