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Extended to: 04/15/2014
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15 semester / 22.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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03/02/2015 - 06/13/2015
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11/01/2014
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Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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Program Overview

Program Overview

You can get a lot done in 5,000 years, just ask the Chinese! They invented tofu, toilet paper, movable type, and more – changing the world in the process. In Shanghai, you’ll learn about China’s dramatic emergence on the world stage, study Chinese language at your level, and live with a Chinese family or students. Whether you’re into the humanities or social sciences, you’ll get to know this vibrant country, and continue your growth into a global citizen.

Study abroad in Shanghai and you’ll:

  • Choose from a wide range of English-taught courses in international affairs, Chinese politics, economics, history, and society
  • Study Mandarin Chinese at all levels with support from peer language tutors and language clinic instructors; or choose not to study a language and focus entirely on area studies coursework
  • Learn outside the classroom through a weeklong excursion to Taiwan, and develop new perspectives about cross-strait relations
  • Live with a Chinese host family or on-campus with a Chinese or program roommate
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants
  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants

    For minority students from minority-serving institutions who demonstrate financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies

    For high-achieving students who want to study in one of 19 locations in Africa, Asia, or Latin America, or pursue comparative studies in such areas as religion or business

  • Bowman Travel Grants
  • Bowman Travel Grants

    For students who want to pursue study abroad in Africa, Asia Pacific, the Caribbean, or Latin America, and who demonstrate financial based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships

    The Michael Stohl Research Scholarship is awarded to students studying for a semester or year who are self-identified as a 1st generation college student, demonstrate financial need, are a non-traditionally aged student, have a non-traditional background, and/or are planning to conduct research as part of the study abroad program. Preference is given to students from public higher education institutions. Awards range from $1000-$5000, depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Choose from a wide variety of English-language courses ranging from East Asian studies and economics to history, political science, cinema, and gender studies. You can also elect to study Mandarin, partake in an internship, or pursue your interests through independent research.

Excursions and Cultural Activities

study abroad in China

You’ll love exploring the diverse environments and cultures that make up China. Spend a weekend visiting the Forbidden City in Beijing or the Ming Mausoleum in Nanjing. Choose an exciting weeklong trip. You might get involved with a service-learning project in a minority village, work with an organization helping to improve conditions in impoverished rural communities, or travel to Taiwan to study its unique mixture of Chinese and Japanese culture. While in Shanghai, you’ll visit local Chinese companies and factories, government agencies, museums, art exhibitions, and theaters. Other group cultural activities include an acrobatics show, river cruise along the Bund, a Chinese and CIEE student talent show, international student sporting events, and group meals with Chinese roommates and families.

Internships

Gain real-world work experience and insight into how businesses are run in China. You might participate in data collection for FTI-International Risk, a risk mitigation organization; lend project management support at Asian Sourcing Link, the world’s leading supply chain management company for promotional products; or work for Broadway International, a sales, marketing, and manufacturing company.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Fall 2014 (15 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
08/31/2014
12/14/2014

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Fall 2015
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$14,250

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, transportation and accommodation during the week-long academic field trip, peer language tutors, Chinese Language Clinic, guest lectures, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$11,974
Housing ***
$1,650
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$213

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes breakfast and dinner during the week and most weekends for homestay students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,200
International Airfare **
$1,700
Local Transportation ***
$200
Books & Supplies ****
$50
Personal expenses
$2,100
Other *****
$150

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in residence halls; students placed in homestays should budget $550 for lunches

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** students enrolled in internships should budget $500

**** language books and area studies readers are free

***** onsite visa change/extension fee; for academic year students or for those that do not receive a multiple entry visa or a visa to cover the duration of the program pre-departure.

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Spring 2015 (15 wks)
11/01/2014
03/02/2015
06/13/2015
$14,250

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, transportation and accommodation during the week-long academic field trip, peer language tutors, Chinese Language Clinic, guest lectures, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$11,974
Housing ***
$1,650
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$213

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes breakfast and dinner during the week and most weekends for homestay students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,200
International Airfare **
$1,700
Local Transportation ***
$200
Books & Supplies ****
$50
Personal expenses
$2,100
Other *****
$150

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in residence halls; students placed in homestays should budget $550 for lunches

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** students enrolled in internships should budget $500

**** language books and area studies readers are free

***** onsite visa change/extension fee; for academic year students or for those that do not receive a multiple entry visa or a visa to cover the duration of the program pre-departure.

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Spring 2016
11/01/2015
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2014-2015 (41 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
08/31/2014
06/13/2015

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2015-2016
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$27,100

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, transportation and accommodation during the week-long academic field trip, peer language tutors, Chinese Language Clinic, guest lectures, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$23,074
Housing ***
$3,400
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$213

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes breakfast and dinner during the week and most weekends for homestay students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,400
International Airfare **
$1,700
Local Transportation ***
$400
Books & Supplies ****
$100
Personal expenses
$4,200
Other *****
$150
Expenses during break ******
$900

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in residence halls; students placed in homestays should budget $550 for lunches

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** students enrolled in internships should budget $500

**** language books and area studies readers are free

***** onsite visa change/extension fee; for academic year students or for those that do not receive a multiple entry visa or a visa to cover the duration of the program pre-departure.

****** academic year students are responsible for meals during the semester break

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • There is no language prerequisite for this program
  • 1 college-level Chinese area studies course recommended
  • Students who are citizens of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan ROC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau are welcome and should contact the CIEE Study Abroad Advisor about special entry requirements
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for a standard course load during the semester is 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours, and for the academic year is 30 semester/45 quarter hours. Students with written approval from their home school advisor and the Center Director may take up to an 18 semester/27 quarter hours.

