Fudan University, Shanghai, China

School of International Relations and Public Affairs

Fudan University, located in Shanghai, is one of the leading universities in China with a long history and an international reputation for academic excellence. Fudan’s School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA) was formerly the Department of International Politics established in 1964. In November 2002, Fudan founded SIRPA and the Institute of International Studies (IIS). SIRPA is comprised of three departments: International Politics, Political Science, and Public Administration. SIRPA ranks ahead among its domestic peers in overall academic excellence and is host to an outstanding faculty. SIRPA emphasizes providing quality facilities to support students and researchers, such as reference libraries, multi-purpose conference rooms and computer laboratory.


Curriculum: For international students, Fudan SIRPA offers an English-taught curriculum for Master’s students on Chinese politics and diplomacy. It offers a select number of courses each semester and new courses are added each year. No Chinese proficiency is required for this curriculum.

Transfer of Credit: All exchange students from the Elliott School are required to be enrolled at Fudan as full-time students. Students must earn the equivalent of a B grade or higher in a given course to be eligible for transfer credit. Students may earn up to 10 transfer credits from the partner for Elliott School M.A. program.
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3 Fudan credits = 3 GW transfer credits
Grade B at Fudan = Grade B at GW

Academic Calendar:
Fall semester: late August – end of December.
Spring semester: February – June.

Language of Instruction: There are options to take courses in English or in Chinese. Students may take courses in SIRPA’s regular curriculum if they are proficient in Chinese. Students who do not have a high level of Chinese-language ability may make courses with the English-language instructed program on Chinese Politics and Diplomacy.

Internships: The Elliott School encourages its students to have professional development experiences abroad. The Graduate Student Services (GSS) office offers International Internship Grants each semester to support students in low-paid or unpaid internships abroad. More information on this grant is available from GSS or Handshake.

Some students find that it is challenging to balance the academic demands of the exchange program with the responsibilities of an internship. Students should carefully consider how to best manage these interests. Exchange partners do not generally have internship resources for visiting students.» More on internships abroad

Housing: Students are responsible for securing their own housing in Shanghai. Fudan University may be able to arrange housing in dormitories upon request.

Tuition and fees: Elliott School graduate tuition and fees are payable directly to GW, and are based upon 9 credit hours.

Location: Shanghai has a population of 13 million people and is one of China’s largest cities, as well as one of China’s three municipalities. Shanghai is China’s largest industrial city as well as the financial, informational, and cultural center of the country. Shanghai has a subtropical maritime climate, four distinct seasons and moderate rainfall. It is warm and rainy in spring, hot and humid during the summer, cool and less rainy in autumn, and cold and dry in winter.

Travel Information: Students are responsible for obtaining appropriate student visas for study at Fudan; guidance will be provided by the host institution. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs compiles information on travel abroad, public announcements, and warnings. Please review the information about Hong Kong SAR and for any worldwide travel announcements.

All GW students who travel abroad for academic purposes are required to comply with the GW International Travel Approval Policy. Guidance on this policy will be provided to all exchange students by the Elliott School International Programs & Education office.

To Apply: Applications for exchange programs are submitted on-line. The on-line application and any hard copy supplementary materials are due by March 15 for fall enrollment abroad and October 15 for spring enrollment abroad. Once the application has been reviewed and endorsed by the Elliott School, the application will be forwarded to the exchange partner for a final decision.

Both applications and all supplementary materials are due to the Elliott School by March 15 for fall enrollment abroad and October 15 for spring enrollment abroad. Once the application has been reviewed and endorsed by the Elliott School review committee, the Elliott School will forward the application materials to the partner for final decision.

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Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at TsingHua University, through University of California, Berkeley

Location: Beijing, China

Requirements: In addition to application materials, recommendation letters and fees, IUP accepts only students with an intermediate to high level of Chinese language ability. All applicants initially admitted to any IUP program are required to take a 15-minute phone interview in Mandarin conducted by IUP’s Head Instructor or Resident Director after sending in their non-refundable deposits.

