Chengdu, China

Program Calendars

Chengdu, China | 2016-17 Yearlong

Program Deadlines
September 1, 2015 Early Admission Period Begins
April 15, 2016 Fall Position Hold Refund Deadline | Regular Admission Period Begins
June 15 Application Deadline
July 15 Fall Balance Due Deadline
Fall Option Tour/Field Study Registration Deadline
August 9 Fall Cancellation Deadline
September 1 Spring Position Hold Payment Due/Refund Deadline
December 1 Spring Balance Due Deadline
Spring Option Tour/Field Study Registration Deadline
December 25 Spring Cancellation Deadline
Program Dates
August 23, 2016 Departure from the US on optional group flight (if on the optional tour)
August 24 Arrival in Beijing required by 5 pm (if on the tour)
August 24 - 29 Optional Beijing Tour
August 29 Arrival in Chengdu (all students)
Move into program housing (all students)
August 30 Mandatory orientation
Tour of campus
August 31 Fall courses begin
September 5 Field trip—Chengdu city tour and Panda Research Institute
September 15 Mid-Autumn Festival Holiday - no classes
September 17 Field trip—Sanxingdui Museum
October 1 - 3 Chinese National Holiday—no classes
October 21 - 22 Field trip—Qingcheng Mountain, Dujiangyan Irrigation System, and Qiang Minority Village
November 9 - 12 Optional Xi'an Field Study (subject to minor date changes)
November 12 Field trip—Yellow Dragon Town
December 12 - 16 Fall final examinations
January 10 - 13, 2017 Optional Hong Kong and Macau Tour
January 16 Spring courses begin
January 21 Field trip—Chengdu city tour and Panda Research Institute
January 28 - 31 Chinese New Year Holiday—no classes
February 11 Field trip—Luodai Ancient Town
February 25 Field trip—Jinsha Museum
March 3 - 4 Field trip—Leshan Buddha and Emei Mountain
April 4 Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day) - no classes
May 1 International Labor Day—no classes
May 8 - 12 Spring final examinations
Program end date coincides with date of last final exam
May 14 Last day to move out of housing
Open return Students establish their own date of return

See Ready to Apply for additional information about the application process and Money Matters for more details regarding payment and cancellation deadlines.

USAC reserves the right to make adjustments to fees or deadlines at any time. If a program fills earlier than anticipated, USAC may move up the position hold payment deadline date to secure students’ placement in the program.

Occasionally dates need to be changed or field trips modified. Refer back to this calendar often for the most current dates.

Quick Details

2017-18 App. Cycle

Summer I (5 weeks): Open

Summer I & II (9 weeks): Open

Summer II (4 weeks): Open

Fall or Yearlong: Open

Spring: Open


Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type



U.S. Credit

Program Capacity