This program is open to all majors, though it is recommended that applicants have completed one semester of college-level Chinese area study (prior language study not required).
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 engage in intensive Mandarin Chinese language study, and to foster a deeper understanding of contemporary China through cultural immersion as well as area studies courses in a variety of disciplines. 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. No prior study of Mandarin Chinese is required. Students take an intensive Mandarin Chinese language course (worth 6 credit hours) and and three East Asian Studies elective courses (worth 3 credit hours each), for a total of 15 credit hours. Electives include courses on politics, social issues, film, and a variety of other areas. 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 as possible. CIEE also offers the opportunity to participate in an Organizational Internship, which would count for one of the electives (3 credit hours). Please discuss with your advisor in advance if you are considering an internship as part of your program.
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 a Directed Independent Research 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 Honors thesis should seriously consider this option.
Students may choose to live in on-campus Residence Halls, either with a Chinese roommate or another CIEE participant roommate. Alternatively, students may choose to do a homestay with a local Chinese family (who only speak Chinese), ideal for students who wish to make rapid progress in their language skills. Residence halls are within a 10-minute walk to campus, while families may be anywhere between 15-45 minutes away, by foot or commuting via public transportation.
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.