Exchange Program - Chengdu University

seal of Chengdu UniversityChengdu 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! 

UNH Exchange programs are suitable for students with strong leadership skills who want an immersion experience studying with local students, relying on local services with no management or oversight by UNH or other U.S. provider. 

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: Room and meals are paid in country.  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.  UNH currently allows federal, state and institutional aid — except work study — to transfer for all UNH Managed, UNH Exchange and UNH Approved programs abroad. You will be able to factor in airfare as an educational cost and consider the cost of living in your host country for your estimated expenses.

In addition, there are study abroad scholarships available! Please visit the Scholarships & Fellowships page for information about UNH and external funding for study abroad.


Travel and Insurance: Students purchase their flight independently. Visit Int’l Polices and Travel Resources section of the UNH Global website for information about International Insurance.

Eligibility: Students need to have a minimum of a 2.75 gpa and meet UNH study away eligibility requirements. Visit the Start section of the UNH Global website for details.

Application Deadlines: A fall semester or academic year exchange.  Submit exchange application in Via by March 5 for fall semester or academic year.

What next?  To find out more details about exchanges, attend a Study Abroad Information Session, held every Tuesday or Thursday at 12:45PM, locations vary.   After you’ve attended an information session and researched the exchange, set up an appointment with Catherine D’Auteuil in myWildcat Success or come to our walk in advising hours. 

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