|Dates / Deadlines:|
|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:||Yes|
|Housing:||University dormitory||Language Courses Offered:||Yes|
|Language of Instruction:||Chinese||Credit Type:||Direct Credit|
|Program Type:||Faculty led||Tuition Payments Made To:||UVA|
|Education Abroad Advisor:||Ryan Hathaway||Application Fee:||Yes|
|Study Abroad Administrative Fee:||No||Subject Area:||Chinese|
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.
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.
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.
Intensive Chinese Language Program
(9 weeks; 8 credits)
2018 Summer: Shanghai Chinese Language Syllabus
2018 Summer: Shanghai Chinese Language Itinerary
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.
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.
Hsin-hsin Liang | firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Professor of Chinese at UVA and Executive Director of the UVA in Shanghai Chinese Language Program
Charles Laughlin | email@example.com
Ellen Bayard Weedon Professor of East Asian Studies at UVA and Field Director of the UVA in Shanghai Chinese Language Program
Ying Gao | firstname.lastname@example.org
Lecturer of Chinese at UVA and lead instructor of Second Year Chinese on the program
Yupeng Kou | email@example.com
Lecturer of Chinese at UVA and lead instructor of Third Year Chinese on the program
Accommodation 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.
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 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 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.