Shanghai Int’l Studies University


    Study at Shanghai Int’l Studies University
    Chinese Language & Culture: 20 hrs wk
    4 wks: $1395 / Semester: $2495 USD
    Minimum age is 16 yrs

    Pudong Skyline Shanghai

    The Program / Location

    Campus location is close to the commercial center of Shanghai. Easy to get to by local transportation. It is a modern University with advanced facilities for studying and living on campus. Since the 1970’s, foreign students have been attending programs here and currently now offer over 23 Master Degrees and 10 doctoral programs. Over 2000 foreign students study here every year, from over 60 countries.

    Chinese language and culture programs are offered year-around. Summer, Winter, Semester and Academic Year terms are offered. Semester courses are 4 hrs (lessons) per day, M-F / 20 hrs per week. Summer courses are 20 hrs per week. Transcript – certificate is issued by the school to each student who completes their courses. Minimum age is 16 for the summer terms, and 18 yrs for the Semester or Year.

    Chinese Pavilion

    Courses – Semester / Summer / Winter

    SEMESTER: Fall / Spring / Academic Year

    Chinese language – 4 hours (lessons) per day, M-F / 20 hours (lessons) per week of courses. Three levels: beginning, elementary, and intermediate. Placement test given upon arrival check-in. Early registration is advised. Apply by Dec 20th for Spring Semester, and by June 20th for the Fall Semester or Academic Year. Minimum age is 18. Only 16 for Summer terms.

    Comprehensive Chinese (grammar, conversation, Chinese characters, listening comprehension and reading. HSK intensive training courses. Program is for international students who want to improve their Chinese proficiency in a short period of time. After completing one academic year (2 semesters), the student’s proficiency is expected to meet the requirements of entering an undergraduate program in China, and reach the HSK grade 6. Transcript (certificate) issued by the University.

    There is also a 2 – 3 week session in January. 20 hrs per week. Minimum age is 16. All levels.

    SUMMER: Chinese Language & Culture

    Summer courses are 20 hours per week of courses, M-F. Chinese language courses are taught in the morning, and Cultural courses are offered in the afternoons. Placement test given upon arrival check-in, as well as actual class registration. Minimum age is only 16 for the summer sessions. Local excursions are offered once a week to various scenic and cultural sights, and weekend tours are available for a small fee (optional). Chinese language courses include – listening comprehension, conversation and reading. Cultural Elective Courses may include – characters, history, economics, calligraphy, traditional painting, and Chinese Wushu.

    Six Levels: A-F

    Level A: is for absolute beginners. Course includes study of Chinese pinyin, basic sentence patterns, Chinese characters, and basic grammar.

    Level B: is for students who have some phonetic training, know about 800 Chinese words, and can engage in simple, daily conversation. Course includes reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Focuses on Chinese pinyin, daily conversation, improving listening skills, reading skills, and writing exercises.

    Level C: is for students who know about 1500 Chinese words and basic sentence patterns, as well as able to engage in daily conversation. This course is more extensive in building skills: listening, writing, reading, and speaking enhancement. Build vocabulary, continue to study sentence patterns and grammar, intensify reading exercises, and discriminate the meaning and usage of words.

    Level D: is for students who know at least 2500 Chinese words, and have a systematic knowledge of Chinese grammar, as well as able to converse in daily conversation at a higher level than Level C. Emphasis is put on building listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Extensive drills are also used.

    Level E: is for students who know about 3500 Chinese words, and can engage in more complicated discussions, as well as give short speeches.

    Level F: is for students with a vocabulary larger than 4000 Chinese words and can express sophisticated ideas in daily conversation.

    Academic Credit

    Shanghai International Convention Center
    4 hours (lessons) per day, M-f / 20 hours (lessons) per week. Students usually earn 15 – 17 Semester credits per Semester. Summer sessions are 20 hrs per week, M-F (4 hrs per day). Summer students usually earn 3 – 4 credits per month (4 wks). Winter sessions is 20 hrs per week. Official transcript issued by the University there in Shanghai.


    ShanghaiHousing is provided in a Campus Guesthouse.

    Campus Guest House – Modern student residence full equipped. Double rooms, private bathroom, heating, air conditioning, TV, telephone, and internet access.
    Shared kitchen and laundry room on each floor. Cafeteria, grocery store, swimming pool, fitness room, games room, and ATM bank machines within the residence building. Single rooms are possible, ask upon check-in, and may require additional payment.

    If Guest House is full, students are placed in the Campus Hotel that provides very similar accommodations.

    Housing costs approx $500 USD per month for a double room / approx $650 USD for single room per month. Pay housing there upon check-in, or you can add the monthly cost (USD) to your program balance. Meals are taken in campus cafeteria. Cost varies, due to how many meals per day. Allow for $200 USD per month for meals.

    No host family options for this program.

    You can also arrange own housing if you prefer, just let us know.

    Dates and Fees

    * Summer Course – 20 hrs per week – Minimum age 16 yrs
    * Semester Course – 20 hrs per week – Minimum age 18 yrs



    * 20 hrs per week – Minimum age 16 yrs

    4 Weeks July (early) – August (early)
    Sample 2018 Dates: July 8th – August 5th, 2018
    Sample 2019 Dates: July 7th – August 4th, 2019
    $1395 USD


    * 20 hrs per week – Minimum age 18 yrs

    September (early) – January (early)
    Sample 2018 Dates: September 2nd, 2018 – January 13th, 2019
    Sample 2019 Dates: September 1st, 2019 – January 12th, 2020
    $2495 USD


    * 20 hrs per week – Minimum age 18 yrs

    February (late) – July (early)
    Sample 2018 Dates: February 18th – July 8th, 2018
    Sample 2019 Dates: February 17th – July 7th, 2019
    Sample 2020 Dates: February 16th – July 5th, 2020
    $2495 USD

    * 20 hrs per week – Minimum age 18 yrs

    September (early) – July (early)
    Sample Dates: September 2nd, 2018 – July 7th, 2019
    Sample Dates: September 1st, 2019 – July 5th, 2020
    $4695 USD

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    Intensive Semester / Academic Year – minimum age is 18.
    Summer Session – minimum age is 16.

    Register early, for a visa is required to enter China.


    Register Now - to get started. Pay balance or deposit to confirm (reserve / docs). Early registration advised.