Chinese language courses meet for 90 contact hours, with a recommended credit of 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

Elective courses in English and Chinese meet for 45 contact hours, with a recommended credit of 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

The Organizational Internship meets 45 contact hours, with a recommended credit of 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Directed Independent Research requires 135 hours of research, with a recommended credit of 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

A full course load is typically four to five courses. Students on this study abroad program must include two electives beginning with an East Asian studies (EAST) discipline code. In addition, students may choose:

  • Three additional 3-credit courses taught in English or Chinese, including the Organizational Internship*
  • One additional 3-credit course taught in English or Chinese and one 6-credit Chinese language course at the appropriate level

*Students who choose this option and who have not completed one semester of college-level Chinese or demonstrate equivalent proficiency are required to include the 3-credit Communicative Chinese elective.

Course Load Examples for Semester Students:

Chinese Film and Society: 3 credits
Political Development in Modern China: 3 credits
China’s Economic Reforms: 3 credits
Modern Chinese History: 3 credits
Issues in Chinese Society: 3 credits
Total: 15 credits

Communicative Chinese: 3 credits
Classical Chinese: 3 credits
Political Development in Modern China: 3 credits
China’s Economic Reforms: 3 credits
Organizational Internship: 3 credits
Total: 15 credits

Chinese—Beginning I: 6 credits
China's International Relations: 3 credits
Political Development in Modern China: 3 credits
China’s Economic Reforms: 3 credits
Total: 15 credits

CIEE reserves the right to place participants in the language course for which the student is best prepared based on the results of language proficiency exams administered during the orientation period.

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About the City

About The City

China’s most developed metropolis is a wondrous, neon-light-filled mix of East and West. Perched on the banks of the Huangpu River and the East China Sea, Shanghai is China’s largest city by population, boasting over 23 million residents. Once built on profits from the opium trade, today it’s described as the showpiece of mainland China’s booming economy. Modern skyscrapers stand alongside traditional Shikumen- style buildings, and Western customs mingle with ancient Chinese traditions, creating fascinating contradictions to explore. The city has seen massive redevelopment over the past 20 years and the new financial district of Pudong is home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. Shanghai’s urban centers are connected by elevated light rails, the world’s first commercial high-speed Maglev train, and 13 subway lines. Shanghai is known for its long history of foreign influence, fashion, and economic prowess, and aims to become a global financial and shipping hub by the year 2020.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Steve Chao

Center Director

Steve Chao earned his doctorate in education from Saint Louis University, MBA from Lindenwood University, and bachelor degree from Columbia College. Steve has extensive experience in the field of international education working as an adjunct faculty member and program administrator since 1985. Before joining CIEE, he was director of international programs at Worcester State University in Massachusetts, where he led university international initiatives, study abroad, and international student services for six years. Prior to that he directed the International Affairs Center at Indiana State University and taught modern Chinese history. Born in Taiwan, he began his career in international education at Columbia College, where he was director of international programs for nine years. Steve has also taught courses on U.S. higher education as a visiting fellow at Tongji University in Shanghai, and he served as chair of the Department of International Trade at Tainan University of Technology, a leading women’s higher education institution in Taiwan. He has served as a research advisor to the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission 211 Project and to the Ministry of Education in Taiwan on educational reform and curriculum. He has worked for CIEE since the fall of 2010.

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Economists name this “China’s Century.” Now the second largest world economy, China’s emergence will be one of the most momentous and challenging developments of the 21st century. As a foreign student in Shanghai, once the third largest financial center in the world, you will undoubtedly be amazed by the breathtaking and profound changes taking place as the city aims to regain its once prominent position in the region. Being a global citizen, you will surely engage in the global community after graduation. Come joint us to witness and learn about the dramatic transformation of China, as the nation emerges to take a dominant role on the international political stage, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent world.

— Steve Chao, Center Director

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Ma Jia

Chinese Language Coordinator

Jia Ma holds a master's degree from the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at East China Normal University. Originally from Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, she worked at Willamette University as a language assistant before joining CIEE in fall 2011.

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Liao Jianling

Chinese Language Director

Jianling Liao is in charge of all Chinese language courses at the CIEE Study Center in Shanghai. Originally from Jiangxi Province, Jianling completed her Ph.D. in the area of Second Language Acquisition from the University of Iowa. While studying abroad in the United States, she received a master's degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language and in Instructional Design and Technology. She holds a third master's degree in Chinese Linguistics from Wuhan University. Her research interests include computer-assisted language learning and language pedagogy in study abroad contexts. Prior to joining CIEE, Jianling taught for five summers at the Middlebury College Summer Chinese School. Jianling is the 2011 recipient of the Emma Marie Birkmaier Award for Doctoral Dissertation Research in Foreign Language Education bestowed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and The Modern Language Journal (MLJ) “to recognize an author of doctoral dissertation research in foreign language education that contributes significantly to the advancement of the profession.” She has worked for CIEE since the summer of 2006.

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Xie Ping

Chinese Language Curriculum Manager

Ping Xie is originally from Hubei Province. She holds a master's degree from East China Normal University in teaching chinese as a second Language. She has taught for CIEE since the summer of 2007.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Established in 1951, East China Normal University (ECNU) is one of China’s key institutions of higher learning and the first to specialize in teacher education. ECNU is nationally known for its Chinese language and literature program. The university enrolls more than 26,000 fulltime students, including 3,700 international students, at its two campuses. The CIEE Study Center is located along the bank of the Liwa River on its downtown Putuo campus, known as the “Garden University” for its beautiful grounds.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Participants select one of three housing options prior to arrival.

