Important Information


This program provides total immersion in the Chinese language and in the culture of China. Held in partnership with Xi’an International University, classroom instruction comes alive because the whole community serves as a giant classroom and language laboratory for students. 

The purpose of the program is to provide an integrated approach that combines intensive language study and cultural immersion through classes and cultural excursions. This combination offers students an opportunity to study the Chinese language and acquire first-hand knowledge of the people and culture of China. 


Xi’an one of China most important cities, it was the capital during the early Zhou dynasty; it became the first capital of a united China under the first Emperor, Qin Shihuang. The affluent Silk Road began here, and incoming foreign traders and emissaries brought with them an Islamic flavor that lingers today. 

Today the city of Xi’an is the capital of the Shaanxi Province with a population of 7 million, Xi’an is a main industry base of Northwest China. There are more than 500 scientific research institutions and about 100 colleges and universities. At present, Xi’an has already become a modern international metropolis with thriving economy, scenic environment, and civilized social order. 

Xi’an is located in the Guan Zhong Basin near the Yellow River basin in China. Geographically, it is high in the southern region and low in the northern. The Qinling Mountains, the dividing marker between North and South China, lie to the south of the city with a ridge ranging from 2,000-3,200 meters above sea level. It has a semi-moist monsoon climate, is colder in the winter but still good to visit the whole year round. 

Admission Requirements 

The program is open to serious students, teachers and others who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in another culture (whether or not presently enrolled at College of DuPage). Applicants are required to obtain a physician's approval as part of the application process. There will be a personal interview to determine the applicant's maturity, ability to adapt to a different environment and function successfully as a member of the group. The successful completion of the application process is required for admission to the program. College students must also present evidence of a 2.75 GPA. If an applicant has special needs, the program will attempt to make whatever reasonable accommodations are possible. 


A mandatory pre-departure orientation will be held at College of DuPage. This typically occurs over two days in May. 

Language Classes 

All students are required to enroll in a Chinese Language class. Language classes will be held at Xi’an International University in China. They will meet from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday. Classes will accommodate students at any level, Beginning -Level I and II, Mid-level I and II. In the language classes, conversation, together with grammar, is stressed in the small class setting. 

Prior to the beginning of classes, all students will be tested and placed at the appropriate level. Changes can be made if a student progresses at a faster rate or shows different learning needs. 

Culture and Civilization of China 

All students are required to enroll in this class. The course of study covers the geography, history, political and social institutions and the art and architecture of China. This class first meets at the mandatory orientation session. In China, the course will continue with guided cultural excursions to theaters, museums and other places of interest that are integral components of this class, and therefore, attendance is required. A short written report on each visit is also required. 

Faculty and Staff 

All language classes will be taught by faculty members at Xi’an International University. 

The Culture and Civilization of China class will be team-taught in English by College of DuPage faculty and the Directors of the program. The Directors are available daily, in China, to counsel, supervise and assist students. 

Xi'an International University 

Xi'an International University was founded in 1992 with the accreditation of the nation’s Ministry of Education for its diverse four-year bachelor and three-year vocational programs. It is located in the heart of the Xi’an high-tech zone boasting two beautiful campuses totaling 135 hectares, a student population of 36,000, and faculty and staff of 2,200. The academics of the University include 11 colleges with 34 departments offering a total of 101 major fields of study. 


Upon successful completion of classes, students will receive credit for, Beginning or Mid-level Chinese (4 semester credit hours) depending on placement, and Humanities: Culture and Civilization of China (3 semester credit hours.) 


Instructors at Xi’an International University will assign the grade for the language class. The Directors will assign the Culture and Civilization class grade. 

Housing and Meals 

The University has a beautiful campus; the students would be housed in the University dormitories which has comfortable double beds, desks, lamps, washroom with shower and modern toilets, and also a kitchenette. The rooms are air-conditioned and have plenty of closet space. There is no Wi-Fi but most rooms have an internet cable. Rooms are double occupancy. 

