IFSA/Alliance: Shanghai - Intensive Chinese Language

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  • Location(s): Shanghai, China
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Intensive Language


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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

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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 - North Central College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Alliance for Global Education: Shanghai - Intensive Chinese Language
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... - Wheaton College, MA View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
so much. my language has grown exponentially - 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. - Trinity University View Entire Review
definitely worthwhile, improved my chinese, made tons of new friends, traveled extensively within China, best semester of my life! - Austin College View Entire Review
Past Review A Life Lesson
Yes. I learned more about myself and different cultures than I ever felt possible. - Trinity University View Entire Review
YES. I'm looking into ways I can get back there for the summer! - Trinity University View Entire Review
Worthwhile. I gained chinese language skills, international perspective and learned more about how China's economy fits in the World economy. - Trinity University View Entire Review
best experiences, lasting relationships, and language skills. - Brandeis 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. - 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). - 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. - 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. View Entire Review
Past Review
It was not worthwhile. I could have found a better program that would have given me better cultural and educational opportunities. - 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.

In the last century Shanghai has experienced exponential growth from its origins as a colonial trading port to a bustling international metropolis and global financial hub. Both a laboratory and model of urbanization, modern Shanghai also represents the enormous environmental, economic, and social challenges that are mirrored regionally, nationally, and globally. With a rapidly growing population, rising lifestyle expectations, and continuing industrial production, Shanghai serves as an ideal location for students wishing to immerse themselves in Chinese language and society.

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
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Chinese - Mandarin
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese Language, Literature
  • Chinese Studies
  • East Asian Studies
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