The Summer Service Learning Program is one of the most economical education abroad opportunities available for U.S. participants seeking a high quality cultural immersion program in a China few outsiders ever experience. Minimum total expenses for both Sessions, including program fees, airfare, insurance, and travel documents is estimated at $2,800. Thanks to substantial support from Wang Foundation, Tsinghua University, and the Poverty Alleviation e-Learning Centers, the program costs are less than one-half the cost of other comparable programs.

Session One Program Fee: $1,300
 The program fee covers:

  1. 4 weeks of Chinese Language and Culture coursework/materials (80 class hours);
  2. room and board (3 meals/day)  for 30 days.

Session Two Program Fee: $300
The program fee covers:

  1. 4 days of orientation and 2 days of debriefing at Tsinghua’s main campus;
  2. round-trip ground transportation to Service Learning site;
  3. room and board (3 meals/day) for 22 days.

All participants will be responsible for providing:

  1. transportation to and from Beijing (approximately $1,000 RT)
  2. travel and health insurance (approximately $60)
  3. passports, visas, and immunizations (varies)

Participants should also plan on bringing extra funds for optional field trips and incidental living expenses during the program.

Important Note: Priority will be given to individuals who apply to both Sessions. Individuals planning to apply for just one of the two Sessions should contact their campus coordinator for further details.