Language and Culture Program at Sichuan University

The Harvard China Fund offers a summer Chinese language and culture study abroad program in collaboration with Sichuan University.

Sichuan University summer Chinese language and culture study in Chengdu, China

This 8-week Chinese language and culture summer program, organized by Sichuan University, combines classes on intensive Chinese language, history, and social sciences with visits and field trips in Chengdu and to other nearby sites. Students are able to immerse themselves in Chinese language study and the culture of southwest China. The program also provides an opportunity for Harvard students to interact with other international and local students at Sichuan University.

Eligibility: All returning Harvard degree students may apply to the program and no knowledge of Chinese is required.

Funding: Free tuition, food and housing on campus will be provided by Sichuan University. Funding is available from the Harvard China Fund for international airfare.

Program Dates:Tentatively Monday, May 22 to Sunday, July 16, 2017
View a sample schedule from 2016

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

How to Apply

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Please submit the following materials to apply to the program:

  • SCU Program Application Form
  • One-page essay explaining your interest in participating in this program
  • Unofficial transcript
  • One recommendation letter, preferably from a professor, language teacher, proctor or resident tutor

Please submit all application materials through CARAT, Harvard's centralized application tool, and select the funding source Harvard China Fund - Student Internship Program. While all efforts should be made to submit the recommendation letter through CARAT, if your recommender is unable to access CARAT, please have them send their letter directly to Caitlin Keliher at or:

  • Caitlin Keliher
  • Harvard China Fund
  • CGIS S125
  • 1730 Cambridge St.
  • Cambridge, MA 02138

Harvard Extension School students who are unable to access CARAT may apply by directly submitting all materials listed above to Caitlin Keliher.

Please contact Caitlin Keliher at or 617-496-3982 if you have any questions.

Past Participants

2014 Program Past Participants:

Sarah Bolasevich
Harvard Divinity School

Meena Boppana
Harvard College

Joseph Brennan
Harvard College

Trevor Byrne
Harvard College

Johann Gaebler
Harvard College

Cyrus Motanya
Harvard College

Nhu Nguyen
Harvard College

Kavi Patel
Harvard Extension School

Dominique Voso
Harvard College

Erin Walk

Harvard College