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Shanghai: Perspectives on Contemporary China

Shanghai, China


Discover a new chapter in China’s history

Live in a rapidly expanding global city and analyze how China’s economic boom is affecting issues of development, public health, natural resource management, and environmental quality. You’ll study at a prestigious university, live with a Chinese roommate, and complete an independent study project on a topic related to Chinese society.  (Final Session: Fall 2018)


Fall semester (early September–mid-December)
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Host institution

East China Normal University (ECNU)

Living arrangements

Students live in international student residence halls at ECNU.

Courses & credits

Recommended credit is 16 semester credits or the equivalent. See course descriptions

  • Chinese Language
  • Two elective courses from the ECNU Global China Program
  • Independent study project

Language requirement

No prerequisites. Except for the required Chinese language courses, all classes are conducted in English.


Program brochure

Application deadlines

If the deadline has passed and you are interested in applying, contact the ACM Office immediately. Late applications may be accepted on a space-available basis.

Explore the program

Explore China from different angles

Maybe you’ll travel to Beijing for a weekend trip and compare one urban environment with another, or perhaps you’ll discover new communities within the city limits of Shanghai. No matter where you go, you will piece together a comprehensive picture of China throughout the semester.

Get to know your Chinese roommate

While living in an East China Normal University residence hall, you’ll share a room with a local student for the semester. Learn about one another’s cultures, backgrounds, and interests as you build a friendship that could last a lifetime. 

Use the largest city in the world as your classroom

With a population of more than 24 million people, how does Shanghai balance its priorities in the midst of rapid growth? Through your courses and an independent study project tailored to your interests, you’ll investigate economic development using this living, breathing city as your case study.

Once-in-a-lifetime experiences

Jinglin Feng
Knox College

I had the best time in Shanghai attending classes and meeting new people at one of the top universities in China. There are many student organizations available for international students, so it felt like my home away from home.

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Samuel Motta
Monmouth College

Almost every day in Shanghai was a new experience that I was happy to embrace alongside all the great people in my program that I became very close with throughout the semester.

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