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Program Description:
CIEE: China in a Global Context
Shanghai CIEE
CIEE's partner in Shanghai is East China Normal University (ECNU). Established in 1951, ECNU is one of China’s key institutions of higher learning. Nationally known for its Chinese language and literature program, the university hosts more than 32,000 students, including almost 5,000 international students, at its two campuses. ECNU has hosted CIEE since 2001. You’ll find CIEE on ECNU’s downtown Putuo campus – known as the “Garden University” for its beautiful grounds – on the Liwa River.

China’s 5,000-year history is marked with contributions that range from silk trade to movable type to tofu. Many of its cities – including Shanghai – have seen remarkable expansion over the last few decades. Combine the two, add opportunities to live like a Shanghainese citizen, and it’s clear that studying here will be one of the most eye-opening experiences of your lifetime.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • CIEE required course load: 15 credits
  • 1 semester of college-level Chinese area study is recommended but not required to apply
  • Students who are citizens of the People's Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan ROC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau, please contact a CIEE Study Abroad Advisor for details.
Program Calendar
Fall: early September to mid-December
Spring: late February to early June

The China in Context Program lets students dig-in to the history, culture, language, and economic prowess of China. Language courses focus on rapid language acquisition, designed to move students ahead at least two levels in all four Chinese language skills. The program is open to students with no language experience as well as those with superior level proficiency, although it is not intended for native Chinese speakers.

Students on this program must choose at least 2 East Asian studies elective courses and must select 2-3 additional courses which may be comprised of 3-credit courses taught in English or Chinese, including the Organizational Internship, or a Chinese language course. Students are required to take a Chinese language course if they are participating in the internship course and have not taken any Chinese in the past. Students who elect to enroll in a Chinese language course are placed in the appropriate level based upon the results of on-site proficiency tests.

All Chinese language courses and area studies electives are managed by CIEE and specially designed for CIEE study abroad students only. Some area study courses may include a limited number of ECNU students to increase cross-cultural and academic exchange.

For a list of courses pre-approved for SU credit, please click on the "Courses Offered" link at the top of this page. There is no guarantee courses on the list will be offered during your semester abroad, so please refer to the World Partner website for the most up-to-date course offerings. If you want to take a course that is not already approved, Syracuse Abroad will assist in obtaining approval from the appropriate Syracuse University academic department.

Homestays: Ideal for students who want to make rapid progress with their language skills – Chinese families speak only Chinese. Students have their own bedrooms in the host family apartment, and share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. Host apartments are a 15- to 45-minute walk or commute by public transportation from campus. Students are invited to most meals, but should budget for lunches and some weekend meals.

Residence Halls: Students can live with a Chinese ECNU student – and speak only Chinese – or with another CIEE student in a five-story hall on the ECNU campus. There are shared kitchens and bathrooms on each floor, plus study areas, and laundry facilities. The hall is a 10-minute walk to CIEE and close to public transportation. Students are responsible for meals. There are moderately priced cafeterias on campus.

All U.S. citizens and most non-U.S. citizens are required to have a student visa for their semester in China. CIEE will provide guidance with the visa application process.

Program Cost
You will pay Syracuse University tuition and can apply all Syracuse University financial aid except work study. Besides tuition, you will also be charged program fee which covers pre-departure meetings, International Travel insurance and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged.
For the program fee and further explanation of estimated costs, please see the financial planning budget here:
CIEE China in a Global Context Budget 2019-2020.pdf.

Cara Hardy, 

Apply Now
Applying to this program requires completion of the Syracuse Abroad and CIEE applications. Students can work on both applications simultaneously. CIEE will request Syracuse University approval for each student.

Syracuse University
  • Complete CIEE's application.
  • Follow instructions from CIEE for post-acceptance documents and next steps.
CIEE: China in a Global Context, Shanghai, China

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