Shanghai Chinese Studies Program (Summer)
The Shanghai Chinese Studies Program at Shanghai’s Fudan University offers eight weeks of intensive language study. Students will live and study in China’s largest and most vibrant city. An undeniably modern city, Shanghai preserves the legacy of its strong colonial past.
The core curriculum centers around approximately 15 to 20 hours each week of language instruction, emphasizing grammar, oral comprehension, and speaking. Students may expect to spend at least an equal number of hours in study outside the classroom. Courses are augmented by a five-day educational excursion to an historic city or to the countryside to experience village life, a weekend trip to a Yangzi River delta city like Hangzhou or another canal town, and visits to local cultural sights.
Students study the equivalent of two semesters of Chinese language. Students must enroll for a total of eight credits.
Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.
CAS LC 111/112: First- and Second-Semester Chinese (8)
Essentials of structure, oral practice, introduction to the writing system. Syllabus
CAS LC 211/212: Third- and Fourth-Semester 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: Third-Year Modern Chinese I and II (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
CAS LC 411/412: Fourth-Year Modern Chinese I and II (8)
(Prerequisite: CAS LC 312 Third-Year Modern Chinese II, or the equivalent.) Advanced-level readings in modern Chinese. Discussion in Chinese of literary materials in various forms and styles. Special attention to works written between 1919 and 1949. Regular compositions and lab work (tapes and films). Syllabus
Please note that non-U.S. citizens should contact BU Study Abroad before submitting an application.
Download a description of the Shanghai Chinese Studies Program (Summer).
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.