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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.
  • Learn outside the classroom through a weeklong excursion.
  • 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 $5 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:

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

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

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

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

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

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

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

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

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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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 or a large multinational company or lend project management support at a local start-up.

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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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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Spring 2017 (15 wks)
11/01/2016
02/26/2017
06/10/2017
$15,850

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 **
$13,081
Housing ***
$2,090
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$212

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,200
International Airfare **
$1,170
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 (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.

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Fall 2017 (15 wks)
05/15/2017
09/03/2017
12/16/2017
$15,850

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 **
$13,081
Housing ***
$2,090
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$212

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,200
International Airfare **
$1,170
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 (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.

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Spring 2018 (15 wks)
11/01/2017
03/04/2018
06/16/2018

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 $500 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 2017-2018 (41 wks)
05/15/2017
09/03/2017
06/16/2018
$30,100

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 **
$25,241
Housing ***
$4,180
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$212

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

Estimated Additional Costs

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

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 (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

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
  • 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 Conversational 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 Ed.D in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University. 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 has led international initiatives, study abroad, and international student services in two state universities. Born in Taiwan, Chao began his career in international education at Columbia College, taught courses on U.S. higher education as a visiting fellow at Tongji University in Shanghai, and served as chair of the Department of International Trade at Tainan University of Technology in Taiwan. He has served as a research fellow to the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission 211 Project and to the Ministry of Education in Taiwan on education reform focused on 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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Laura Harris

Manager of Student Services

Born in Canada, Laura Harris first explored her intellectual curiosities while earning a B.Mus. degree in Piano Performance from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, and a M.A. in Music History and Culture from the University of Toronto. Laura later earned her M.Sc. Ed. in Intercultural Communication from the University of Pennsylvania, during which she pursued research in language diversity and education. Before joining the CIEE Study Center in Shanghai Laura gained experience in international student advising and program administration at the University of Pennsylvania. She has also promoted educational programs in Hangzhou, China and New Delhi, India.

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Ma Jia

Chinese Language Director

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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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.

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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

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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 may 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 Zhujiajiao, 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 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:

Hangzhou

Hangzhou(杭州), formerly known as Hangchow, is the capital and largest city of Zhejiang Province in Eastern China. It is governed as a sub-provincial city. As a core city of the Yangtze River Delta, Hangzhou is 180 kilometers away Shanghai, and Hangzhou has great contribution to Zhejiang’s economy. It is one of the most renowned and prosperous cities of China for the last 1,000 years. As the same time, Hangzhou has beautiful natural scenery. The West Lake is the most well-known attraction in China.

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.

WUZHEN

Wuzhen is a historic scenic town, part of Tongxiang, located in northern Zhejiang Province (浙江省). It lies within the triangle formed by Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Shanghai. Wuzhen is best known for its 1300 year old history. The ancient Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal flows through the town, which is divided by waterways into four areas, Dongzha (东栅), Xizha (西栅), Nanzha (南栅), and Beizha (北栅). Since 872 A.D. Wuzhen has never changed its name, location, waterways, or way of life. Traditional buildings remain intact today even after hundreds of years of weathering. Wuzhen is also known for their indigo-dyed calico. Even to this day women around the city still sit at their looms, weaving the colorful fabrics. Life in Wuzhen has always been simple. To this day, many locals breed silkworms and raise chrysanthemums, and still continue to buy vegetables from trade boats.

