Summer at Fudan University (Shanghai)


    Study at Fudan University – Summer in Shanghai
    Chinese Language and Culture Courses (in English)
    Cultural Activities and Field Trips Included
    20 hrs per week – Minimum age is 16 yrs
    4 Weeks: $1395 USD

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    • Low cost Tuition & Housing
    • Pre-departure resources (info)
    • Student services support staff
    • Cultural activities / field trips
    • Discount airfare booking
    • Easy check-in process
    • Earn academic credit
    • Transcript (certificate)

    The  Program

    Fudan University was founded in 1905, and named after a Confucian classic “Shang Shu” written about two thousand years ago. Over the past 80 years, Fudan University has grown into a comprehensive university consisting of 5 branches of learning: the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, technological sciences, and management studies. Fudan has 8 schools, 29 departments, 23 research institutes, and 9 inter department centers. Over 11,000 students attend, and is staffed by more than 2500 teachers. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are awarded. Minimum age 16 yrs.

    The Location

    ShanghaiShanghai 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 a flourishing city with rich cultural resources and is an important place to witness the contemporary and changing life of Chinese people. Shanghai is China’s largest industrial city as well as the financial, informational, and cultural center of the country. Shanghai is also an important port city, and has the second largest airport in China with over 40 international and domestic air lines. Shanghai is set to become once again the “Wall Street” of the east, as it continues its amazing growth within a “new” China. It’s thriving metropolis continues to attract students from all over the world to experience its vitality in helping to change the face of China.

    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.


    NOTE: All courses are offered at the 100 – 400 university levels, and taught by qualified faculty. Students take placement exam to determine level. Culture courses included and taught in English – subjects vary.

    Learn Mandarin Chinese language: all levels – elementary to advanced: 8 levels. Chinese courses include: Reading and Writing, Listening and Speaking, Composition, Introduction to Modern Chinese.

    Reading and Writing: from level 1-3. This course concentrates on study for Chinese pinyin, basic sentence patterns and Chinese characters, in order to help acquire a knowledge of Chinese pinyin, basic grammar, and to master the skill of writing Chinese characters, short essays, and to read Chinese.

    Listening and Speaking: from level 1-3. This course focuses on the Chinese pinyin, simple daily conversation to help students improve skills in speaking and listening. Extensive drills.

    Intensive Reading: from level 4-8. Students consolidate the grammar and vocabulary from the first 3 textbooks, building up vocabulary, discriminate the meaning and usage of words and expressions, continue to study sentence patterns and grammar, and intensify the training in Chinese reading.

    Extensive reading: from level 4-8. Intensive training of students in reading, expanding scope of readings, speed, increase vocabulary.

    Listening: from level 4-6. Establish correct listening habits, master techniques and methods, expand areas of knowledge, build vocabulary, improve listening comprehension through intensive practicing of sentences, paragraphs, conversations, and essays.

    Spoken Chinese: from level 4-8. Helps students master the techniques of spoken Chinese in a variety of situations. Advance training in colloquial expression.

    News Listening and Newspaper Reading: from level 7-8. Help students acquire significant proficiency in Chinese newspaper reading and news listening.

    Composition: from level 4-8. This course concentrates on the study of practical Chinese writing and narration, in order to improve student’s ability of expression in writing.


    This course is for the absolute beginner and other beginner students. This course teaches the core characters, pronunciation, basic grammars and structures, as well as learn radicals. Practical daily topics are covered such as: food, time, dates, hobbies, family, weather, money, etc. Students improve communication and express skills, as well as understand more about Chinese culture.


    • Learn Chinese Pronunciation, up to 21 initials, 38 finals, 4 tones and neutral tone
    • Learn about 150 elementary words, 25 grammar points, and 8 practical patterns
    • Learn about basic Chinese characters, writing orders, strokes, and structures
    • Learn how to talk about various topics of yourself,and express opinion
    • Learn daily tasks such as introducing oneself, greetings, ordering food, etc.
    • Learn to be more accurate and proficient in communicating and expressions
    • Learn about Chinese culture and society, as well as intercultural awareness

    Materials: Textbooks, and handouts.
    Textbook often used: New Target Chinese Spoken Language 1
    by Beijing Language & Culture University

    Assessment: Attendance, Class Participation, Quizzes, Homework, and Exams

    Note: Being absent for over 15 days can result in no grades given, nor final exam, nor credit.


    This course is designed for students who have previous Chinese Language Studies and have mastered the basics. This course teaches more chinese characters, words, and grammars, as well as additional topics in daily life such as: education, sports, seasons, health, travel, work, festivals, transport, games, etc. Overall, improves pronunciation, appropriate expressions, as well as more understandings of Chinese culture (press)


    • Learn to improve the accuracy of phonetic
    • Learn up to 160 elementary words, 16 grammar points, and 8 practical patterns
    • Learn additional knowledge of Chinese characters – strokes, writing orders, and structures
    • Learn to solve basic problems in daily life, express opinion, and talk about various topics
    • Learn to improve accuracy of Chinese communications and expressions

    Learn to improve understanding of Chinese Culture, and intercultural awareness

    Materials: Textbooks, and handouts.
    Textbook often used: New Target Chinese Spoken Language 2
    by Beijing Language & Culture University (press)

    Assessment: Attendance, Class Participation, Quizzes, Homework, and Exams

    Note: Being absent for over 15 days can result in no grades given, nor final exam, nor credit.

