Come experience one of the most momentous and fascinating developments of the 21st century—the dramatic transformation and emergence of China on the world stage.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2017
  • Deadline: March 1, 2017
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
  • Photo(s) (passport sized [1x2]): Student’s first and last name should be written on the back if hard copy.
Submit to Host University
  • Online CIEE Application
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
  • Official Transcript
  • 1 Evaluation: If a program has a language prerequisite, the program requires ONE language evaluation. The CIEE online application will prompt students and will send an email to their evaluator.
Update My Travel Plans on MyNEU
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Restrictions
  • Restricted to: non-native Chinese speakers (for the Accelerated Chinese Language Track).

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

Track One: Accelerated Chinese Language

This program is designed for students with 4-7 semesters of Mandarin Chinese to develop advanced communicative skills in Mandarin Chinese through small classes, tutors, and language clinics; understand contemporary economic and political issues affecting China and the affects of China as a rising power in the world today; and apply skills learned in the classroom to understand the environment outside through independent fieldwork and volunteer opportunities.

A full course load is three courses. Students enroll in two consecutive accelerated language courses, and one elective course taught in Chinese or English.  Students are placed in the appropriate language course based on the results of written and oral placement exams taking during orientation and are also required to take the Advanced Chinese Language Research Project and two electives. Students placed in Advanced High must take both electives in Chinese. Area studies electives enroll students from other CIEE programs in Shanghai.

Track Two: China in Global Context

Choose from a wide variety of English-language courses ranging from East Asian Studies and economics to history, political science, cinema, and gender studies. Students can also elect to study Mandarin, partake in an internship, or pursue their interests through independent research.

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:

  • Three additional four-credit courses taught in English or Chinese, including an Organizational Internship*
  • One additional four-credit course taught in English or Chinese and one four-credit Organizational Internship*
  • One additional four-credit course taught in English or Chinese and one four-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.

Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNeu under Services and Links labeled “Study Abroad Course Approval” . Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $24,280
  • Tuition covers 8 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed 8 credits. If a student elects to transfer back more than four courses (or 8 credits), then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Registrar’s website. 

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: July 1, 2017
  • Deadline: October 30, 2017
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • 1 Evaluation: If a program has a language prerequisite, the program requires ONE language evaluation. The CIEE online application will prompt students and will send an email to their evaluator.
Submit to Host University
  • Online CIEE Application
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
  • Official Transcript
  • Photo(s) (passport sized [1x2]): Student’s first and last name should be written on the back if hard copy.
Update My Travel Plans on MyNEU
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Restrictions
  • Restricted to: non-native Chinese speakers (for the Accelerated Chinese Language Track).

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

Effective Spring 2018 Semester, Northeastern students will follow a new credit conversion scale, as outlined below:

  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:1 (CIEE: Northeastern)
  • Students should aim to take 16 credits total. Credits per course may vary

Each international host university has its own credit system. You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNeu under Services and Links labeled “Study Abroad Course Approval” . Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $24,280
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed this range. If a course load exceeds this then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Student Financial Service’s website.

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Destination

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.

Accommodations

Please remember that Northeastern University does not arrange accommodations for you while you are abroad – this is your responsibility. You should follow all of your host institution’s or housing provider’s procedures and deadlines for obtaining housing. Failure to do so may mean you are not able to arrange housing through the program.

  • On-Campus: Campus 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. 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 this housing option and are the responsibility of the student. Meals are available in the campus cafeterias at a moderate price.
  • Homestay: Chinese host families are located 15 – 45 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. This option is highly recommended for students who want to live in an entirely Chinese language environment and make rapid progress in Chinese language.
  • On-Campus: ONLY if student is on the Global Context Track: 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. 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.

Host University or Organization

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, including 3,700 international students, at its two campuses. 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.

Coordinators
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