Weeklong Excursion

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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. Contemporary Chinese, vol. 1.Beijing: Sinolingua Press, 2003; 吴中伟.《当代中文1》. 北京: 华语教学出版社, 2003; Supplementary texts.补充教材. 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. Contemporary Chinese, vol. 2.Beijing: Sinolingua Press, 2003; 吴中伟.《当代中文1》. 北京: 华语教学出版社, 2003; Supplementary texts.补充教材. 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. Contemporary Chinese, vol.1.Beijing: Sinolingua Press, 2003; 吴中伟.《当代中文1》. 北京: 华语教学出版社, 2003; Wu, Zhongwei. Contemporary Chinese, vol. 2. Beijing: Sinolingua Press, 2003; 吴中伟.《当代中文2》. 北京: 华语教学出版社, 2003; Supplementary texts.补充教材. 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: Li, Xiaoqi. Boya Chinese: Quasi-Intermediate II. Beijing: Peking University Press, 2013. 李晓琪.《博雅汉语》–准中级加速篇II. 北京: 北京大学出版社, 2013. 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: Li, Xiaoqi. Boya Chinese: Intermediate I. Beijing: Peking University Press, 2013. 李晓琪.《博雅汉语》–中级冲刺篇I. 北京: 北京大学出版社, 2013. 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: Li, Xiaoqi. Boya Chinese: Intermediate II. Beijing: Peking University Press, 2006. 李晓琪.《博雅汉语》–中级冲刺篇II.北京: 北京大学出版社, 2006. 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: Li, Xiaoqi. Boya Chinese: Advanced Hover I. Beijing: Peking University Press, 2013. 李晓琪.《博雅汉语》–高级飞翔篇I. 北京: 北京大学出版社, 2013. 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: Li, Xiaoqi. Boya Chinese: Advanced Hover II. Beijing: Peking University Press, 2006. 李晓琪.《博雅汉语》–高级飞翔篇II. 北京: 北京大学出版社, 2006. 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: One semester of macroeconomics.)
This course introduces students to both domestic and international aspects of China’s economy. It explores the political, social, and cultural forces that are shaping China’s modernization and how the country’s businesses interact with the world marketplace. The course also provides students with the knowledge of processes of reforms in different economic aspects in China and tries to help students to understand the characteristics of Chinese economy. 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 one of the following areas: political science, international relations, sociology, history, Asian studies or Macroeconomics.)
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, i.e. the EU, India, Japan and Russia, and consists of three interrelated parts. The first is a basic understanding of Chinese foreign policy. The second discusses Sino-European, Sino-Indian, Sino-Japanese and Sino-Russian relations, with the most important third party (U.S.) factor taken into account. The third focuses on important issues in Sino-U.S. relations from a Chinese foreign policy perspective. Finally, the course also offers an insider’s view on the newest development in Chinese foreign policy, such as China’s recent engagement in Africa and its implications for the West, especially the US, as the instructor has been engaging in policy relevant research for over a decade in China. 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
(Prerequisite: No prior knowledge of Chinese cinema/culture/history is required. All films carry English subtitles. All works are read in English.)
This course will examine Chinese cinema from its infancy to contemporary film within a social, political and cultural context, focusing specifically on films produced in mainland China. 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 will not only help 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/culture/history in the context of globalization. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Business Elective Courses

BUSI 3001 SBLC

Changing Nature of Business in China
(Prerequisite:Three semesters of college-level microeconomics or macroeconomics, accounting, finance, management, or marketing are required.)

This course provides students an opportunity to examine the key elements shaping the changing nature of business in China and helping to define the future course of Chinese economic development. Topics covered include stimulus programs, labor contract law, economic cooperation between Taipei and Beijing, and the contentious issue of RMB undervaluation. In addition, this course will examine the various aspects of the economic, social, political, and policy issues in the Asia region especially between Beijing and Taipei. The course will conclude by synthesizing the key issues studied and by exploring potential business and job opportunities for our students. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

BUSI 3007 SBLC / MKTG 3001 SBLC

Marketing Management and Methods in East Asia and Emerging Markets
(Prerequisite: Prior coursework in core marketing is required as the course builds upon these fundamentals.)

The principal objective of this course is to help student develop a critical appreciation of both the opportunities and challenges associated with the increasing globalization of markets with a particular focus on emerging markets, Asian markets, and China in particular. During the semester, student will learn about the key environmental forces shaping consumer needs and preferences, the impact of political and economic factors on firms operating in an international environment, the influence of international competition, market segmentation and strategy decisions specific to international marketing. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

BUSI 3002 SBLC/ECON 3001 SBLC

China’s Macroeconomic Impact
(Prerequisite: Previous college level coursework in microeconomics and basic knowledge of Microeconomics.)

This course focuses on economic development in China; industrialization manufacturing capacity and international trade applied to problems of China’s economic growth; and the role and trend of foreign direct investment to industrialization. It also examines China’s banking and financial system; monetary policy and capital market development; investment growth and capital formation; and analyze RMB exchange rate policy. Prerequisite: Three semesters of microeconomics and/or macroeconomics, or three semesters of accounting, finance, management, or marketing. Textbook: Instructor will provide readings. Language of Instruction: English. Contact Hours: 45. Recommended Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

BUSI 3004 SBLC

International Business Law: Policy, Decision Making and Law
This class examines the policy-making institutions in both China and the United States that draft, debate, and make international business law and trade policy. We will analyze the US Congress and the National People’s Congress and the people and committees that make international trade policy and law. We will discuss current issues in international business law as it is promulgated from China and the US; the rule of law in China and its application; and the customs and etiquette of common business practices that permeate aspects of doing business in China.We will have discussions with legal professionals, business owners and executives who are living and working in China. We will discuss the international business environment in China. This is not a class on “How to start or register a business in China”. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

BUSI 3005 SBLC/COMM 3001 SBLC

Intercultural Communication and Negotiation
This is a theory and application class. This course is for students who want to expand their communication skills, while examining the culture of communications and negotiations internationally and in China. We will discuss current issues in international communications as they relate to shaping and developing international policy and domestic law. We will have discussions with legal professionals, business owners and executives who are living and working in China. We will discuss negotiations, communications and the international business environment in China. Contact hours: 45. Recommended Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

BUSI 3006 SBLC/MGMT 3001 SBLC

Managing Sustainability in Transnational Business
(Prerequisite: Knowledge in international relations, public policy, general management, microeconomics, accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behavior and human resource will be helpful but not compulsory.)

