Shanghai, China

China In A Global Context

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Application deadline, and cost information.

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 1 – Dec 14, 2019 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Feb 23 – Jun 6, 2020 (15 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Gain an in-depth understanding of China and experience China firsthand with study abroad in Shanghai, one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Take courses in English at CIEE Global Institute – Shanghai and accelerate your Mandarin skills while exploring colonial history, foreign policy, political development, and social issues that have impeded or given rise to modern China. Those with advanced Mandarin proficiency may take a course taught in Chinese. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Unique experiences

  • Begin or continue your study

    of Mandarin Chinese with outstanding support.

  • See the China beyond Shanghai

    the one tourists often miss – with a one-week excursion.

  • Learn about Chinese politics,

    economy, society, and more with a broad selection of courses taught in English.

  • years of CIEE study abroad programs in China

    36
  • year Shanghai was incorporated

    751
  • students at East China Normal University (including almost 5,000 international students)

    26,000

Location & Culture

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Perched on the banks of the Huangpu River and the East China Sea, Shanghai is China’s largest city by population, and a global hub of culture, commerce, and finance. Massively redeveloped over the past 20 years, the city boasts many of the world’s latest and greatest. The list includes: uber-tall buildings stretching up in the new financial district and the world’s fastest-growing rapid-transit system featuring the world’s first commercial high-speed Maglev train.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Join classmates for a thrilling acrobat show, a river cruise, group meals, and more.
  • Explore Chinese history and arts with visits to museums, art exhibitions, and plays.
  • Step back in time with visits to traditional water towns like Wuzhen and Zhujiajiao, lined with narrow cobbled lanes, stone bridges, canals, and rich history.
  • Travel overnight to nearby beautiful historic cities like Suzhou – called Venice of the East for its many canals and famous for its classical gardens and silk industry – or Hangzhou, known for the natural beauty of its mountains and its textile and high-tech industries.
  • Get hands-on cultural experience by learning Chinese cooking, calligraphy, martial arts, music, or mahjong.
  • Venture off for a weekend to explore the Forbidden City in Beijing, or the Ming Mausoleum in Nanjing.
  • Choose from three cultural excursions for an in-depth look at the China tourists never see.
  • Silk Road Trade Route – fall. This famous pre-modern route enabled the exchange of merchandise, as well as religious, cultural, and artistic ideas. Students travel from the head of the northern route in Xi’an to Dunhuang, the City of Sands, a desert oasis at the junction of the northern and southern trade routes. Ideal for humanities and social science students majoring in Chinese language and culture, literature, history, religion, anthropology, and geography.
  • Tea and Horse Road – spring. This ancient network of mountain paths connected the tea-growing regions of southwestern China to Burma and India by mule caravan through the mountains and valleys of Yunnan and Sichuan provinces and Tibet. Students may travel to Lijiang and Shangri-La, seat of a Tibetan autonomous prefecture near the border of Tibet. Ideal for humanities and social science students majoring in Chinese language and culture, literature, history, religion, anthropology, and geography.
  • Hong Kong. Explore one of the world's leading international financial centers and see how Hong Kong retains different political and economic systems from mainland China, with a diverse international population. Students visit companies and attend lectures on business development and industry, take a city tour, cruise Victoria Harbor at night, and visit a local Daoist temple known for fortune telling. Ideal for students majoring in international business, finance, and economics.
  • Taiwan. You’ll find some of the most traditional forms of Chinese culture preserved on the island of Taiwan, which maintains a thriving civil society with a democratic political system and capitalist economy. See why Taiwanese culture is described as a blend of Chinese and Japanese cultures, with traditional Confucian beliefs and contemporary Western values. Visit the National Palace Museum, Taipei 101, aboriginal communities, the port city of Kaoshiung, the night markets of Keelung, and more. Ideal for social science students majoring in international affairs, political science, and economics.

PROJECTS

Teach or volunteer:
Get hands-on experience and connect with people in the community by helping part-time at a school or nonprofit organization. You might teach in migrant elementary school in Shanghai or help with a community project in a rural area.

