G-MEO has created an English language, US-style learning environment, The Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad. Located in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province in China's Southwest, the Center is the pioneering idea of Global Maximum Educational Opportunities, Inc. Co-founder and Chairman Dr. David Chang. The Center will have American University, Concordia University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Merrimack College and Norwich University as Principal Partners, which will offer a range of their courses, making credits easy to transfer. The prestigious Sichuan University, one of the leading universities in China and the earliest higher education institute in Sichuan, dating back to the Qing Dynasty, is the host institution. The Center is located on the University's beautiful, downtown Huaxi campus, in one of its stately old buildings. You will study with a mix of other Americans and students from Sichuan University.
The Center is scheduled to have its grand opening in May 2012, with its inaugural semester in Spring 2013.
Dr. Ge Honglin, the Mayor of Chengdu, looks forward to welcoming all American students from member institutions of the Chengdu American Center of Study Abroad (Click here to see a copy of his welcome letter in English). He has also pledged to award a special scholarship to all students who will spend one semester or more at the center (Click here to read a news release on the subject) starting Spring 2013.
Enrollment at the Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad is open to students from membership institutions only. If you are interested in attending, please contact the Study Abroad Office at your university. Applications for the Fall 2014 semester are being accepted until April 15, 2014. Click here to learn more about institutional membership at the new Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad.
Chengdu is a city rich with research opportunities and internships with some of the leading civil society organizations and Fortune 500 companies. Please CLICK here to see a list of internships which you can apply for today.
Standard double occupancy rooms for international students at the Sichuan University Huaxi Campus in downtown Chengdu. Single occupancy rooms are available at extra cost. Please reserve early to secure your room.
All students attending the g-MEO Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad during the Spring 2014 semester will be awarded a scholarship in the amount of $1500 (USD). This scholarship is being provided to students attending the program by the Mayor's office of the Municipal Government of Chengdu. No additional material is required from students during the application process to receive this scholarship.
Available upon request. Click here for what is included in the program fee, additional expenses including meals, airfare and miscellaneous costs.
April 15th for Fall 2014.
Chengdu has a population of over 14 million, and is a booming economic center. China's "Go West" policy aims to build Chengdu into a financial and cultural center on par with Beijing and Shanghai. It abounds with urban energy and entrepreneurial dynamism; its new subway system opened in 2010. Yet with a balmy, sub-tropical climate and a slower pace than Beijing or Shanghai, Chengdu is known for its quality of life. It is famous for its world-class cuisine, leisurely tea houses, local opera and historic temples.
Chengdu is a regional transportation, logistics and export hub, and has five industrial and high-tech zones, which are home to more than 160 Fortune 500 companies. The IT sector, including software and semiconductors, has grown particularly rapidly. Other industries include automobile manufacturing, aviation, petrochemicals, new energy, new materials and bio-pharmaceuticals. These close-by industrial zones offer opportunities for internships and hands-on experiences.
It is also easy to escape Chengdu to hike or cycle through timeless rural villages, Buddhist and Taoist temples and monasteries, and mountain preserves. For those interested in wildlife and biodiversity, Chengdu is close to the Giant Panda Breeding Center and the Wolong Nature Reserve. There are two recently excavated archeological sites - Sanxingdui rivals the terracotta warriors of Xian in importance, with breathtaking bronze objects over 4,900 years old. These nearby sites can also form part of your studies.
Further afield in Sichuan, to the north, there's the Jiuzhaigou Valley, a national park with breathtaking blue lakes, waterfalls, forests, and snow-covered mountains. To the south, Emei Shan, one of China's four most famous Buddhist mountains. To the west there are the high-grasslands and the Himalayas, home to ethnic Tibetans. And Chengdu is a perfect launch pad for trips further afield to Guangxi and Yunnan, home to more minority peoples.
You can visit the Giant Panda Breeding Center and the Wolong Nature Reserve, and the recently excavated Sanxingdui archeological site. You can also spend a day on the trails at Qingcheng Shan, a holy Taoist mountain. Outdoor activities abound – nearby rural villages, the spectacular Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park and Emei Mountain, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. You will also spend one week visiting other cities in China.
Spring 2014 Semester: February 24-May 30. Arrival day: February 17-18. Orientation and registration: February 19-21. There will be 2-3 days of mandatory on-site orientation before the start of classes.