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UVA in Shanghai: Chinese Language
Shanghai, China (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01-MAR-2019 ** Rolling Admission 30-MAY-2019 27-JUL-2019
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 15.

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year, Graduate student Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Language Requirement:
1000 level
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: University dormitory Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: Chinese
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty led
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Ryan Hathaway
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Program Description:
Shanghai Lang 2018 group lead

UVA in Shanghai: Chinese Language


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 East China Normal University. 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.

Read the Summer 2018 program's Student and Faculty Magazines.


Location IconLocation

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. East China Normal University, a nationally renowned university under the direct auspices of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, is one of the earliest-established universities in China as well as one of the most prestigious universities in the country. Founded in 1951, it is nationally accredited by the Ministry of Education of the PRC and a member of the prestigious 211 and 985 projects. Boasting one of the most beautiful university campuses in China, the university is reputed as the “garden university.” ECNU is a research university with an extensive range of disciplines including education, social sciences, humanities, natural sciences & technologies and administrative sciences.

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Courses IconCourses

Intensive Chinese Language Program
(8.5 weeks; 8 credits)

Course Information
2019 Summer: Shanghai Chinese Language Syllabus
2019 Summer: Shanghai Chinese Language Itinerary
2019 Summer: Shanghai Chinese Language Daily Schedule

Language practicum
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.

Language tables
While we encourage instructors and students to eat together after the 11:00 am class every day, Thursday's language table is mandatory. One instructor will lead 2-3 students to eat lunch together.

Language pledge
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.

Faculty IconFaculty

Hsin-hsin Liang |

Professor of Chinese at UVA and Program Director of the UVA in Shanghai Chinese Language Program

Ying Gao |

Lecturer of Chinese at UVA and lead instructor of Pre-Advanced Chinese as well as Field Director of the program

Danni Wu |

Lead instructor of Intermediate Chinese on the program

Accommodation and MealsAccommodation and Meals

Students will live in an international student residence hall on the Zhongbei Campus of ECNU. Details about dormitory facilities can be found at the Accommodation page on ECNU's website. There are several dining halls and two restaurants on campus. Visiting international students can use their campus card (which also functions as a meal card) to eat at every dining hall on campus. International students also have access to various sport facilities including basketball, soccer, ping pong and badminton.

Cost and Financial Aid

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid. The Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

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Accessibility IconAccessibility

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.


Passport IconPassport and Visa

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 and most non-US passport holders will need a visa to participate in this program. The ISO will assist with the visa application process and collect applications in a batch. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor at the International Studies Office for information about re-entering the U.S. at the conclusion of the program.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.