Campus Residence Hall with CIEE Roommate
The Campus Residence Hall is a five-story facility located on the ECNU campus and has a lobby with 24- hour security and laundry facilities. There is a student computer room and study lounge on every other floor, as well as a kitchen and bathrooms on each floor. The residence hall is a 10-minute walk from the CIEE Study Center, and is within walking distance to a light rail and other public transportation.

Campus Residence Hall with Chinese Roommate
This option is located in the same residence hall as described above, but study abroad students are paired with a Chinese student from ECNU. The Chinese roommates are required to speak only Chinese, so this option is recommended for students who wish to live in a more intensive Chinese language environment while remaining nearby other program participants.

Meals are not included in these two housing options and are the responsibility of the student. Meals are available in the campus cafeterias at a moderate price.

Chinese Host Families
Chinese host families are located 15 - 45 minutes of campus, by foot or public transportation. Students have their own room in the host family apartment and share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. Students are invited to most family meals, but should budget for their own lunches, some weekend meals, and most meals during group field trips and individual travel. Chinese family members speak Chinese only. This option is highly recommended for students who want to live in an entirely Chinese language environment and to make rapid progress in Chinese language.

The CIEE Shanghai staff strives to match each student based on his or her first preference, not only in terms of their personal lifestyle preferences but also academic, cultural and personal goals.

Housing between fall and spring semesters is included in the academic year study abroad fee. Academic- year participants living with host families may be required to live in a dormitory on campus between semesters.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Shanghai even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

A mandatory, weeklong orientation session, conducted in Shanghai at the beginning of the program, introduces you to the country, culture, and academic program, as well as provides necessary logistical information about adapting to life in Shanghai. You will also take your language placement exams at this time to determine your appropriate Chinese language level. Required and optional workshops and local excursions are led by CIEE staff. You'll also meet individually with the center director and Chinese language director, as appropriate, to finalize course registration and preview assigned materials for your required courses. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program, including required monthly program meetings.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Rooms in the campus residence hall are equipped with broadband ADSL wireless Internet access. Host family homes also have wireless or cable Internet access. The CIEE Study Center has wireless access and you will also be able to access the ECNU campus wireless network. A limited number of computers are available for use at no charge in the CIEE student library or at nearby Internet cafés for a low hourly fee.

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Culture

Culture

Cultural Activities and Field Trips

study abroad in China

A variety of field trips complement classroom work, including visits to local Chinese companies and factories, government agencies, museums, art exhibitions, and plays. Other group cultural activities include an acrobatics show, river cruise along the Bund, a Chinese and CIEE student talent show, international student sporting events, and group meals with Chinese roommates and families. A number of optional, extracurricular classes, including Chinese cooking, calligraphy, martial arts, music, and mahjong are offered at no additional cost to students.

The study abroad program will expose you to locations outside of Shanghai. You'll take a day trip to nearby traditional “water towns” like Wuzhen and Tongli, with their narrow cobbled lanes, stone bridges, and canals, and on an overnight trip to historic cities like Suzhou and Hangzhou. In Chinese there is a proverb, “As above there is Heaven, so on earth there are the two beautiful cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou.” Suzhou has a rich history of over 2,500 years and is dubbed “Venice of the East” for the many canals of its old town. Less than 30 minutes away from Shanghai by high-speed train, Suzhou is famed for its classical gardens and silk industry. When Marco Polo visited Hangzhou in the 13th century, then the southern terminus of the Grand Canal, he described the city as “beyond dispute the finest and the noblest in the world.” Today Hangzhou, less than an hour away from Shanghai by high-speed train, is the capital of Zhejiang Province and is renowned for the natural beauty of its mountains and the West Lake, and is also known for its textile and hi-tech industries.

The cost of all day trips, overnight trips, and weekend and weeklong field trips are included in the study abroad program fee. All field trips are facilitated by fulltime CIEE staff and language instructors.

Weekend Field Trip

The weekend field trip is typically three days and two nights, and provides you the opportunity to learn about local culture and traditions in a different part of China. Previous destinations have included but are not limited to the following:

Beijing

As the capital of world’s most populous nation, and the imperial capital of the last three dynasties, Beijing is at the center of much that happens in China. It is a city of over 22 million people and is home to some of the nation’s most well-known and culturally important sites such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Summer Palace, as well as Tiananmen Square. In addition to being the political and cultural center of China, Beijing is known as the birthplace of Chinese cinema and modern art.

Nanjing

Meaning “Southern Capital,” Nanjing was the seat of power for Imperial China in the Six Dynasties and is remembered as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Today Nanjing is regarded as one of China’s most important commercial centers, as well as one of the most livable cities in China. Just an hour from Shanghai by high-speed train, Nanjing prides itself on maintaining the atmosphere of a traditional Chinese city, with its classical temples and 600-year-old city wall, while being a base for hundreds of multinational corporations and many Fortune 500 companies. The city is also home to the Ming Mausoleum, Presidential Palace of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom, and the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, built to commemorate those who died during the Japanese invasion of the city in 1937 when it was the capital of the Republic of China.