Students will have their meal at Xi’an International University cafeteria, price for meals are reasonable. Students will have access to both a traditional Chinese or International menu. The cost for meals is not included in the program; this will allow students to eat at other locations if they wish to do so. 

Discussion Sessions in China 

Time will be set aside for the purpose of discussing interests, impressions and reactions to Chinese culture. 

Activities, Field Trips and Excursions 

Activities specified in the program schedule are included in the price of the program. 

Optional excursions 

Information will be provided on a variety of optional excursions that are not included in the price of the program. 

Program Cost 

The total fee will be $4,099 plus tuition. Many types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. Check with the financial aid office for more information. 

The program fee includes: 

  • Round trip airfare from Chicago to Xi’an, China 
  • Visa application fee (Approx. $150) 
  • Transfers to and from the airports in China 
  • Admissions and excursions listed as included in the cost of the program 
  • Textbooks for the language classes 
  • Hotel accommodations on included excursions 
  • Lodging- double occupancy (additional cost for single occ.) 
  • Full-time administrative staff 

Not included in the program fee: 

  • Tuition for 7 credit hours 
  • Meals (approximately $100 -$130 for 3 meals per four weeks) 
  • Passport application fees 
  • Optional excursions 
  • Personal expenses 
  • Telephone calls 
  • Checked baggage fees 

Steps to Study Abroad 



Fill out the Application Packet and send to:
China Study Abroad Program
College of DuPage Field
Studies/Study Abroad BIC 3509
425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599 

The application packet includes: 

  • Application form 
  • $500 deposit 
  • Essay 
  • Two recommendation forms 
  • Housing preferences form 
  • Official transcript (non-COD students only) 


A $500 deposit is due with the application submission. This payment will not be processed until the application, interview and registration are complete. The deposit must be submitted to the Field and Interdisciplinary Studies/Study Abroad office. Check or credit card is accepted. (Make check payable to College of DuPage.) Additionally, students new to COD must complete the online COD Admission Form, which includes a $20 application fee. 


Upon receipt of the China Summer Study Abroad completed application packet, the applicant will be contacted to schedule a 30-minute interview with a program director. 


If accepted into the program, go to/call the Field Studies/Study Abroad office, Berg Instructional 

Center (BIC), Room 3509 at College of DuPage (630) 942-2356. You must speak to a person and ask to register for the China Study Abroad Program. 


Upon acceptance into the program, students will receive and be required to submit the following: 

  • Emergency contact information sheet 
  • Statement regarding the use of Chinese 
  • Student conduct agreement 
  • General agreement 
  • Sexual harassment form 
  • Release agreement 
  • Physician's statement 
  • Copy of valid medical insurance card 
  • Medical insurance info sheet 
  • Travel insurance waiver form 


Once registered for this program, the remaining payments can be made online, at the COD cashier's office or at the Field Studies/Study Abroad office. 

Questions regarding payments should be directed to the Field Studies/Study Abroad office at (630) 942-2356. 

First payment: Deposit $500 (+$20 for new COD students) 

Installment: March 1 $1800.00

Installment: April 1 $1799.00

Installment: May 1 $980.00


Late Payments 

Participants who fall behind in their payments by more than one week will be assessed $15 for each late payment. 

Late Applicants 

We welcome students beyond the application deadline if space is available. However, additional charges may apply. Students enrolling late must pay the application fee and the total amount due up to that point when they apply. 

Changes in Prices 

The program fees are based on air and land rates in effect at the time of writing and are subject to change without notice, due to possible increases in the cost of air transportation or land arrangements, devaluation of currencies or other reasons not under the control of College of DuPage. 

Withdrawals and Refund Policy 

  • Notification of withdrawal must be in writing. 
  • Claims for refunds must be in writing. (Actual refund amount will be determined by program directors.) 
  • The $500 application fee is non-refundable unless the applicant is not accepted into the program. 
  • The $20 new COD student fee is non-refundable. 
  • No refunds within 30 days of departure. 
  • Due to special contracts and conditions, no refunds will be given under any circumstances for unused accommodations, land transportation or other activities once the trip has begun. Substitutions are not allowed. 
  • We suggest the purchase of trip cancellation insurance. 


