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Program Information:


  • This program will not be offered in Summer 2019, but will run again in Summer 2020.
  • Discover China through the perspectives of English teaching, and Chinese language and culture learning
  • Live for five weeks in Chengdu, historical and vibrant city, home of giant pandas, UNESCO City of Gastronomy for world-renown Sichuan cuisine, and surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty
  • Participate in an overnight excursion to Mount Qingcheng Shan, a holy Taoist mountain
  • Make connections between your lecture classes and site visits to English language classrooms
  • Opt for extra workshops in Tai Chi, calligraphy, and more
  • All participants will receive the G-MEO $750 Chengdu Mayoral Completion Award at the end of the program.
  • Missed the interest meeting? View the presentation here!
  • See more photos of Chengdu!


Chengdu is located in the Sichuan province in Western China. The program will be held at the prestigious Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad on the Huaxi campus of Sichuan University, one of China’s leading universities and the earliest higher education institute in the Sichuan province, dating back to the Qing Dynasty.

A major city with a population of over 14 million, Chengdu has a thriving economy and was recently ranked as one of the most livable cities in China. It is home to world-class Sichuan cuisine, traditional tea houses, local opera houses, and many significant historical sites and temples while also offering an attractive and dynamic downtown scene and proximity to beautiful natural areas. It is also famous for the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center, the world's only giant panda breeding and research base.


Students will be housed in shared accommodation in a hotel in close vicinity to the Huaxi campus of Sichuan University.


Students are responsible for making their own transportation arrangements to Chengdu and back. Transportation on program-related field trips while in China is provided as part of the program fee.


Students and Panda
  • Courses: You will take 2 courses on this program:
    • Course #1: LING 3800: Principles and Practices for English Language Teaching in China  (prior experience in teaching is not required or expected)
    • Course #2: choice of one Chinese Language course (prior knowledge of Chinese is not required) OR one Chinese/Asian culture course  (for summer 2017, Buddhism in the Contemporary World)
  • Credits: 6 credits total
    • 3 upper-division credit hours for LING: 3800: Principles and Practices for English Language Teaching in China.
    • Depending on your choice for the second course: Chinese language course: 3 credits, lower- or upper-division (depending on your background in the language) OR Chinese/Asian culture course: 3 upper division credits.
  • Approved for:
    • LING 3800: Linguistics major or minor; core course for the undergraduate TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate; an elective course for the Education minor, Asia Geographic Area Concentration course or Off-Campus Experience course for International Affairs majors.
    • For summer 2017, the culture course Buddhism in the Contemporary World is approved for Ideals & Values.
    • Note that the Chinese/Asian culture courses can be reviewed for Engineering Humanities/SS credit, but that LING 3800 does NOT count as a Humanities/SS course.
  • Grading:
    • LING 3800 is a CU Boulder course, so you will receive letter grades
    • The Chinese language and Chinese/Asian culture classes are taught by local instructors. You will receive CU Boulder "in residence" credit as if you had completed the work on the Boulder campus. The grades you receive will be converted to pass/fail credit on your CU Boulder transcript. A grade of "pass" is equivalent to C- or better. D equates to no credit and F is a fail. The pass/fail credit earned on a CU Boulder study abroad program is exempt from college limits on student-elected pass/fail credit.
  • See Course Description

The program's two courses are offered in conjunction with g-MEO (Global Maximum Educational Opportunities). Classes are held on the Huaxi campus of Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. Knowledge of Chinese is not required.

Principles and Practices for English Language Teaching in China (LING 3800) provides students with an overview to the field of TESOL, with a focus on the dynamic context of English language teaching and learning in China/Asia. It will include bi-weekly visits to classrooms, programs and centers where English is being taught, and where students can connect with English language learners and teachers. A small-scale project will link each student with a Chinese student writing/conversation partner. The course delves into social, political and cultural-- not only linguistic and pedagogical--contexts for learning and using English in China. Many of the principles and strategies covered are also applicable to the teaching/learning of Mandarin and other second/foreign languages.

The second course is a Chinese Language or Chinese/Asian culture course. Students choose one among various course options prior to departure. The language course serves students at beginning (including students with no prior Chinese knowledge) or intermediate levels. Students who choose the language course will be assigned to a course according to their level of proficiency in Chinese. Credit will be recorded accordingly for the appropriate level (first year or second year) on your CU transcript. Credit for the Chinese/Asian culture course will be upper division.

The program begins with four evening classes held in Boulder during the month of April. During these classes, you will learn about the practical details of the trip, Chengdu’s history and culture, and the academic context of the program.


The program is directed by Maria (Mia) Thomas-Ruzic, Senior Instructor from the Department of Linguistics. Dr. Thomas received her PhD in Linguistics from CU in 1998. Her career in English language teaching and teacher preparation in the US and abroad has spanned four decades and several continents. A CU alumna and English language teacher who has recently returned from Colorado to her native Chengdu will be a liaison between our Global Seminar and English language programs in the area.

See Dr. Thomas-Ruzic's Faculty Spotlight here.


In addition to academic visits to classrooms, programs and centers where English is being taught, the program will include site visits to local cultural and historical sites. Students are also welcome to join other campus students for weekly activities organized by the host G-MEO.



  • G-MEO Mayoral Achievement Award: All students who complete the g-MEO Chengdu American Center program will be awarded this scholarship in the amount of approx.  $750 for the summer. The scholarship is provided by the Mayor's office of the Municipal Government of Chengdu. The award will be disbursed at the end of the program, shortly before your departure from China. No application necessary.

  • $600 G-MEO Merit scholarship is awarded automatically to participants with a GPAs of 3.3 or higher.





Program Reviews:
Christopher Clubb, Summer 2017 Participant
It may have changed the course of my life entirely.

Christopher Clubb, Summer 2017 Participant
The housing was a hotel by the campus. This made navigation quite simple and room maintenance a forgotten factor. I really got to connect with a new found friend by having a roommate. The struggles and triumphs we endured really helped us bond as friends. The transportation system in China will make you question what efficiency really is and how antiquated the U.S. systems seem in comparison.

Christopher Clubb, Summer 2017 Participant
The excursions we made are eye-opening to say the least. The sheer volume of cultural knowledge could be studied for a lifetime.

Summer 2017 Participant
Quality courses, Chengdu was an amazing city, locals (especially on the campus) very friendly and loved to chat, practicum experience completely rewarding

Jonah Lack, Summer 2017 Participant
Courses were excellent, the Chinese language course was incredibly helpful Location of housing in relation to campus was incredibly convenient Locals were incredibly friendly and provided excellent language practice Excursions on the weekend were a bit hectic but incredibly fun

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 01-MAR-2020 ** Variable TBA TBA

** Most programs’ applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Some programs start the admissions process earlier and fill before the deadline, and some programs’ applications aren’t reviewed until after the deadline. Check with Education Abroad staff for details.