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Shanghai (Hu for short), is a renowned Chinese metropolis drawing an increasing amount of international attention, investment, and envy. Perched near the Yangtze River delta, the city serves as regional hub for economic development, finance, culture, and scientific research. More than many Chinese cities, Shanghai’s “recent” history as a colonial hub has heavily influenced its makeup – both architecturally and culturally. After the 1842 Treaty of Nanking, foreign powers (including the British, French, Americans, Germans, and Russians) all moved in and put their stamp on various neighborhoods and institutions. Shanghai thrived as a cosmopolitan center (dubbed the “Paris of the East”) during the 1920s and 1930s, and escaped much of the “cultural revolution” of the 1960s. In the early 1990s Shanghai was chosen to spearhead modern China’s economic and political expansion ambitions, and today it is considered to be one of the most “international” cities in the world.
Students who want to study abroad in Shanghai with API will take their courses at East China Normal University (ECNU). ECNU – a national renowned university under the direct auspices of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, and one of the most prestigious universities in the country. Founded in 1951, it is nationally accredited by the Ministry of Education of the PRC and a member of the prestigious 211 and 985 projects. Boasting one of the most beautiful university campuses in China, the university is reputed as the “garden university.”
ECNU is a research university with an extensive range of disciplines including education, social sciences, humanities, natural sciences & technologies and administrative sciences. ECNU currently enrolls more than 30,000 students from all parts of China and abroad, of which more than 5,000 are international students.
API students at ECNU can study abroad for a semester, academic year, or summer term, and take courses in English and Mandarin Chinese.
“I learned so much and developed into a much more independent and confident person. The people were amazing and the program was very well-organized. Bravo!"
API students in Shanghai have the opportunity to give back to their local community through various volunteer projects, including community internships arranged through ECNU.
Visit one of the neighboring water towns
See Shanghai from atop one of its many skyscrapers
Explore the famous Jade Buddha Temple
Xialongbao (steamed buns)
Tanghulu (candied fruit kebabs)
Niangao (Chinese New Year's cake)
Chinese New Year (February)
Shanghai International Tea Culture Festival (April-May)
Shanghai International Fashion Culture Festival (February-March)
East China Normal University was founded in 1951 and is a member of China's prestigious Project 211 and Project 985. It has been dubbed as the "Columbia University of the East."
Rachel Mogan will be your Program Manager and help prepare you to go abroad!
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Corrine Zhou will be your Resident Coordinator and a resource for you on-site.