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Students in this program will have three study options: they may take one Chinese language course and 2 courses taught in English for a total of 12 semester credits, or they make take 3 courses taught in English plus a Chinese language course for a total of 15 semester credits, or they may take 4 courses taught in English for a total of 12 semester credits.

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation


Resident Coordinator


Medical and Life Insurance


Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Transit Pass

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  • 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to 2nd-semester freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Mandarin speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • One passport photo
  • Entry requirements: valid passport and student visa
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Feb, 2022 - Jun, 2022 $11,850 Nov 1, 2021 Dec 1, 2021

API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Shanghai programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Beijing

    API students will tour the capital of China, where they will be visiting such treasures as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Olympic Center, and the Silk Market.
  • Shanghai Landmark Tour

    Located in the center of Shanghai south of middle Huaihai road, Xin-Tian- Di has become an urban attraction which illustrates the historical and cultural legacy of the city. It is a fashionable pedestrian street composed of both Shikumen (Shanghai’s traditional residential buildings) and modern architecture. Nearby is the historical meeting site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China, considered to be the birthplace of Communist China.

    The Huangpu River is the mother river of Shanghai. The Bund, the famous and attractive waterfront along the west bank of the Huangpu River, has been regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. There are twenty-six diverse buildings of different architectural styles, including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classical and Renaissance. The Bund is a must-see landmark site in Shanghai. The night scene is beautiful beyond description when lights are focused on the World Architecture Exhibition on the Bund which spreads along the 1000-meter-long embankment of the Huangpu River. The most bustling section includes the well-known urban landscape of Shanghai. Taking a boat cruise on the Huangpu River is also a traditional tourist attraction in Shanghai. Cruising the river allows a panoramic view of the urban landscape on both banks. The east bank of the river is the newer district of Shanghai, its financial and commercial hub, named Lujiazui. It is now one of Shanghai’s most charming places. It provides the most substantial cross-section of cosmopolitan Shanghai. Lujiazui boasts not only an “outdoor museum of global architecture,” but also frames the skyline of modern Shanghai with its modern skyscrapers.

  • Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts

    The regal white building that houses the Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts dates back to the early 1900s. Visitors will find a vast collection of local artwork and artifacts that highlight the city’s history, development, and design. Though the museum is relatively small compared to others in the city, travelers say the coin and bill collection and jade and bamboo carvings are some of the best around. What makes this museum different from other museums is that visitors can see the artists at work, while they are seated in different rooms according to their craft. The first floor of the museum showcases paper-cutting, painted lanterns, paintings, and antiques. The second floor showcases various carvings of jade, ivory, wood, ink-stone, bamboo, porcelain, and lacquerware. The third and final floor of the museum showcases Gu embroidery, woolen

    needlepoint embroidery, theatrical costumes, woolen knitting, and dough modeling. The Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts is a melting pot of two cultures. It showcases the various crafts of Shanghai within the French interior design of carved ceiling swirls, fresh flowers above the fireplace, and red carpet on the spiral staircase. The three exhibition halls of national arts and crafts, sculpture, and brocades respectively and about ten specialized workrooms in the main building bring together about 50 industrious, artistic professionals.

  • Shanghai Local Food Tour and Acrobatics Show

    Students will be able to satisfy their taste for traditional Chinese food while on this culinary tour in Shanghai City Center. After sampling some typical Shanghai-ness dishes, the group will then attend an acrobatics show! The ERA is a multimedia odyssey whose inspiration is a direct result of the combination of traditional Chinese acrobatic arts and modern technology. Just like Shanghai, ERA evolves through a constant collision between the past and the future. Not only will the audience be amazed by the acrobats’ control and precision, they will be enchanted by the world that is created by using multimedia technology, lighting and sound effects, elaborate costumes, original live music and much more!
  • Shanghai's History and Development Exhibition Hall & World Financial Center

    Located at the base of the Oriental Pearl Tower in Lujiazui of Pudong New District, the Shanghai History and Development Exhibition Hall is an exhibit of the Shanghai History Museum.The museum is dedicated to the century-long history of the city of Shanghai. Visitors can enjoy a tour of Shanghai’s past via a collection of waxwork figures and historic relics. Equipped with modern technology such as video and simulation, the museum also presents a vivid picture of old Shanghai city, covering six sections including the former concessions and old footsteps in Shanghai.

