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We invite you to study abroad with API in Shanghai at the prestigious East China Normal University! This program offers intensive and immersive Chinese language instruction at all levels at ECNU, known as the "Garden University" for its exceptionally beautiful campus.

Enhance your language skills and earn valuable academic credit, all while experiencing life in Shanghai - a modern international center for finance, culture, technology!

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


APIConnect Platform

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

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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 Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Feb, 2023 - Jun, 2023 $10,350 Nov 1, 2022 No Extension Dec 1, 2022

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.

  • 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!

  • 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.
  • Nanjing and Wuxi

    Literally “the southern capital”, Nanjing was an ancient metropolis of six different dynasties in China. The city is set in a perfect location, offering majestic scenery 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 is a coastal city, one of the fifteen economic centers and one of the ten most important tourist cities in China. The city is bordered by the famous Taihu Lake, and the Grand Canal also passes by the city.

  • 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, with its black brick and tile roofs that contrast sharply with its white walls, appears like a Chinese ink wash drawing.

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What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-18 credits 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.

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 Global China Program is hosted in ECNU North Zhongshan Road Campus (Downtown Campus).

The instruction at ECNU stresses the equal importance of listening, speaking, reading, and writing Chinese, in order to lay a solid foundation for students learning. Students in the Chinese Language semester program will choose one of two academic language tracks:

Intensive Chinese Language Track

Offered by the Global Education Center, the Intensive Chinese Language Track runs for 18-20 weeks (it is two weeks shorter in duration than the Standard Chinese Language Track but includes more contact hours). This track offers 29 contact hours per week over the course of the semester, on Monday – Friday mornings (4 classes each day for 5 mornings), and Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoons (3 classes each day for 3 afternoons). Courses are available at varying proficiency levels.

API recommends that students expect to transfer 18-semester credits if they elect to pursue the Intensive Chinese Language Track (this option carries an additional fee), to be verified with home university language departments.


Standard Chinese Language Track

Offered through the School of International Chinese Studies, the Standard Chinese Language Track runs for 18-20 weeks and consists of 20 contact hours per week over the course of the semester. 4 courses (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) are offered at varying proficiency levels for 4 hours each morning Monday through Friday. API recommends that students expect to transfer 12-semester credits for the Standard Chinese Language Track to be verified with home university language departments.


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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Students in this program will be immersed in Chinese language instruction for 16-18 weeks and can expect to earn approximately 12 U.S. semester credits for the Standard Chinese Language track (or up to 18-semester credits if they elect to pursue the Intensive Chinese track for an additional fee). Students in this program will be immersed in Chinese language instruction for 18-20 weeks and can expect to earn approximately 12 semester credits for the standard Chinese language program (or up to 18 semester credits if they elect to pursue the intensive Chinese option for an additional fee).

These two tracks offer immersive and intensive Chinese language instruction for students at all levels, from complete beginners to more advanced language learners. The Intensive Chinese Language Track offers courses at a faster pace, intended for those who want to learn the most in the shortest period of time.

Classes are generally no larger than 20 students and meet for 20 (Standard) or 29 (Intensive) hours per week. Both tracks focus on the improvement of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, integrated with innovative teaching methodology, like games, activities, and multi-media.


The Chinese Language Semester Program operates on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. ECNU calculates contact hours differently than many of our other partners, and it is our recommendation that students in the Standard Track expect to transfer 12 U.S. semester credits, while students in the Intensive Track can expect to transfer up to 18 U.S. semester credits.

Courses at East China Normal University (Semester Chinese Language Studies)

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  • Immersive Chinese language program (Mandarin)
  • Intensive, additional credit option available

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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