Weeklong Excursion

Each weeklong field trip is typically eight nights and nine days. Every semester the CIEE Study Center offers three to four concurrent weeklong fieldtrips that are designed to go beyond tourism. Each trip explores a specific theme related to the learning goals of each program. You are expected to complete pre- departure readings and assignments, attend classroom lectures, films, and discussions before and during the trip. You may select any trip that best meets your individual educational learning goals. Since enrollment is limited to maintain quality and facilitate cultural immersion, participation on any particular field trip is not guaranteed and is based on total program enrolment and other factors. Students on this program have priority enrolment on the first of the four options listed below:

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the world's leading international financial centers, with one of the highest per capita income in the world, and it is one of the most densely populated places on the planet. A major capitalist service economy known for its low taxation and free trade, sovereignty over Hong Kong was transferred from the United Kingdom to China in 1997, ending 156 years of British colonial rule. Now one of China’s two Special Administrative Regions, Hong Kong retains different political and economic systems from mainland China and is characterized by a culturally diverse and international population. This field trip includes visits to companies and lectures on business development and industry in Hong Kong, as well as a city tour, night cruise in Victoria Harbor, and a local Daoist temple known for its fortune telling. This field trip is most appropriate for students majoring in international business, finance and economics. Students on the Business, Language, and Culture program have priority enrollment.

Taiwan

It is often said that some of the most traditional forms of Chinese culture, religious practices, intellectual and cultural values, and creative arts are best preserved on the island of Taiwan. At the same time, Taiwan maintains a thriving civil society, with its democratic political system, free press, uncensored Internet, and capitalist economy. Its capital, Taipei, is an international city with some six million residents, and its popular music, film, and television are widely influential throughout East Asia. Formerly known as Formosa, Taiwan was once a Dutch colony in the 17th century, and was subsequently ruled by the Qing dynasty for the next 200 years until sovereignty was ceded to the Japanese in the late 19th century, who ruled the island until the end of World War II. As such Taiwanese culture is sometimes described as combining Chinese and Japanese cultures with traditional Confucian beliefs and contemporary Western values. Taiwanese companies still manufacture a large portion of the world's consumer electronics, though mostly now from their factories in mainland China. This field trip includes lectures by university professors, representatives from both the Nationalist Party (KMT) and its opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and government officials on such topics as political economy, cross-strait relations, regional security, and national identity. In Taipei, students will visit the National Palace Museum, which contains one of the greatest collections of Chinese art in the world, and Taipei 101, the tallest building in the world until 2010. They will tour important cultural and scenic sites around the island, visiting aboriginal communities in Taidung and Hualien, Taiwan’s major port city of Kaoshiung, and the night markets of Keelung. This field trip is most appropriate for social science students majoring in international affairs, political science, and economics. Students on the China in a Global Context program have priority enrollment.

Ancient Trade Routes

Silk Road—Fall

A historical network of interlinking caravan routes stretching for some 4,000 miles across the Eurasian landmass from China to the Mediterranean, the ancient Silk Road was established some 2,200 years ago and continued to operate as a vital trade route between China and the Western world until the end of the 14th century. Arguably the world’s most important pre-modern trade route, the Silk Road was a significant factor in the development of Chinese civilization, serving as a highway not just for exchanging merchandise but ideas – religious, cultural, and artistic. In the fall semester, students travel to the beginning of the northern route in Xi’an, modern capital of Shaanxi province and ancient capital of China at the height of Silk Road trade, and then onto Dunhuang in Gansu province. Known as “City of Sands” for its surrounding dunes, this oasis in the desert is strategically located at the junction of the northern and southern trade routes, and the nearby Mogao Caves contain a treasure trove of Buddhist sculptures, murals, and manuscripts. This field trip is most suitable for humanities and social science students majoring in Chinese language and culture, literature, history, religion, anthropology, and geography. Students on the Accelerated Chinese Language program have priority enrollment.

Tea and Horse Road—Spring

This ancient network of mountain paths connected the tea growing regions of southwestern China to Burma and India overland by mule caravan through the mountains and valleys of Yunnan and Sichuan provinces and Tibet. Along the world’s highest trade route, Chinese tea bricks and salt were exchanged for Tibetan horses used by China’s military to fight warring nomadic groups along its northern border. In spring semester, students travel to Lijiang, with its ancient town of cobbled lanes and waterways, which later served as an important trading and supply route between India and China during World War II, and today is home to the Naxi ethnic group, who are renowned for the pictographic script of their shamans. Finally, students will visit Shangri-La, the seat of a Tibetan autonomous prefecture in northern Yunnan province near the border of Tibet. This field trip is most suitable for humanities and social science students majoring in Chinese language and culture, literature, history, religion, anthropology and geography. Students on the Accelerated Chinese Language program have priority enrollment.

Community Engagement in Rural China

study abroad in China

Study abroad students selecting this field trip will have the unique opportunity to travel to a rural region of interior China, such as a Hani ethnic minority village in Yunnan province, or participate in a building project with Habitat for Humanity or an educational activity with another not-for-profit organization designed to help improve conditions in impoverished rural communities. This field trip will take students far off the tourist track, and may include extended stays in a village, manual labor, and short hikes, and is designed to facilitate meaningful people-to-people exchange and allow students to apply theory to practice and to give back to the communities in which they learn. This field trip is most appropriate for students interested in service learning, grassroots development, and corporate social responsibility. Students taking coursework related to service learning or who need to fulfill a service-learning requirement for their home institution have priority enrollment.