Description: There are a variety of program options including the Academic Year Program (8 months of instruction), the One Semester Program (4 months of instruction), and the Summer Program (2 months of instruction). The unique feature of IUP programs is that students are provided with highly individualized instruction. The teacher to student ratio is currently 1:2 and course assignments include at least one daily private tutorial, and several small group classes. Each student is given individual attention to language skill areas that need improvement and their progress is closely monitored over their entire course of study. Such individualized instruction has consistently shown positive results over the nearly 40 year history of the program. As students advance during the course of the program, they will have increasingly greater flexibility to choose more specialized materials to assist them in achieving their personal language learning goals. Initial course work however, is designed to provide all students with the tools for building a solid and broad foundation in speaking, listening and reading. While there is a certain amount of flexibility in the program, to allow for special emphasis on various language skills relevant to individual students’ interests and career plans, it is assumed that all students need high levels of competence in speaking, listening and reading to meet their academic and professional goals. Those preparing for scholarly or professional careers must be able to speak Chinese fluently with Chinese scholars and professionals as well as to read the materials pertinent to their research interests. Those planning careers in diplomacy or international business, where it is often assumed that the spoken language is of prime importance, must also be able to read ordinary modern language materials fluently, if not classical language materials. Students must be able to read newspapers and must have a ready command of the spoken language in order to move about easily in Chinese society. In order to help students cultivate the habit of using Chinese as much as possible, the Program maintains a total Chinese environment. Students are expected to speak only Chinese within the Program’s premises at all times.

Schedule: The Academic-Year Program runs from early to mid September through late May or early June. The Summer Program runs from mid-June to early August. The Semester Program runs from very late August/very early September to early January (Fall Semester) and mid-January to very late May/very early June (Spring Semester).

Application deadline: Academic Year Program: January 11, 2011. Semester Program (Fall 2011 or Spring 2012): January 11, 2011. Summer Program: Rolling Admissions until January 28, 2011. Please note: IUP will review complete summer applications soon after they arrive at the IUP Berkeley office, rather than hold admissions after the summer program deadline (January 28, 2011). Admission is competitive, and it is recommended that you send in all of your summer application materials by the end of 2010 or in early January due to limited space at IUP’s language center. IUP admits summer applicants on a “first qualified applicant come, first qualified applicant served” basis. We will review summer applications through the summer deadline, and you may contact IUP Berkeley after the summer deadline to see if we’re accepting late summer applications. Rolling admissions is not the policy for IUP’s academic year/semester program admissions, however.

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CET Academic Programs

Location: Beijing, Hangzhou and other large cities in China

Requirements: Application forms and fees.

Description: CET hosts programs in major Chinese cities, two of which are described below for Beijing and Hangzhou. CET’s Chinese Studies & Service-Learning in Beijing program highlights what many consider to be the most meaningful way to study abroad: immersion into the local environment. Every aspect of the program emphasizes Beijing–the program’s core course, 21st Century Beijing, examines Beijing as a reflection of critical issues in contemporary China; students share rooms with Chinese roommates; faculty-led excursions visit local sites; language classes require students to practice their skills out in the local environment; and service-learning placements acquaint students with local organizations and groups. CET’s Hangzhou program is partnered with Middlebury College and is called the C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in China. It is a unique Chinese immersion program designed specifically to provide advanced-intermediate and advanced students the kind of challenge and flexibility they need. School in China students follow an individualized curriculum, including a one-on-one tutorial, in part designed by the student. To help integrate them fully into campus life, students live with a Chinese roommate, an arrangement that challenges more than just students’ language skills. In addition to arranging excursions and activities, resident staff encourage students to pursue individual co-curricular interests outside the classroom. Finally, the program requires that students speak Chinese at all times. While the Middlebury Language Pledge may be a challenge to maintain, students find that they excel in this environment and are rewarded at the end of the program with substantially increased proficiency in Chinese.

Schedule: Beijing: Summer 2011 classes run June 15 – August 15, 2011. Fall classes run August 31 – December 19, 2011. Hangzhou: currently unavailable. Check the website for the most up to date information.

