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ISA: Business & Chinese Language at the East China Normal University (Shanghai)
Shanghai, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Program Website: Click to visit
Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Cost Sheets Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Areas of Study:
Business, Foreign Languages
Program Type:
Fall/Spring Session:
Session C
Internships Available:
GPA Requirement:
Graduate Courses Available:
Language Prerequisite:
0 semesters
Language of Instruction:
Chinese (Mandarin), English
Minimum Class Standing:
02 - Sophomore
International Coordinator:
Abby Dalpra
Available to Non-ASU Students:
  Program Details


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.


Shanghai skyline
Photo courtesy of ISA

Location Details

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.


Academic Program & Courses

East China Normal University (ECNU)
East China Normal University 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, students will simply enjoy being on campus. The ISA office is conveniently located in the Physics Building on-campus, sharing the same building with the Global Education Center of ECNU. Students have access to tutoring, computers, and sports facilities at the university. The university was ranked 65th in the 2015 BRICS QS World University Rankings.

Through the International Business and Chinese Language program, students are enrolled in classes specifically designed for ISA participants. This arrangement ensures subject variety and ISA students will enjoy small class sizes with fellow ISA classmates.

Students who have not completed two college semesters/three quarters of Chinese language or the equivalent must choose language as one of their courses. In addition to the Chinese course, students can sign up for 3-4 other courses.

Information about available courses can be found on the ISA website for the specific term.

Please note the following:

  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
  • Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam administered on-site and/or prerequisites. For a specific list of course prerequisites, please refer to the course listing/course descriptions for this program on the ISA website.
  • Course availability is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last-minute class cancellations.
Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

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


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.

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.


Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

ISA Shanghai city overview
Photo courtesy of ISA


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 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



  Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 10/10/2017
Rolling Admission 02/25/2018 06/09/2018
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2018 04/01/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2019 09/25/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed.

** 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