Immersion

Peer Language Tutors

You will be paired with ECNU students for structured, one-on-one Chinese language tutorials for a minimum of one hour, twice a week. Additional tutorial hours are available upon request. Tutors are undergraduate or graduate students who major in teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

Chinese Language Clinic

Full-time Chinese language instructors assist students with special or unique problems in language study by arranging an optional language clinic that meets for one and half hours, four evenings a week, Monday through Wednesday and on Sunday in the campus residence hall.

Target Language Activities

CIEE head teachers organize group meals and other activities for you, your language teachers, peer tutors, and resident staff to encourage you to utilize their Chinese in an informal setting. Those attending the optional activities are expected to speak only Chinese.

Teaching and Volunteering

CIEE maintains relationships with a number of schools and not-for-profit organizations, and is able to offer a limited number of teaching and volunteer opportunities to interested students. These part-time opportunities vary in time commitment and skills required and are unpaid and not for credit.

Experience China as an insider, and do something meaningful by exploring a volunteering opportunity. Teach in a local migrant elementary school in Shanghai, participate in a nonprofit project in a rural area of China, or volunteer to do something different.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

Chinese language study abroad students on this program are asked to take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment, which is a graded component of the Chinese language courses that begins on the first day of classes. During orientation you'll sign an agreement specifying when and in what contexts speaking Chinese is required, including inside the Chinese language classroom building. You are encouraged to speak in Chinese with CIEE staff, host families, and Chinese roommates whenever possible. As you gain proficiency in Chinese, resident staff and language instructors encourage you to use your language skills in everyday settings. This fosters a learning community that encourages regular use of the Chinese language for daily communication and facilitates language proficiency gains.

CIEE Chinese Language Advisory Committee

The CIEE Chinese Language Advisory Committee (CCLAC) is comprised of specialists in the field of teaching Chinese as a second language and serves to promote the highest standards of education at the CIEE Study Centers in Greater China. Specifically, the committee advises CIEE administrators and language instructors on curriculum issues such as learning goals and objectives, instructional innovations, assessment of proficiency gains, program evaluation, and course articulation.

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Academics

Academics

CIEE has been operating study abroad programs in Shanghai since 1981. Established in 1998, the CIEE Study Center in Shanghai has been hosted by East China Normal University since 2001. The China in a Global Context program began in spring, 2008, and is designed to help participants gain a deeper understanding of China as it emerges to take a more influential role in world affairs. Students are introduced to the Chinese language, as well as the colonial history, foreign policy, political development, and social issues that have either impeded or given rise to modern China.

There is no language prerequisite for this program. The program is appropriate for students in the humanities and social sciences, especially those with a major or minor in international relations or political science, and is open to all levels of language students, from novice with no previous experience in the language to those with superior level Chinese language proficiency. This program includes non-intensive Mandarin Chinese language study or an alternative Communicative Chinese language elective for beginners. Students who have completed one semester of college-level Chinese or demonstrate equivalent proficiency in Chinese language have the option to take all their coursework in English.

Internships for credit and opportunities for service learning and community volunteer activities integrate academic learning with practical experience. Extracurricular activities are coordinated by CIEE staff and may include Chinese students and host families to advance understanding of local society and culture.

Academic Culture

Students enrolled in Chinese language courses attend classes two hours per day, Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Language classes are small, with an average of five students, so active participation is very important. Classes are typically co-taught by head language instructors who introduce new content, and assistant language instructors who focus on accuracy and consistency of pronunciation through daily drills and other exercises. In addition students meet weekly with their peer tutors in structured tutorials for a minimum of two hours per week. More tutorial hours can be arranged upon request.

English language elective courses take place once per week for three hours in the afternoon. Class size ranges from five to 20 students. Chinese language electives meet twice a week for two hours. The average class size is four students. Course-related field trips are scheduled on Fridays, and occasionally weekends.

The semester is 15 weeks long including a one-week orientation, 12 weeks of instruction, a one-week group field trip, a one-week program break for independent travel, and, typically, one national holiday.

Nature of Classes

All Chinese language courses and area studies electives are managed by CIEE and specially designed for CIEE study abroad students only. Some area studies courses may include a limited number of ECNU students in order to build more opportunities for cross-cultural and academic exchange between CIEE and host university students.

Grading System

In elective courses, students are generally graded on the basis of exams, homework, participation and attendance, much like they are in the U.S. Exams, quizzes, research papers, individual and group oral presentations, or projects may be assigned depending upon the course. In the language courses, assessment is based on daily homework and quizzes, written and oral unit tests, and written and oral mid- term and final exams. The following letter grades are assigned: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, and F.

Language of Instruction

English
Mandarin Chinese

Faculty

All Chinese language courses are taught by the CIEE language director, full-time CIEE faculty, and graduate students from the East China Normal University College of International Chinese Studies. The elective courses are taught by local and international faculty from East China Normal University, Fudan University, Jiaotong University, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and other prestigious Chinese academic and government institutions in Shanghai.

Learn more about the CIEE Greater China Initiative for Study Abroad at www.ciee.org/studychina.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

CIEE Courses

Chinese Language Courses

Students who elect to enroll in a Chinese language course are placed in one of the below levels based upon the results of on-site proficiency tests.

