- Immersive Chinese language program (Mandarin)
- Intensive, additional credit option available
- 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 contact information form
- One letter of recommendation
- Official transcript
- One passport photo
- Photocopy of passport
- Entry requirements: valid passport and student visa
Dates & Fees
During the program, students have the opportunity to broaden their classroom education through several organized excursions, which are included in the price of the program. Overnight lodging, breakfast, entrance fees and transportation to and from the excursion locations are included. Although excursions are subject to change depending on availability, weather and other factors, students are provided with an itinerary for their program excursions prior to departure.
CHINESE PALATIAL ARCHITECTURE & CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS (WUSHU) MUSEUM
Shanghai’s many historic buildings have a variety of characteristics, charting the changing fortune of the city over the past century, and university campuses are a prime example of this. Chinese palatial architecture is a common sight in the older, large cities of northernChina, such as Beijing and Xian, but is rarely seen in the south. The former Shanghai Special Government Headquarters (now a Shanghai Sports University office building) is a contemporary version of the Forbidden City’s Taihe Temple .
The Chinese Martial Arts Museum (Wushu Museum) in Shanghai was established to present genuine Chinese Kung Fu to all visitors. Located in the gymnasium of Shanghai University of Sports, the Chinese Martial Arts Museum provides a good platform to help people better understand Chinese martial arts which are beneficial for both self-protection and fitness. This is the first multifunctional museum in the world to display all aspects of the history and culture of Kung Fu.
Students will visit several important sites in and around Nanjing, including:
The Confucius Temple – Built as the site to worship the great Chinese thinker Confucius and to study his philosophy, the shrine known as Fuzi Miao has been a local cultural center since its establishment in 1034. This is one of the oldest structure in Nanjing’s history.
Ming City Walls – Some 35 kilometers of fortifications were ordered to be erected in the capital by Ming’s founder Zhu Yuanzhang between 1366 and 1393. Originally there were three walls in Nanjing history: One circling the city, one around the imperial palace and one surrounding the Emperor’s hall. About a fourth of the outer city walls still stand. Zhonghuamen is a grand restored city wall castle along the Qinhuai River.
Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum – Nanjing is the birthplace of the Republic of China and the resting place of its founder, Sun Yat-sen. This influential Chinese revolutionist, who died of lung cancer in 1925, was buried on Zijin Mountain in east Nanjing.
The Presidential Palace – This could be thought of as Nanjing’s version of the Forbidden City in Beijing since it once was home to emperors and political leaders. The palace was also the base for Dr. Sun Yat-sen when he led the Kuomintang party to power in China. It was the KMT’s headquarters from 1927 to 1949 from which it ruled the country until Mao Zedong and the Chinese Community Part (CCP) took over control and declared Beijing as the capital.
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-metre-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 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.
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!
WUZHEN – WATER TOWN
Wuzhen, a 1300-year- old water town on the lower reaches of the Yangze River, is a national 5A scenic area and one of China’s top ten historical & cultural towns. It is located on the Hangzhou-Jiaxing- Huzhou plain in northern Zhejiang Province, at the center of the golden triangle consisting of Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Suzhou. The small town, whose roofs of black bricks and gray tiles contrast sharply with their white walls, appears like a Chinese ink wash drawing. March to May is the best time to visit Wuzhen for the comfortable temperatures and spring scenery. The mist and drizzle make the ancient town even more beautiful.