In partnership with the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP) and the College of Lake County (CLC), JALC students can spend a semester abroad at Xi'an International University in Xi'an, China. This unique partnership enables students to immerse themselves in the culture of Xi'an, one of the oldest cities in China and home to the famous Terracotta Soldiers.

Giant Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an, China

Giant Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an, China

Program Overview

Xi'an is home to one of the four ancient capitals of China, and students in this program will experience the culture and rich history of China. Study at Xi'an International University provides an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in Chinese culture by attending courses, ranging from Chinese language to humanities, on a campus of 40,000 students. Students will live on-campus with other Chinese and American students attending the University.

This is a faculty-led program; a faculty member from an ICISP member institution will be on site in China to serve as a faculty liaison to students. This program is offered only in the fall semester. Students interested in studying in the spring or summer semester in China should consider programs offered in Chongqing.

Program Dates

August-December, annually.

Program Application Deadline

May 15

Admission Requirement

This program is open to serious students who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in Chinese culture and history. Students need no previously study of Chinese to apply to the program. All students are required to register for credit and participate in all classroom activities.

Applicants must meet the following minimum admission requirement:

  • 2.75 or higher GPA, based on 12 or more credits of college study
  • Two faculty recommendations
  • English Composition completed with a grade of B or better
  • Physician's approval to travel

Academic Program

Students earn 12-13 semester hours in college credit in the semester program. All students earn JALC credit; classes taken at Xi'an International University are reflected as JALC classes on an JALC transcript. Courses are selected from an abbreviated list, though Xi'an International University reserves the right to cancel any course with fewer than five participants. Students are required to take the following courses:

  • History of Chinese Culture and Society
  • Chinese Literature and Art

Students may then choose two or three additional courses, primarily from the humanities and social science fields.

Lodging and Meals

Students will live in university dormitories with Chinese, American, and other international students. Rooms are double occupancy and each room has its own Western style bathroom and kitchenette. Students will have access to both traditional Chinese foods and Western cuisine. Xi’an International University does have a large cafeteria where students can obtain meals at very affordable prices. The cost of food, however, is NOT included in the price of this semester abroad program so as to allow students the flexibility to eat at locations of their own choosing.


A current passport and visa are required for students in the semester program. Upon acceptance into the program, students will be provided with directions on how apply for a visa.


Pre-departure orientation will be held approximately one month prior to departure and will cover important information related to safety, security, insurance and program expectations. Attendance is required.

Program Fees

The program fee for Xi'an is estimated at $5,500. Price is subject to change based on airline fuel surcharges and/or currency exchange rates. The program fee includes:

  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Visa fee
  • In-country transportation
  • XAIU tuition and fees for 12-13 credit hours
  • Faculty liaison
  • ICISP fees
  • Lodging-double occupance (additonal cost for single occupancy)
  • Cultural field trips
  • Emergency medical and travel cancellation insurance

Additional expenses not included:

  • Cost of food (approximately $500-700)
  • Personal expenses (approximately $500-$1,000)
  • Passport