Kick your Chinese language skills into high gear:

  • Peer language tutors - Join a qualified ECNU student for one-on-one tutorials of at least one hour, twice a week
  • Chinese language clinic - Professional Chinese language instructors lend a hand with unique problems in your study with 90-minute sessions, offered four times a week
  • Target language activities - Join CIEE teachers, peer tutors, and center staff in an informal setting that encourages students to use their Chinese language skills
  • Intern to gain professional experience, credit, and get a close look at how Chinese businesses tick. Support data collection efforts at a large multinational company, help manage projects at a Shanghai start-up, and more

Internship

Study abroad students participating in the Organizational Internship course 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. Course curriculum includes class introduction, coached work, and final presentation to earn three academic credits. See the “Curriculum” section for more detail.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestays: Ideal for students who want to make rapid progress with their language skills – Chinese families speak only Chinese. Students have their own bedrooms in the host family apartment, and share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. Host apartments are a 15- to 45-minute walk or commute by public transportation from campus.

    Residence Halls: Students can live with a Chinese ECNU student – and speak only Chinese – or with another CIEE student in a five-story hall on the ECNU campus. There are shared kitchens and bathrooms on each floor, plus study areas, and laundry facilities. The hall is a 10-minute walk to CIEE and close to public transportation. 

  • MEALS

    Homestays: Students are invited to most meals, but should budget for lunches and some weekend meals.

    Residence Halls: Students are responsible for meals. There are moderately priced cafeterias on campus.

Shanghai, China

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE Global Institute - Shanghai

    Downtown Putuo campus at East China Normal University

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    EAST CHINA NORMAL UNIVERSITY

    Downtown campus

What People are Saying

  • My most memorable experience was on the Silk Road weeklong trip. I loved all the new cultural aspects of the program. I learned so much about Tibetan and Chinese relations. I learned a lot about Buddhism and how Chinese, Tibetan, and Indian buddhism and the sites we visited were eye-opening and mouth dropping.

    Molly, Carleton College,Fall 16
  • I think it is the best program to learn Chinese. It is not only an enriching academic program, but it is also an enriching cultural experience. Thanks to CIEE, I feel as though I am walking away from Shanghai with a completely new perspective.

    Camelia, University of Southern California: CLAS, Spring 17

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

The China in Global Context Program lets students dig-in to the history, culture, language, and economic prowess of China. Language courses focus on rapid language acquisition, designed to move students ahead at least two levels in all four Chinese language skills. The program is open to students with no language experience as well as those with superior proficiency, although it is not intended for native Chinese speakers. One semester of college-level Chinese area study is recommended.

East China Normal University (ECNU) was established in 1951 and is one of China’s key institutions of higher learning. Nationally known for its Chinese language and literature program, the university hosts more than 32,000 students, including almost 5,000 international students, at its two campuses. Chinese language elective courses are taught by faculty from ECNU. Other elective courses are taught by faculty from ECNU, Fudan University, Jiaotong University, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and other prestigious Chinese academic and government institutions, as well as professionals from the private business sector.

The CIEE Global Institute is located on East China Normal University (ECNU)’s downtown Putuo campus, which is known as the “Garden University” for its beautiful grounds by the Liwa River. Chinese language courses are taught by full-time CIEE faculty members, including the CIEE language director, and adjunct teachers from the East China Normal University College of International Chinese Studies. A committee of specialists in teaching Chinese as a second language holds these courses to the highest educational standards.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    The semester is 15 weeks long and includes a one-week orientation, 12 weeks of instruction, a one-week group cultural excursion, a one-week program break for independent travel, and typically, one national holiday. Courses take place Monday through Thursday for two to four hours with occasional course-related field trips on Fridays and weekends. Class sizes range from 4 to 20 students and are typically co-taught by head language instructors and assistant language instructors. Students also meet with peer tutors for structured tutorials for at least two hours per week. All Chinese language courses and area studies electives are managed by CIEE and specially designed for CIEE study abroad students. Some area study courses may include a limited number of ECNU students to increase cross-cultural and academic exchange.

  • GRADING

    The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. For elective courses, students are graded on exams, homework, participation, and attendance. Professors may assign exams, quizzes, research papers, and individual and group oral presentations or projects. For language courses, students are graded on daily homework, quizzes, and written and oral exams.

