The UVA in Shanghai Intensive Chinese Language Program is run by the faculty of the Chinese language program in the Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Virginia and hosted by Fudan University, in partnership with The Education Abroad Network (TEAN). The program is intended to enable students who are serious about studying Chinese language in a total immersion environment to cover an academic year worth of material and to earn eight UVA credits. This rigorous, demanding, and rewarding language program allows students to have first-hand experience in using Chinese in real world situations as well as studying and practicing it in the classroom.
Embracing both tradition and modernity, Shanghai is a dynamic and exciting city. Located at the mouth of the Yangtze River, it is one of the largest port cities in Asia. A thriving commercial city, Shanghai offers plenty for people, Chinese and Westerners alike, to enjoy.
Founded in 1905, Fudan University is one of the top four universities in the People's Republic of China. The campus combines modern China with the traditions and customs of the university's rich 100-year history. Located in Yangpu District, north of Shanghai's city center, the university is serviced by the city's extensive subway system. The train station is just a short walk from campus.
During the program, we will have at least one language practicum activity per week. The instructors will accompany UVA students to conduct different tasks outside of the classroom. These activities will enhance students' mastery of what they gain from the classroom and to explore as much as possible different phases of Chinese society.
While we encourage instructors and students to eat together after the 11:00 am class every day, Thursday's language table is mandatory.
Students are required to sign a Chinese language pledge the day before the classes start. The pledge is crucial for your success in making the most progress while immersed in the Chinese environment.
We will invite 4-5 guest speakers to give talks weekdays throughout the eight week session.
Participants will live at the Tohee dormitory. Basic student furnishings are provided. The building is located in the lively student area surrounding Fudan University, and is walking distance from the Shanghai metro system and the giant Wanda Plaza Mall complex. A Resident Director from TEAN provides on-site support to the students for the duration of the program.
July 4th celebration
Intensive Chinese Language Program
(9 weeks; 8 credits)
2017 Summer: Shanghai Chinese Language Syllabus
2017 Summer: Shanghai Chinese Language Itinerary
Watch a video about the 2016 program.
Read the Summer 2014 program's Student and Faculty Magazines.
Read a local article about a student on the 2014 program.
Students on Fudan Campus
The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page.
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Students should complete the online application and sign up for an interview in Mandarin with Professor Liang. Non-UVA students may contact Professor Liang to set up a Skype interview. UVA students may sign up on her office door at New Cabell 153.
Passport and Visa Information
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will need a visa to participate in this program. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process. All participants will receive instructions about visa applications and timelines upon acceptance.
View from The Bund
There are a number of sources of financial aid to help you cover these costs:
Aid in amounts up to roughly $1000 is available through:
The International Studies Office ISO Study Abroad Scholarships, which includes the Weedon Travel Grant through the East Asia Center.
The Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for US undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
The Ravenell (Ricky) Keller Scholarship is available for financially deserving, talented African-American students who wish to travel abroad.
Hsin-hsin Liang, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, is an Associate Professor of Chinese at UVA and the Executive Director of the UVA-in-Shanghai Chinese Language Program.
Hsiang-Ning Wang, email@example.com, is a Lecturer of Chinese at UVA and is the Field Director of the UVA-in-Shanghai Chinese Language Program.
Dr. Yupeng Kou, firstname.lastname@example.org, is a Lecturer of Chinese at UVA and is the Academic Director of the UVA-in-Shanghai program. He is also the lead instructor of Second Year Chinese on the program.
Professional Chinese lecturers and graduate students of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language will be the instructors for the program under the supervision of Professors Liang, Wang, and Kou. In addition to classroom teaching, they will work closely with UVA students outside the classroom to participate in the language practicum and cultural activities.