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This program is not running in summer 2020. Please view a list of your alternative summer program options.
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.
Compress a year
of Mandarin progress into eight weeks with small classes and individual lessons.
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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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.
EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES
- 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 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.
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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.
Where You'll Study
CIEE Global Institute - Shanghai
On the downtown Putuo campus at East China Normal University.
EAST CHINA NORMAL UNIVERSITY
Its two campuses include this downtown location.
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What you need to knowThe program details
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.
The CIEE Global Institute – 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.
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Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5.
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Total credit: 10 U.S. semester/15 quarter credits
CIEE accelerated language courses: 5 U.S. semester/7.5 quarter credits; 75 contact hours
Language of Instruction
Students must take 2 consecutive, accelerated language courses
Students will take an on-site placement exam and be registered in the appropriate language levels based on their results.
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.
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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:
- Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
- Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
- CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
- MSI 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.See more scholarship info
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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.
YOUR FEE INCLUDES:
- 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
- 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
Fees & Housing
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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 = $5,471 **
Housing = $1,100 ***
Insurance = $167
Visa Fees = $212Total Fees = $7,250
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 = $600 †
International Airfare = $1,300 ††
Local Transportation = $200 †††
Books & Supplies = $30 ††††
Personal expenses = $600Total Estimated Costs = $2,730
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.
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.
** 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 $300 for lunches
†† Round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
††† students living in homestay or enrolled in internships should budget $350
†††† language books and area studies readers are free
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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