AIFS Study Abroad in Suzhou, China: Semester or Academic Year
Spend a semester or academic year in Suzhou with AIFS. Suzhou, China's equivalent of California's Silicon Valley, is a hub of global innovation. No previous Chinese language study is required.
Earn 12 credits studying abroad at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), the result of an historic partnership between a Chinese and British university combining the very best of east and west to prepare you for the modern world.
This China Studies Program includes courses in business, Chinese language, cultural studies, history, international relations, politics, sociology and theater.
You'll live in a university residence hall with a meal allowance included.
Enjoy cultural and social activities such as an introduction to Chinese painting and calligraphy, a Tai chi show, a tea ceremony, Chinese cooking classes and visits to museums, galleries, Suzhou's famous gardens and more.
Excursions include a day trip to Shanghai, a day trip to Hangzhou and a day trip to Zhou Zhuang Water Town. An optional 3-day Beijing Weekend Excursion is also available.
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