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Study in China for a Semester or Year!


Founded in 1944, Shaanxi Normal University is a top-tier comprehensive teachers' university with considerable reputation both at home and abroad. SNU is located in Xi’an, historically called Chang’an, the originating place of Chinese civilization. The university has over 2,800 faculty and more than 60,000 students. Currently there are about 5,000 international students studying at the university.


Located at the heart of Chinese civilization in Xi’an offers the unique opportunity to witness a China in the midst of modernization, but surrounded by ancient historic sites. Students can visit the 2,000 year-old Terra Cotta Soldiers, or Tang Dynasty Buddhist temples like the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, or ride the modern subway system to the completely intact Ming Dynasty city wall surrounding the city center.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Early September to Mid January
  • Spring Semester: Early March to Mid July


Students attending SNNU will be placed in university residence halls for international students.

As SNNU is a full exchange program students will pay the Full Exchange Program Fee to Appalachian. SNNU will cover the housing costs and provide a meal stipend to students during the program.

For more information about housing and the amenities provided in the halls of residence, please visit SNNU's accommodation web page.


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
App Tuition & Fees based on your residency
Housing & Meals Full Exchange Fee
1OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60
Worldwide Health Insurance $1.45/day
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester Academic Year
Airfare $1200 - $1800 $1200 - $1800
Additional Meals $100 - $200 $200 - $400
1Personal Expenses $1000 - $1500 $2000 - $3000
Books and Materials $60 - $150 $120 - $300
Local Transportation $100 - $300 $200 - $600
Required Chinese Insurance $60 $120
Chinese Medical Exam $0 $70
Visa (for US Citizens) $215 $215
Residency Permit $0 $200
Passport $150 $150
2US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies
3Personal Travel and Spending $500 - $1000 $1000 - $2000
1Essential living expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.

Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.  To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: FallSpringAcademic Year.

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


SNNU is an intensive Chinese language program.  Students participating on this program will primarily take language classes.

  • Elementary 1 Track - Comprehensive Chinese, Oral, Listening, Speaking
  • Elementary 2 Track - Oral, Intensive Reading, Listening, Writing
  • Intermediate 1 & 2 Tracks - Oral, Intensive Reading, Listening, Writing
  • Advanced Track - Oral, Intensive Reading, Writing, Watching/Listening/Speaking
In addition to the Chinese language courses SNNU may offer some elective courses taught in English.  As these courses change each semester students should plan on just taking Chinese language for the semester.

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the SNNU program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.