Courtesy of Gary Liang

Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE)


ChenDu, China


The Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) is a top university specialized in finance, economics, and business. It is known for its entrepreurial character and unremitting endeavours to address the needs of the people and society through academics, research, and influence on alumni, drawn from the legacy of its founders and generations of excellent alumni. The Research Institute of Economics and Management (RIEM), with which the ASB has a direct partnership, was established in 2006. RIEM is dedicated to high-quality teaching and research in economics, finance and management.

SWUFE is located in Chengdu, the engine-city for the development of Western China and the fourth-largest aviation hub in China.

Academic Areas of Expertise/Focus

Finance, Economics, Business Administration and Accounting


BCom or MBA

Available Spots

4 semester spots/academic year

Special Admission Requirements


Approximate Term Dates

Semester 1: September - early January
Semester 2: late February - end of June

Summer Program Option

SWUFE International Summer School


Full-time Course Load: 4-6 courses/semester

Language(s) of Instruction: English

Course Restrictions: Exchange students are permitted to take non-business courses from other faculties

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Special Funding

Funding support from SWUFE RIEM for exchange students from the Alberta School of Business in the form of up to CNY10,000 (~CAD $1,900) for airfare reimbursement and a housing stipend of CNY2,500 (~CAD$500) for up to 5 months.

Student Feedback

Past Participant Reports (requires login with UofA CCID)

Destination Overview (averages based on 1 review by past participants):

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Cost of Living compared to Edmonton

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Recommended to Other Students

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"It is very important to have the coordinator's contact before you get to Chengdu. I suggest you add them on Wechat and ask them any questions you might have before arriving. The coordinator will add you into a Wechat group with other international students, and share important announcements in the Wechat group."