Shanghai, China

Summer Accelerated Chinese Language

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Information for term Summer Accelerated Chinese Language

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2018

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2018
  • Dates: Jun 24 – Aug 18, 2018 (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 most rapidly developing cities on earth. Kick learning into high gear with daily coursework and one-on-one classes suited to your level, whether you’re a first- or fifth-year Mandarin student. Add peer tutorials and language clinics, homestays, cultural activities and volunteering, and your summer in Shanghai will be one you’ll always value.

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.

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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 Pudong, and the world’s fastest-growing rapid-transit system, featuring urban centers connected by elevated light rail, the world’s first commercial high-speed Maglev train, and 16 subway lines.

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The Culture


  • Step back in time with a visit to the traditional water towns Zhujiajiao, noted 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 might include:
    • Historic Xi’an – Explore the ancient capital city at the western end of the Silk road, and burial place of China’s first emperor.
    • Beijing – See the Forbidden City and the awesome 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.
  • Join classmates for a thrilling acrobatic show.
  • Learn to make dumplings with host families.
  • Get more hands-on cultural experience by learning Chinese cooking, calligraphy, martial arts, music, or mahjong.


  • One-on-one instruction. Meet with your language instructor for 30 minutes, four to five times a week.
  • 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 resident staff in an informal setting that encourages students to use their Chinese language skills.


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.

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 a 15- to 45-minute walk or commute by public transportation from campus. Campus residence halls Students who choose to live on the ECNU campus room with a Chinese student, and speak only Chinese. There are shared kitchens and bathrooms on each floor, plus computer rooms, study areas, lounges, 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.

Shanghai, China

Where You'll Study

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    On the downtown Putuo campus at East China Normal University.

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    Its two campuses include this downtown location.

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What you need to know

The program details

CIEE has welcomed students to Shanghai since 1981, and the CIEE Study Center in Shanghai has been hosted by East China Normal University since 2001. Launched in 2010, this program provides a strong foundation in Chinese language through complete immersion in an intensive and Chinese language-only environment.

Designed for beginners and superior-level Mandarin Chinese students alike, it 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. Students take two accelerated language courses are designed to move students ahead at least two Chinese language levels in all four Chinese language skills.

Students agree to speak Chinese at during designated times to encourage fluency, and are graded on this component of the program.

East China Normal University (ECNU). Established in 1951, ECNU is one of China’s key institutions of higher learning. Nationally known for its Chinese language and literature program, the university hosts more than 26,000 students, including 3,700 international students, at its two campuses.

CIEE Study Center. ECNU has hosted our Center since 2001. You’ll find it on ECNU’s downtown Putuo campus – known as the “Garden University” for its beautiful grounds – on the Liwa River.

Chinese language courses are taught by the CIEE language director, full-time CIEE faculty members, and graduate students from the East China Normal University College of International Chinese Studies.


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    Chinese-language classes are held Monday through Thursday, for two hours. Classes have an average of five students, and participation is important. Classes 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 courses are specially designed for and open only to CIEE study-abroad students.


    Students are assessed 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, F.



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.


Program Credit

  • Total credit: 10 semester/15 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: 75; credit – 5 semester/7.5 quarter hours per course

Students to take two consecutive accelerated Chinese language courses. CIEE may place students in appropriate language courses based on results of language proficiency exams.

Summer 2018 Courses

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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.


Students are placed in two of the following consecutive language courses based on results of onsite proficiency tests.

Summer 2017 Courses

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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.


Students are placed in two of the following consecutive language courses based on results of onsite proficiency tests.


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Scholarships & Grants

In 2016, we awarded over 1,000 scholarships totaling more than $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization. This year's no different. In fact, every year we give this unrivaled amount of funding, because we’re on a mission to help YOU go abroad, too! Explore your options today.

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

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • 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.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Two-day 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
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext

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, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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Summer 2018 8 weeks

Application Due

Apr 1, 2018

Start Date

Jun 24, 2018

End Date

Aug 18, 2018

Fees & Housing

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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 = $5,071 **

Housing = $1,100 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $212

Total Fees = $6,850

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 = $970

International Airfare = $1,530 ††

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $75

Personal expenses = $500

Total Estimated Costs = $3,225

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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 some weekend meals for students in homestays; no meals are included for students in the residence hall

for students in the residence hall; students placed in homestays only need to budget $470 for meals not included in the program fee

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

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