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Study Abroad


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Study Abroad in China

UW Summer Intensive Chinese Study Program at Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China

Spend 9 weeks during Summer in China to experience a new culture, new language, travel to exotic places, try amazing food, intern with local companies, and get a new outlook on life. This program is especially suited for students who have completed two years of Chinese at the college level and plan to pursue a Chinese minor.  Students who have not completed this prerequisite must have a proficiency equivalent to two years of college-level Chinese as evaluated by the instructor to participate. 

During the 9-week program in China you will:

  • Explore exotic places Beijing, Shanghai, and Harbin for their amazing traditional and modern culture.

  • Study at Harbin Institute of Technology, which is one of the most prestigious universities in China.

  • Improve your language skills through 25 hours of intensive in-class language.

  • Learn Chinese calligraphy and painting, martial arts Taichi, Chinese song, Chinese knots making and Chinese paper cutting.

  • Earn up 12 credits, which will be applied for Chinese minor.

  • Live on campus with Chinese roommates, and spend time on weekends with host families to experience the authentic daily lives.

  • Participate in community service by visiting an immigrant elementary school.

  • Participate in abundant excursions and cultural activities in Harbin, designed around a specific theme.  

  • Intern at a local company to earn your first abroad working experience.

Dates: mid-May to mid-July


There is a nonrefundable $300.00 application fee. The program cost includes the following:

  • Program registration fee, tuition & learning materials

  • On-campus housing & internet

  • Cellphone and phone card (50.00 RMB for phone card)

  • Chinese student ID card, cafeteria card with 100.00 RMB and the certificate of completion 

  • Scheduled excursions and extracurricular activities

  • Program orientation and graduate reception

  • Transportation to and from airport

  • Visa application fee

 In addition to the program fee, you are responsible for:

  • Round trip airfare (Denver to Harbin and back)

  • Meals

  • Laundry

  • Travel insurance

  • 3 UW credits registration fee

  • Vaccinations

  • Passport

  • All costs relating to the social study project (including room, board, and travel expenses if staying outside of Beijing); rooms at the university are covered for students doing their social study in the Beijing area

  • The cost of passports and visas

  • Any immunizations


All students enrolled in the program who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and at least sophomore standing are eligible to receive a Cheney Scholarship. 

Additional information

Contact the program director Yan Zhang at

“I love working with the One Heart Charity. What really impressed me was how loving all the children were.  Being able to meet with them and talk to them was one of the best experiences in my life.  It made me step back and evaluate what was truly important in life.  Being able to go to China helped me in many different ways.  Not only did my Chinese greatly improve, but I also made many amazing friends. Furthermore, it helped me come out of my shell, and become open to new experiences.  Since I can speak Chinese, I will have an advantage over others in my field and have more job opportunities” Alexx Sanchez, Geology Major at UW. 

“The trip this summer was huge for me.  I had never done any real travelling before, and now that I’ve started, I never want to stop.  I got to learn so much about China. Working with the kids at One Heart Charity was so much fun.  They were so excited and that energy is contagious. I was impressed by how hard they tried to make us feel at home.  This trip was life changing and someday I hope to go back. ” Tyler Miller, Criminal Justice Major at UW.

“What most impressed me was how understanding the locals were at one’s level.  As well, as how kind and grateful they were at the attempt we made to learn.  We showed interest in their language and culture, and they rewarded us for that”. Richard Bierman, international studies major at UW.

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1000 E. University Ave

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Phone: 307-766-4176

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