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We invite you to spend your summer with API in Shanghai at the prestigious East China Normal University! This program offers Chinese culture coursework (taught in English) in addition to intensive Chinese language instruction.

Learn more about the fascinating Chinese culture, 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

    View all opportunities and amenities

    Application Requirements

    • 2.5 G.P.A.
    • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
    • Open to all levels of Mandarin speakers
    • Completed API Application
    • University Approval Form
    • One letter of recommendation
    • Official transcript
    • Entry requirements: valid passport and student visa
    Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
    Summer Jul, 2023 - Aug, 2023 $5,500 Apr 15, 2023 No Extension May 15, 2023

    API students participate in 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'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.

    • 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.

    • 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!

    What You’ll Study

    TOTAL CREDITS - 4 U.S. semester credits

    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. Boasting one of the most beautiful university campuses in China, the university is reputed as the “garden university.”

    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 Study China Summer Program is hosted at the ECNU North Zhongshan Road Campus (Downtown Campus).


    API students receive their transcript from East China Normal University upon completion of their program.

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      Kelly Kennedy

      Kelly Kennedy will be your Program Coordinator and will help prepare you for your API 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 participate in a small Chinese language course in addition to a Chinese cultural course for a total of 4 U.S. semester credits over a four-week period.

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

    For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

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    • Courses in Chinese (Mandarin)

    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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