    INTERMEDIATE: Low, Intermediate, High (3 separate courses)

    These 3 level intermediate courses are designed to teach students over 1800 common words, an learn complex expressions to talk about abstract topics, and also feel more comfortable in communicating with Chinese people. Comprehensively improving their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills to master the basic communication tasks in real life, as well as more sophisticated communication skills and expression. Talking about a variety of topics such as housing, lifestyle, occupations, travel, and characteristics of a person.


    • Learn over 850 common words, 140 grammar points, and 80 patterns
    • Learn additional skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing
    • Learn to improve conversation ability on a variety of familiar topics, with accuracy and clarity
    • Learn to solve additional daily tasks, such as expressing suggestions and goodwill
    • Learn additional aspects of Chinese culture and society
    • Learn additional skills of intercultural understanding

    Materials: Textbooks and handouts
    Textbooks often used: New Target Chinese Spoken Language 3, 4, and 5
    by Beijing Language & Culture University (press)

    Assessment: Attendance, Class Participation, Quizzes, Homework, and Exams

    Note: Being absent for over 15 days can result in no grades given, nor final exam, nor credit.


    This course is designed for advanced students and higher (superior). Students learn more complex and sophisticated communication skills and expressions to easily converse with confidence. Wide variety of topics are covered in this course, such as : modern life, happiness, economic development, traditional culture and modern, etc. Overall, to comprehensively improve the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as more understanding of Chinese culture and today’s society.


    • Learn an additional 300 common words, 60 grammar points, and 63 practical patterns
    • Learn to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills
    • Learn and master additional daily tasks, such as interviews, travel planning, appointments, etc
    • Learn about China’s complex economic and political environment
    • Learn additional aspects of Chinese culture and modern society

    Materials: Textbooks and handouts
    Textbook: New Target Chinese Spoken Language 6
    by Beijing Language & Culture University (press)

    Assessment: Attendance, Class Participation, Quizzes, Homework, and Exams

    Note: Being absent for over 15 days can result in no grades given, nor final exam, nor credit

    Academic Credit

    4 hours of class and activities are provided daily, M-F. 20 hours per week. Summer Courses: 4 – 8 credits. Upon completing the program, the student will receive (upon request) an official transcript (Certificate) from the University in China.

    Financial Aid

    Yes, you can use your financial aid on this program. Please have your Financial Aid office e-mail us a “Consortium Agreement” to complete and sign. CSA does not offer any scholarships or financial aid, we can only assist you in using your home school’s financial aid on this program.


    Staff there may organize visits to: Shanghai sites, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou, Guilin, Nanjing, Yangzhou, Xian, as well as to Beijing. It often depends on if there is enough interest among the students. It is not guaranteed that any trips will be provided, for it all depends on the staff schedule there. Students often group up and go on local field trips and excursions themselves for it is so easy to do. But if there are any organized trips, participation is optional, and cost extra (paid directly there).

    Extra activities may also include: Chinese folk music, Beijing Opera, theatre, acrobatics, painting and calligraphy, and Chinese cooking. These activities are mostly conducted during the summer sessions.


    All students book own housing using the web-Links provided on the China Homepage, bottom section are “Other Housing Options” as well as the additional Hotel Links. Easy to do. Housing at Fudan and nearby do fill-up fast, so early program registration and housing booking is advised! Student residence (dormitory), or nearby Guest House. Double rooms with private bath, TV, telephone, heater and air conditioner. Laundry facility available. Access to internet (lab) available. Single rooms can be requested. Double room costs from $140 – $225 USD per week. Single costs a bit more. Damage deposit is $100 – $200 USD (refundable). Pay there upon check-in. All depends on type of room.

    Meals are purchased at the campus cafeteria. Reasonable cost, about $60 USD per week (pay in RMB).

    Arrival check-in to housing 1 – 2 days prior starting date.

    Dates and Fees

    Chinese Language & Culture
    Cultural Activities & Field Trips

    * 4 hrs per day / 20 hrs per week

    2020 Dates
    4 weeks: July 6th – 31st $1395 USD
    4 weeks: August 3rd – 28th $1395 USD
    8 weeks: July 6th – August 28th $2695 USD
    2021 Dates
    4 weeks: July 5th – 30th $1395 USD
    4 weeks: August 2nd – 27th $1395 USD
    8 weeks: July 5th – August 27th $2695 USD

    Note: Early Registration is highly advised. Prior May 15th for July and August terms.


    1Minimum age is 16 yrs. Passport and Visa required for entering China. Confirmation of enrollment is required for student Visa. CSA will provide JW202 documents (letter of admission) to each applicant, so they can apply for a Visa. Early registration is advised, prior May 15th, so you can receive the JW202 documents in time to apply for a Visa at the nearest Chinese Consulate.


    Arrival check-in instructions provided with confirmation documents.


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