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UVA in Shanghai: Chinese Language & Internship
Shanghai, China (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Language Requirement:
3000 level
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: University dormitory Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: Chinese, English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Ryan Hathaway
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Asian Studies, Chinese, Cultural Studies, Internship
Program Description:
Shanghai Internship lead photo

UVA in Shanghai: Chinese Language & Internship


UVA and East China Normal University (ECNU) are partnering to provide students the valuable opportunity to couple coursework with professional work experience in the dynamic metropolis of Shanghai over the course of 12 weeks during the summer term. Students will develop their existing Chinese language skills and have the opportunity to apply these skills and understanding while completing a ten-week internship with a local employer in Shanghai. Depending on students’ professional interests, internship placements may be made in the business and/or non-governmental/charity sectors. During their internships, students will be prompted to reflect upon their lived experiences working across cultures in the particular setting of China and will cultivate their intercultural skills, attitudes, and understanding in the process. This program represents the newest incarnation of a long-standing relationship between UVA and ECNU.

This program is open to students who will have completed the 3000-level of Chinese language, with professional interests in business and/or non-governmental organizations. This longer-term summer program will give students the opportunity to develop their Chinese language skills to function in a professional setting and to undergo the culturally immersive experience of interning with a Chinese organization.


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.

Shanghai Yu Garden China Shanghai Class

Courses IconCourses

The program length is 12 weeks and will provide students a total of 6 direct UVA credits. In the first two weeks, students will study advanced Chinese language. Over the final 10 weeks, students will engage in a 30-35 hour internship, one hour of one-on-one session per day with an instructor, and meet once a week on the ECNU campus to study Chinese culture and society.

CHIN 3559 Chinese in the Professional World (3 credits; pre-requisite: CHIN 3020 Pre-Advanced Chinese)
CHIN 3460 Chinese Culture & Society (3 credits)

2018 Summer: Shanghai Chinese Language & Internship Itinerary

Probable fields for internships include:

  • Business Development
  • Finance
  • Consulting
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Sports & Entertainment
  • Non-profits
  • Media
  • And many more

Faculty IconFaculty

Hsin-hsin Liang |

Prof. Liang is Associate Professor of Chinese at UVA and serves as the Executive Director of both this program and the long-running UVA in Shanghai Chinese Language Program, which will run concurrently at ECNU.

Charles Laughlin |

Prof. Laughlin is the Ellen Bayard Weedon Professor of East Asian Studies at UVA and will serve as the on-site director while teaching the Chinese Culture & Society Course.

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.

Shanghai umbrella store

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.

This program is currently not accepting applications.