Confucius Institute

Summer Travel - Great Wall of China

Language & Culture in China

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Language & Culture in China program has been temporarily suspended. We will update this page once we determine when the program can be offered safely. 

Two-week Study Trip

Join the USM Confucius Institute for a summer study trip to China. Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE), the partner university of the Confucius Institute at USM, will host the program in Dalian for the first part of the trip. 

The schedule in Dalian will include Chinese language classes, cultural experiences and seminars such as Chinese calligraphy and tea art, and free time to explore and experience the city. There will be tours of famous historical and modern landmarks in the region, and the trip may also include a visit to a local school or business. Participants will have the chance to experience Chinese culture up close through interactions with native Chinese students and teachers.

DUFE Sign and Tai Chi Class

 DUFE stone book and calligraphy seminar

After about 10 days, participants will travel to Xi'an to complete their trip (second city subject to change). In Xi'an, participants will explore one of China's ancient capitals. Tours may include the Terracotta Warriors, the Drum and Bell Towers, one of China's few remaining complete city walls, and the province's renowned musems. There may also be opportunities to wander, shop, and taste the local delicacies for which Xi'an is famous. 

Xi'an City Wall & Terracotta Warriors



  • Tuition, room and board, and travel within China will be covered by the Confucius Institute and DUFE
  • International airfare, visa fees, and travel insurance shall be covered by participants


  • 3 elective transfer credits from DUFE
  • International Core or Honors designation may be available through additional coursework after the trip


  • Must be a USM/UMaine System student, or a Junior or Senior at a high school supported by the USM Confucius Institute
  • Must have completed at least one Chinese course
  • Priority given to students who have completed CHI 101 or higher at USM
  • 2-week pre-trip intensive Chinese course required for USM students who have not completed CHI 101 (non-credit, $150 registration, open only to matriculated USM or UMaine System students)
  • UMaine System students may also choose to complete a Chinese course at their campus


Please note: Participants will be required to obtain a Chinese visa for this trip. Chinese visas require a US Passport that has at least 6 months of validity from the date of entry into China. If you need to apply for or renew your passport, please plan to receive it four months ahead of the trip to allow for visa application and processing.