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CIEE China in a Global Context Program in Shanghai, China
Shanghai, China
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Economics, Gender Studies, History, Political Science, Sociology Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Academic Level: Sophomore Language of Instruction: Chinese, English
Housing Options: Dorms, Host Family
Program Description:

Overview

Come explore one of the most momentous and fascinating developments of the 21st century – the dramatic transformation, and emergence of China on the world stage. Whether you’re in the humanities or the social sciences, study abroad in Shanghai will provide you with fascinating insight into the country and help fuel your own development as a global citizen.

Through an outstanding selection of coursework, cultural activities and excursions you’ll enjoy an academically engaging, culturally immersive international experience.

Study abroad in Shanghai you will:

 

  • Choose from a wide range of courses in international affairs, Chinese politics, economics, history, and society taught in English
  • Study Mandarin Chinese at all levels with support from peer language tutors and language clinic instructors, or choose not to study a language and focus entirely on area studies coursework
  • Learn outside the classroom through a weeklong excursion to Taiwan and learn new perspectives about cross-strait relations, or choose from other program field trips
  • Live with a Chinese host family or on-campus with a Chinese or program roommate
     

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.

Cultural Activities

A variety of field trips complement your class work, including visits to local Chinese companies and factories, government agencies, museums, art exhibitions, and plays. 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. A number of optional, extracurricular classes, including Chinese cooking, calligraphy, martial arts, music, and mahjong are offered at no additional cost.

Excursions

Weekend and weeklong trips provide you an opportunity to learn about local culture and traditions in other regions of China. Visit the Forbidden City in Beijing or the Ming Mausoleum in Nanjing. Travel ancient trade routes, tour Hong Kong or Taipei, or spend a week working with a not-for-profit organization, helping to improve conditions in an impoverished rural community.

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, or 90 contact hours, with a recommended credit of 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

Directed Independent Research requires 135 hours of research, with a recommended credit of 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

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:

 

  • Any three additional three-credit courses taught in English or Chinese, including an Organizational Internship*
  • Any one additional three-credit course taught in English or Chinese and one six-credit Organizational Internship*
  • Any one additional three-credit course taught in English or Chinese and one six-credit Chinese language course at the appropriate level
     

*Students who choose these options and who have not completed one semester of college-level Chinese or demonstrate equivalent proficiency are required to include the three-credit “Communicative Chinese” elective.

Course Load Examples for Semester Students:
Seminar on Issues of Globalization in China: 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
Seminar on Issues of Globalization in China: 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
Seminar on Issues of Globalization in China: 3 credits
Political Development in Modern China: 3 credits
China’s Economic Reforms: 3 credits
Total: 15 credits

Organizational Internship: 6 credits
Modern Chinese History: 3 credits
Chinese Film and Society: 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.

About Shanghai

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. With a population of 23 million people, Shanghai has seen massive development over the last two decades and the new financial district of Pudong is home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. Shanghai’s urban centers are conveniently connected by elevated light rails, the world’s first commercial high-speed Maglev train, and the fastest-growing rapid transit systems in the world.

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, and the university enrolls more than 26,000 fulltime students at its two campuses, and 3,700 international students. 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.

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 common 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 previously described, 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 within five to 15 minutes from campus by walking 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.
Housing between the fall and spring semesters is included in the academic year fee. Academic year participants living with host families may be required to live in a dormitory on campus between semesters.

Academic Program

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 students with no previous experience in the Chinese 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 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.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 enrolled in Chinese language courses meet weekly with their peer tutors in structured tutorials for a minimum of two hours per week, with 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 per week for two hours each day. The average class size is four students. Course related field trips are scheduled on Fridays and occasionally weekends.

The semester is 15 weeks long and includes a one week orientation at the beginning, 12 weeks of instruction, one week group field trip, one week program break for independent travel, and typically one national holiday.



 
This program is currently not accepting applications.