    The Shanghai World Financial Center is a symbol of commerce and culture that speaks to the city’s emergence as a global capital. Located in Shanghai’s Lujiazui of Pudong District, the multi-use Shanghai World Financial Center is a vertical city, containing offices, conference facilities, urban retail and dining spaces, and a hotel. Above the hotel, on the 94th to 100th floors, is a visitor’s center and observatory.

  • Suzhou

    Today, Suzhou is considered a core city of China’s Yangtze River Delta economic zone, due to its high GDP contribution. In recent history, it has been a center of the silk trade and known for its gardens and canals. Suzhou has long been a haven for scholars, artists, and skilled craftsmen, which holds true even today.

    Suzhou was the capital of the Wu kingdom from the 12th to 4th century BC. Historically, it was the center of Wu culture, and its dialect (Wu language) is still considered the standard dialect, even though the language is now often called “Shanghainese.” Suzhou is a modern bustling city, although you can still see traces of a very old lifestyle centered around its canals.

    Jinji Lake, the largest inland city lake in China, is located in the central part of the Suzhou Industrial Park, just east of Suzhou’s old city. Deriving its name from the legendary golden rooster (Jinji) that once fell into a boat on the lake, Jinji Lake occupies an area of 10 square kilometers. The landmark buildings of Jinji Lake currently include the SSCAC Culture and Arts Centre, the Suzhou Expo Centre, and the Ferris Wheel Park. The Suzhou International Expo Centre intends to become a major venue and host for conferences and exhibitions in the Asia-Pacific region. The shape of the Expo Centre is unique, resembling a huge open fan.The architectural structure of the SSCAC, located on the eastern side of Jinji Lake, bears a resemblance to Beijing’s “Bird’s Nest”, thus sometimes referred to as the Suzhou bird’s nest. There is even a massive LED Sky Screen that is said to be the largest in the world. As Suzhou’s ‘New Heaven on Earth’, Jinji Lake is definitely a must-visit place of interest!

  • Nanjing and Wuxi

    Literally “the southern capital”, Nanjing was an ancient metropolis of six different dynasties in China. The city is in a perfect location with majestic scenes of high hills, deep rivers and a big plain. Students will explore the Confucius Temple, Ming City, Walls, and more in Nanjing. Located in the middle of the Yangze Delta, Wuxi, a coastal city, one of the fifteen economic centers
    and ten important tourist cities of China. The city is bordered by the famous Taihu lake and the Grand Canal also passes by the city.

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  • WuZhen and Hangzhou – Water Town

    Wuzhen, a 1300-year-old water town on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, is a national 5A scenic area and one of China’s top ten historic, cultural towns. It is located in northern Zhejiang Province, at the center of the golden triangle made up of Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Suzhou. This small town, whose black brick and tile roofs contrast sharply with their white walls, appears like a Chinese ink wash drawing.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-16 per semester

Students who choose to study abroad in Shanghai with API will take courses at East China Normal University (ECNU). ECNU a nationally renowned university under the direct auspices of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China is 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. The Chinese Language and Culture Studies Program will be hosted in ECNU North Zhongshan Road Campus (Downtown Campus).

Students in this program will have several study options:

  • Select one Chinese language course for 6 credits and 2 courses taught in English for a total of 12 semester credits; or
  • Select 3 courses taught in English plus a Chinese language course for 6 credits for a total of 15 semester credits; or
  • Select 4 courses taught in English for a total of 12 semester credits


API students receive their transcript from East China Normal University upon completion of their program.

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    Corrine Zhou

    Corrine Zhou will be your Resident Coordinator and a resource for you on-site.

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    Rachel Mogan

    Rachel Mogan will be your Program Manager and help prepare you to go abroad!


The Chinese Language and Culture Studies program provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn about China through academic and cultural immersion during one semester. This program is open to current college students who wish to study in China for one semester (15 weeks). The program consists of two parts—Chinese Language course and Content courses on China Studies which will be conducted in English

This program offers a credit structure which is identical to the majority of North American universities and colleges. Course contents are carefully designed to meet the requirements of North American universities and colleges.


The Chinese Language and Culture Studies program at East China Normal University (ECNU) offers a credit structure which is identical to the majority of North American universities and colleges. Course contents are carefully designed to meet the requirements of North American universities and colleges, and courses are generally 3 U.S. semester credits each.

Chinese Language Course Class 1 - Elementary

This course is designed for the beginner. By taking this course, students will learn pronunciation, radicals and core characters, understand basic grammars and structures, be able to talk about some basic topics, such as greeting, talking about age, nationality, hometown, family, time and schedule, hobbies, describe a person, complete basic tasks in real life such as order food and shopping.

