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Iowa in Tianjin

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

- Summer


- Tianjin, China


- Resident

- 8 s.h.


- 2.8 GPA

- 1-3 years of university-level Chinese

Application Due:

- 3/15

Program Cost:

- Click the Application tab

Group of UI students on the Great Wall of China, holding IOWA flags and representing Hawkeye pride.

The Iowa in Tianjin summer program was developed by the University of Iowa Department of Asian Languages and Literature and the School of Chinese Language and Culture housed within Tianjin University of Technology (TUT). This close cooperation has created a program ideally suited to meeting the language needs of University of Iowa students.

Academic Program

The Iowa in Tianjin summer program is designed for students with 1-3 years of college Chinese language. The eight-week program includes a 4 semester hour intensive Chinese language course, a 3 semester hour Chinese area studies course, and a 1 semester hour practical course in Chinese Folk Art.

The teaching methods allow students at the elementary and intermediate proficiency levels to acquire language skills required for effective communication in a short period of time. For advanced students, this program's goal is to help develop language proficiency at a professional level.

Cultural Activities

Traditional multi course meal with various dishes

There will be a program orientation at the beginning of the session in Beijing. Students will visit famous places like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall while in China's capital. Program activities include excursions in Tianjin and the surrounding area. Toward the end of the program, participants will spend five days visiting another part of China. Past sites have included Taishan Mountain, the Shaolin Temple, and Xi'an, home of the Terra Cotta Warriors. Conversation partners from among interested TUT students are available. Homestays of varying lengths may be offered as space allows.

Program Dates

The program typically runs from June 1 through July 31

For More Information

Please come to the Study Abroad Resource Room for more general information on the steps to studying abroad. If you are ready to apply, please make an appointment with the relevant study abroad advisor. Call 319-335-0353 to schedule a meeting.

School of Chinese Language and Culture

The School of Chinese Language and Culture at the Tianjin University of Technology provides a congenial setting for a visiting student program in an environment where foreigners are still a novelty. Access to the more international scene, and to cultural and historical attractions in Beijing, are an easy one hour train ride away.


Modern hotel buildings in downtown Tianjin

The port city of Tianjin is located about ninety miles southeast of Beijing and has a population of 11 million. It enjoys a long history of major significance as a center of trade and commerce. Though it's often referred to as the "Doorway to Beijing" or the "Shanghai of the North," this metropolis' importance is growing as China increases international trade with countries around the globe.


China, officially known as the People's Republic of China, is the second largest country in the world by land area. Its 1.3 billion citizens live mostly near the eastern seaboard. China has grown and evolved for over 5000 years and, due to its growing economic power, is set to be one of the world’s superpowers during the 21st century.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Living Arrangements

picture of housing in the dorms, two full size beds in one room

Dorm Double at TUT

Students are placed at the International Student Dorm for the duration of the program. The dorms are set up hotel-style with two beds to a room. They also come equipped with telephones, internet access, a private bathroom, and access to washing machines. Other conveniences are available in the vicinity of the dormitory. Please click herePDFfor a PDF with information and images of the residence hall.

desks in the dorms, with a TV in the middle

Separate desks and a TV

Occasionally, homestays are an option. Fees for homestays will be paid to TUT in cash upon arrival in Tianjin. If interested in a living with a host family, please speak with your study abroad advisor.

Travel Arrangements

The University of Iowa will advise students on flight options, though students are responsible for making their own way to Beijing and back. Staff members from TUT will meet students at the Beijing airport. The University of Iowa will assist students with acquiring Chinese visas.


This program is open to all UI students who are in both good academic and also disciplinary standing. Students must also have a minimum GPA of 2.8 and must have successfully completed 1-3 years of university-level Chinese language courses.

Eligibility Policy

It is the University of Iowa’s policy that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and also good disciplinary standing. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad.

In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will NOT be allowed to study abroad. Any student that must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.

Program Cost Sheet

This is the Cost Sheet for Summer of 2018. This document outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: $100
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: 100%

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Application Deadline

The online application will be available from 1/1 to 3/15.

Any supplemental materials are due to the study abroad office one week later.

How to Apply

Click here to apply using the UI Online Application.

Confirmation of Participation

Congratulations on your acceptance into the 2018 summer program! Confirmation documents are due Friday March 30, 2018 by 5pm. Please complete the following and return the Confirmation of Participation and TUT Application to the Study Abroad front desk:

Please note, the Health Preparation Guide is for you to fill out in conjunction with your physician, please do not return this to Study Abroad. If you want to discuss continuation of care for an existing medical condition, allergy, or have safety concerns please contact

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343