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Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year
Texas A&M
Application Deadline
Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of approval to participate in this program and be able to complete post-decision (pre-departure) items prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program
Academic Area:
Liberal Arts - Economics
Academic College: College of Liberal Arts Academic Department: Economics
Minimum GPA:
Program Advisor:
Bianca Cusimano, Savannah Maxwell
Housing: Dormitory Classification: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
REEP Program Type:
Departmental Exchange
Program Description:
Southwestern University of Finance & Economics

Originally founded as the Shanghai Guanghua University in 1925, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) was moved inland during WWII to Chenghu, China. It is one of three specialty universities in finance and economics in China. As a training base for the development of the financial industry as well as the socio-economic development of western China, SWUFE has become known as “China’s financial talent pool.” Exchange students will participate in the Research Institute of Economics and Management (REIM) at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics.


Located in the city of Chengdu, SWUFE has two campuses in the city, the Guanghua Campus and the Liulin Campus. Chengdu is one of the most important economic, transportation and communication centers in Western China. With a rich history and culture, there are lots of sites and scenery for students to visit on the weekends to see all China has to offer. Everything from ancient temples, to night life, to antique shopping are all found within Chengdu.  Chengdu is even home to one of China’s biggest panda sanctuaries and has been label “the homeland of giant pandas.”
Eligibility Requirements
  • This program is limited to students in the Department of Economics
  • Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
  • Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
  • Have a minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Have a minimum Junior classification by beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
  • Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
Students can choose to study abroad during
  • Fall Semester (September to January)
  • Spring Semester (February to June)
  • Summer Semester II (June to July, 4 week program)
  • Academic year (September to June)


The Research Institute of Economics and Management was established in 2006 in dedication to high quality teaching and research in economics, finance and management. All the faculty members of RIEM received doctoral degrees from universities in the U.S., U.K., Australia and Singapore. As a result, all courses are taught in English and the faculty are quite familiar with Western culture. For a listing of courses offered at RIEM, look at page 5 of the program brochure. Courses include anything from advanced micro and macroeconomics, game theory and analysis of the Chinese economy. For the summer session, all courses are taught in English just with a smaller selection with students completing six hours of upper economic classes.

SWUFE has a vibrant student lifeWhile students are studying at RIEM, they also have the option to enroll in Chinese language courses. During the SWUFE program, excursions are included in and around Chendgu with trips being to located such as Mount Emei and the Leshan Giant Buddha.


Students have the option to live on or off campus.
  • On-Campus Accommodations
    • Exchange students are housing in the international student building on the Liulin Campus. All rooms are single bedrooms. Each dorm includes a bed, desk, wardrobe, independent bathroom with 24 hour hot water, air conditioner and internet access. There is also public laundry available in the building. For pictures of a dorm room, check out page 12 of the program brochure.
  • Off-Campus Accommodations
    • Students who prefer to rent an apartment off-campus are recommended to consult with a real estate agent located around the campus. You will have to pay a commission and all documents are written in Chinese. As a result, on-campus living is recommended.


One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
Estimated Fees Paid to Texas A&M
A&M Tuition & Fees $5,000
REEP Administrative Fee $300
Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)
Accommodations $2,344
International Airfare $2,400
Meals $513
Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies $405
Personal Spending $957+
Texas A&M Semester Cost  $13,726+
Total Estimated Summer Cost $5,767+
As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage.

 Aggie on the Great Wall

Helpful Links

SWUFE Research Institute of Economics and Management Brochure
SWUFE Summer Session Brochure
SWUFE International Student Webpage
SWUFE Campus Map and Photos
SWUFE International Student Photo Gallery
SWUFE Home Webpage
SWUFE Chengdu City Tour
SWUFE Chengdu Scenery
SWUFE Semester Estimated Costs Fall 2013
SWUFE Aggies Facebook Group
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding options
China Travel Guide
Chengdu, China Travel Guide
Currency Converter

SWUFE Friends

Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student

"I decided to study abroad as a means of diversifying my professional skills, not to mention my career opportunities. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to broaden one's awareness of the complex issues surrounding this new international/global era in which we live. It helped me perfect my language skills and gain knowledge of the political, social, and economic issues the world faces today. Furthermore, I believe the personal experiences I gained will help me to be a better leader to welcome challenges, and to challenge the status quo."

Former Texas A&M Exchange Student

For detailed information about the exchange program at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, students should contact Savannah Maxwell in the Department of Economics.

For more information from the Study Abroad Programs Office, please contact Bianca Cusimano.