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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 2018 01-MAR-2018 ** Rolling Admission 31-MAY-2018 28-JUL-2018
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:

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.


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.


Classroom activity

Program Highlights
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.

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.

Guest speakers
We will invite 4-5 guest speakers to give talks weekdays throughout the eight week session.

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.

July 4th_Shanghai

July 4th celebration


Intensive Chinese Language Program
(9 weeks; 8 credits)

Course Information (2017 listed for reference, 2018 version forthcoming)
2017 Summer: Shanghai Chinese Language Syllabus

2018 Summer: 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 campus

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page.

Accessibility Statement
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.

Application Process
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

Financial Aid
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, or, is an Associate Professor of Chinese at UVA and the Executive Director of the UVA-in-Shanghai Chinese Language Program.

Charles Laughlin,, is a Professor of East Asian Studies at UVA and is the Field Director of the UVA-in-Shanghai Chinese Language Program.

Ying Gao,, is a Lecturer of Chinese at UVA and is the lead instructor of Second Year Chinese on the program.

Yupeng Kou,, is a Lecturer of Chinese at UVA and is the lead instructor of Third 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, Gao, 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.