Study Abroad

Exchange Program

Exchange Program fees are set based on UW-L tuition, fees, housing, and meal plan charges.  Fee inclusion varies by program.  Please refer to the Fees link on this website for more information.

Guangxi Normal University, Guilin

Guangxi Normal University, founded in 1928, is a comprehensive university integrating liberal arts and sciences, teacher-training, and adult education. The student population has 6,000 undergraduate students, 250 graduate students and about 10,000 students undertaking continued education in various areas. Among the facilities on campus are a multi-function gymnasium, a botanical garden, and a museum of minority folk customs. Guangxi Normal University is located in downtown Guilin on the former site of the Jingjiang Prince's Mansion of the Ming Dynasty, just one of hundreds of cultural relics. The University has taken the initiative in promoting international academic exchanges, one of the earliest to reenroll international students and scholars since the opening and reform policies of the People's Republic of China.

Guangxi Normal University is situated in the city of Guilin, a city rich in scenic wonders, cultural relics and renowned for "having the most beautiful landscape of mountains and rivers in China." It is the inspiration for centuries of landscape painters. The area is famous for its vertical limestone mountains and caves rising above tree-lined streets, rice fields, and the meandering Li and Taohua Rivers. Guilin has a subtropical maritime climate with abundant rainfall, many lakes, and fragrant flowers year-round.

Guangxi Autonomous Region has one of the highest concentrations of Hmong people in China, particularly in Guilin and the surrounding areas. About five hours south of Guilin is the town of Rong Shui, which features a tour of a Hmong village complete with ceremonial demonstrations. In Guilin you can visit the museum in West Mountain Park which will give you an understanding of the many ancient Chinese minority nationalities that live in the Guangxi region, each with their own way of life, customs, and festivals.

Among the sites of historical significance in Guangxi are the Lingu Canal, excavated during the reign of the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty, the Mulong stone pagoda set on the rock by the Li River during the Tang Dynasty, the mansion and tombs of the Jingjiang princes built during the Ming Dynasty, and numerous cliff inscriptions and images.

The Center for Teaching Chinese to International Students teaches Mandarin Chinese grammar and conversation at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. A series of lectures on Chinese culture are taught in Chinese with English interpreters.

Language Courses

  • Chinese Reading
  • Chinese Listening
  • Conversational Chinese

Cultural Courses

  • Chinese Painting
  • Chinese Calligraphy
  • Chinese Wushu (shadow boxing included)
  • Traditional/Folk Health Care in China
  • Chinese Folk Music
  • Chinese Handiwork
  • Chinese Chess
  • Ethnic Minority Mores in Guangxi
  • Historical Relics & Scenic Attractions in Guilin

Lectures on Chinese History and Culture

  • Guilin and Its Historical Relics
  • Ming and Qing Dynasties
  • Chinese Tourism
  • Women in China and Family Planning
  • Housing Reform in China
  • Education in China: Its Past and Present
  • Ethnic Customs and Traditions in Guilin
  • Environmental Protection in China
  • Confucianism and Its Impact on Modern Times
  • Oriental Tea Culture
  • Chinese Food Culture

The course equivalencies spreadsheets have been compiled from past approved Academic Plan forms.  They show when the course was last approved and how it transferred back to La Crosse.  You may notice that some classes satisfied several UWL options.

This list is not comprehensive nor does it take the place of  meeting with your advisor for final approval!  They are meant to be a guide of what courses may be appropriate for your studies abroad.

Housing is in the International House Apartments. Each two-bed room has air-conditioning, western-style toilet, show, kitchen, washing machine, refrigerator, TV and telephone hook-up (service not included). The Office of International Exchanges will give you a meal stipend each month to purchase food at a local grocery or restaurant.

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Before you travel abroad, you will need to obtain a passport, which will serve as proof of your U.S. citizenship. A passport may allow you to gain entry to (and exit from) other countries. Depending on the country to which you're traveling, a visa may be required as well. Entry requirements vary from one country to another. The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings specific to certain countries, and offers tips and publications relevant to travel abroad generally. Well in advance of your departure, you should also familiarize yourself with international travel health issues, and health recommendations specific to your destination.

Academic Year: September to June
Spring: February to June
For more precise dates refer to the Program Dates.

2.75 GPA minimum, 3.0+ GPA preferred
Completion of two semesters of Chinese desired, but not required
Second-semester sophomore standing (45 credits minimum)
Open to students from other universities

The program fee includes the following:

  • Tuition (12-15 credits) and Administrative Fees
  • Housing in dormitories (double rooms)
  • Meal Stipend
  • Orientation to Study Abroad Class
  • Study Abroad Health Insurance (required by UW System)
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
  • Study Abroad Graduation Sash

Airfare is not included in the program price.
Financial Aid is applicable to program fees.
Refer to Program Fees for the most current program fee.

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