SHANGHAI: CIEE

Shanghai, China

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Dates

  • Fall Semester - Early September - Late December
  • Spring Semester - Late February - Early June

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 1
  • Spring Semester - October 1

Description

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

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. Whether you’re in the humanities or the social sciences, study abroad in Shanghai will provide you with fascinating insight into the country and help fuel your own development as a global citizen.

Through an outstanding selection of coursework, cultural activities, and excursions you’ll enjoy an academically engaging and culturally immersive international experience.

Study abroad in Shanghai and you will:

  • Choose from a wide range of English-taught courses in international affairs, Chinese politics, economics, history, and society
  • Study Mandarin Chinese at all levels with support from peer language tutors and language clinic instructors; or choose not to study a language and focus entirely on area studies coursework
  • Learn outside the classroom through a weeklong excursion to Taiwan, and develop new perspectives about cross-strait relations
  • Live with a Chinese host family or on-campus with a Chinese or program roommate

Students have the option to study for a semester abroad in Shanghai by participating in one of the following CIEE Shanghai Tracks:

 

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. You can also elect to study Mandarin, partake in an internship, or pursue your 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.

 

 

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Host University

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Accelerated Chinese Language Track

  • 2.75 GPA
  • Full-time Northeastern student
  • Must be sophomore or above
  • There is no language prerequisite for this program
  • This study abroad program is not designed for native Chinese speakers. Students who are citizens of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan ROC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau should consider the China in a Global Context programs in Shanghai instead.

China in a Global Context Track

  • 2.75 GPA
  • Full-time Northeastern student
  • Must be sophomore or above
  • There is no language prerequisite for this program
  • 1 college-level Chinese area studies course recommended
  • Students who are citizens of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan ROC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau are welcome and should contact the CIEE Study Abroad Advisor about special entry requirements

Application Procedure

    • Completed online OISP application
    • Completed online CIEE application

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • Official transcript
    • Home School Nomination forms will be completed online (Completed by your OISP advisors).
    • Passport photos
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
    • 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.
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    Cost

    Fall 2014 or Spring 2015: $21,367

    Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($21,267), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). Please note that this program requires students to take five courses. Should students choose to transfer back the fifth course, the student will be liable for an additional 4 credit overload fee ($5,317 ). 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.

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    Accommodations

    Accelerated Chinese Language Track Housing Options:

    This study abroad program fosters a Chinese language-only environment. In order to support students to maximize Chinese language proficiency gains, all participants on this program live with Chinese host families or Chinese roommates. Participants select one of two housing options prior to arrival. The CIEE Shanghai staff strive to match each student based on his or her first preference, not only in terms of their personal lifestyle preferences but also academic, cultural and personal goals.

    • Campus Residence Hall with 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.

    • Chinese Host Families

    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.

    China in a Global Context Track Housing Options: Participants select one of three housing options prior to arrival. The CIEE Shanghai staff strive to match each student based on his or her first preference, not only in terms of their personal lifestyle preferences but also academic, cultural and personal goals.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    Meals are not included in these two housing options and are the responsibility of the student. Meals are available in the campus cafeterias at a moderate price.

    • Chinese Host Families

    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 to make rapid progress in Chinese language.

     

     

    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.