There is no mistaking Shanghai’s skyline. From the soaring Oriental Pearl Tower to the sweeping Bund across the Huangpu River, Shanghai shimmers with possibility. We invite you to experience first-hand all that this exciting city has to offer.
Shanghai is an economic and cultural hub of more than 18 million people. You will have the opportunity to learn and communicate in Mandarin, while being exposed to the local Shanghai dialect—just one example of the many unique languages and cultures that exist in different regions throughout the country.
While in Shanghai, study the diversity and impact that international influences from all over the globe have on Chinese culture. Witness how globalization affects Shanghai and develop a greater understanding of how China’s influence is increasingly affecting the world.
Organized in partnership with the School of Social Development and Public Policy at Fudan University—one of the highest-ranked universities in China—you have the rare opportunity to study alongside Chinese peers in joint IES Abroad-Fudan elective courses taught in English.
The core course, The Chinese Metropolis: Shanghai in Comparative Perspective, serves as the cornerstone of the program with its focus on major themes currently impacting Shanghai, such as the city’s history, globalization, religion, education, finance, family values, and urban planning. Comparative field study trips to Hong Kong (spring) or Taiwan (fall) put into context the city’s powerful global and historical influence.
Shanghai will be your classroom. Discover the eclectic mix of Eastern and Western influences in the city’s architecture. Explore the Yuyuan Gardens in the Old City to get a sense of Shanghai’s past. Drink at one of the city’s many tea houses. Everything you do will be part of your learning experience.
We want you to feel at home in China, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Shanghai. From internship placements to unique field study trips, we will help you explore Shanghai in its local, regional, and global contexts. As China’s financial powerhouse, Shanghai provides an environment for learning not only about China, but also about Asia and the world at large.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible— which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
Through our partnership with Fudan University, we offer unique courses that explore Chinese Language, History, and Culture through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.
You take 15-18 semester credit hours per semester.
You are required to enroll in:
The required 6-credit Chinese language course, developed exclusively for IES Abroad students, is offered at varying language proficiency levels, from beginning to advanced levels.
Elective courses offer a rare opportunity to learn alongside local Chinese students and to experience first-hand the Chinese higher education system. All courses are taught by Fudan University faculty.
In addition to the core course and language, you also take a combination of the
The cornerstone of this program, The Chinese Metropolis: Shanghai in Comparative Perspective, focuses on current major themes that can be studied and understood in both a local and global context. The course includes a field trip, typically to Hong Kong (spring) or Taiwan (fall), which offers you the opportunity to experience another major Chinese city firsthand, providing an informative and compelling comparison to Shanghai.
Designed in conjunction with Fudan University and taught by Fudan faculty, this core course provides you with a strong comparative component to allow for deeper integration with and understanding of Chinese people and institutions. Local students from Fudan University join the class with you. Guest lecturers will complement in-classroom learning.
Course highlights may include:
This is a list of potential course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.
To learn more about IES Abroad’s innovative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to teaching language abroad, refer to the IES Abroad MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication.
Fudan University Courses
IB/MK/AN345 - The Chinese Market (Fall, Spring)
AS/US350 - The Chinese Metropolis: Shanghai in Comparative Perspective (Fall, Spring)
SO/RL315 - Religion in Contemporary Chinese Society (Spring)
EC/PO 325 - The Political Economy of China (Fall, Spring)
ID/IB365 - Global Supply Chain Management (Fall, Spring)
IN395 - Practicing Business in China (Internship Seminar)
PO/IR340 - Chinese Diplomacy (Fall, Spring)
Fudan University 复旦大学www.fudan.edu.cn
Founded in 1905, Fudan University is rated one of the top three universities in mainland China. The university offers undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. programs, with strengths in Arts, Sciences, and Business, and is a member of Universitas 21. The main Handan campus is located within walking distance of the IES Abroad Shanghai Center. The University enrolls 45,000 students, of which 3,600 are international students. Fudan’s campus has very unique architecture that reflects traditional Chinese-style buildings, gates, European-influenced structures, and the very modern Guanhua Twin Towers.
Location & Commute Time
Fudan University is located just to the north of downtown Shanghai. The University is near Shanghai’s extensive subway system, opening the opportunity for city exploration in tandem with your academic curriculum.
You can walk from the International Student Dormitory to the IES Abroad Shanghai center in about 10 minutes. Walking time to class can range between 10-20 minutes, depending on class location.
While adding study abroad to your résumé is impressive enough, adding an international internship is even more powerful, and can help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market.
Here are just some of the ways your internship will set you apart:
All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. Participate in a mandatory 3-credit seminar and an eight-hour (one day)-per-week placement.
Placement examples include:
The field study trips serve as an extension of classroom learning and provide comparative contrast between Shanghai and Taiwan or Hong kong. The cost of this extended trip is included in the program fee.
Up to 7 Days | Fall
Visit the capital of Taipei and Taiwan’s legislative body, the Legislative Yuan. Explore the island’s natural beauty at Taroko National Park and the National Palace Museum, which houses the largest ancient Chinese art and artifacts collection in the world.
