CIEE: Shanghai Accelerated Chinese Studies
Shanghai, China (Outgoing Program)
Shanghai sits on the Yangtze River Delta on China's eastern coast, and is roughly equidistant from Beijing and Hong Kong. Once a fishing and textiles town, Shanghai has grown to be the financial and industrial hub of China. The city now boasts one of the world's fastest growing rapid transit systems, and is home to some of the tallest skyscrapers on Earth. Students looking to experience Shanghai’s magnificent past can find remnants of the years of foreign occupation and its beginnings as a market town in the many museums, temples, and architecture scattered throughout the city.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the CIEE website.
Students enroll in two consecutive accelerated language courses, and one elective course taught in Chinese or English, as well as an internship option.
Study abroad students participating in the Organizational Internship course will be assigned to an internship project with a company in Shanghai. The internship sponsors, which vary each term depending on participating organizations and available positions, may include local Chinese companies and multinational companies, as well as international small and medium sized enterprises and nonprofit organizations. Course curriculum includes class introduction, placement interview, coached work, and final presentation to earn three academic credits.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to CIEE and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take 15-18 credits per semester. The credit translation system between CIEE and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at CIEE will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. You will receive 1-6 credits per class taken with CIEE. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Early September – Mid-December
Spring Semester: Mid-February – Early June
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the CIEE web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by CIEE and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Participants select one of two housing options. While every effort is made to accommodate the first choice, CIEE is unable to guarantee any housing option prior to the start of orientation week.
Chinese Host Families
Chinese host families are located within five to 15 minutes from campus by public transportation. Students have their own room in the host family apartment and share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. Students are invited to most family meals, but should budget for their own lunches, some weekend meals outside the home, and most meals during group field trips and individual travel. Chinese family members speak Chinese only. This option is highly recommended for students who want to live in an entirely Chinese language environment and to make rapid progress in Chinese language.
Campus Residence Hall with Chinese Roommate
Students are paired with a Chinese student from the University. The Campus Residence Hall is a five-story facility located on the ECNU campus and has a common lobby with 24-hour security and laundry facilities. There is a student computer room and study lounge on every other floor, as well as a kitchen and bathrooms on each floor. The residence hall is within a 10-minute walk from the CIEE Study Center, where students can meet with faculty and staff and use library and computer facilities, and is within walking distance to a light rail and other public transportation. Meals are not included in this housing option and are the responsibility of the student. Three meals a day are available in the campus cafeterias at a moderate price.
Both housing options are equipped with Internet access via a broadband ADSL connection. A limited number of computers are available in the CIEE Study Center and Campus Residence Hall, and nearby Internet cafés offer access for a low hourly fee. Students are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop as the CIEE Study Center has wireless access.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Rutgers China Study Abroad Scholarship - Rutgers China Study Abroad Scholarship will be given on a competitive basis to qualified students whose financial needs are not being met by other funding. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the overall strength of the application (especially the cover letter), academic record, and financial need. More information can be found on the Rutgers China Office website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
CIEE Scholarships- Available to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs. For more information please visit the CIEE website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.