Spend the summer applying and advancing your Mandarin language skills in one of the most dynamic, rapidly developing cities on earth. Whether you’re a first- or fifth-year student of the language, you’ll have access to intensive, daily Chinese coursework and one-on-one classes that address your individual needs.
Coupling that classwork with structured peer tutorials and language clinics, homestays with local families, cultural activities and volunteering opportunities, CIEE study abroad in Shanghai provides you with an exciting and truly immersive international experience.
Study abroad in Shanghai and you will
- Advance your Mandarin the equivalent of one year on this Chinese language-only program through small and one-on-one classes
- Live with a Chinese host family or Chinese roommate and immerse yourself in Chinese culture
- Learn outside the classroom through volunteer opportunities, cultural activities, and a three-day field trip “off the tourist track” to practice Chinese in authentic situations
Academics & Curriculum
The program is appropriate for students with Chinese abilities ranging from no experience in the language to superior level Mandarin Chinese. All students take two accelerated language courses that focus on rapid language acquisition and are designed to move students ahead at least two Chinese language levels in all four Chinese language skills. The courses are taken consecutively, with each being worth five credits.
Students attend required accelerated Chinese language classes Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 12:00pm. The 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 activities. In addition, students meet with their instructor in one-on-one classes for 30 minutes four to five times per week, and with their peer tutors in structured tutorials for a minimum of one hour twice weekly.
Accommodations & Meals
Participants studying abroad in China have two housing options. The first option is to live in a residence hall with a Chinese roommate. The Campus Residence Hall is a five-story facility located on the ECNU campus that 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.
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 this housing option and are the responsibility of the student. Meals are available in campus cafeterias at moderate prices.
The second option is to live in a homestay. Chinese host families are located 15 - 45 minutes outside campus. Students can walk or take public transportation home. 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 a Chinese language environment and make rapid progress in the language.