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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description

Overview


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   Quick Facts

  • Advance your Mandarin the equivalent of one year on this Chinese language-only program through small and one-on-one classes
  • Live with a Chinese host family or Chinese roommate and immerse yourself in Chinese culture
  • Learn outside the classroom through volunteer opportunities, cultural activities, and a weekend field trip which will give you the chance to practice Chinese in authentic situations
  • This program is endorsed by the ASU Chinese Language Flagship Program

Location


CIEE Shanghai Skyline

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Location Details

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 past two decades. The new, financial district of Pudong is home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. Elevated light rails connect the city’s urban centers: you’ll find the world’s first commercial high-speed Maglev train, and the fastest-growing rapid transit systems in the world.

East China Normal University (ECNU)
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 full-time students, including 3,700 international students, at its two campuses. The CIEE Study Center is located along the banks of the Liwa River on its downtown Putuo campus. It’s known as the “Garden University” for its beautiful grounds.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* to participate on 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

Students are required to take two consecutive accelerated Chinese language courses.

CIEE reserves the right to place participants in the language course for which they are best prepared based on the results of language proficiency exams administered during the orientation period.

Students are placed in two of the following consecutive language courses based on results of onsite proficiency tests.

  • Accelerated Beginning I / Accelerated Beginning II
  • Accelerated Intermediate I / Accelerated Intermediate II
  • Accelerated Advanced I / Accelerated Advanced II
  • Accelerated Advanced High I / Accelerated Advanced High II
  • Accelerated Superior I / Accelerated Superior II

More information about these classes can be found on CIEE's website here.

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.

CIEE Shanghai student

CIEE Shanghai students
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Housing






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Program Housing

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:

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. 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 to make rapid progress in Chinese language.

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.

More information about housing is available on the CIEE website here.

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 Summer 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 Summer 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

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.