Syracuse at Southwest University

SWU OLCFor students in Mainland China who are not able to return to Syracuse for the fall 2021 semester, we are pleased to offer our “Go Local” program, Syracuse at Southwest University in Chongqing.

In-Person Program dates:

  • August 28 – December 17, 2021

Program Overview

Syracuse University is excited to offer a program option through our partnership with Southwest University (SWU) in Chongqing, China. Ranked Top 50  in China and one of the “211 project” “Double First-Class” universities, SWU hosts over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and over 2,000 international students from over 90 countries. Chongqing is one of China’s largest cities, home to more than 30 million people and many cultural, historical and natural attractions. SWU is known for its reputable programs in Biology, Education, Psychology and Agriculture.

While at SWU, you will live alongside Syracuse and other students from international universities. You will take 1 to 2 in-person course electives taught by SWU faculty, while also registering for 3 to 4 courses online with Syracuse University faculty. You will receive Syracuse University credit for all coursework completed.

All classes will be held at the Overseas Learning Center (OLC) on Southwest University’s modern downtown campus in Yubei district. The OLC has been designated for students of universities outside of China who were unable to travel abroad, and it holds university classrooms and other necessary facilities.

Application deadline is Thursday, June 17, 11:59am Beijing time (Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at 11:59pm Syracuse time). Late applications will not be considered.

All program details are subject to change based on enrollment numbers and on public health guidance issued by officials in China in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Through this partnership program with Southwest University’s Overseas Learning Center (OLC) located at the International Education Center, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Study and live alongside other Syracuse University students.
  • Complete in-person and online courses that will count towards your academic degree.
  • Have access to SWU campus student services/support and campus facilities, including libraries, cafeterias, study areas, sports/gym facilities, etc.
  • Participate in SWU academic seminars on campus.
  • Spend the semester in a limited risk campus environment with COVID-19 protocols in place.
  • Meet and socialize with Chinese students from other international universities who are participating in similar programs.
  • Engage with Syracuse University students and faculty on main campus via virtual events and a peer mentorship program.

Program Restrictions

The following restrictions are in place for this program. Students who are not eligible for admission on this program will be withdrawn and will need to pursue a different program option available to them. This program is open only for undergraduate students who are unable to return to campus.

  • Architecture – Closed to all levels of students

Hear from Syracuse University students:

“I really enjoyed my first study abroad experience while in the Chongqing, China. It allows me to explore more about China and learn more in Chinese perspectives. I created unforgettable memories and made many friends while there. Plus, I think the support team here are extremely helpful, they care about every student of SU. I couldn’t be more thankful! “  – Maggie Z,  spring 2021

“Such an awesome program! All the classes offered here are especially designed for us with full-experienced professors and very helpful English fluent study assistants so we can experience a different type of teaching, and at the same time, that won’t be too unfamiliar for us. SWU and all the assistants here are super helpful for all kinds of problems we might face, life-wise, study-wise and technical-wise. Personally, I would say this is such an amazing program.”  -Ruby Q, spring 2021

Program Dates

Deadline to submit Syracuse Abroad application
June 16, 2021
Arrive at SWU
Saturday, August 28, 2021
Syracuse Main Campus: First Day
Monday, August 30, 2021
On-site Orientation
August 30 – September 3, 2021
SWU: First Day of In-Person Classes
Monday, September 6, 2021
Syracuse Main Campus: Online Final Exams
Monday, December 13 – Thursday, December 16, 2021
SWU: In-Person Final Exams 
Monday, December 13 – Thursday, December 16, 2021
Program End Date
Friday, December 17, 2021


During the semester, most students will take 1 or 2 in-person elective courses offered through Southwest University starting on September 6 and 3 to 4 online courses taught by Syracuse University professors (which will start August 30 following the SU Main campus academic calendar).