Application deadline: Beijing: For Summer 2011, the deadline is March 2, 2011. For Fall 2011, the deadline is May 1, 2011. Hangzhou: currently unavailable. Check the website for the most up to date information.

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Peking University Summer Program

Location: Beijing, China

Requirements: College graduate students and professionals; High school graduates acceptable (2.75 GPA and proof of Chinese level required); Basic knowledge of Chinese phonetic system, characters, and grammar.

Description: The “best accredited program at China’s #1 University.” Six weeks of intensive Chinese language study at China’s most prestigious university – Peking University; Classes are from 8am -12pm every day. Three elective cultural courses in Tai-Chi, Chinese Calligraphy and Tranditional Chinese Painting; Visit the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace; Practice language skills with Peking University student language partner and establish international friendship; Earn college credits.

Schedule: July 4 – August 12, 2011.

Application deadline: May 15th, 2011. Please do not delay in making your decision, as space in this program fills up rapidly and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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CIEE Shanghai

Location: Shanghai, China

Requirements: Overall GPA 2.75; one semester of college-level coursework in Chinese studies recommended; this program is not designed for native Mandarin Chinese speakers.

Description: The summer program is designed for students who wish to immerse themselves in the exciting, rapidly developing economic engine of China that is Shanghai. Students take intensive Chinese language course work in small classes, while also attending a weekly seminar on the historic and modern roles of Shanghai in China’s international relations. The summer program encourages beginner through advanced level language students to apply. Learn or improve your Mandarin language through an intensive program for all levels; Chinese language clinic, target language activities, and peer language tutors; courses in Chinese business and journalism; teaching and volunteer opportunities. Participate in cultural activities and excursions to Chinese companies and factories, government agencies, media outlets, museums, and temples; take classes in Chinese calligraphy, martial arts, and music. Live with a Chinese host family or in an on-campus dormitory with a Chinese roommate.

Schedule: 8 weeks from late June – mid-August. Updated program information will be available on their website February 15, 2011.

Application deadline: March 15, 2011.

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Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Location: Shanghai, China

Requirements: A copy of passport; final education certificate; application fee; application form.

Description: Jiao Tong University offers four program options: the Long-Term Chinese Refresher Course, the Summer Course, the Short-Term Chinese Refresher Course and the New Chinese Course. Each course of study integrates the traditional classroom teaching method with oral discussion about different subject matters in order to develop the practical verbal skills of students in communication. Course will prepare students to: use Chinese Pinyin correctly and grasp the pronunciation of Mandarin; understand comprehensively the conversations of daily life and specific topics; use Mandarin to make social communications, express one’s purpose clearly, and explain the highlights of a matter; understand the basic grammatical structure of Chinese Mandarin and accumulate a vocabulary of more than 1,500 words and phrases; get informed of the China today and understand Chinese culture; have a basic understanding of Chinese character structure and recognize a certain number of basic Chinese characters.

Schedule: For Summer 2011there are five-week, four-week, and three-week options: July 10 to August 12, 2011 (five weeks, M-F); July 10 to August 5, 2011 (four weeks, M-F); July 10 to July 29, 2011 (three weeks, M-F). Spring semester runs from February to July, with enrolment before Dec.15. while Autumn semester is from September to January of next year, with enrolment before June 15.

Application deadline: Applications are accepted beginning March 1, 2011 and the application deadline is June 10, 2011.

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Valparaiso University, Summer Advanced Chinese Program

Location: Hangzhou, China

Requirements: undergraduate and graduate students who have had at least 2 years of college Chinese study or its equivalent

Description: Built on the success of the past four SACP programs, which have attracted over 60 participants, and subsidized by a grant from the US Department of Education, the 2011 SACP is designed to enable students to complete third-year college Chinese through intense, personalized instruction and integration of language learning with immersion in local Chinese culture and society in a city known for its rich tradition, natural beauty, and modern life.

