This program is open to all majors, but may be particularly suitable to students with academic interest in the majors listed above.
Fall: early September to mid December
Spring: mid February to early June
Minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing.
The CIEE Study Center at East China Normal University in Shanghai offers students the opportunity to study intensive Mandarin language while gaining a solid understanding of international and domestic affairs from a Chinese perspective. In addition to language study, the program offers a various area studies courses in international affairs, economics, and modern Chinese history taught in English. The city of Shanghai has long been seen as an economic center where one can observe the interplay of various forces moving China from a planned to a market economy.
The CIEE program offers on-site airport meet and greet, housing, week-long orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, peer language tutors, and a Chinese language clinic. Opportunities for part-time internships and volunteer work also exist. Weekly cultural excursions and day trips are arranged to expose students to Chinese culture in and around the Shanghai area. The program also includes a week long trip to local cities weekend and week-long excursions that allow students to explore different regions and aspects of Chinese culture.
Language classes are open to beginners through advanced levels. Students take Mandarin Chinese (required) and three areas studies courses in English or Chinese. Electives include courses on politics, social issues, film and colloquial specific language(business/communicative/etc.). CIEE also provides peer language tutors, a Chinese Language resource center and target language activities. Students sign a Community Language Commitment that outlines in which contexts students will commit to speaking as much Chinese are possible.
Emory College Study Abroad maintains a list of blanket approved courses. This list specifies how courses taken abroad will transfer back to Emory. PLEASE NOTE: Students may obtain additional approvals for courses that are not currently on this Blanket Approval List. In case you would like to seek approval from other departments, please see the Faculty Representative List.
Full-year students may also elect to enroll in an Independent Study class during the second semester. In order to do so, the student must seek approval, in writing, from their major advisor at Emory. With this approval a research project proposal must be submitted with a clear statement of purpose, list of resources, and tentative outline of the final project and a suggested schedule of progress. Students planning on doing an Honor's thesis should seriously consider this option.
Students may choose between Campus Residence Hall with Chinese Roommate or CIEE roommate, or homestays. Residence halls are within 10 minutes of campus while families may be anywhere between 15-45 minutes away.
A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click on Budget Sheet for Fall or Spring estimates (see above).
Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: Gilman Scholarship, Fund for Education Abroad, Diversity Abroad, NSEP Boren Scholarship and CIEE Specific Scholarships. For more information, please click here.
CIEE has a rolling admission policy, therefore you are encouraged to submit your application before the deadline! Your CIEE application should be complete no later than the Emory College Study Abroad application deadline.