Known for its economic prowess and long history of foreign influence, Shanghai is the country’s financial and industrial capital. The last decade has seen massive development in this metropolis of over 19 million; construction of the city’s infrastructure and transportation system is constant. With an elevated light rail, the world’s first commercial high-speed maglev train, and 13 subway lines, the city boasts one of the fastest growing rapid transit systems in the world. Those in search of old Shanghai, however, can still find the legacy of its magnificent past.
Academic Year: Late August through early June
Fall Semester: Late August through mid-December
Spring Semester: Late February through early June
*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.
- The Shanghai program is located on the campus of East China Normal University (ECNU), locally known as "HuaShiDa." The University has a long history of scholarly endeavors and is well known as one of the most innovative universities in China.
- Notre Dame offers this option in conjunction with the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) through its program at East China Normal University in Shanghai. This program will be most attractive to Notre Dame students in the College of Arts & Letters and business students with a serious interest in Chinese language acquisition.
- No science or engineering courses are currently available through CIEE in Shanghai, but it is possible for ND students from these colleges to earn general university or college elective credits.
- Grades and credits earned while on this program will be recorded on ND student transcripts and will be factored into grade-point averages.
The CIEE Shanghai Program offers three tracks: 1) Accelerated Chinese Language, 2) Business, Language, and Culture, and 3) China in a Global Context.
The Accelerated Chinese Language program is designed to advance students through two levels of Mandarin Chinese each semester and will help students develop their Chinese communicative skills through small and one-one one classes, peer tutors, and nightly language clinics. What’s more, students will choose from a variety of elective courses, taught in both English and Mandarin, ranging from business and finance to globalization, Chinese history, political science, and film studies.
The Business, Language, and Culture program is designed for students with a major or minor in business administration or economics. Students participating in this program come to understand contemporary business issues affecting China, and China as a rising power in the business world today. Through site visits and other networking opportunities, this study abroad program provides students with vital insight into the causes behind—and challenges of—China’s rapid economic development and the country’s emerging role on the world stage.
China in a Global Context track helps students develop functional communicative skills in Mandarin Chinese through small classes, tutors, and language clinics. They learn about external forces that are affecting China and how China is responding to those forces; new and old issues in Chinese society and political, historical and cultural changes; and how these factors combine to affect China’s external rise and internal development. Students can choose from a wide variety of English-language courses ranging from East Asian Studies and economics to history, political science, cinema, and gender studies.
- Overall GPA 2.75
- This study abroad program is not designed for native Chinese speakers.
- Peer Language Tutors: Students will be paired with ECNU students for structured, one-on-one Chinese language tutorials for a minimum of one hour, twice a week. 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.
- Target Language Activities: CIEE head teachers organize group meals and other activities for the students, their language teachers, peer tutors, and resident staff to encourage students to utilize their Chinese in an informal setting. Students attending the optional activities are expected to speak only Chinese.
- CIEE Community Language Commitment: Students 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 students will sign an agreement specifying when and in what contexts speaking Chinese is required, including inside the Chinese language classroom building.
- Excursions: Whether it’s a visit to a booming metropolis or a rustic village, weekend and week-long excursions give students unparalleled insight into Chinese culture: travel to neighboring Tianjin, touring the Tianjin Teda industrial park—home to companies including Toyota, Samgsung and Motorola; spend the weekend in Hangzhou, a textile and tech-industry leader; or build homes in one of China’s impoverished rural communities as part of a service-learning project.
- Internships: Whether at a multinational corporation, a local Chinese company, or an international non-profit, internships bring coursework to life. Students will work and learn alongside Chinese and international employees, at companies like global business advisory firm, FTI International Risk; manufacturer, Richio, Inc.; non-profit, Lifeline Shanghai; market research company, CBR.
- Company Visits: During special networking trips, students will meet with leaders from some of the top companies in Shanghai and hear from these leaders, giving them an exclusive look into the management of some of the most successful businesses and corporations in Shanghai.
- Cultural Activities: A variety of field trips complement classroom work, including visits to 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.
- Village Service Learning: Study abroad students selecting this field trip will have the unique opportunity to travel to a rural region of interior China, such as a Hani ethnic minority village in Yunnan province, or participate in a building project with Habitat for Humanity or an educational activity with another not-for-profit organization designed to help improve conditions in impoverished rural communities.
Housing and 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.
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.
Chinese Host Families
Chinese host families are located within 30 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.
Housing between fall and spring semesters is included in the academic-year study abroad fee. Academic-year participants living with host families may be required to live in a dormitory on campus between semesters.
If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.
East China Normal University