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  • Locations: Ya'an, China
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2020 02/14/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2020-2021 02/14/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Chinese, English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Required: 3.0
APA Program Type: International Exchange APA Advisor: Marissa Baham
Program Description:

Sichuan Agricultural University


Sichuan Agricultural University (SAU) is an educational institution of higher learning with a long history (founded in 1906). It has been selected by the Chinese government as one of the 100 top universities in the country to receive special funding under the National Project 211 program.

Beautified by green mountains and blue rivers, SAU is situated in the well known city of Ya'an, the hometown of Giant Panda and the cradle of Tea Culture of the world, named as one of China's top ten glamours cities. Connected by express highway, Ya'an is 148 km away from Chengdu (about 80 minutes' drive), the capital city of Sichuanprovince, and 130 km away from the Shuangliu international airport.

The main objective of the university is to train agriculturalists at different levels. 

Fast Facts

Location Population Enrollment Language of Instruction
Ya'an, China 1,530,000 40,000 English, Chinese


List of degree programs:

  • Chinese Language Training
  • International Economics and Trade
  • Water Conservancy and Hydropower Engineering

Course Offerings

Language Requirements

None for classes offered in English or Chinese Language Learning Program.

Special Academic Conditions


Program Dates

Academic Year Semester 1 Semester 2
September - June September - December March - June

Program Type & Cost

Bilateral exchange (a direct exchange agreement between LSU and the host university).  

Charges on your LSU Fee Bill

  • $200 application fee
  • LSU tuition and fees
  • $100/semester concurrent enrollment
  • $275/semester health insurance

Other charges (not paid to LSU)

  • Housing and meals (paid to host university)
  • Student visa
  • Airfare
  • Weekend travel and spending money

TOPS and most financial aid applies.  Talk to the Office of Student Aid & Scholarships to see what aid you have available.  You will also want to check out this list of study abroad-related scholarships.

Housing & Meals

The university supplies apartments for foreign students.  

  • RMB 40 per day/person (about $7) if the student stays in less than 2 months
  • RMB 30 per day/person (about $5) if the student stays more than 2 months
  • RMB 4,000 (about $645) for long-term students who stay for a year (excludes fees for gas and water)

Students can go to any of the various dining halls on the campus. Food costs RMB 300-500 ($50 - $80) per person per month.