Language of Instruction: Chinese   

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

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Chinese Language Course Class 2 - Intermediate

This course is designed for students who have studied Chinese for a period of time and mastered some basic language knowledge. By taking this course, students will know more Chinese characters, words and grammars and how to communicate with Chinese in their daily life. A variety of topics are covered in this course, like weather and seasons, study, sports, travel, transport, etc. Students will learn to complete more tasks in daily life such as seeing a doctor, asking for directions, checking in hotel, making an appointment. This course may help students improve pronunciation and appropriate expressions, as well as understand more about Chinese culture.

Language of Instruction: Chinese   

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

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Chinese Language Course Class 3 - Advanced Chinese

This course is designed for intermediate students. By taking this course, students will comprehensively improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, and master the strategy of communication and expression. Students will learn to talk about more topics in greater details, such as the characteristics of a person, housing, lifestyle, examination, occupations, itinerary of a trip, etc.

Language of Instruction: Chinese   

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

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China's Macroeconomic Impact

China is now the world’s second-biggest economy and second biggest exporter. What are the impacts of China’s rise on the global economy? What will other countries react to China’s economic emerge? This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge of what has happened to China and its impact on global economy in the last three decades. The course will offer an in-depth discussion of Chinese macroeconomic development, industrial structure, trade pattern, economic imbalance, and its impact on the rest of the world economy, particularly on Asia, the US, and Africa.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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International Marketing (China Focus)

This course assesses the parameters of marketing strategy and success in the context of prevailing Chinese cultural norms and expectations in a rapidly developing consumer culture wherein social mobility, rapid change, technological sophistication and the growing incursion of foreign mass media and popular culture are the conditions of the day. The course lays out the underlying cultural logic that informs management and considers how these matters impact product development strategies, market research, and approaches to customer and public relations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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History of Modern China

This course serves as a survey of modern Chinese history. It will guide the students to explore the drastic social, cultural and political transitions occurred in China in the past one and half centuries, which have led to the country’s current condition. While generally following a chronological order, the course content will also be arranged in such a way as to address the various themes of social changes that have significant implications in the contemporary era – the reconstruction of national and ethnic identities of modern time, China’s international relationships, religions and secret societies, the transformation of gender role and family relationship, changes in economic policies, as well as trends in literatures and popular cultures.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Globalization and Urbanization: China's Urban Transformation and What it Means for the World

This course introduces students to the recent literature on China’s immense urban transformation process, spatial restructuring and urban problems it causes. The topics are mainly divided into three parts. Part 1 is on the process and the uniqueness of urbanization in China. Issues such as the socialist ideology, the household registration (hukou) system, rural-urban migration, and globalization will be discussed. We will also pay special attention to the process of urban development in Shanghai. Part 2 is on the spatial restructuring of Chinese cities. Students will study the dominant work unit (danwei) compounds in pre-reform era, urban renewal and expansion and the diversified urban landscapes in the post-reform era. Part 3 will examine various urban issues emerging with the rapid urbanization, such as the massive migration and assimilation, housing problems, urban inequality, and discontent.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Issues in Contemporary Chinese Society

This course mostly employs a sociological perspective to examine issues in contemporary Chinese society. Topics examined include not only these well-known aspects of Chinese society such as guanxi and face, collectivism and family-centered culture, but also the emerging civil society, onging sexual revolution, and increasing social polarization that are more likely associated with the enormous social change over the past three decades. Students will be asked to critically and creatively think about change and continuity in contemporary China in relation to the dynamic and complex interaction of local factors and global forces.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Chinese Philosophy

The course is a comprehensive historical survey of the main religious traditions in China, including Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and some comparative study of Chinese religion and Christianity. Through lectures, discussions, and reading of select primary and secondary sources, we will explore the formulations and subsequent transformations of key beliefs, doctrines, practices, and institutions that characterized specific religious traditions. We will also examine the patterns of interaction among different traditions, as well as the general character of religious life in China.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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  • Courses in Chinese (Mandarin)

Students in Shanghai will be housed in student dormitory accommodations on campus. Dorms are furnished with two beds, two desks, shared bathroom, and free internet, and all students have access to a communal kitchen and shared bathrooms and a shared laundry room. Just outside the dorms are a university dining hall, and outdoor basketball/volleyball/soccer courts.

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