Considered one of China’s most prestigious universities, Sichuan University attracts students from around the world. Known for its spicy cuisine and panda reserves, Chengdu offers students an authentic experience of China. Courses include all levels of Mandarin language study and a variety of area studies classes. ISEP's program at Sichuan University is run by Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

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Course Description

Chinese Language Courses:

Option A—Non-intensive (beginner level only) (4 credits)

Option B—Intensive (all ability levels) (8 credits)


Elective Courses (options vary by semester, but samples are listed below):

Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society (3 credits)

Western China (Fall only; optional for ISEP students; requires Tibet Study Tour participation): The Rural and Minority Experience (2 credits)

The 20th Century History of China: 1912-1992 (3 credits)

Chinese Politics: From Historical Ideas to Contemporary Realities (3 credits)

Sino-American Relations and Problems (3 credits)

Daoism and Traditional Chinese Culture (3 credits)

Economic Development of China (3 credits)

International Business and China's Business Environment (3 credits)

Tibetian Society and Culture (3 credits)

Sustainable Development and Environment in Sichuan (3 credits)

Chinese Minority Arts (3 credits)

Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy (1 credit)

Introduction to Taiji Chuan (1 credit)

Introduction to Ping Pong (1 credit)

Kungfu (1 credit)

*Full Year or Semester 2 students have the option to enroll in an additional month of language classes at no additional tuition, but must pay the additional housing cost directly to Sichuan University.

*Courses taught by PLU staff are only available during Fall semester

Website for Course Availability

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*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    Asian Studies Chinese Studies Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other

  • Business:

    Business Management International Business/Trade/Commerce

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

    Chinese Language and Literature

  • History

    Asian History

  • International/Global Studies

  • Language and Culture Recommended!

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Natural Resources/Conservation:

    Environmental Science Sustainability Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

    Religious Studies

  • Social Sciences

    Political Science and Government

  • Visual and Performing Arts

    Art Studies

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 3 or higher
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 50
  • IELTS Score: 5
  • LPR Required
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

International students who are not native English speakers must submit a Language Proficiency Report for both English and Chinese.

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Learning

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