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Fact Sheet:
Housing Type: Homestay, Residence Hall Class Status: 2. Sophmore
Program Type: Study Abroad Minimum GPA: 2.75
Areas of Study: Business Administration, History, Political Science Application Cancellation/Withdrawal Fee: $50
Program Description:



Established in 1951, East China Normal University (ECNU) is one of China’s key institutions of higher learning. The University enrolls more than 21,000 full-time undergraduate and post-graduate students on its two campuses, along with some 2,700 international students, mostly from Korea and Japan. 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.

Whether you have no background in Chinese, or you’ve studied the language for several semesters, this study abroad program provides students with vital insight into the causes behind – and challenges of – China’s rapid economic development and the country’s emerging role on the world stage.

While studying Business, Language + Culture in Shanghai, you’ll take part in a unique combination of in-depth coursework, internships, networking opportunities, cultural activities, and excursions that offer access to:

•Highly respected business professors
•Local and International business leaders
•Prominent Chinese multinational, and international companies
•Sites of historic, political, and financial significance


Perched on the banks of the Huangpu River and the East China Sea, Shanghai is China’s largest city by population, boasting over 23 million residents, and a global axis of culture, commerce and finance. The city has seen massive redevelopment over the past 20 years and the new financial district of Pudong is home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. Boasting the fastest-growing rapid transit systems in the world, Shanghai’s urban centers are conveniently connected by elevated light rails, the world’s first commercial high-speed Maglev train, and 13 subway lines.


•A full course load is typically four to five courses. Students on this program must include two electives beginning with a general Business (BUSI) discipline code. In addition, students may choose:
•Any three additional three-credit courses taught in English or Chinese, including an Organizational Internship*
•Any one additional three-credit course taught in English or Chinese and one six-credit Organizational Internship*
•Any one additional course taught in English or Chinese and one six-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.

Course Load Examples for Semester Students:

Changing Nature of Business in China: 3 credits
China’s Macroeconomic Impact: 3 credits
Marketing Management and Methods in East Asia and Emerging Markets: 3 credits
Managing Sustainability in Transnational Business: 3 credits
Asian Management Systems: 3 credits
Total: 15 credits

Communicative Chinese: 3 credits
Changing Nature of Business in China: 3 credits
Marketing Management and Methods in East Asia and Emerging Markets: 3 credits
Organizational Internship: 3 credits
Modern Chinese History: 3 credits
Total: 15 credits

Chinese—Beginning I: 6 credits
Changing Nature of Business in China: 3 credits
Asian Management Systems: 3 credits
Political Development in Modern China: 3 credits
Total: 15 credits

Organizational Internship: 6 credits
Changing Nature of Business in China: 3 credits
Asian Management Systems: 3 credits
China’s International Relations: 3 credits
Total: 15 credits

Information on course offerings and descriptions can be found here
Company Visits

When it comes to business in China, who knows better than the country’s top executives? CIEE has developed close relationships with leaders from some of the top companies in Shanghai, such as Polva Electronic Technology Inc., Shenzhen HYT Science & Technology Co., and General Motors. During special networking trips, you’ll meet with and hear from these leaders, giving you an exclusive look into the management of some of the most successful businesses and corporations in Shanghai.

The Fall 2018 Academic Calendar is as follows:
  • Arrival Date: TBA
  • Orientation: TBA
  • Classes Start: TBA
  • Mid-Term Exams: TBA
  • Classes End: TBA
  • Final Exams: TBA
  • Departure Date: TBA

Students will choose one of three housing options while studying in Shanghai:

Campus Residence Hall with CIEE Study Abroad Roommate—
The Campus Residence Hall is a five-story facility located on the ECNU campus and 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.

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 within five to 15 minutes from campus by walking 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.
Housing between fall and spring semesters is included in the academic year study abroad fee. Academic year participants living with host families may be required to live in a dormitory on campus between semesters.

Student Life

The semester is 15 weeks long and includes a one week orientation at the beginning, 12 weeks of instruction, one week group field trip, one week program break for independent travel, and typically one national holiday.

For excursions, whether it’s a visit to a booming metropolis or a rustic village, weekend and weeklong trips will give you unparalleled insight into Chinese culture:
•Travel to the neighboring Jiangsu Provence touring the Suzhou Industrial Park – the largest joint development project between the governments of China and Singapore.
•Spend the weekend in Hangzhou a textile and tech-industry leader.
•Build homes in one of China’s impoverished rural communities as part of a service-learning project.

Health and Safety

All students will travel abroad with GeoBlue international health insurance, which is purchased by the College. Students will receive an electronic and hard copy of their insurance card, and should a doctor's visit (commonly referred to as hospital visit abroad) be necessary, they should reach out to their on-site study abroad coordinator/resident director. Students will be required to contact GeoBlue prior to their appointment, unless of course in the case of an emergency, and should follow the procedures outlined here. 

Students are also encouraged to register themselves in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service provided by the U.S. government to U.S. citizens traveling abroad. STEP allows Americans abroad to receive updates from the nearest embassy or consulate and allows the Department of State to better assist you in an emergency. 

For additional health and safety tips, please visit our Health & Safety link on our main page. 

Student Visas

All students studying abroad in China must obtain a student visa prior to traveling. The student visa application for China can be found at the following website:
Processing Times
Visa processing times vary by country. Though some consulates are able to provide student visas in as little as two days, others may take as long as two months. We advise all students to review the timelines of their host country, and plan accordingly. Processing times can be found on the Chinese Consulate’s website.

The current cost to obtain a Chinese visa is $140. To ensure you are making the correct payment amount, and paying by the correct method (credit card, cash or money order), please visit the consulate website.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2018 03/09/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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