Application Deadline & Fee

                   February 1, 2023; $75                          Application fee is non-refundable.

Program Dates

Travel: May 2 - June 20, 2024    Online Course: First Summer Block


Program Details

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

Chuxiong is known for its ancient history and for having one of the greatest Yi populations in Yunnan, a beautiful land of beauty and marvels with splendid mountains and gorgeous rivers. Students will see abundant cultural resources by combining natural beauty and historical cultural relics in the Chuxiong Prefecture Museum, the Zixi Mountain National Forest Park, the Theme Park of Yi ethnic group's Ten-Month Solar Calendar, and 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--Earth Forest. Together with its neighboring counties of Sichuan, most Yi ethnic people of China inhabit this region. Besides Yi , there are many others 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 and learn from the 26 diverse ethnic groups as they learn their culture and are able to practice their communicative skills. While at 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
  • Xi'an
  • 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)

CHIN 202G Intermediate Chinese II (4 credit)

CHIN 490R Special Topics in Chinese Language and Literacy (3 credits)


Course pre-requisites may be waived for students admitted into the study abroad program by the faculty program director

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 usually hot and humid. The refrigerator might not be available for medications, substandard sanitation/utilities and facilities might be possible, especially the beds might be too hard to American students. Disability accommodation is not guaranteed.

Each international destination has its own Covid-19 rules and it is the traveler's responsibility to find out what is required. UVU will not be responsible for covering the cost of hotel quarantine or COVID testing in foreign destinations. Students may be required to test negative for COVID at their own expense by host countries as a condition for entry.

*Accessibility services vary from country to country. Contact the Office of Education Abroad if you require such services. Students with significant physical or mental health needs should discuss their suitability for study abroad travel with their medical professional, UVU Student Health Services, UVU Accessibility Services, and/or family before making the decision to apply.

Estimated Program Fee*

The program fee covers a few group meals, in-country transportation, excursions, Chinese visa application fees, and international insurance. The program fee does not include the listed Additional Estimated Costs. 



*This cost is tentative and based on program plans and the exchange rate at the time it was posted. This cost may or may not be updated due to exchange-rate fluctuations, program revisions , and program date changes.

*Within 5 days of acceptance into a Study Abroad program, you will be required to pay a $500 non-refundable commitment deposit to confirm your spot. See the Refunds and Cancellation policy.

Additional Estimated Costs

The student is responsible for these additional costs:

  • UVU study abroad tuition* ($1155 for 7 credits at $165 per credit hour)
  • International Flight (approx $1200-$2000+)
  • Meals (approx $150 for meals)
  • Discretionary spending (approx $100 - $500 based on personal spending needs)
  • Passport ($165)

Students over the age of 73 at the time of travel may be required to purchase a supplemental international health and evacuation insurance plan through GeoBlue (approx $200-$500+)

Students should be prepared to pay out-of-pocket for travel disruptions including lost luggage, possible COVID tests or quarantine stays if required by the host country for entry or exit, missed flights, etc.

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


*UVU study abroad tuition is charged as an additional study abroad fee in your student account. It is separate from the study abroad program fee and regular UVU summer tuition. It is not factored into the "equal payment" calculation of the UVU Tuition Table. Study Abroad students are advised to only take study abroad courses during the block of their study abroad program.


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

Financial Aid 

Pell Grants and Student Loans may be applied to the program, based on eligibility. Speak to the UVU Study Abroad Advisor (LA 111) and a Financial Aid Advisor for more information (BA 105).

UVU Faculty/Staff Dependent Tuition Waiver benefits may not be used to pay for study abroad tuition or fees.

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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.