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Shanghai, China

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Program Provider:
Councils on International Education and Exchange (CIEE), East China Normal University

Duration:
  • Spring Semester (Early February - Late June)
  • Fall Semester (Late August - Mid December)

 Requirements:
  • Cumulative GPA- 2.75  

Academics:
  • 3 program options / 16 credits total required
  1. Accelerated Chinese Language (Language focus)-- Students are expected to take a total of four courses:  Two accelerated language courses (6 credits each), one Language/Culture Practicum in Chinese (1 credit), one elective course in Chinese (3 credits).  Designed to provide students with a complete immersion in an intensive, Chinese language-only environment. 
  2. Business, Language and Culture (Business focus)-- Students are expected to take a total of four courses: Two accelerated language courses (6 credits each), one Language/Culture Practicum (1 credit), one elective course most likely taught in English (3 credits).
  3. China in a Global Content (Political science/international relations focus)-- Students are expected to take a total of four courses:  Two accelerated language courses (6 credits each), one Language/Culture Practicum (1 credit), and one elective course most likely taught in English (3 credits).
  • One-On-One Classes:  In addition to daily classes, students meet for one-on-one class with your language instructor for 30 minutes four times a week.
  • Peer Language Tutors:  Students are paired with host university students for structured, one-on-one Chinese language tutorials for a minimum of one hour twice weekly
  • Chinese Language Clinics:  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-a-half hours, four evenings per week. 
  • Target Language Activities:  CIEE organizes group meals and other activities for the students and teachers, peer tutors and staff members.  
  • Teaching and Volunteering:  CIEE offers a limited number of teaching and volunteer opportunities to interested students in China in a Global Content Program.

 Field Trips and Cultural Activities:
  • Group cultural activities include an acrobatic show and dumpling making with host families. Visit local markets, museums, temples, and other sites in Shanghai compliment classroom work.  A number of optional, extracurricular classes are available at no additional cost, including Chinese cooking, calligraphy, martial arts, music, and mahjong.

 Housing:
  • Students select one of three housing options prior to arrival: Campus Dorm with CIEE roommate, Campus Dorm with Chinese roommate, or Chinese Host Families.  
  • Meal allowance provided by SUA. 

Links:
CIEE Shanghai: Accelerated Chinese Language Program
CIEE Shanghai: Business. Language and Culture
CIEE Shanghai: China in Global Context
Video: Study Abroad in Shanghai

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