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  • Locations: Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
  • Restrictions: UNC Charlotte applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/01/2020
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Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/01/2020
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Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of approval into this program and be able to complete pre-departure materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Affiliate Provider Program Click here for a definition of this term Term of Travel: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Anthropology, Business, Chinese, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Film, History, Humanities, International Business, International Public Relations, International Studies, Internship, Linguistics, Political Science, Sociology, Theatre and Drama, Urban Studies, Women's and Gender Studies Click here for a definition of this term Min. Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Student Level Eligibility: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore Language of Instruction: Chinese, English
Click here for a definition of this term Affiliate Provider: CIEE Housing Options: Dormitory, Homestay
Program Description:

Accelerated Chinese Language

SHANGHAI, CHINA

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Program Overview

Take your beginner, intermediate, or advanced Chinese language skills up at least two levels while you explore Shanghai — China’s largest city by population. Students take courses at CIEE Global Institute - Shanghai.

Students enroll in three classes per semester, including two accelerated courses that focus on rapid language acquisition, designed to move students ahead at least two levels in all four Chinese language skills and facilitate intercultural understanding. Those with advanced level Mandarin proficiency may take a Chinese language elective or area studies course taught in Chinese.

All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences

LEARN ABOUT CHINESE BUSINESS

international relations, political science, history, and more in English or Chinese.

GET OFF THE TOURIST TRACK

as you explore Shanghai and beyond, and practice Chinese in authentic situations.

LIVE WITH A CHINESE HOST FAMILY

or on campus with a Chinese roommate.

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Activities

  • Learn about Chinese business with company visits in Shanghai.
  • Join classmates for a thrilling acrobat performance, river cruise, group meals, and more.
  • Explore Chinese history and arts with visits to museums, art exhibitions, and plays.
  • Travel to beautiful cities such as:
    • Suzhou, often called the “Venice of the East” for its many canals and famous for its classical gardens and silk industry
    • Hangzhou, known for its natural beauty as well as its textile and tech industries
    • Nanjing, one of China’s four ancient capitals and major commercial centers
    • Zhujiajiao, a traditional water town lined with stone bridges, cobblestone lanes, and canals
  • Gain hands-on cultural experience by learning Chinese cooking, calligraphy, martial arts, or mahjong.
  • Connect with the community by volunteering with local organizations or schools.

Excursions

Students participate in a one-week excursion for an in-depth look at Chinese culture and history. Past excursions have included:

  • Silk Road Trade Route – This famous premodern route enabled the exchange of merchandise, as well as religious, cultural, and artistic ideas. Students travel from the head of the northern route in Xi’an to Dunhuang, the City of Sands, a desert oasis at the junction of the northern and southern trade routes. Offered during fall term only
  • Tea and Horse Road – This ancient network of mountain paths connected the tea-growing regions of southwestern China to Burma and India by mule caravan through the mountains and valleys of Yunnan and Sichuan provinces and Tibet. Students may travel to Lijiang and Shangri-La, seat of a Tibetan autonomous prefecture near the border of Tibet. Offered during spring term only
  • Global Business in China – Explore the Pearl River Delta Region in Southern China and sites such as the Canton World Trading Fair, one of the oldest world's trading fairs. Students visit companies and attend lectures on business development and industry, take a city tour, and visit a local temple.
  • Convergence of Cultures – You’ll find some of the most traditional forms of Chinese culture preserved on the island of Taiwan, which maintains a thriving civil society with a democratic political system and capitalist economy. See why this culture is described as a blend of Chinese and Japanese cultures, with traditional Confucian beliefs and contemporary Western values. Visit the National Palace Museum, Taipei 101, aboriginal communities, the port city of Kaoshiung, the night markets of Tainan, and more.

Internships

Study abroad students participating in the Organizational Internship course will be assigned to an internship project with a company in Shanghai. The internship sponsors, which vary each term depending on participating organizations and available positions, may include local Chinese companies and multinational companies, as well as international small and medium-sized enterprises and nonprofit organizations. Course curriculum includes class introduction, coached work, and final presentation to earn three academic credits. See the course section for more detail.


What's Included

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • One-week orientation – an introduction to Chinese culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

1 out of 3 CIEE students receives a scholarship - get yours!

GAIN Travel Grants - up to $2,000 toward travel costs guaranteed to all Pell-elgible students.

Gilman Go Global Grants - $2,500/semester and $1,000/summer, guaranteed to all Gilman applications.

Merit-Based Scholarships - $2,500/semester and $750/summer, awarded to students deomonstrating high academic achievement.

Minority Serving Institutions (MIS) Grant - $2,000/semester and $500/summer, guaranteed to all students attending MSIs.

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Why CIEE

  • 200+ study abroad programs in 40+ countries
  • $8 million in scholarships offered each year
  • 1 in 3 students receives a scholarship
  • Study tours and cultural activities included
  • Internships and volunteering opportunities
  • Rigorous academics
  • Cultural immersion
  • iNext travel insurance included

Questions?

Our highly experienced staff have extensive knowledge of all CIEE programs and services. If you are a student with questions about completing your application, or you want to sign up to receive program updates and news, our staff are happy to help.

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This program takes place within a level 3 or 4 location according to the U.S. Department of State, as of 1/27/20 and a Warning Level 3 location according to the Centers for Disease Control as of 1/27/20. Please review UNC Charlotte's Travel Policy to Restricted Areas. Participation in this program is contingent upon completing a petition with the Office of Education Abroad. Please contact the OEA to discuss your interest in traveling to this location.

Important Notes from the
Office of Education Abroad (OEA) at UNC Charlotte

 

Researching this Program

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Affiliate Provider Programs

Check out our Affiliate Provider page for more general information about what an affiliate provider is, the program and cost structure & more. Please note that the "Fact Sheet" listed above may list majors or minors under the "Areas of Study" parameter. It's important to understand that these are simply suggested areas of study, which indicates that this program may offer one or several courses within this discipline. Additionally, as course offerings can change often, the program may offer one or more courses within an area of study that is not listed in this section. Students should not rely solely on this "areas of study" section when determining whether or not a study abroad program is a good academic fit for them; it is the student's responsibility to look at the specific list of courses offered by the host university (see below) to determine whether or not courses are available within their interests and/or area(s) of study.

Application Process

Any student wishing to participate in an affiliate provider program is required to complete an additional application with the Office of Education Abroad in order to receive approval to participate in the program. Please visit our Application Process page for more information. Note that students who do not receive approval from the OEA to participate in the program will not receive academic credit, will not be able to access their financial aid or scholarships and will not have access to OEA Services.

Academic Credit

Refer to our Academic Credit page for more information on how students will be working with their academic departments to determine what UNC Charlotte equivalent course credit they will receive for the courses they take abroad.

Money Matters

It's important to understand the cost structure of an Affiliate Provider program and to then research the estimated costs of each expense. Check out our Money Matters section on our website to learn more about how financial aid works, search for scholarship opportunities and more.

Miscellaneous Resources

Questions?

For questions regarding policies & procedures for UNC Charlotte students going abroad, please visit the OEA website, contact the Office of Education Abroad at 704-687-7747 or edabroad@uncc.edu. For questions regarding details of this particular affiliate provider program (e.g. program dates, course offerings, program fee, etc.), please contact the affiliate provider.