Up to 7 Days | Spring
Visit local sites such as the Hong Kong Museum of History, the famed Night Market, and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and Legislative Council. Trek around Lamma Island, famous for its seafood and enormous Buddha, and learn about U.S. business in Southeast Asia and religion in Hong Kong from local business leaders and professors.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Shanghai, it will feel like home.
Homestays – Homestays offer the ideal environment for learning about China and improving your Chinese. While living in a local home may involve making some sacrifices of privacy and personal freedom, our Chinese homestay families are eager to get to know you and share their ideas, language, and culture.
You have a private bedroom, and are provided two meals a day by your host family (breakfast and dinner), seven days a week, while the program is in session. Homestay opportunities may be limited.
Dormitory– Live in a single dorm room in the Fudan International Student Dormitory. It is adjacent to Fudan University. The village is home to many international students and other IES Abroad 21st Century in China students.
Each single dorm room has a bed, a desk, a desk chair, a bookshelf, closet space, an air-conditioner, and a private bathroom. There are two shared kitchens and two shared washing machines on each floor of the building.
This option does not include a meal plan, but you can cook for yourself, eat in a campus cafeteria, or visit small, inexpensive privately-owned restaurants on or near campus.
Housing placement is determined on site.
Part of making you feel at home in Shanghai is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or a field trip that takes you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
The program begins with a specially-designed, five-day program introducing you to the IES Abroad staff, your fellow students, health and safety procedures, the current social and political conditions in China, the expectations of you as a student in a Chinese institution, and the city of Shanghai.
CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation program, includes detailed information on academics, housing, transportation, cultural adjustment, health and safety, and other important topics.
Classroom sessions are combined with several ventures into the city, such as a scavenger hunt, designed to help you feel at home in your new environment. Practical Chinese lessons are combined with activities designed to help you learn your way around campus and how to use key facilities. Approved internship placements are also finalized on-site, normally following an interview. Additional cross-cultural and re-entry information and support is provided throughout the semester.
You also take a field trip to either Zhouzhuang or Tongli as part of your orientation, which is included in your program fee.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Shanghai through our cultural activities, such as:
University Clubs & Events
As an enrolled student at Fudan University, you can take advantage of available on-campus activities. Clubs are student run and provide an excellent opportunity for increased campus integration. Past clubs have included:
Orientation trips to Zhouzhuang or Tongli are included in the program fee, with the exception of personal expenses.
You also have one or two long weekends to travel independently to other great cities in China to provide contrast and context for what you’re learning in Shanghai.
Marvel at the sights of this ancient town flowing with lakes and rivers. Nine hundred years of history can be seen by admiring houses built during the Ming and Qing dynasties, complete with courtyards.
Explore the town often referred to as “Chinese Venice,” where 15 small, crisscrossing river lanes are spanned by nearly 50 bridges. These bridges are regarded as sacred architecture by the local people.
Optional Tibet Field Trip (Pre-Fall Semester)
An optional 8-10-day trip to Tibet is offered to all Shanghai students before the fall semester. No academic credit is awarded for this trip. For the optional Tibet trip, you travel to Lhasa, learn about Tibetan Buddhism, hike high mountain passes, and visit the jokhang Temple and various monasteries, including the Sera Monastery to observe a debate ritual. Lodging is provided either in local hostels or camping, and most meals and all local transportation are provided as part of the additional fee.
The destination of this optional presemester trip is subject to change or cancellation at any time. You are fully responsible for all costs associated with this optional trip.
**This trip begins in Beijing, so book your arrival flights accordingly. You will be responsible for your own transportation from Beijing to Shanghai after the field trip, and for your own accommodations up until the start of your program. **
The IES Abroad Shanghai Center is located within walking distance of the Fudan University campus, and accessible by public transportation to the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE). You can easily access all parts of Shanghai from the Center, via an extensive subway and bus system.
• Staff offices
• Small library with projector and screen
• High-speed Internet and printer access
• Small classroom
• Meeting lounge
Dr. Xiaojun LIIES Abroad Director
Since 2008, Dr. Xiaojun Li has been the Center Director in Shanghai. He grew up in Inner Mongolia, China. Dr. Li worked with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as the Senior Scientist and Chief Scientist of TNC’s International Programs for more than 11 years, conducting conservation projects and training programs in the United States, the Latin American region, the Pacific region, and China. He started and ran TNC’s Beijing office for three years. Dr. Li joined IES Abroad from The Mountain Institute, where he was the in-country manager for the Institute’s work at three field sites. he received his undergraduate degree from Inner Mongolia University, his Master’s degree of Ecology from Lanzhou University in China, and his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences. He taught undergraduate courses in Beijing Forestry University before he went to Michigan Technological University in the United States for his Ph.D. research that focused on forestry ecology. Dr. Li’s interests include biodiversity conservation, environmental protection, and sustainable development in developing countries.
IES Abroad Staff
Shuo HANChinese Language Coordinator
Lihong YANGStudent Affairs Coordinator
Yuying YANGAccountant, Center Assistant