Language of Instruction:
English & Chinese
Shanghai is situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta in East China. It is the largest city of the People's Republic of China and the seventh largest in the world. Widely regarded as the citadel of China's modern economy, the city also serves as one of the nation's most important cultural, commercial, financial, industrial and communications centers. Shanghai is also one of the world's busiest ports, and became the largest cargo port in the world in 2005.
Originally a fishing town, Shanghai became China's most important city by the twentieth century and was the center of popular culture, intellectual discourse and political intrigue during the Republic of China era. Shanghai's skyscrapers and modern lifestyle are often seen as representing China's recent economic development. Throughout the city you will see traditional culture intermingled with modernity.
Fudan University was founded in 1905 in Shanghai, and is one of the leading universities in China with a long history and an international reputation for academic excellence. The university's name is taken from a proverb of Confucius and means 'a new morning' in Chinese, ever pushing forward with renewed energy.
Program in Brief:
Students will combine Chinese language study (for 4 semester hours of credit) with elective courses (4 semester hours of credit per course). Students' placement in the Chinese language course will be contingent upon the results of the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK), a national standardized exam for non-native speakers of Chinese.
Academic Program & Areas of Study:
Fudan University is composed of 17 schools offering a comprehensive range of majors and disciplines such as humanities, law, journalism, economics, management, information science and engineering, life science, nursing, medicine, public health, technology and engineering, international relations and public affairs.
Part of Fudan University is the International Cultural Exchange School (ICES), which specializes in teaching Chinese to foreign students. ICES offers courses in Chinese language as well as a range of elective courses taught in English such as Chinese literature, philosophy, economics, and political science, and art history.
Throughout the semester, students are encourage to take part in a full schedule of excursions, events and lectures—all designed to enhance their understanding of China and the historical and modern influences that impact its culture and people.
In Beijing, students can visit the great historical and cultural monuments of the capital, including the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, and Summer Palace.
Housing & Meals:
Students will be housed in an international student apartment. Each apartment has two to four single bedrooms, a common area, and a bathroom. The apartment building is a 10 to 30 minute walk to the classroom buildings and the rest of the Fudan campus.
Students will receive a montly stipend for meals. There are cafeterias on campus, as wel as numerous casual restaurants nearby.