You will be able to select among a limited portfolio of courses in a range of academic disciplines in management, social sciences and the humanities.  While the final number and list of courses will depend on student interest in the program and on student academic need, we expect to offer some or all of the following courses:

  • HST/INB/PSC 480 Culture, Business and Political Economics in East Asia
  • PSC/IRP 480 U.S. China Relations: Tangled Titans
  • LIT 380 Asian Cinema
  • FIN 380 International Finance
  • GEO 180 Physical Geography
  • PHI 380 Philosophy of Life and Death
  • CHI 380 Popular Culture in Chinese Modern Literature

Students should work with their academic advisors to develop a plan for fulfilling their major/minor requirements through Syracuse University remotely, and only consider SWU offerings to fulfill any elective requirements. Students will be in classes with other Syracuse University students and all SWU courses will be taught in Chinese.

You will receive Syracuse University credit for all coursework completed and the courses will meet Syracuse University’s academic standards. During your time at SWU, you will receive academic support for your online and in-person courses from both Southwest University and Syracuse University faculty and staff. Please discuss your academic needs and requirements with your academic advisor prior to registration.

This program is not open to Architecture students.

Student Life & Support

Although you will not be studying on the main Syracuse University campus, you will still have access to our academic and immigration support services, including:

Students will have access to SWU facilities including library, cafeteria, and gym. Students can eat at the University cafeteria and/or restaurants near both housing facilities within walking distance.

SWU main campus is roughly 60 minutes away from SWU OLC by a combination of foot and subway. Both campuses are within easy walking distance of the subway stations.

SWU will host an orientation for students for Syracuse University students.

Syracuse University students will have access to SWU OLC residential student affairs staff for help and support. SWU OLC has designed activities for students who live and study at OLC including sports, games, movie nights, etc. SWU staff will be available to organize a selection of extra field trips and other activities for Syracuse University students. Students who choose to participate in these field trips will pay a fee for each trip.

Housing Details

The SWU Overseas Learning Center (OLC) housing is located at Songshuqiao in Yubei district, downtown Chongqing:

    • 4-person rooms available with shared bathroom, with access to newly developed teaching facilities, dining hall, library, sports field and smart classrooms.
    • Full semester cost: approximately US $550
    • For photos, please view: International Education Center of Southwest University 

The combined travel time by foot and subway is approximately 60 minutes between the OLC and Main campus metro stations. SWU shuttle buses are available on the main campus for transportation.

Additional Details

  • Students will pay their housing fee directly to SWU.
  • Students are responsible for their own food expenses. In both locations, meals are readily available from campus canteens or small restaurants located near the campus.
  • Please note that the housing registration process begins after the SWU enrollment deadline with Syracuse Abroad. 
  • Specific program details are subject to change based on public health guidance issued by officials in China in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuition & Fees

The cost of attendance is an estimate of what it will cost for you to attend Syracuse at SWU for the fall 2021 semester. The cost is comparable to studying on Syracuse Main campus for the fall 2021 semester.

The Syracuse at SWU program follows the same payment deadlines as the main campus. The fall 2021 invoice will be emailed to your Syracuse email address on June 14. If your invoice does not yet reflect your SWU charges, your account will be updated soon.  You can view your updated account in MySlice, where you can also make payment.  Unless you are on the payment plan, the bill due date is July 23, 2021.

Direct (Billable) Costs
Syracuse University Tuition (12 – 19 credit hours):  US $27,960
Program Fee: US $800
Total Direct (Billable) Costs: US $28,760 (plus housing)
Non-Billable Costs (These are estimated personal expenses and vary according to individual spending habits)
Housing Fee: OLC housing is approximately $550 (will be billed by SWU in RMB; the fee depends on location, amenities and number of students per room)
Meals: $1,100
Books/Supplies: $50
Personal Expenses and Travel: $1,500
Subtotal: $3,150
Estimated Total Program Cost

The program fee of US $800 covers the following:

  • Access to campus WIFI
  • Mandatory physical exam
  • Mandatory insurance for students
  • Student support services
  • Some activities for Syracuse students at SWU

The fee does not cover housing ; students will pay SWU directly for housing.

You can download a PDF copy of the Tuition, Fees, and Related Policies Bulletin for the 2020-2021 academic year here.

Apply now!  The application deadline is Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at 11:59pm Syracuse time/Thursday, June 17, 11:59am Beijing time. Late applications will not be considered.