Air transportation is provided by regularly scheduled and approved airlines. Arrangements for travel from cities other than Chicago must be made at the time of application. 

Change in Departure or Return Dates 

No change is available for departure. Any change from established return date after ticketing would be subject to surcharge of at least $250 by the travel agency/airline. Participants need to inform us of this possibility when they submit their application to the program. 


Airline tickets will be electronically issued or distributed at the airport on the day of departure. 


Each participant must have a valid passport that does not expire for at least 6 months after the anticipated return date to the U.S. Participants are responsible for obtaining their own passports. As passports can take substantial time to obtain, apply for it as soon as possible. Information can be obtained at 


U.S. citizens and Non- U.S. citizens need a visa to travel to China. Directors will apply for individual VISAS for the group one month prior departure. Students will need to have their valid passports No later than April 1st, 2014. 


No special immunizations are required for travel to China. However, it is wise to have an up-to-date tetanus inoculation. Each participant should check with his/her physician for information regarding personal health needs. 


All participants are required to have medical insurance, which is valid outside the United States and to show proof of such insurance. 

Insurance can also be purchased to provide protection against cancellations and lost or damaged baggage. We suggest trip or cancellation insurance to cover the cost of the program if you must cancel or interrupt your trip due to illness or other reasons. 


Clothing guidelines will be provided at orientation. You do not need as much clothing as you might think. It is not wise to purchase a new wardrobe because clothing gets harsh treatment when traveling. Be sure you have comfortable walking shoes. Do pack an umbrella. Linens and towels are provided. 

Money Matters 

We recommend at least $150-$200 per week for spending money (incidentals, museum visits, theaters, concerts, etc.) plus more for when we are on excursions and if you plan to participate in optional trips. 

Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in China. Each participant should have a credit card (Visa or MasterCard) with his/her name on it in order to cover medical emergencies, which must be paid for in advance even with medical insurance. However, do not take extra credit cards, such as cards for local stores or gas cards, as you will have no need for them. There are automatic teller machines in China, which accept most ATM cards. 

Rules of Behavior 

These rules have not been drawn up to restrict freedom, but to ensure that the program is successful. The participants are subject at all times to the guidance and authority of the Directors, who have the right to enforce appropriate standards of conduct. The Directors reserve the right to dismiss any participant for reasons which appear to them to be valid in their sole judgment. The Directors shall have the right to withdraw a student from the program without refund or credit if his/her conduct causes serious inconvenience for the rest of the group or for any actions or conduct, which the Directors consider to be incompatible with the interest, harmony, comfort and welfare of others or the reputation of the program. The use of illegal drugs and/or the excessive use of alcoholic beverages are not allowed and are grounds for termination of participation in the program. Each student will be required to indicate his/her compliance with these rules by signing a separate Student Conduct Agreement. The judgment of the Directors will be final in all matters of discipline. Students may not withdraw from classes without consulting with the Directors. 

Cancelation/Refund Policy 

In the event that the participant wishes to withdraw from the program, certain penalties may apply, since arrangements for your program occur months prior to its actual departure date. Services are planned and commitments are made on behalf of all participants. Suppliers require advanced deposits and payments. Final payments for all services are sent to vendors months in advance of departure. These payments are non-refundable since contractual agreements stipulate penalties to be applied to services requested but not used. Please note that no refunds will be made for any services provided in the itinerary that you do not use. Thus, please be aware that no refunds will be issued within 30 days of departure. 

Please understand that if you change your plans for ANY reason, your right to a refund is limited. 

All cancelations and refund requests must be made in writing and sent to: 

College of DuPage
Field Studies/Study Abroad, BIC 3509
425 Fawell Blvd
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137


Contact Information

Field and Experiential Learning, Study Abroad and Global Education
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3509
General inquiries: (630) 942-2356