IFSA/Alliance: Shanghai - Intensive Chinese Language
Study abroad with the Institute for Study Abroad in Shanghai, China! Exponentially improve your Chinese language skills through a rigorous 15 credit course load dedicated solely to language acquisition.Build your practical language skills through ... read more
I learned how to manage a bevy of responsibilities. I gained confidence in my language and travel abilities. I met some great people. I learned how to better utilize my patience and resilience. Great learning experience Jake J - North Central College View Entire Review
Worthwhile. I gained chinese language skills, international perspective and learned more about how China's economy fits in the World economy. Donovan Allen - Trinity University View Entire Review
best experiences, lasting relationships, and language skills. Megan S - Brandeis University View Entire Review
so much. my language has grown exponentially A student - Trinity University View Entire Review
Studying abroad came with some good experiences and some bad, but it was definitely worth while to learn about myself, and how I fit into China. Studying abroad actually shook up the plans I had for after graduation, so though it put me in a state of uncertainty, it made what I want to do and don't want to do a little clearer. A student - Trinity University View Entire Review
definitely worthwhile, improved my chinese, made tons of new friends, traveled extensively within China, best semester of my life! A student - Austin College View Entire Review
Yes. I learned more about myself and different cultures than I ever felt possible. Richelle S - Trinity University View Entire Review
YES. I'm looking into ways I can get back there for the summer! Megan C - Trinity University View Entire Review
It was worthwhile because it made me more confident and eager to speak Chinese. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Besides my significant gains in Chinese language ability, I also think the intensity of the programme and of living abroad for a significant amount of time in a very foreign culture and society gave me a lot of insight into myself and my personal strengths and weaknesses, along with insight into Chinese culture and society. It w... Adrian J - Wheaton College, MA View Entire Review
My language skills improved dramatically. I am now more aware of Asian culture, foreign policy, and history. Connor O - Bentley University View Entire Review
I learned a lot of Chinese, but I wish that students would have cared more about the language pledge than they did. m b - Trinity University View Entire Review
Lots of language progress. But also lots of fun. Also completed a capstone project, and LOTS of travel around China (my favorite part of the whole experience). A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I talk too much, so it is impossible to fit into here. It was completely worthwhile, I made friends that I am now closer to than anyone back home, experienced completely unique cultural phenomena, etc. Jayson E - Austin College View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile. It went by far too quickly! I saw a bit of the world that was once so foreign to me, and now it feels like home. Also, now I feel that with the right mindset and enough time, anywhere can feel like home. A student View Entire Review
It was not worthwhile. I could have found a better program that would have given me better cultural and educational opportunities. Cameron W - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
Study abroad with the Institute for Study Abroad in Shanghai, China!
- Exponentially improve your Chinese language skills through a rigorous 15 credit course load dedicated solely to language acquisition.
- Build your practical language skills through volunteer opportunities, NGO visits, and a Chinese-only language pledge.
- Take your language skills outside of the city and discover the many realities and language inflections that exist in China through a week-long field study trip.
- Live with a host family to promote language immersion and gain an in-depth understanding of Chinese family dynamics and traditions.
Visit our website for more information about our Intensive Chinese Language program in Shanghai, including previous course syllabi, housing arrangements, and co-curricular activities.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- Academic Year
- Chinese - Mandarin
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Asian Studies
- East Asian Studies
- Chinese Studies
- Chinese Language, Literature
WebsiteTake me there!
Any student applying to an IFSA-Butler program can apply for our general scholarship awards, which are $500 for a summer program, $1,500 for semester study, and $2,000 for the full year. We also offer special opportunities such as First Generation College Student scholarships and a Fill the GAP study abroad savings program that matches contributions up to $1,000. Plus, any student attending a public institution or an MSI (minority serving institution) is automatically eligible for either the IFSA State School Grant or the IFSA MSI Grant. Both are worth $2,000 off the program price.