This course will provide an overview on the development of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in China in a comparison with North American and European countries. It aims to help students build a global perspective of CSR and sustainable business, with a strong mindset of applying practical knowledge to local issues. We will explore all essential CSR subjects, including environmental footprint, community involvement & development, fair operating practices, labor practices, and supply chain management, in a context of addressing challenges faced by transnational companies engaging various sets of stakeholders in different geographic territories. With a special emphasis on China/Asia, students will study actual cases taking place in MNCs’ China operation. This course also plans to cover more advanced topics such as Corporate Social Innovation and CSR related public policy in China when time permits. Prerequisite: Knowledge in international relations, public policy, general management, microeconomics, accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behavior and human resource will be helpful but not compulsory. Language of Instruction: English. Contact Hours: 45. Recommended Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Elective Courses—In Chinese

CHIN 1001 SHCH

Conversational 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
(Prerequisites: Students are required to have approximately four semesters of college-level Chinese language study, or with the consent of the instructor.)
This course focuses on increasing students’ knowledge of modern Chinese business including its business environment, traditions, and culture; improving students’ ability of reading business related articles, and teaching students how to use Chinese to express their opinions on business topics through speaking and writing activities.Textbook: Yuan Fangyuan袁芳远. Chenggongzhidao: zhongjishangwuHanyuanlijiaocheng.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.

INRE 4021 SACS / EAST 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 Advanced-High Chinese level students and is taught in Chinese. The course is designed to introduce the important role China plays in a global context and to help students understand the 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)

(Prerequisites: Three semesters of college-level business, economics, accounting, finance, management, or marketing are required. Chinese language skills are highly recommended and preferred by the sponsoring companies but not required.)

This course provides the students an opportunity to participate in office projects with some of the sponsoring companies in a real world business environment. The course focuses on current issues facing the managers, peers, and professional staff. Students will be interviewed by a sponsoring company and offers will be given to those selected for the projects. The sponsors vary each semester depending on the participating organizations of this program. Lectures will only cover overall policies and procedures that may be used in each company. A generic guideline will include job search techniques, interviewing skills, resume writing, work ethics, staff behavior, corporate values, and techniques used in the office to work smoothly and efficiently with co-workers. The instructor will be the facilitator for classroom discussions and student participations in the class. The subjects covered in the class will entail real issues facing the interns and the sponsoring companies. We emphasize on the practical approach to identify solutions for workplace issues and challenges.

The course covers 15 weeks and the internship should start no later than the first two weeks into the semester or the deadline for the drop/withdrawal period. If a student does not receive an offer from the sponsor, the student cannot continue the class and will be dropped from the class. Class will meet at 4PM Monday afternoon in the first three weeks, at midterm, and in the last two weeks of the semester. Internship work schedule will concentrate on Thursdays and Fridays each week. On Thursday and Friday, the interns are expected to work fulltime during those days. Some Thursdays and Fridays may conflict with CIEE excursions and field trips. In those cases, the internship students are required to work during these two days. Therefore it is recommended that intern students select other classes other than Thursdays and Fridays. Some sponsors may require one or two extra half day work during the week. If a sponsor schedules work after 4 or 5 PM during other days of the week, then the interns are not subject to the Thursday and Friday work restriction.

Students are expected to turn in weekly time sheets signed by the sponsoring company. During the internship, all correspondence with the instructor should be by emails. Individual meetings can be arranged in advance with the instructor on internship issues. At the end of the course, the mentor of the sponsoring company will provide an evaluation on the performance of the student. Two reports for the internship project will be prepared by the students, one for mid term and one for the final. To be successful in the Organizational Internship class, the students are encouraged to actively seek open and frank communication with the company mentor and the instructor. As a result of these proactive communications by the students, they should be better prepared to work with co-workers and supervisors when stepping into a full time job upon graduation. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

INDR 3003 SACS

Directed Independent Research
(spring semester only) (in Chinese)
(Prerequisite: placement in “China - Advanced High I” or above)

INDR 3003 SCGC

Directed Independent Research
(In English. Spring semester only.) 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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