Shanghai Chinese Language & Culture Program
The Boston University Shanghai Chinese Language & Culture Program offers a semester of study in the vibrant and booming metropolis of Shanghai. Hosted at Fudan University, and working in collaboration with Fudan’s School of Social Development and Public Policy, this program is designed to allow beginning students of the Chinese language and East Asian studies to intensively study Chinese, while also doing coursework in English on traditional and contemporary Chinese culture.
Fudan University, one of China’s leading universities, was founded in 1905. The word “Fudan,” literally meaning “heavenly light shines day after day,” suggests inexhaustible self-reliance and industriousness. Fudan confers bachelor’s degrees in 70 academic disciplines and graduate degrees in 225. There are also 25 research stations that offer postdoctoral fellowships. Fudan now has an enrollment of 27,000 full-time degree candidates and the second-largest foreign student population in China—some 2,800 students from around the world. Fudan boasts a qualified faculty of over 2,500 full-time professors and researchers. Visit the Fudan University website for more information.
All students enroll in one required course:
- CAS LC 111/112: Beginning Intensive Chinese (8 credits)
Essentials of structure, oral practice, introduction to the writing system. Syllabus
- CAS LC 211/212: Intermediate Intensive Chinese (8)
(Prerequisite: CAS LC 112 Second-Semester Chinese, or the equivalent.) Review of structure and grammar, practice in conversation and writing, introduction to reading. Syllabus
- CAS LC 311/312: Advanced Intensive Chinese (8)
(Prerequisite: CAS LC 212 Fourth-Semester Chinese, or the equivalent.) Readings in modern Chinese. Readings and discussion in Chinese of selected nonliterary and literary materials, including newspaper articles, short stories, and essays. Regular compositions required. Syllabus
Students enroll in two or three of the following courses (taught in English), for a total of 8 elective credits:
Other elective course offerings may be available.
- CAS HI 365/IR 371: Shanghai: The Key to Modern China? (4)
(Formerly CAS HI 387.) The social, cultural, political, and economic history of Shanghai is used as a lens to understand the making of modern China. Themes include the role of city’s colonial past in shaping its history. Students visit significant historical sights and museums. Syllabus
- CAS SH 301: Chinese Culture and Society in the Global Era (2) Syllabus
- SMG OM 467: Global Sourcing and Supply Chain Management (4)
- The Chinese Marketplace: Globalization and Local Transformations (2) Syllabus
- Chinese Diplomacy (2)
Download a descripition of the Shanghai Programs.
The Boston University Shanghai Programs are administered by staff at Boston University. A program manager oversees the admissions and pre-departure procedures, and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in Shanghai. The Boston office also houses the resident director who is responsible for everyday operations.