Important Information

Admission Requirements

The program is open to anyone with a strong interest in immersing themselves in another culture. Qualified high school seniors 18 and over may be accepted into the program. College students must present evidence of a 2.75 GPA. Community members are welcome. 


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, held at Xi’an International University and meet from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday. Classes accommodate students at Elementary Chinese I and II, Intermediate Chinese I and II. 

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. 

Program Directors/Faculty

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

The Culture and Civilization of China class will be taught in English by COD Program Directors/faculty who are available daily to counsel, supervise and assist students. 


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

Housing and Meals

Students will be housed in Xi'an University dormitories which include 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 meals at Xi’an International University cafeteria with access to both a traditional Chinese or International menu. The cost for meals is not included in the program, but very reasonable; this will allow students to eat at other locations if they wish to do so. 

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 includes 

Round trip airfare from Chicago to Xi’an, China; Visa application fee; Transfers to and from airports in China; Admissions and excursions listed; Course materials; Hotel accommodations on excursions; Double occupancy lodging (additional cost for single occ.) 

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. 

Late Applicants

We welcome students beyond the application deadline, space permitting. However, additional charges may 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 currrencies or other reasons not under the control of College of DuPage.


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. Participants will need to turn in completed Visa application and passport to Program Directors, when directed. 


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. 

Trip cancellation insurance can also be purchased to provide protection against cancellations and lost or damaged baggage.  

Cancellation/Refund Policy

In the event that the participant withdraws from the program, a right to a refund is limited. All cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing and sent to: College of DuPage Field Studies/Study Abroad, Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3520, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137


Contact Information

Field and Experiential Learning, Study Abroad and Global Education
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3520
General inquiries: (630) 942-2356



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