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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018
Rolling Admission 02/24/2019 06/08/2019
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Patty Welsh
Language of Instruction:
Chinese, English
Minimum G.P.A.:
2.5, 3.3 for 1st Semester Sophomores
Class Standing:
First semester Sophomore, Junior, Second semester Sophomore, Senior
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Program Provider:
Enrollment Restrictions:
1 college-level Chinese area studies course recommended
Non-Rutgers Students:
Program Description:
The Program
  • Choose from a wide range of English-taught courses in international affairs, Chinese politics, economics, history, and society
  • Study Mandarin Chinese at all levels with support from peer language tutors and language clinic instructors; or choose not to study a language and focus entirely on area studies coursework
  • Weekend and weeklong trips provide you an opportunity to learn about local culture and traditions in other regions of China
Your Host City: Shanghai
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. 

A full course load is typically four to five courses. Students on this study abroad program must include two electives beginning with an East Asian Studies (EAST) discipline code. In addition, students may choose:
  • Three additional three-credit courses taught in English or Chinese, including an Organizational Internship*
  • One additional three-credit course taught in English or Chinese and one six-credit Organizational Internship*
  • One additional three-credit course taught in English or Chinese and one six-credit Chinese language course at the appropriate level
*Students who choose these options and who have not completed one semester of college-level Chinese or demonstrate equivalent proficiency are required to include the three-credit “Communicative Chinese” elective.

Organizational Internship
The Organizational Internship course is taught in English. Company internship sponsors may include both English and Chinese language work environments, depending on available position and qualifications of the student. This course provides students with guidelines and support for participating in a real world office environment in China. The course focuses on current issues facing their managers, peers, and professional office staff, and prepares students to be better equipped to work with co-workers and supervisors when stepping into a full-time job upon graduation. Students will be assigned to an internship project with a company in Shanghai.

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 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.

Academic Calendar
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 three 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.

Campus Residence Hall with CIEE Roommate
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 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.

Campus Residence Hall with Chinese Roommate
This option is located in the same residence hall as previously described, but students are paired with a Chinese student from ECNU. The Chinese roommates are required to speak only Chinese, so this option is recommended for students who wish to live in a more intensive Chinese language environment.

Meals are not included in these two housing options and are the responsibility of the student. Three meals a day are available in the campus cafeterias at a moderate price.

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, for most weekend meals outside of the home, and for all 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.

The Residence Hall is 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.

Financial Information

For more information on the total cost of the program go to the top of this page, locate "Budget Sheets" and click on the appropriate term.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid 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 policies.

Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.

Rutgers Global–Study Abroad  Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer.   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.