  • Academic Culture

    Accelerated language courses are demanding. Held Monday through Thursday for four hours, these classes average about five students, making participation key. Language classes typically are co-taught by head language instructors, who introduce new content and assistant language instructors, who focus on accuracy and consistency through drills. In addition, students meet weekly with their instructor for one-on-one classes, and with peer tutors for a minimum of four hours per week, total. More hours can be arranged. English language elective courses take place once per week for three hours. Class size ranges from five to 20 students. Chinese language electives meet twice a week for two hours. Average class size is four students. Course field trips are scheduled on Fridays, and occasionally weekends.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    One semester of college-level Chinese area study is recommended. Students who are citizens of the People's Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan ROC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau, please contact a CIEE Study Abroad Advisor for details.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total academic year credit: 30 semester credits  
  • Total semester credit: 15 semester credits
    • Students with special approval can take up to 18 semester credits

Program Course Requirements

Students enroll in 4 - 5 courses per semester:

  • 2 East Asian Studies (EAST) electives – 3 semester credits each, 45 contact hours
  • 2-3 additional courses which may be comprised of:
    • Elective(s) taught in English or Chinese – 3 semester credits each, 45 contact hours
    • A Chinese language course* – 6 semester credits, 90 contact hours
    • Directed Independent Research – 3 semester credits, 45 contact hours (including 100-120 research hours)
    • Organizational Internship** –  3 credits, 45 contact hours (including 100-120 work placement hours)

*CIEE may place students in appropriate language courses based on results of language proficiency exams

**Students who have not completed one semester of college-level Chinese or demonstrate equivalent proficiency must take Conversational Chinese to complete the Organizational Internship

 

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.

Spring 2020 Courses

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Students enroll in two East Asian Studies courses and additional electives, an internship, or a directed independent research project.

EAST ASIAN STUDIES COURSES (IN ENGLISH)

CHINESE LANGUAGE COURSES

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

ELECTIVE COURSES (IN ENGLISH)

ELECTIVE COURSES (IN CHINESE)

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

INTERNSHIP*

*Students enrolling in the internship course are required to change their student visa to an “S2 Visa” in order to comply with Chinese labor law. Recipients of the S2 Visa are not allowed to leave and re-enter the mainland of China without obtaining a new visa. Fees associated with this process are estimated to be $150 USD. Students pursuing the internship are responsible for paying this fee.

Fall 2019 Courses

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Students enrolling in the internship course/program are required by Chinese law to change his/her issued student visa to a “Residence Permit” once on site, in order to legally pursue an internship in China. The application process for a residence permit includes: approval from Chinese host institution, East China Normal University, a physical exam at a designated clinic in Shanghai, and a visa-change application to the Chinese authorities. Fees associated with this process are estimated to be $150 USD. Students pursuing the internship are responsible for paying this fee.

CHINESE LANGUAGE COURSES

BUSINESS ELECTIVE COURSES (IN ENGLISH)

Students on this program can select one East Asian studies/business elective course in English instruction or Chinese elective course in Chinese instruction or Organizational Internship. 

EAST ASIAN STUDIES ELECTIVE COURSES (IN ENGLISH)

CHINESE ELECTIVE COURSES (IN CHINESE)

INTERNSHIP

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Visa
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • One-week orientation – an introduction to Chinese culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2019 15 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 1, 2019 Dec 14, 2019
$16,450
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $13,681 **

Housing = $2,090 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $212

Total Fees = $16,450

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,200

International Airfare = $1,170 ††

Local Transportation = $200 †††

Books & Supplies = $50 ††††

Personal expenses = $2,100

Other = $150 †††††

Total Estimated Costs = $4,870

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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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 $500 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

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 (this includes the cost of the required medical/physical exam at a designated Chinese Hospital); 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 2019-2020 15 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 1, 2019 TBD
$31,255
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $26,396 **

Housing = $4,180 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $212

Total Fees = $31,255

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $2,400

International Airfare = $1,170 ††

Local Transportation = $400 †††

Books & Supplies = $100 ††††

Personal expenses = $4,200

Other = $150 †††††

Expenses during break = $3,000 ††††††

Total Estimated Costs = $11,420

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

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 $500 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

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 (this includes the cost of the required medical/physical exam at a designated Chinese Hospital); 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 who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

Spring 2020 15 weeks Nov 1, 2019 Feb 23, 2020* Jun 6, 2020*
$17,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $15,081 **

Housing = $2,090 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $212

Total Fees = $17,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,200

International Airfare = $1,170 ††

Local Transportation = $200 †††

Books & Supplies = $50 ††††

Personal expenses = $2,100

Other = $150 †††††

Total Estimated Costs = $4,870

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

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 $500 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

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 (this includes the cost of the required medical/physical exam at a designated Chinese Hospital); 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.

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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