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Program Description

Overview

ISA Shanghai
Photo courtesy of ISA

   Quick Facts

  • Take a diverse set of courses taught in English covering subjects such as Business, Political Science, Economics and History.
  • Students will be required to enroll in a Mandarin language course if they have not previously taken at least two terms of Mandarin.
  • East China Normal University will only admit non-Chinese citizens. Students who hold a passport from Mainland China (PRC) are not eligible for this program.

Location


Shanghai skyline
Photo courtesy of ISA

Location Details

East China Normal University is located in Shanghai and is known as a "Garden University" due to its stunning campus. With flower gardens throughout the complex, two lakes, a gated entrance that insulates the campus from the noisy streets of the city, and one of Shanghai's most beautiful parks dominating the environment. 

Shanghai (pop. 23,019,148) is China's largest city and financial capital. It is located on the central east coast of the country, almost exactly between Beijing and Hong Kong, and as such, enjoy incredibly moderate weather year-round. You will experience every season in Shanghai, all of them mild. The summer can bring a good deal of rain, but with average temperatures in the mid-80's, even summer rains can be nice.

Shanghai has been a market city for over 1,000 years and has been a city of global economic importance since the 19th Century. In Summer 2010, Shanghai hosted the World Expo 2010, which showcased the city as China's model for commercial and industrial success.

Shanghai's long history as an Asian trade hub has contributed to its distinct welcoming and open atmosphere, making it the ideal location for those who wish to study abroad in China, and learn more about Chinese language and culture. Due to its financial success, Shanghai has some of the best shopping in China, with a wide range of shopping options from small shops to giant stores. Anyone who enjoys shopping will love Shanghai!

Read more about Shanghai here.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.

Academics

Academic Program & Courses

Curriculum
Students will take 4 courses comprised of:

  • Required: Global Business Management or Chinese Marketing Strategy
  • 3 additional courses (Electives or Chinese Language)
Taking a 5th course is an option, but will be an additional fee.   


Though ISA includes a list of courses on their website, please note that courses are subject to availability based on pre-requisites, enrollment numbers, and scheduling.  Students should have alternate courses in mind.

Academic Opportunities

Course List (Click on desired semester, then Courses ) Click here
Request ISA Syllabi  Email the Shanghai Site Specialist
Submit an ISA Syllabus for Evaluation Click here
Courses Previously Taken by ASU Students (may not be offered during your term of study) Click here
Course Registration Timeline & Process   ISA will assist students with course registration.  For language courses, course enrollment may be subject to prerequisites or a placement exam.
 
Course Levels, Credits & Grades
  ISA Shanghai University Program ASU
Course Levels Lower Division Lower division
Upper Division Upper division
Credit  3 credits   3 credits
Grades  All credits and grades will be posted to your ASU record after completion of your program.  As courses are graded, not pass/fail, they will be factored into your ASU G.P.A.
Click here to view how credits and grades at East China Normal University (ECNU) will convert to ASU credits and grades.

  

Terra cotta army

Tai chi

Shanghai river
Photos courtesy of ISA

Housing

ISA Shanghai housing

ISA Shanghai street food
Photos courtesy of ISA

Program Housing

ISA Housing provides the opportunity for students to experience aspects of the Chinese lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of Shanghai. Students will have the advantage of living either on the East China Normal University campus or in the apartment, which is closed located to the campus and conveniently near public transit routes accessible to all parts of the city.  Please note: All housing is subject to availability.

ISA Apartments
Students are placed in furnished, centrally located apartments. Bedrooms are single and double occupancy. Apartments have 3 bedrooms, lounge/living room, kitchen and bathroom(s). Each apartment is equipped with basic furnishings and supplies, including one single bed (per student), a closet/clothing storage space, basic cookware and kitchenware, laundry facility in house, a table and chairs and furnished sitting area. Bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are same-sex, non-smoking environments.

Dorms
Participants will stay in any of the three East China Normal University's dormitory for international students. ISA students will be roomed with fellow ISA students in double occupancy rooms which include an internet connection, air conditioning, bedding, and cleaning service for public area. The dorm is located in the center of campus. Students may or may not have a private bathroom depending on availability. If not, the public bathroom and shower room are located on each floor. Kitchen and a refrigerator are shared and located on each floor. Laundry facilities are located in the building and can be used at an additional cost. All dorms are same-sex, non-smoking environments.

Independent Housing:
Students may opt to secure housing independently. Students who select this option may receive a discount equal to the housing portion (room, board, and laundry) of the program price. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are solely responsible for researching, reserving, and paying for all fees, deposits, and rent directly to the housing facility that you choose. Students who pursue independent housing will be required to complete an Independent Housing Waiver with the Study Abroad Office. For more information, please contact your International Coordinator.

More information about these housing options is available on the ISA website.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in China, students will encounter a lack of support for people with visible and non-visible disabilities and they may encounter a lack of understanding and therefore support. Improvements have been made in public transportation, hotels and airport travel, but students with mobility disabilities may still encounter challenges with accessibility (especially in rural areas).

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. For example, in China, students do experience overt and covert racial discrimination, from staring and hair-touching to harboring prejudicial beliefs and derogatory comments. Despite these, most students report that they feel the statements are made without menace and are the product of myth and ignorance.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.

Cost

Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost SheetSpring Semester Cost Sheet, or the Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost SheetSpring Semester Cost Sheet, or the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2019 04/01/2019
**
Rolling Admission 08/31/2019 12/14/2019
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2020 10/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed