Taylor students visit Xi'an, China during spring semester

China Semester Program

Taylor’s China Semester Program allows students to study in the country with the largest population and second largest economy—a rare opportunity for U.S. students. Open to students of all disciplines, this cross-discipline program immerses students in Chinese culture, while allowing them to take general education and language courses. Students will live and study in historic Xi’an [SHEE-AHN], the original capital of China, and have the opportunity to explore fast-developing, modern Chinese cities during a study tour.

The China Semester is only offered during spring; however, students interested in prolonged study in China can choose to add an internship / practicum during the summer following their China Semester. The optional practicum would provide real work experience in China—a phenomenal piece for a resume, especially for business, TESOL, history, and social science students.

Offered: Spring Semester
Location: Xi’an, China
Cost: The study abroad semester’s cost is similar to the price of a Taylor semester (tuition, room & board, insurance cost).

*These costs include round-trip airfare, fees for all class-related activities, and class-related travel within China.
Emphasis: General Education – Art, History/Culture, Chinese Mandarin, Cross-Culture Travel

Students will live in apartments near where classes are taught and near where a number of Western workers (teachers, business people, language students) live. The apartments are close to a subway stop and numerous local restaurants, and there are at least three international Christian fellowships within walking distance.

China Courses

Classes will start around the beginning of March (depending on Chinese New Year) and finish at the end of May. Courses will be offered in a fourteen-week semester with an embedded two-week tour of major cities in China (see Travel section).

As a liberal arts study abroad program, the China Semester allows Taylor students to complete a variety of Foundational Core requirements. Students will participate in Chinese calligraphy, Chinese history and culture, China travel, and beginning (II*) and intermediate (I & II) Chinese language classes. All coursework is accredited by Taylor.

While part of the immersion experience, students will gain a competency in listening to, speaking, reading, and writing the Chinese Mandarin language—focusing on listening and speaking.

*Students should take Beginning Chinese I prior to their trip.


All China Semester students will spend most of their time in Xi’an. Xi’an—sometimes referred to as the “St. Louis of China,” i.e. the “gateway to the West”—was the capital of several early Chinese dynasties, the traditional end of the historic Silk Road, and the cultural gateway between the East and West of the People’s Republic of China. It is more culturally diverse than some other areas of China such as the Han east, Tibetan southwest, and Muslim northwest come together in Xi’an. Xi’an has more than 42 institutions of higher learning with approximately 1.3 million students.

Students studying in China will also travel to several other China destinations (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, etc.) during a two-week China study tour. They will visit Chinese companies, interact with Chinese students, and observe cultural and economic differentiators.


Dr. Jeff Sherlock
Director of China Semester Program

Jeff Miller
Director of Off-Campus Programs