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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Term-long Academic Level: Undergraduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Residence Hall
Language of Instruction: English, Mandarin Chinese Prerequisite: CHN 103 or equivalent
Liberal Studies Domain: EL Study Abroad Contact: Cara Miller
How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:

Study Abroad is monitoring the global COVID-19 pandemic and waiting for more complete information to determine if this program will move forward in Summer 2021.  We are reviewing each program on a case-by-case basis and will let students know the status of the program around the application deadline. 

This seven-week program will allow students to study intensive Chinese language in Shanghai, the economic and financial center of China and one of the world's great cosmopolitan cities. The program is designed for students who have the equivalent of at least one year of Chinese language learning, so that they can quickly increase their language proficiency by studying the language in authentic contexts, using Chinese both in and out of the classroom. Language classes equal to second-year Chinese or third-year Chinese at DePaul, will be offered at Fudan University, one of China's most prestigious universities. Private tutoring and cultural activities such as tai chi, martial arts, and Chinese calligraphy are also available to strengthen language and cultural learning. Additionally, students will learn about contemporary life in China through lectures, readings, planned excursions, and interactions with local students and other Chinese. While it provides ample opportunities to make new friends and explore Shanghai, this program is designed for students focused on intensive language study. Prior to departure, students will also enroll in a required class that provides and introduction to Chinese culture and society.

Students earn a total of 14 credit hours on this program, 12 of which are for Chinese language at the appropriate level. Students must have knowledge of Chinese language sufficient enough to allow them to begin at CHN 104 or higher. The other 2 credits are for a course taught by a DePaul faculty member with meetings in the spring quarter prior to travel. Note: Students will receive credit for their Experiential Learning (EL) domain for participation in this program.

Course: Chinese Language Courses
Credits: 12 credits total
Term registered: Summer 2019
Taught by: Instructors of Department of Chinese Languages and Literature, Fudan University
Course Description: Students earn a total of 12 credits (the equivalent of three classes) for Chinese language at the appropriate level. Students must have knowledge of Chinese language sufficient enough to allow them to begin at CHN 104 or higher, and credit will be awarded that is appropriate to their language level and their previous completed coursework. *Please note that these 12 language credits are summer course registrations. Please plan with the Financial Aid office for your summer tuition charge.

Course: MOL 398: Introduction to Chinese Culture & Society
Credits: 2 credits
Term registered: Spring 2019
Taught by: Dr. Li Jin, Associate Professor, Modern Languages
Course Description: This is a 2-credit-hour course designed specifically for students who plan to participate in the Shanghai Summer Intensive Chinese Language Program at Fudan University. It will provide students with an overview of Chinese culture and a clear understanding of thoughts and historical events that have shaped the culture. The course examines the general concept of culture and analyzes the elements that define and distinguish Chinese culture. It explores the impact of critical factors and events in Chinese history that have significantly shaped Chinese civilization and contemporary Chinese society. The history of Shanghai will be highlighted. Students will gain insight into the way the Chinese thinks by examining Chinese cultural practices, products, and perspectives. Students will be expected to use technology to conduct research and participate in class discussions on topics related to Chinese culture as well as contemporary social issues in China.

Extracurricular Activities and Cultural Events
Excursions and program activities are planned throughout the program, including short trips within Shanghai.


Students will live in a hotel or dormitory on or near the campus of Fudan University. Students will eat in affordable on-campus cafeterias and nearby restaurants. Transportation is easy and convenient via Shanghai's subway and bus systems.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline.Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines. Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.

Please note that your financial aid package may be different for Summer courses than for courses in the Fall, Winter and Spring terms. If you are considering a study abroad program with a Summer course, please contact the financial aid office to see how your financial aid will apply during the summer.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students on the Shanghai program DO need a visa. To find out more information about the visa process for your select country(ies), visit our Visa Information Page. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.
Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
  • Do your best to fully engage with the environment and the people there. That will really help you become immersed in the culture and language.
  • Don't be afraid to practice your language skills. You may feel that you sound silly, but it will help you learn much faster.
  • Make a budget and stick with it.
  • Get a refrigerator as soon as you get there.
  • Try and get as much sightseeing in as you can in the first month, as it goes by fairly quickly.


Contact program alumni to learn about the student experience:
Name Email Term Attended
Victor Ma Summer 2018
Lauren Pingad Summer 2018
John Liu Boissy Summer 2018

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 02/01/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA