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UVA in Shanghai: Society, Culture & 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: 2.5
Language Requirement:
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:

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 basic competence in spoken Chinese language and be introduced to social issues of critical importance in modern China during the initial four weeks of the program. Students will then have the opportunity to apply their newly developed skills and understandings while undergoing an eight 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 understandings in the process. This program represents the newest incarnation of a long-standing relationship between UVA and ECNU, and courses will be developed and taught by members of both institutions. Students will live on the ECNU campus during both phases of the 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.


Classroom activity

Program Highlights
This program has been designed for undergraduate students with little to no prior knowledge 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 foundational Chinese language skills and to contextualize their understandings of their immediate surroundings of Shanghai from a sociological perspective; students will then undergo the culturally immersive experience of interning with a Chinese organization. This program has been designed with the hope that students, after participating in meaningful experiences in the classroom and at work in China, may be inspired to return to Grounds to further their studies of East Asia.

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.


The program can accept late applications until March 26th. If interested please contact Ryan Hathaway at to have your application opened.

Course Information

The program length is 12 weeks and will provide students a total of 6 direct UVA credits. In the first four weeks, students will study Elementary Chinese Language (3 credits) in the mornings and Chinese Society and Culture (2 credits) in the afternoons. Over the final eight weeks, students will engage in full-time internship and meet once a week on the ECNU campus in the "i-CORE" 1-credit course Making Culture Visible, which will focus on working abroad.

2017 Summer: CHIN 1559 Elementary Chinese Language
2017 Summer: EAST 1559 Chinese Society and Culture
GSGS 3220 Making Culture Visible While Interning Abroad

Probable fields for internships include:

  • Advertising
  • Media
  • Events
  • Travel
  • Start-ups
  • International Education/Higher Education Administration
  • Education
  • Community Service

Many positions will involve marketing, social media, English language writing/editing, and/or graphic design.


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.

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

Ingrid Hakala ( is an educational anthropologist and the director of UVA’s Office of Global Internships. She is the on-Grounds representative for the program and will assist with internship placements, but will not be on-site during the program. Her academic and professional interests include the relationship between international development and experiential education, ethnicity and schooling, and modern South Asian studies.
Justin O’Jack is UVA’s Chief Representative in Shanghai and has held senior positions in international education organizations in China for more than a decade. He received an M.A. in religious studies, with a research focus on Chinese pilgrimage traditions and religious geography.
A UVA graduate student will live on-site with students and serve as both Resident Assistant and instructor for the Making Culture Visible course.


This program is currently not accepting applications.