CHIN 1001 SCGC

Chinese—Beginning I
This course establishes a solid foundation in modern standard Mandarin Chinese language through the integration of all five skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural understanding. Characters, vocabulary, and grammatical patterns are learned through communicative contexts. Textbook: Wu Zhongwei 吴中伟, ed. Dangdai Zhongwen: keben 1 当代中文•课本1 (Contemporary Chinese: textbook, vol. 1). Beijing: Sinolingua Press, 2003; Wu Zhongwei, ed. Dangdai Zhongwen: lianxi ce 1 当代中文•练习册 1 (Contemporary Chinese: exercise book, vol. 1). Beijing: Sinolingua Press, 2003; supplementary texts. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

CHIN 1003 SCGC

Chinese—Beginning II
(Prerequisite: one semester of college-level Chinese language study)
This course continues to develop students’ Chinese language ability through the integration of all five skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural understanding. Vocabulary and grammatical patterns are learned through communicative contexts. Textbook: Wu Zhongwei, ed. Dangdai Zhongwen: keben 2 (Contemporary Chinese: textbook, vol. 2). Beijing: Sinolingua Press, 2003; Wu Zhongwei, ed. Dangdai Zhongwen: lianxi ce 2 (Contemporary Chinese: exercise book, vol. 2). Beijing: Sinolingua Press, 2003; supplementary texts. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

CHIN 1005 SCGC

Chinese—Beginning for Heritage Learners
hone their reading and writing skills through written assignments on contemporary Chinese topics. Students also continue to improve their Chinese-speaking skills through communicative contexts. This course requires enrollment of at least four heritage learners to open. Textbook: Wu Zhongwei, ed. Dangdai Zhongwen: keben 1-2 (Contemporary Chinese: textbook, vol. 1-2). Beijing: Sinolingua Press, 2003; Wu Zhongwei, ed. Dangdai Zhongwen: lianxi ce 1-2 (Contemporary Chinese: exercise book, vol. 1-2). Beijing: Sinolingua Press, 2003; supplementary texts. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

CHIN 2001 SCGC

Chinese—Intermediate I
(Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level Chinese language study)
This course continues to develop students’ Chinese skills in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural understanding. Students’ linguistic knowledge is reinforced and expanded through class activities with increasing sophistication. Rigorous practice of spoken and written Chinese in communicative activities is conducted. Textbook: Liu Xun 刘珣, ed. Xin shiyong Hanyu keben: keben 3 新 实用汉语课本•课本3 (New practical Chinese reader: textbook, vol. 3). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2012; Liu Xun, ed. Xin shiyong Hanyu keben: zonghe lianxi ce 3 新实用汉语课本•综合练 习册3 (New practical Chinese reader: workbook, vol. 3). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2011; supplementary texts. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

CHIN 2003 SCGC

Chinese—Intermediate II
(Prerequisite: three semesters of college-level Chinese language study)
This course continues to develop students’ Chinese language abilities in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural understanding. Students’ linguistic knowledge is reinforced and expanded through class activities with increasing sophistication. Students are also required to comprehend and produce paragraph-level Chinese. Rigorous practice of spoken and written Chinese in complex communicative activities is conducted during class. Textbook: Liu Xun, ed. Xin shiyong Hanyu keben: keben 4 (New practical Chinese reader: textbook, vol. 4). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2004; Liu, Xun, ed. Xin shiyong Hanyu keben: zonghe lianxi ce 4 (New practical Chinese reader: workbook, vol. 4). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2004; supplementary texts. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

CHIN 2005 SCGC

Chinese—Intermediate for Heritage Learners
This course provides heritage learners, who have intermediate level of Chinese-speaking proficiency, the opportunity to hone their reading and writing skills through written assignments on a wide variety of contemporary Chinese topics. Students also continue to expand their Chinese-speaking skills through complex communicative activities. This course requires the enrollment of at least four heritage learners to be held. Textbooks: Liu Xun, ed. Xin shiyong Hanyu keben: keben 3 (New practical Chinese reader: textbook, vol. 3). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2003; Liu Xun, ed. Xin shiyong Hanyu keben: zonghe lianxi ce 3 (New practical Chinese reader: workbook, vol. 3). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2012; Liu Xun, ed. Xin shiyong Hanyu keben: keben 4 (New practical Chinese reader: textbook, vol. 4). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2011; Liu, Xun, ed. Xin shiyong Hanyu keben: zonghe lianxi ce 4 (New practical Chinese reader: workbook, vol. 4). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2004; supplementary texts. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

CHIN 3001 SACS

Chinese—Advanced I
(Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Chinese language study)
This course emphasizes understanding of formal writing, as compared to the spoken language students learned in their second year. Students are expected to discuss and write about serious topics, such as those related to contemporary social problems. Textbook: Zhuang Jiaying 庄稼婴and Zhang Zengzeng 张增增. Xin shijiao: gaoji Hanyu jiaocheng (shang, xia) 新视角:高级汉语教程(上、下). Beijing: Peking University Press, 2007; supplementary texts. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

CHIN 3003 SACS

Chinese—Advanced II
(Prerequisite: five semesters of college-level Chinese language study)
This course emphasizes understanding formal writing, as compared to the spoken language students learned in their second year. Students are expected to be able to discuss and write about serious topics, such as those related to contemporary social problems. Textbook: Wu Chengnian 吴成年. Du baozhi, xue Zhongwen: zhongji Hanyu baokan yuedu (xia ce) 读报纸,学中文:中级汉语报刊阅读(下册). Beijing: Peking University Press, 2004; supplementary texts. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

CHIN 4001 SACS

Chinese—Advanced High I
(Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level Chinese language study)
This course emphasizes developing skills for making speeches or writing essays on complex topics. Students of this level are expected to express themselves not only fluently and accurately, but also with sophistication. Textbook: Wu Chengnian. Du baozhi, xue Zhongwen: zhun gaoji Hanyu baokan yuedu (shang ce) 读报纸,学中文:准高级汉语报刊阅读(上册). Beijing: Peking University Press, 2006; supplementary texts. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

