Shanghai, China

Summer Accelerated Chinese Language

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Information for term Summer Accelerated Chinese Language

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 18 – Aug 12, 2023 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 10 semester hours / 15 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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This summer, fast-forward your Mandarin language skills in one of the world's most rapidly developing cities: Shanghai! One of China's fastest-growing cities, Shanghai is a vibrant modern metropolis with a rich history that integrates a wide variety of cultures with the traditional elements of old China. As the most developed city in China, students travel worldwide to explore the museums and historic buildings Shanghai offers. 

When class is in session, you'll kick learning into high gear with daily coursework and one-on-one classes that match your language level, whether you're a first- or fifth-year Mandarin student. Outside the classroom, peer tutorials, language clinics, homestays, cultural activities, and volunteering will round out your time abroad, making your summer in Shanghai one to remember for a lifetime!

Safety And Security Travel Advisory

As of March 2023, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory in Greater China. To learn more, visit our FAQs.

Unique experiences

  • Compress a year

    of Mandarin progress into eight weeks with small classes and individual lessons.

  • Maximize immersion

    by living with a Chinese host family or roommate.

  • Step outside to learn

    via volunteering, cultural activities, and a weekend trip that includes practicing Mandarin in authentic situations.



    268 KM/H
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    24.3 M

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 both classic and modern architecture, interacting harmoniously with the traditional Chinese cultural environment. 

The CIEE Shanghai Center is located inside the Zhongbei Campus of East China Normal University in downtown Shanghai, known as the “Garden University” for its beautiful natural environment.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Shanghai.

The Culture


  • Step back in time with a visit to Zhujiajiao, a traditional water town, known for its narrow, cobbled lanes, stone bridges, canals, and rich history. 
  • Choose a weekend away to learn more about cultures in different regions of China. Destinations may include: 
    • Historic Xi’an – Explore the ancient capital city at the western end of the Silk Road and the burial place of China’s first emperor. 
    • Beijing – Experience the Forbidden City and the Great Wall with a visit to the modern capital. 
    • Huangshan – See majestic Yellow Mountain in southern Anhui Province and visit Hongcun Village, where the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was filmed. 

Daily Life

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    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 within a 60-minute walk or commute by public transportation from campus.  

    Campus residence halls: Students can choose to live with a Chinese ECNU student - and speak only Chinese – in a five-story residence 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 the Study Center and close to public transportation. 


    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 and various options in the area surrounding the campus. 

Shanghai, China

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE Global Institute - Shanghai

    On the downtown Putuo campus at East China Normal University.

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    Its two campuses include this downtown location.

What People are Saying

  • "I would recommend this program because even though I was a beginner with no experience in the language, I felt like my class was so useful and well paced. Having my Chinese roommate was a very great way for me to not feel lonely and my teachers were all so kind, patient, and dedicated."

    Whitney W., University of Oregon
  • "This program was great! Not only was I able to develop my Chinese, I was also able to learn more about the culture!"

    Keylana J., University of Redlands
  • "I have had a great experience so far."

    Emily S., The University of Texas at Austin
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed the program’s structure and overall organization. It is so accommodating and flexible which is something everyone can appreciate."

    Breezy R., University of Oregon


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This program gives students a strong foundation in Chinese language through an intensive and Chinese language only environment. Designed for beginners and advanced Mandarin Chinese students alike, the program includes five course levels to develop your listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills, or elevate your language skills to a superior level, communicating with accuracy, fluency, and sophistication. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offering.

CIEE Shanghai is located on East China Normal University (ECNU)’s downtown Putuo campus and 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 graduate students from ECNU. A committee of specialists in teaching Chinese as a second language holds these courses to the highest educational standards.



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

Students must take 2 consecutive, accelerated language courses

Program Credit

Total credit: 10 U.S. semester/15 quarter credits

Course Credit

CIEE accelerated language courses: 5 U.S. semester/7.5 quarter credits; 75 contact hours

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. Accelerated language courses are demanding due to the fast pace of course content, and participation is essential. Attendance is required, and students should avoid scheduling travel during the week. In class, language instructors introduce new content and focus on improving students’ language accuracy and consistency through drills. Outside of class, students meet with peer tutors to reinforce the content and language skills learned in class. Additional hours of language tutoring can be arranged if necessary.

Class Format

Classes taught at the CIEE Global Institute are for CIEE students only. Chinese language classes are held Monday through Friday. Classes have an average of eight 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. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.


The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are assessed based on daily homework, quizzes, and written and oral exams.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction


Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


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Course Information

Course Notes
Students will take an on-site placement exam and be registered in the appropriate language levels based on their results.

Summer 2023 CIEE Courses

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Semester Credit

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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers 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
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • The Stephen M. Lew Lifetime Friendship Award
  • CIEE Stem Scholarship

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 & Fees

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Dates & 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.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer 2023 8 weeks Deadline Passed Jun 18, 2023 Aug 12, 2023
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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 = $5,741 **

Housing = $1,100 ***

Insurance = $197

Visa Fees = $212

Total Fees = $7,550

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 = $500

International Airfare = $1,300 ††

Local Transportation = $85 †††

Books & Supplies = $10

Personal expenses = $200 ††††

Other = $15 †††††

Total Estimated Costs = $2,110

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 by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's 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 some weekend meals for students in homestays; no meals are included for students in the residence hall

for students in residence halls; students placed in homestays should budget $200 for lunches

†† Round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

††† students living in homestay or enrolled in internships should budget $100

†††† for laundry, local calls, etc. Personal travel(s) not included.

††††† Covid test to enter the US, if required

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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What's Included

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What's Included

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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