Study in Shanghai with IFSA

IFSA Study in Shanghai: Intensive Chinese Language

Program Overview

ADVANCE ON THE DOUBLE IN A CITY THAT’S REACHING FOR THE FUTURE

If you’re eager to make rapid gains in Chinese language, this program is for you. With 20 hours of weekly instruction, a 24/7 language pledge, and a family homestay option, real progress is in your reach. Along with stronger language skills that create a solid foundation for many international careers, you’ll get an authentic sense of local culture and values by sharing meals and traditions with Shanghai citizens and exploring a fascinating city where skyscrapers and temples share the landscape.

Popular among students majoring in Chinese language and Asian studies.

Looking for a different focus in Shanghai? Explore IFSA Study in Shanghai: International Business and IFSA Study in Shanghai: Social Sciences. And for maximum flexibility, explore IFSA Study in Shanghai, with no required courses.

Details in a Glance

Application deadline

Minimum GPA

2.00

Credit load

15-18

Housing

Apartment/Flat

Instruction language

Chinese

Prerequisites

Two semesters of Chinese language study

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Academics

The IFSA Study in Shanghai: Intensive Chinese Language academic track offers 20 hours per week of Chinese language instruction for students who wish to focus on improving their Chinese language skills. To enroll, students must have completed at least two semesters of prior Chinese language study.

REQUIRED CLASS

A placement exam during on-site orientation determines each student’s appropriate language level. (15 U.S. semester credit hours)

ELECTIVE CLASS

Students also have the option to take one of the IFSA Study in Shanghai elective classes taught in English, bringing their course load to a total of 18 credits. Not all electives may be offered in a given semester depending on enrollment and faculty availability.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) semester of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter

Not required.

Visa Requirement

This program requires a visa for all students.

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TRANSCRIPT

Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.

Excursions

Program Activities:

Activities and excursions are an important piece of your IFSA experience, designed to pull you into the fabric of the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. That said, at times, circumstances beyond our control — including local government regulations and health protocols — could impact our ability to hold these events as planned.

Know that we’ll make every effort to run the activities, trips, and excursions slated for your program. You’ll see detailed examples of previous outings offered during this program below. Keep in mind that the options could look different for your program, and that we cannot guarantee these activities, trips, and excursions.

Activities are optional, but they are included in your total program fee. Activities vary each term based on availability, but may include:

  • City-as-Text: We will use Shanghai as a critical frame to understand the socioeconomics of this port city in a global era. Learn about the stylistic elements of building and infrastructure efforts toward sustainable development from historical and forward-looking perspectives.
  • Art Tour of West Bund Cultural Corridor: Through guided tour, you will visit museums and art galleries where foreign and Chinese artists are featured to discuss the state of contemporary art in China and the importance of culture in fostering international exchange.
  • Visit to Manufacturing Plant: As a major financial and economic hub in Asia, Shanghai has many benefits to offer to companies and entrepreneurs. You will be able to network with local and international professionals, further your career aspirations, and learn about innovations taking place in the city and how a multinational company localizes the operations and manage its supply chain networks.
  • Food and Local Culture: Chinese food is well known for its distinctive culinary style and diverse regional flavors. More importantly, Chinese food and the way it is prepared and served have rich connotations that resonate with the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of different ethnic groups. You will hear from experts telling the story of local food development as Shanghai becomes an international cosmopolitan city. You will also learn to make colorful Chinese dumplings and experiment with food from Shanghai and elsewhere to enrich your taste buds.
  • Tai Chi and Calligraphy: Throughout multiple workshops, you will have the opportunity to practice tai chi and calligraphy with local experts and gain greater insights into Chinese art and philosophy.
Program Excursions:

IFSA excursions are included in your total program fee and though these are optional, most students choose to participate. They vary each term based on availability, but excursions may include:

  • Water Town Trip: During an overnight trip, explore a water town, also called canal towns, outside the hustle and bustle of Shanghai. These ancient and historic towns are known for their bridges, rivers, and canals. You will explore stunning landscapes, visit local art and craft markets, and gain a deeper understanding of China’s social and economic diversity.
  • Local Community Visit: Transform your thinking of traditional urban-rural lines with a visit to a local community where you’ll meet with local people to hear their life stories, learn about their day-to-day routines, and discover their ongoing grassroots initiatives.

Housing and Meals

Housing

Apartment/Flat

Meals

Self-Catering

Details

You will live in international student apartments on the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE) campus, which offer an ideal environment for getting to know fellow Chinese and international students and engaging in informal language and cultural exchange. Meals are not included. HOMESTAY OPTION A homestay provides you with an excellent opportunity to develop a more intimate understanding of Chinese culture and language. Three meals a day and laundry are included. Breakfast and dinner are generally eaten together with your Chinese host family. They will typically provide you a packed lunch you can take with you to the IFSA Shanghai Global Flagship on weekdays. The homestay option is available for a supplemental fee.

Dates and Fees

Term

Term begins

Term ends

Program costs

Application deadline

Fall 2023

Late August 2023

Mid-December 2023

$16,750 (estimated)

May 1

Spring 2024

Early February 2024

Late May 2024

$16,750 (estimated)

November 1

Term

Fall 2023

Term begins

Late August 2023

Term ends

Mid-December 2023

Program costs

$16,750 (estimated)

Application deadline

May 1

Term

Spring 2024

Term begins

Early February 2024

Term ends

Late May 2024

Program costs

$16,750 (estimated)

Application deadline

November 1

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