CHIN 4002 SACS

Chinese—Advanced High II
(Prerequisite: seven semesters of college-level Chinese language study)
The course enhances students’ skills in developing speeches or writing essays on complex topics. Students at this level are expected to express themselves not only fluently and accurately, but also with sophistication. Depending on enrollment, this course may be structured to the individual needs of students. Textbook: Wu Yamin 吴雅民. Dubao zhi Zhongguo: baokan yuedu jichu (xia) 读报知中国:报刊阅读基础(下) (Learning about China from newspapers: elementary newspaper reading, vol. 2). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2006; instructor developed materials. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

CHIN 4901 SACS

Chinese—Superior I
(Prerequisite: Chinese language proficiency of Advanced High or above according to ACTFL Guidelines)
The course aims to train students’ abilities in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills at the superior level. Students at this level are expected to apply Chinese in both formal and informal settings. Students are trained to develop discourse in Chinese with coherence and cohesiveness. Students are also expected to communicate with accuracy, fluency, and sophistication. Depending on enrollment, this course may be structured to the individual needs of students. Textbook: Instructor developed materials. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

East Asian Studies Elective Courses—in English

Students on this program must choose two or more East Asian studies elective courses.

EAST 3002 SBLC / ECON 3002 SBLC

China’s Economic Reforms
(Prerequisite: previous college-level coursework in economics)
This course introduces students to both the domestic and international aspects of China’s economy. It explores the political, social, and cultural forces shaping China’s modernization and how the country’s businesses are interacting with the world marketplace. It also provides students the knowledge of processes of reforms in different economic aspects in China and strives to help them understand the macroeconomic and microeconomic characteristics of the Chinese economy. In this course, students come to understand the economic mechanism in the so called “Socialist Market Economy,” and gain a better understanding of the achievements and challenges that China is facing in its further economic reform and modernization. By the end of the semester, students are expected to analyze the Chinese economy using practical methods appropriate to China’s current economic situation. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

EAST 3003 SCGC / HIST 3001 SCGC

Modern Chinese History
The first half of this course will survey chronologically the various eras of modern Chinese history, ranging from the late-Qing to Hu Jintao. The second half will build on the first half by focusing on the historical developments that have taken place in modern China in the areas of economic development; historical and dialectical materialism; crime and capital punishment; women, gender and sexuality; health and environment; international relations; and non-mainstream perspectives. Many questions will be raised in class discussion, such as: “What were the major causes of the collapse of the Qing Dynasty?”, “What was the May 4th Movement and how did it shape modern Chinese?”, “What were the social and political forces that culminated in civil war?”, “What was the nature and significance of China’s nascent 20th century nationalism?”, “What was the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution and how did they shape Chinese history?”, and “Despite all the changes in China over the last century, how does the past continue to influence the present?” Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

EAST 3004 SCGC / INRE 3001 SCGC

China’s International Relations
(Prerequisite: previous coursework in political science, international affairs, macroeconomics, or permission from the instructor)
This course offers an analysis of China’s foreign policy and China’s relations with the U.S. and other major players in international affairs – the EU, Japan, and India. It consists of three interrelated parts: a basic understanding of Chinese foreign policy; discussions of Sino-European, Sino-Japanese, and Sino-Indian relations, with the most important third party (U.S.) factor taken into account; and lastly, a focus on important issues in Sino-U.S. relations from a Chinese foreign policy perspective. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

EAST 3005 SCGC / SOCI 3001 SCGC

Issues in Chinese Society
China’s transition to a market economy and return to the global community have huge impacts over the lives of its people, as well as the rest of the world. While covering other fields such as anthropology, political science, gender studies, and urban studies, this course mostly employs a sociological perspective to examine issues in contemporary Chinese society. Topics examined include not only these well-known aspects of Chinese society such as guanxi and face, collectivism and family-centered culture, but also the emerging civil society, ongoing sexual revolution, and increasing social polarization that are more likely associated with the enormous social change over the past three decades. Students are asked to critically and creatively think about change and continuity in contemporary China in relation to the dynamic and complex interaction of local factors and global forces. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

EAST 3006 SCGC / POLI 3001 SCGC

Political Development in Modern China
The first half of this course will survey chronologically the major eras of modern China’s political change and development, from the Late Qing to the present day. The second half will focus on different aspects of Chinese political practice and development, including exploring the relationships between nationalism, Marxism and Confucianism; elite politics and Leninism; threats to Party rule; democratic development; constitutional developments and rule of law; the “China Model;” and “decentralized authoritarianism.”

Many questions will be raised in class discussion, such as: “Who and what have been and are the central political forces in China during the modern period and how might we understand them?”, “What were the central political conflicts between the Kuomintang and the CPC?”, “What are the fundamental similarities and differences between the Maoist and post-Maoist eras?”, “What are China’s prospects for democracy and the development of the rule of law?”, and “What is the “China Model” and what is “decentralized authoritarianism,” and how are these concepts if not practices shaping China and the world today?” Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

