IFSA/Alliance: Xi'an - Xi’an and the Silk Road

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  • Location(s): Xi'an, China
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad
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Study abroad with the Alliance in Xi'an, China! Explore China's religious and ethnic diversity through 15 credits of coursework, leveraging Xi'an as a unique window into these realities.Participate in an exhilarating field study trip along the Sil... read more

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Gained a different perspective of what "China" means. Definitely worthwhile - Ohio University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Alliance for Global Education: Xi'an - Globalization Then and Now:  Xi’an and the Silk Road
Every time I go back to China I learn more and more about the vast country. This time I learned more about the social nuances of the younger population. Rather than being a tourist I talked to and learned about Chinese students and what goes on in their daily lives. I learned how to ink paint and how to cook tradition dishes. I ... - Hamilton College View Entire Review
Not only did I gain new language skills which have already proven useful on a campus with many Chinese exchange students, but I also gained much more self-reliance. Sometimes you will find yourself in situations where you don't know how to communicate exactly what it is you're trying to say, but the learning part comes when you... - University of Tulsa View Entire Review
Although I researched before going to China, seeing it first-hand gives me a new perspective I can't describe. Studying Chinese intensively made me realize that I want to continue my studies of the language for as long as possible. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Yes, it was very worthwhile. I learned more about how my mind works and how the Chinese view different issues - Trinity University View Entire Review
I gained confidence. Confidence I could speak another language. Confidence I could make friends with locals. Confidence I could travel away from home by myself. - Temple University View Entire Review
It was completely worthwhile, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I gained self-confidence, by learning how to function in completely different environments and circumstances. I made lifelong friends, and learned more than I could have imagined when I left. - Austin College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Alliance for Global Education: Xi'an - Globalization Then and Now:  Xi’an and the Silk Road, Semester and Summer
Studying abroad made me more confident and unafraid to put myself out there. My sensitivity to other cultures has increased and it's made my interest in learning about other people increase. - Austin College View Entire Review
I definitely got a whole lot! and now I even want to go back and work over there. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Past Review
very worthwhile. I built up a social network of Chinese professors and American students, gained great references, learned tons of Chinese, and also got to experience some amazing things (ride camels, camp on the Gobi desert, bargain on the street, get first-hand experience in a very dynamic, fascinating country) - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review


Study abroad with the Alliance in Xi'an, China!

  • Explore China's religious and ethnic diversity through 15 credits of coursework, leveraging Xi'an as a unique window into these realities.

  • Participate in an exhilarating 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.

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.

Contact a program graduate to learn about the Alliance experience through a student's eyes!

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.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
  • Chinese - Mandarin
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Asian Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Chinese Language, Literature
  • History
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IFSA Scholarships

Any student applying to an IFSA-Butler program can apply for our general scholarship awards, which are $500 for a summer program, $1,500 for semester study, and $2,000 for the full year. We also offer special opportunities such as First Generation College Student scholarships and a Fill the GAP study abroad savings program that matches contributions up to $1,000.


Coincides with program deadlines

Any student who applies for an IFSA-Butler program may apply for a scholarship by completing a scholarship application. This is separate from the general IFSA-Butler program application.

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