Xi’an, China – Spring 2019 semester


Participate in a semester abroad program to Xi’an, China through the College of Lake County and the Illinois Consortium of International Studies and Programs (ICISP). Xi’an, one of the oldest cities in China, has more than 3,100 years of history. It is also the home of the four great ancient capitals of China.

Program Description

Participants will study at Xi'an International University (XAIU) in China, taking courses in English from XAIU and CLC faculty in various disciplines. Students live in an international dorm on campus and will be accompanied by a CLC faculty member. Students will have the opportunity to travel to several sites of educational and cultural importance in and around Xi’an, including the famous Terra Cotta Warriors, the Big Goose Pagoda and the Xi’an city wall. Other cultural visits outside of Xi’an vary from year to year. Students may also have the opportunity to travel to bigger cities such as Beijing and Shanghai on their own during break times. Scholarships for the program are available to qualified CLC students who are currently at CLC.


Required Courses

• History of Chinese Society and Culture (3 credits)

This course is designed to be an introduction to a wide range of subjects of Chinese history, geography, science, technology, religion, philosophy, culture, literature, education, political, economic and legal systems. The goal is to cover each of these subjects with sufficient depth to provide students with an accurate impression of the challenges and problems that they might encounter with further studies about China.

• Chinese Literature and Art (3 credits)

The course is an introduction to Chinese literature and art. The topics covered include: Chinese literature: Early Poetry (Book of Songs and Chu Ci), Early Prose (Confucius, Mencius, Laozi, and Zhuangzi), Han to N & S Dynasties Prose and Poetry (Records of the Historian and Tao Yuanming), Tang Dynasty Poetry, Song Dynasty Ci Poetry, Yuan Dynasty Qu poetry and Yuan Opera, and Ming and Qing Dynasties Fiction; Modern Chinese Literary Works (Poetry, Essay, Drama, and Fiction); Chinese art: Music, Opera, Painting, Calligraphy, Architecture and Gardens, and Sculpture and Carving.

Elective Courses

• 2 elective courses (including all levels of Chinese) (6-7 credits)

No previous Chinese is required. Students will select elective classes taught at the XAIU campus in English with other Chinese students. These courses vary each year.

Other options for electives, taught by the CLC faculty are:

• Environmental Biology without Lab (3 credits) [BIO 140 at CLC]

• Introduction to Horticulture (3 credits) [HRT 121 at CLC]


Students will earn up to 13 transferable credits.

Trips, Excursions, and Activities


• Making Chinese Jiaozi-Boiled Dumplings

• Thanksgiving Party


• Downtown Xi’an: The City Wall, Bei Lin (Museum of Forest of Stone Tablets), Shu Yuan Men (College Gate) Art Street, The Bell/Drum Tower (Ming Dynasty 1368-1644AD), Muslim Snack Street and The Grand Mosque (Han Dynasty 206BC-220AD);

• Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses (Qin Dynasty 221-206BC),  Huaqing Hot Springs (Tang Dynasty 618-907AD) and watch Chang Hen Ge/Song of Everlasting Sorrow at Huaqing Hot Springs

• Guanzhong Folk Art Museum

• Shaanxi History Museum, Big wild Goose Pagoda (Tang Dynasty 618-907 AD)

• Cui Hua Mountain

• Yangling Mausoleum of Han Dynasty (Han Dynasty 206BC-220AD), Yuanjia Village-a typical village in north China

• Tang Dynasty West Market Museum

Room and Board

HeYuan Hotel. The hotel offers big, comfortable twin rooms which come equipped with:

• Bathroom with bathtub and Western-style toilet

• Kitchen and refrigerator

• Television

• Air-conditioning

• Internet connection

The hotel also houses a restaurant, a hotel shop and laundry facilities.


• Completed at least 12 hours of college-level coursework

• Completed English Composition or its equivalent with a B or better

• Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or better


How to Apply

To apply, please contact the ICISP representative at your home institution for an application.


Application Deadlines

Contact your ICISP representative.


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