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  • Locations: Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Current, Spring Semester
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  • This program is not currently accepting applications.Applications open on January 5th for Summer and Fall term programs, May 15th for Spring term programs, and November 1st for intersession, spring break and summer faculty-led programs.
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Perched on the banks of the Huangpu River and not far from the East China Sea, Shanghai, with more than 23 million residents, is China’s largest city by population and a global axis of culture, commerce, and finance. The city has seen massive redevelopment over the past 20 years, and its new financial district, Pudong, is home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. You’ll also find the fastest-growing rapid-transit systems 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.

Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, applicants should be aware that changes to academic calendars may occur with little or no notice. Students are encouraged to either wait to book travel or book travel that allows for changes with no financial penalty. 
Applicants should also be aware that processing of visas may be impacted or halted by specific countries. Failure to secure the necessary visa may result in inability to participate in this program. 
Participants on this program may be required to self-quarantine prior to the start of their program for a specified period of time. Students are responsible for arranging (logistics and financial) their travel appropriately to ensure self-quarantine is completed prior to the start of the program.

shanghai academic overview
The UShanghai program will find  students taking courses in English at the CIEE Global Institute – Shanghai and allow them to accelerate their Mandarin skills while exploring colonial history, foreign policy, political development, and social issues that have impeded or given rise to modern China. Those with advanced Mandarin proficiency may take a subject course taught in Chinese. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding. A required foundation course will provide UM students the context needed to navigate and experience Shanghai in an authentic and intimate way. Students will engage in experiential learning, exploring interdisciplinary coursework that they can apply toward program requirements as they develop intercultural skills and an understanding of themselves in a global context. All UShanghai students are required to take a Chinese language class. All language classes are 6 credits, with the exception of Conversational Chinese, which is 3 credits. UShanghai offers an optional internship, teaching or volunteer projects for the duration of the program. 

The program is open to students with no language experience as well as those with superior proficiency, although it is not intended for native Chinese speakers. One semester of college-level Chinese area study is recommended. 


Intercultural Communication and Leadership   COS 343 / COS 391
BUSI 3001
Changing Nature of Business in China
Case-by-Case Approval by Business Advising
BUSI 3002
Chinas Macroeconomic Impact
Case-by-Case Approval by Business Advising
BUSI 3004
Policy Decision Making and Law
Case-by-Case Approval by Business Advising
BUSI 3005 / COMM 3001
Intercultural Communications and Negotiation
Case-by-Case Approval by Business Advising

COS 330
BUSI 3006
Managing Sustainability in Transnational Business
Case-by-Case Approval by Business Advising
BUSI 3007 / MKTG 3001 
Marketing Management and Methods in East Asia and Emerging Markets
Case-by-Case Approval by Business Advising
EAST 3002 / ECON 3002
China's Economic Reforms
Arts and Sciences Elective
EAST 3003 / HIST 3001
Modern Chinese History
History Elective
EAST 3004 / INRE 3001 
China's International Relations
POL 588
EAST 3005 / SOCI 3001
Issues in Chinese Society
SOC 391 / CHI 312
EAST 3006 / POLI 3001
Political Development in Modern China
POL 588
EAST 3201 / CINE 3201
Chinese Film and Society
CIM 407 / CHI 325
INDR 3003 Directed Independent Research  Case-by-Case Approval by Advisor
INSH 3003 Organizational Internship  Case-by-Case Approval by Advisor
CHIN 1001 Chinese Beginning I CHI 101
CHIN 1003  Chinese Beginning II CHI 102
CHIN 2001 Chinese Intermediate I  CHI 201
CHIN 2003 Chinese Intermediate II CHI 202
CHIN 2005 Chinese Intermediate for Heritage Learner Case-by-Case Approval by Modern Languages
CHIN 3001 Chinese Advanced I CHI 203
CHIN 3003 Chinese Advanced II CHI 204
CHIN 4001 Chinese Advanced High I Case-by-Case Approval by Modern Languages
CHIN 4002 Chinese Advanced High II Case-by-Case Approval by Modern Languages
CHIN 4901 Chinese-Superior I Case-by-Case Approval by Modern Languages
CHIN 1001 Communicative Chinese Case-by-Case Approval by Modern Languages
CHIN 3011 Business Chinese  CHI 295
CHIN 3012 Classical Chinese Case-by-Case Approval by Modern Languages
EAST 4021 / INRE 4021 
Global Issues in China
Case-by-Case Approval by International Studies
INDR 3003 Directed Independent Research  Case-by-Case Approval by Advisor

The semester is 15 weeks long and includes a one-week orientation, 12 weeks of instruction, a one-week group cultural excursion, a one-week program break for independent travel, and typically, one national holiday. Courses take place Monday through Thursday for two to four hours with occasional course-related field trips on Fridays and weekends. Class sizes range from 4 to 20 students and are typically co-taught by head language instructors and assistant language instructors. Students also meet with peer tutors for structured tutorials for at least two hours per week. All Chinese language courses and area studies electives are managed by CIEE and specially designed for CIEE study abroad students. Some area study courses may include a limited number of ECNU students to increase cross-cultural and academic exchange.