EAST 3201 SCGC / CINE 3201 SCGC

Chinese Film and Society
(All films are subtitled in English. All works are read in English.)
This course examines Chinese cinema from its infancy to contemporary period within a social, political, and cultural context, focusing specifically on films produced in mainland China. It aims to 1) help students gain an understanding of some of the social, political, cultural, and economic changes that have taken place in China in recent years; 2) help students cultivate a greater interest in the history and extraordinary development of Chinese cinema, and in cinemas beyond Hollywood; and 3) present mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan as a culturally interconnected region through tracking recent cross-border activities in Chinese language cinema and introducing students to new ways of thinking about national cinema and culture. While acknowledging the importance of examining Chinese cinema in the general framework of national tradition and identity, this course also emphasizes the transnational or pan-Asian nature of Chinese film productions at present. In this way, it is hoped that the course not only helps students cultivate a greater command over current trends and debates in analysis and theorization of Chinese cinema, but also help facilitate students’ understanding of Chinese cinema and culture in the context of globalization. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Elective Courses—In Chinese

CHIN 1001 SACS

Communicative Chinese
(Required for students with no previous Chinese language knowledge and who do not enroll in Chinese-Beginning I)
This course is designed for beginning-level Chinese learners to develop practical oral communicative skills in Chinese. The course is function-oriented. A range of practical topics such as introducing oneself, discussing daily routines, how to make acquaintances, entertaining guests, shopping, negotiating price, asking for directions, seeing a doctor, etc. will be introduced in class. Class instruction emphasizes communication, interaction, performance, and group work. Interactive classroom activities such as role- plays, interviews, group discussions, and trips outside the classroom will be used to encourage students to use Chinese in meaningful contexts. Students will complete a number of speaking tasks, including regular oral assignments, in-class oral activities, oral exams, as well as occasional real-life speaking activities during fieldtrips outside the classroom. Beginning-level Chinese learners who intend to continue formal study of the language should enroll in CHIN 1001 SCGC Chinese–Beginning I. Textbook: Instructor developed materials. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CHIN 3011 SACS

Business Chinese
(Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Chinese language study, or heritage learners with consent of the instructor)
This course focuses on advancing students’ knowledge of modern Chinese business, including its environment, traditions, corporate culture, as well as improving student’s ability of listening, speaking, and reading Chinese through case studies on multinationals companies in China, such as IKEA, Starbucks and Wal-Mart. The instructor will focus on the issue of the localization of multinational companies. Students will be assigned to collect information, analyze specific cases, and make oral presentations on issues discussed in class. The course includes a fieldtrip led by the instructor to the IKEA office in Shanghai. The goal is to teach students how to use Chinese to express their opinions on business topics through practice and real cases. Textbook: Yuan Fangyuan 袁芳远. Chenggongzhidao: zhongji shangwu Hanyu anli jiaocheng 成功之道:中级商务汉语案例教程 (Business Chinese for success: real cases from real companies). Beijing: Peking University Press, 2005. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CHIN 3012 SACS

Classical Chinese
(Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Chinese language study, or heritage learners with consent of the instructor)
Classical Chinese has influenced many aspects of modern Mandarin Chinese. Many common words used today, both in speech and writing, derive from classical roots. As such, knowledge of classical Chinese provides important insights into sophisticated usage of the language and greatly improves students’ literary appreciation and proficiency. Textbook: Yao Meiling 姚美玲, Gudai Hanyu 古代汉语 (Classical Chinese). Shanghai: East China Normal University Press, 2010. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

EAST 4021 SACS / INRE 4021 SACS

Global Issues in China
(Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level Chinese language study, or heritage learners with consent of the instructor)
This course is designed for students placed in Chinese – Advanced High I and higher levels and is facilitated in Chinese, with course material provided in Chinese characters and Pinyin transliteration to facilitate reading for content. The course is designed to introduce the important role China plays in a global context and to help students understand Chinese perspectives on global issues that affect the world today. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Organizational Internship

INSH 3003 SACS

Organizational Internship
(in English)
The Organizational Internship course is taught in English. Company internship sponsors may include both English and Chinese language work environments, depending on available positions and qualifications of the student. This course provides students with guidelines and support for participating in a real world office environment in China. The course focuses on current issues facing their managers, peers, and professional office staff, and prepares students to be better equipped to work with co-workers and supervisors when stepping into a full-time job upon graduation. Students will be assigned to an internship project with a company in Shanghai. The internship sponsors, which vary each term depending on participating organizations and available positions, may include local Chinese companies and multinational companies, as well as international small and medium sized enterprises and nonprofit organizations. Lectures cover overall policies and procedures that may be applied to any company in China, including work ethics, staff behavior, corporate values, and techniques used in the office to work smoothly and efficiently with co-workers. The instructor is the facilitator for classroom discussions and individual student guidance. The subjects covered in the class entail real issues facing the interns and their company sponsors, with an emphasis on practical approaches and methods to solve workplace issues and challenges. The course requires 15 hours with the instructor in class and five to seven hours one-on-one with the instructor or mentor, and 100-120 hours at the internship site, in addition to 25-30 hours working on academic assignments, for a total of 145-160 hours. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

INDR 3003 SCGC

Directed Independent Research
(In English. Spring semester only. Prerequisite: placement in China–Advanced High I or above)
CIEE supports qualified study abroad students who wish to pursue an academically rigorous independent research project while in Shanghai. Interested students must submit a research proposal including a clearly defined research topic, explanation of research plans, description of preparation in the planned area of study, list of resources, tentative outline of a final paper, and suggested schedule of progress. Students complete a total of 135 hours of research and meet regularly with an academic advisor to complete an academically rigorous, ethically sound, and culturally appropriate research project and final paper. Approval for participation in Directed Independent Research must be obtained from the center director and the student’s home institution prior to arrival on the program. In Shanghai, students may pursue independent research in Asian studies, business, economics, film studies, gender studies, history, international relations, literature, management, marketing, politics, religious studies, and sociology. Contact hours: 135 hours of research. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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