When Sara Urner '16 arrived in Shanghai, she had never spoken a word of Chinese in her life. That didn't slow her down though!
Students live & take courses at East China Normal University (pop. 26,000 students) in Shanghai, China. Shanghai is the largest city in China, with over 23 million inhabitants. Influenced by many Western ideas throughout history, Shanghai is a vibrant, hip city that is frequented by many international visitors. Great nightlife, shopping, and dining options add to this appeal for tourists. The University has many clubs and activities for students to get involved in. There are many other international students that attend the university (just under 4,000), and you will live amongst those from many cultures!
There is a mandatory set of pre-departure orientations at LVC for all students planning to participate in the program. Students also attend an extensive on-site orientation in Shanghai.
Housing and Meals
LVC students will live at the international student residence at East China Normal University. Students stay in shared rooms with a private bathroom. Students are responsible for preparing their own meals. Kitchens are located in each residence hall to prepare food, or students can pay per meal to eat in the dining hall located in the residence hall.
Students will take courses at a study center located at East China Normal University. Students will enroll in a Mandarin language course, plus 3 – 4 additional courses. The courses examine the development and role of a global China over recent years, with a focus on their history, culture, business and politics.
A challenging part-time internship in a variety of disciplines is available to students, at all levels of language ability, in businesses, non-profits and non-government agencies.
Course Options (3 credits each):
- Globalization and Urbanization (L2)
- Issues In Contemporary Chines Study (L2, DSP - for juniors/seniors)
- Cross-Cultural Communication (L2)
- Introduction to Chinese Civilization (L1, DSP - for juniors/seniors)
- Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy (L6)
- Contemporary Chinese Cinema (L5)
- Chinese Government, Politics, and Policy (L2)
- China's Macroeconomic Impact (L2)
- Introduction to Marketing
- International Trade
- Elementary Chinese Language
*Some of these courses fulfill major/minor requirements in various subject areas. A list of course transfer equivalents is available through the Center for Global Education.
By far the most exciting academic aspect of this program is opportunity for students in any major field of study to participate in a part-time internship. Placements in English or Mandarin language are available. The Academic Director of the study abroad program, a writer for local Chinese newspapers with a background in economics and political science, personally places and supervises students in a variety of placement sites. Fields available for internships include: advertising, art/museum management, business administration, financial research, I.T. and web design, marketing, print/web media, public relations and social media networking and gaming. Students will work for 15 – 20 hours a week. Internship placement sites include American-owned companies, transnational companies and Chinese companies that appreciate English speakers.
- LVC tuition and fees
- LVC room charges
Travel, food, and personal expenses are NOT included in these fees. Fees are subject to change.
Fall or Spring semester
- Applications should be received by March 15 for fall semester; October 15 for spring semester.
- $25 deposit is due with application.*
- Accepted students owe $475 program deposit.*
- Packet-of-forms is due by April 15 for fall semester; November 1 for spring semester.
- Fall semester in China (approx. 15 credits): Mid-August to mid-December; Spring semester in Chine (approx. 15 credits): Mid-January to mid-may.
*The $500 program deposit will be credited to student accounts in the Business Office for the start of the off-campus semester. The $500 deposit will be forfeited on student withdrawal from the program.
Language of Instruction
Students from any major who are in good standing (2.8 GPA) may apply.
Students will participate in short group excursions to Beijing, Hangzhou, and Suzhou