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Alliance for Global Education: Xi'an and the Silk Road
Xi an, China
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Summer (Non CU)
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Program Sponsor: Alliance for Global Education 
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Restrictions: CU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
 Lang. of Instruction:
Chinese-Mandarin, English
 Program Type:
Direct Enrollment
 Minimum GPA:
3.0 Housing: Dormitory/Residence Hall
Fields of Instruction: Anthropology, Art History, Asian Studies, Chinese Language (Mandarin), Cultural Studies, History, International Relations, Literature, Theology, War Studies Study Abroad Advisor : Ann Hoover
Program Description:
Study Abroad in Xi'anAlliance Logo Crop
with the Alliance for Global Education:
Xi'an and the Silk Road

  • Explore China’s religious diversity, ethnic minorities, and Muslim communities through coursework leveraging Xi’an as a unique window into these realities.
  • Earn 15 credit hours in the fall or spring semesters or 8 credit hours during the summer term. 
  • Participate in an exhilarating two-week field study trip along the Silk Road:  guided by an academic expert, engage with Uighur and other ethnic minorities, navigate bazaars and open-air markets, and experience a taste of history as you ride a camel in the Gobi desert.
  • Boost your Chinese language skills and insight into local culture by living on-campus with Chinese roommates.
  • Pursue your own academic interests by completing a capstone research project on a Silk Road topic of your choosing.

An ancient imperial capital and eastern terminus of the Silk Road, Xi’an has long been an important crossroads for people from throughout China, Central Asia, and the Middle East, and thus a melting pot of diverse ethnic identities and religious beliefs.  Perhaps best known for its Terracotta Warriors, this modern capital of Shaanxi Province is home to eight million people—a thriving metropolis with a lively underground music and arts scene, and a booming aerospace and telecommunications hub. Still defined by its ancient city wall, its Muslim quarter, and its position at the heart of China’s interior, Xi’an offers students immersion in a city that is both unique within China and representative of it.

Visit our website for more information about our Xi'an and the Silk Road program, including course syllabi, co-curricular activities, student housing, and field study trips.

Apply now! Consider submitting an application for one of the Alliance's need-based scholarships at the same time as you apply for your study abroad program.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2015 09/15/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Later applications are always welcome, but colleges may need time to process your approval.