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Chongqing, China (Short-term Summer at Southwest)

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In partnership with Southwest University(SWU), ECC students can spend two weeks in Chongqing, China on a summer immersion program into Chinese language, history, and culture. This is a competitive admission program.

Program Overview

Students on this program will earn two semester hours of credit. Classes consist of lectures and discussions accompanied by field trips and activities designed to engage students in active learning and discovery.

Participants in this program will enroll as students at SWU and complete tours and study related to Chinese language, culture and history. This is an academic study abroad and cultural tour, and students will earn two credit hours in one of the following courses: INS 100 – Topics in International Studies or HUM 100 – Topics in Humanities. The cornerstone of the program is the immersion of participants into the local community, including interaction with Chinese students and excursions, which provide an introduction to the history, culture, and people of China. This program is designed for motivated ECC students; SWU invites applications only from partnering institutions so selection is competitive.

SWU is one of the top 100 universities in China and is located by the Jialing River in the Beibei District of Chongqing, a city of more than 30 million people. SWU’s campus contains 31 colleges, 52,000 students and a large variety of academic disciplines. Chongqing is famous for hot, humid summers and is known as one of ‘the three furnace cities.’ Chongqing receives abundant rainfall, averaging 39-55 inches annually. In this program participants will be exposed to and engage in varios aspects of Chinese culture and everyday life. Participant's will have the opportunity to learn Chinese language and practice first-hand while exploring local historical sites and engaging in classroom excursions including; the ancient Ci Qi Kou village, Hong Ya cave,the Three-Gorges museum, Chao Tian Men square, and the world cultural heritage of the Dazu Rock Carvings.

Program dates

  • Two weeks of Summer Semester 2015.

Program Application Deadline

  • March 15

Admission Requirements

The program is open to serious ECC students, faculty and administrators who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in another culture. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older as of the program start date. The minimum age requirement is strictly upheld. A personal interview with the program director may be held to determine the participant’s maturity and adaptability to a foreign environment. Successful completion of the application process is required for admission to the program. Applicants must meet the following admissions requirements:

  • Strong interest in Chinese culture and language
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 semester hours
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above
  • Registered full-time for the next eligible semester
  • No outstanding financial obligations to ECC
  • No disciplinary record on file with the Office of the Dean of Student Services and Development
  • Citizen of any country other than China, Hong Kong, Macao and/or Taiwan (SWU requirement)

Preference will be given to ECC Chinese language students. This is a competitive program, and all applicants may not be selected. In the event that more applications are received than spaces available, the program admissions committee will make all final candidate selections. If a participant has special needs, the program will attempt to make whatever reasonable accommodations are possible. However, it may be difficult for those with severe physical disabilities to travel to and within China.

Academic Program

The purpose of this program is to familiarize participants with Chinese culture and language. Students enrolled in this program will complete tours and study related to Chinese language, culture and history. This is an academic study abroad and cultural tour, and students will earn two credit hours in one of the following courses: INS 100 – Topics in International Studies or HUM 100 – Topics in Humanities. Students are required to enroll in one of the courses offered through the program.

All participants will engage in Chinese language courses and be exposed to the local culture through excursions and tours. Cultural tours include visits to sites of local and historical significance.

Prior to submitting your application to the ECC Center for International Education and Programs, please make an appointment with Sean Jensen in the Academic Advising Department to select preliminary courses and review your educational plan. An appointment can be made by calling the Advising Department at 847-214-7390 or in building B room B120.

Lodging and Meals

Students will live in dormitories on SWU’s campus. The dorms feature double occupancy rooms with twin beds, a private suite bath, shared kitchen common areas and western style toilet. Linens and pillow are provided. Students will need to provide their own bathing supplies and towel. Most meals are included in the cost of the program and are supplied at SWU’s discretion based on the day’s events. Students may also choose to eat out or at the cafeteria on campus.  If students choose to eat out, there are several restaurants in the surrounding communities.


Students are required to travel with a passport and another form of picture identification (driver’s license or state ID card). U.S. citizens need a passport and short-term student visa for this program to travel to China. Students should inform ECC if they are not a U.S. citizen and, if required, obtain the appropriate visa for travel. ECC will assist with visa processing. The college recommends students use the visa service TraVisa. When completing the visa application at TraVisa's website, students should include ECC's account number: CC6012.

Failure to obtain the required documents for international travel will result in the student being unable to attend the trip.


A pre-departure orientation will be held prior to the start of the program. Orientation will cover important information related to safety, security, insurance and program expectations. Attendance is required. Orientation is held at ECC.

Program Fees

The program fee is $850, subject to change. Fees cover:

  • Residence hall housing
  • Most meals
  • ECC Tuition (in-district fees only) for two credit hours
  • ECC administrative fee
  • ECC administrative fee
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Cultural programs and excursions
  • Local transportation to and from Chongqing airport
  • Mandatory Chinese insurance fees
  • Chinese transcript fees
  • Mandatory iNext insurance

Fees do not cover:

  • International airfare
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Trip interruption/cancelation insurance
  • Transportation to/from O'Hare International Airport
  • Some meals
  • Personal expenses

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid (grants, loans, other scholarships, etc.) are available to students who qualify. Students wishing to use financial aid for study abroad should contact the Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships to discuss requirements. An appointment can be made by calling the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 847-214-7360 or by visiting building B, room B156.

Please note that all fees are payable to ECC, regardless of how a student pays for the study abroad program.

Applying to the Program

To apply to the Chongqing Short-term program at Southwest, stop by building B, room B105 for the following documents. 

  • SWU Study Abroad Application
  • Financial Aid Certification Form

The most current application can be picked up from the Center for International Education and Programs in building B, room B105 or by emailing An appointment with the Director of International Education and Programs is required prior to a student's application being complete. Appointments can be made by calling 847-214-7231. The appointment will give students the opportunity to learn more about the program, ask questions, and have the study abroad application reviewed.


For more information, please contact the Center for International Education and Programs at or stop by building B, room B105.

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