Exchange Program - Chengdu University

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Chengdu University (CDU), in Sichuan Province, China, is UNH’s partner with the Confucius Institute, a Chinese non-profit educational institution housed in the College of Liberal Arts. Out of this partnership grew an undergraduate exchange program in which you can have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Chinese language and culture at an excellent university in Chengdu — one of China’s most livable large cities.  

Located in the Shiling Historical and Cultural Scenic Area, CDU’s large, gated campus is beautifully landscaped with gardens, ponds and tree-lined passages with easy access to downtown.

The city of Chengdu is a historical and cultural gem as well as an economic powerhouse, serving as  southwest China’s center of science, technology, commerce, transport, foreign investment and finance.  Chengdu also has many natural geographic advantages; it boasts rich forests, abundant agriculture and a comfortable subtropical climate, free from extreme temperatures. The city and surrounding area have countless attractions including the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Mount Qingcheng, the Temple of Marquis Wu, a Giant Panda breeding research center and sanctuaries, delicious Sichuan cuisine and much more! For more information on Chengdu University, visit


student practicing calligraphyAcademics: Exchange students strengthen their language skills at Chengdu University and deepen their understanding of Chinese history and customs. Courses are primarily focused on language acquisition and culture. To that end, teaching at CDU is not confined to the classroom, but is integrated with various field activities that provide students with access to a real language environment and local culture. Students learn to cook Chinese dishes and play Chinese games. There is a strong focus on getting to know your classmates who are also living in student accommodations.

Housing and Meals: CDU offers rooms with all the necessary facilities for international students at moderate prices. There are single and double rooms with full bathrooms and western-style toilets. Each room is equipped with an air-conditioner, telephone, TV-set, internet access and 24-hour hot water. Shared kitchens with refrigerators, microwave ovens and washers are located on each floor.

Extra-Curricular Activities: The international office at CDU holds several events for international students such as traditional Chinese music presentations or tai chi workshops. In the city, there are movie theaters, parks, restaurants, malls, and many historic sites for all to enjoy!

Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid: UNH students pay their normal tuition and some fees, which is often the most affordable way to study abroad. UNH currently allows federal, state and institutional aid except work study to transfer for all UNH study abroad programs. Because each student’s financial aid package is unique, you will need to work with the UNH Financial Aid Office to learn how your financial aid will apply.

JingliTravel and Insurance: Students purchase their flight independently. Visit the study abroad section of the CIE website for information about the UNH Insurance and Travel Assistance Program.

Eligibility: Students need to meet UNH study away eligibility requirements. Visit the study abroad section of the CIE website for details. UNH students must be approved by the Confucius Institute, meet any language requirements set forth by the host institution and be personally interviewed by the Confucius Institute Co-Directors.

Application Deadlines: March 15 for fall or academic  year.

What next? Attend a Study Abroad Information Session.  Applications are available from the Exchange Coordinator.

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