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FDU Launches New Study Abroad Center in Chengdu, China

Fairleigh Dickinson University, partnering with Merrimack College, Concordia University, Norwich University, and Sichuan University, will open a new study abroad center in Chengdu, China. The center will be managed by G-MEO ( an innovator in study abroad programs in China.

The new Chengdu American Study Center will be located on the campus of the prestigious Sichuan University, a beautifully landscaped enclave in the middle of bustling Chengdu. Chengdu is a city of 14 million people located in Sichuan Province, world famous for its spicy cuisine and as the "home town" of China's Giant Panda. Students will have an opportunity to visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center and get "up close and personal" with a real, live panda cub.

FDU students will pay their regular home campus tuition and will be able to keep their state, federal, and institutional financial aid. Tuition covers a fourteen-week semester and a one-week tour of China during Spring Break. Spacious double occupancy rooms are available in Sichuan University’s international dorms for only 385 USD per month.

To celebrate the creation of the new center, the Chengdu City Government is offering all students a special scholarship of 10,000 RMB (1,500 USD), which can be used to cover the cost of room and board while in China.ourteen-week semester and a one-week tour of China during Spring Break. Spacious double occupancy rooms are available in Sichuan University’s international dorms for only 385 USD per month.

In order the accommodate the Chinese New Year celebrations, the Chengdu American Study Abroad Center will operate on a modified academic calendar, running from February 25 to May 29, 2013.

Courses will be offered in business, communication, science, humanities, social science, criminal justice, Chinese language and culture, and other fields. Fairleigh Dickinson University will be responsible for offering the courses in business and communication, while partner institutions will take responsibility for other disciplines. Sichuan University faculty will offer the Chinese language and culture courses. All courses will be taught in English. 

Students will have an opportunity to apply for internships with corporations in the Chengdu industrial and high-tech zones, home to more than 160 Fortune 500 companies, which will enhance their studies and their resume. Social service opportunities with local NGOs will also be available. 

China is becoming one of the most popular destinations for study abroad. During a trip to China in November 2009 President Barack Obama pledged to send 100,000 American students to China over the next four years -- a number that would match, approximately, the number of Chinese students who come to the United States each year. Obama said, "China will have a much more important voice in world affairs in the coming years, and we need more Americans who can speak the language, who understand China, and who can do business more effectively with the Chinese." 

According to Jason Scorza, Vice Provost for International Education, "Although the goal may not be achievable in the time frame proposed by the President, FDU is striving to contribute to this ambitious and laudable objective."

To apply, contact Brian Swanzey, Director of Study Abroad, at

For more information about the Chengdu American Study Abroad Center, visit:



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The deadline for Spring 2013 is November 1, 2012
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