Since 2009 the Washington University study abroad program in Chinese has been housed at Fudan University in Shanghai. Students can spend a summer in intensive language study with travel opportunities around the city, to Beijing, and elsewhere in China. Or students can spend the fall academic semester at the Washington University Center at Fudan. This experience will include further intensive lanuage study, area studies courses, and a language practicum. Eligible students may also intern with a Shanghai corporation during their stay.
Both programs will balance the rich cultural offerings in Shanghai with exposure to China's diverse social, environmental, and ethnic landscapes. To foster deeper cultural understanding, a variety of excursions and activities will be offered to complement formal coursework and to provide an opportunity for deeper engagement with Chinese culture. Excursions may include trips to Beijing to see the Palace Museum ("the Forbidden City"), the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven; to the ancient capital of Xi'an, the terminus of the fabled Silk Road; to Zhejiang Province to visit the famous Jiangnan cities of Shaoxing and Hangzhou; to Nanjing, the Southern Capital of the Ming Empire and capital of the Republic of China, to the "water township" of Tongli, and to Suzhou, home of China's most famous scholar's gardens.
Through these programs, the student normally earns eight units of credit toward graduation during the summer; students may earn 15-18 units for the academic semester. Most of the credits may be applied toward the major or minor in Chinese. Consult with your major/minor advisor in advance.
For more information, visit the program website. Questions? Contact Dr. Judy Z. Mu, Senior Lecturer in Chinese and Resident Director of the Shanghai program, or Carrie Canham, Study Abroad Advisor in the Overseas Programs (935.7695).