The Shanghai Chinese Studies summer program, hosted at Fudan University, offers eight weeks of Chinese language study at the first, second, and third-year levels in China’s largest and most vibrant city. Housing is provided in apartment-style student residences at the Tonghe International Village adjacent to the Fudan campus. Language courses equivalent to a full year of University-level Chinese meet for 15 hours each week and emphasize grammar, oral comprehension, and speaking. Courses are augmented by travel to historic northern cities such as Beijing or Xi’an, weekend travel to a nearby Yangzi River delta city like Suzhou or another “water town,” and visits to local cultural sights.

  • Open to students with no prior coursework in Chinese and to those who have completed the beginning and intermediate levels
  • Some language courses carry prerequisites
  • Students are strongly recommended to apply for their passport by the time they apply to the program
  • Admission requirements for all programs
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 credits)
    • 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
University Dormitory 

  • Individual bedrooms in 3–4 bedroom suites; two bathrooms per suite; bedroom and suite doors lock
  • Kitchen in each suite, not fully stocked; drinking water delivery available through Tonghe
  • Board is not included; no stipend is provided
  • Students can eat at Fudan’s dining hall
  • Each unit has washer but not dryer; AC/heater unit and Ethernet connections (wifi routers provided as well)
  • Gyms available at Tonghe and Fudan; BU classrooms, libraries, etc., available to students
  • Summer Term: Mid-June to mid-August
  • Summer Term: March 1