The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. For elective courses, students are graded on exams, homework, participation, and attendance. Professors may assign exams, quizzes, research papers, and individual and group oral presentations or projects. For language courses, students are graded on daily homework, quizzes, and written and oral exams.

Accelerated language courses are demanding. Held Monday through Thursday for four hours, these classes average about five students, making participation key. Language classes typically are co-taught by head language instructors, who introduce new content and assistant language instructors, who focus on accuracy and consistency through drills. In addition, students meet weekly with their instructor for one-on-one classes, and with peer tutors for a minimum of four hours per week, total. More hours can be arranged. English language elective courses take place once per week for three hours. Chinese language electives meet twice a week for two hours. Average class size is four students. Course field trips are scheduled on Fridays, and occasionally weekends.

Students participating in the for credit Organizational Internship course will be assigned to an internship project with a company in Shanghai. The internship sponsors, which vary each term depending on participating organizations and available positions, may include local Chinese companies and multinational companies, as well as international small and medium-sized enterprises and nonprofit organizations. Course curriculum includes class introduction, coached work, and final presentation to earn three academic credits. 

Students enroll in 4 - 5 courses per semester:
  • 2 East Asian Studies (EAST) electives – 3 semester credits each, 45 contact hours
  • 2-3 additional courses which may be comprised of:
    • Elective(s) taught in English or Chinese – 3 semester credits each, 45 contact hours
    • A Chinese language course* – 6 semester credits, 90 contact hours
    • Directed Independent Research – 3 semester credits, 45 contact hours (including 100-120 research hours)
    • Organizational Internship** –  3 credits, 45 contact hours (including 100-120 work placement hours)
Students wishing to take 18 credits will require special approval. 

Shanghai Program Overview

Dorm accommodations will be provided on the campus of East China Normal University. Students can live with a Chinese ECNU student – and speak only Chinese – or with another CIEE student in a five-story hall on the ECNU campus. There are shared kitchens and bathrooms on each floor, plus study areas, and laundry facilities. The hall is a 10-minute walk to CIEE and close to public transportation. Students are responsible for meals. There are moderately priced cafeterias on campus.

In addition to the immersive academic elements of UShanghai, students will participate in excursions and activities both within Shanghai and mainland China. Sample excursions and activities may include: 
  • Join classmates for a thrilling acrobat show, a river cruise, group meals, and more.
  • Explore Chinese history and arts with visits to museums, art exhibitions, and plays.
  • Step back in time with visits to traditional water towns like Wuzhen and Zhujiajiao, lined with narrow cobbled lanes, stone bridges, canals, and rich history.
  • Travel overnight to nearby beautiful historic cities like Suzhou – called Venice of the East for its many canals and famous for its classical gardens and silk industry – or Hangzhou, known for the natural beauty of its mountains and its textile and high-tech industries.
  • Get hands-on cultural experience by learning Chinese cooking, calligraphy, martial arts, music, or mahjong.
  • Tea and Horse Road This ancient network of mountain paths connected the tea-growing regions of southwestern China to Burma and India by mule caravan through the mountains and valleys of Yunnan and Sichuan provinces and Tibet. Students may travel to Lijiang and Shangri-La, seat of a Tibetan autonomous prefecture near the border of Tibet. Ideal for humanities and social science students majoring in Chinese language and culture, literature, history, religion, anthropology, and geography.
  • Hong Kong. Explore one of the world's leading international financial centers and see how Hong Kong retains different political and economic systems from mainland China, with a diverse international population. Students visit companies and attend lectures on business development and industry, take a city tour, cruise Victoria Harbor at night, and visit a local Daoist temple known for fortune telling. Ideal for students majoring in international business, finance, and economics
The Program Fee for UShanghai is $5,800.00. The Program Fee Includes:
  • Housing
  • Visa
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • One-week 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
  • Internship coordination 
The tentative Spring 2020 program dates are Feb 23 – Jun 6, 2020. 

This program is not currently accepting applications.Applications open on January 5th for Summer and Fall term programs, May 15th for Spring term programs, and November 1st for intersession, spring break and summer faculty-led programs.