The Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures strongly encourages study abroad as a means of cultural and linguistic immersion and typically recommends the junior year. Please see the Office of Study Abroad for information about programs, scholarships, and health and safety abroad, and consult with the departmental study abroad advisor in order to plan coursework.

The University of Iowa offers the Iowa in Tianjin study abroad program. This is a high quality, affordable program specially designed by the School of Languages and Culture at the Tianjin University of Technology (TUT) for students who have successfully completed 1–3 years of Chinese language study at The University of Iowa. This program provides students with a comprehensive and balanced curriculum, combining classroom instruction with field trips, language partnerships, and extracurricular activities. The program operates during fall and spring semesters. The Iowa in Tianjin summer program is an eight-week program including an intensive language course, Chinese area studies, and a practical course in Chinese folk art.

The CIEE Intensive Chinese Language program is designed to enable intermediate and advanced language students to increase their Mandarin proficiency while exploring Beijing’s role in the greater Chinese society. Peking University in Beijing, China, is one of the oldest and most recognized intensive Chinese language programs. The Peking University Center for Teaching Chinese houses over eight different language levels and many other elective courses that benefit the specific needs of each student.


Scholarships are available for study abroad programs sponsored by The University of Iowa. For more information on scholarships and funds available to help cover the costs of travel, in addition to application procedures, contact Study Abroad at 319-335-0353, 1111 University Capitol Centre.