Schedule: The 2011 SACP consists of two phases: Phase 1: May 23 through June 13, 2011 – This three-and-half-week phase is designed for participants who have completed at least two years of college Chinese or its equivalent but are not yet fully prepared for intensive third year Chinese offered through the 2011 SACP; or who have studied Chinese previously or lived in China for an extended period of time but have experienced a lapse in language proficiency; and Phase 2: June 14 through August 11, 2011 – This 8-week phase is designed to complete the highly-demanding, intensive third-year Chinese with ample ongoing opportunities to travel and interact directly with the local population and culture. Applicants of the 2011 VU’s SACP may choose to participate in Phase 1 or Phase 2 or both phases of the program depending on their language skills and needs. Interviews will determine each participant’s preparedness to enter Phase 2 directly.

Application deadline: The 2011 SACP will enroll nationwide up to 25 qualified participants. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2011. However, admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified applicants and will close once the enrollment cap is reached. Therefore, interested applicants should apply early.

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Washington University in Shanghai Chinese Language Program at Fudan University

Location: Shanghai, China

Requirements: 3.0 GPA; Previous study of Chinese language or prior coursework in Asian Studies is recommended. Sophomore, junior or senior standing.

Description: The program begins with a cultural orientation in Beijing with excursions to nearby historical sites. Students and faculty then move on to Shanghai to begin the academic programming with a 3-week intensive Chinese language course. Students will be placed into the appropriate level of Chinese language and earn 3 credits for this portion of the program. The semester continues with a Chinese language course at the appropriate level (3-5 credits) as well as two content courses (3 credits each) taught in English, and a one-credit Chinese Language Practicum (CLP). As part of the language practicum, one of the content courses will incorporate key concepts and vocabulary introduced in the language classes to reinforce the Chinese language acquisition. Each student will undertake an independent investigation, whereby the student identifies, travels to, writes and reports on a compelling component of Chinese culture and society. Content courses may include: Chinese Culture & Tradition, Modern Chinese Popular Culture, China-US Relations, China’s Foreign Policy & Diplomacy, China in the Global Context, Neighborhood Gentrification & Urban Revitalization, The Floating Population & Rural-Urban Migration, Chinese Family in Transition, Chinese Arts. Final course listings to be announced in spring ’11. Students earn 13-15 credit hours per semester, including 3 credits each for the 3-week language intensive, 3-5 credits for the semester language course, 3 credits for each content course, and 1 credit for the Chinese Language Practicum (CLP). Because of the heavy demands of Chinese language study, overloading is not encouraged.

Schedule: There are three terms available – Academic Year (late August through late May), Fall (late August through mid December), and Spring (late January through late May).

Application deadline: Academic Year – February 15th; Fall – February 15th; Spring – May 1st.

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Sinoland College

Location: Beijing (Haidian District), China

Requirements: no previous experience in Chinese language is required; application form.

Description: Sinoland College is a language training organization that specialises in Spoken Chinese. Its biggest strength lies in its intensive programme that quickly improves a learner’s oral Chinese skills. An absolute beginner is able to speak fluent Chinese after completing our 750-hour program, i.e. 3 hours a day for 250 days. The college is located on the 20th floor of Yingu Building in Haidian District and is only 8 minutes walk from Wudaokou Subway Station. It has 40 modern classrooms. With advance teaching methods, Sinoland College is the place to go if you want to study spoken Chinese in Beijing. We adopt the teaching methods used in Princeton and Harvard Universities in the U.S. and see language learning as skill training. Our class is structured around the 80-20 principle, i.e. students speak for at least 80% of class time. All our teachers have been trained by well-known scholars and professors from the Chinese faculties of Princeton and Harvard Universities. They adhere to the recommended teaching methods and guarantee the quality of each class. We use small-class teaching. The maximum class size is 4 so every student has plenty of opportunities to speak in class, thus guaranteeing the teaching result.

Schedule: Classes run all year with most starting at the beginning of the month. However, is a teacher is available, students are welcome to start at any time.

Application deadline: None

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