Learn first-hand how China has developed into an economic powerhouse and discover the intriguing appeal of the Far East. Spend your summer studying in Shanghai, China – an exhilarating city that allows you to explore both an ancient cultural past and an exciting future as a global center of commerce, industry and innovation. In partnership with Fudan University, one of China’s most prestigious institutions, this summer program is perfect  for anyone looking to gain Mandarin language experience, study Chinese culture, business or history while making connections with students from around the world.


Summer Program
July - 4 weeks


Application Deadline:
May 15

2.75 to apply


Traditional Campus
Urban Location

Off-Campus Student Housing

3 - 9 Credits


The Fudan International Summer School, in partnership with TEAN, provides an unparalleled opportunity to study at one of China’s most respected universities in one of China’s greatest cities

Learn about China’s unique development over the centuries through a wide selection of English-taught courses in Chinese Politics, History, Culture, Literature, Philosophy and Business

Study Mandarin - the world’s most spoken language - and practice speaking with locals daily to see your language skills quickly develop

Experience living in the international city of Shanghai, where you will find a mix of European and Chinese cultures blending together

Relax in your pre-arranged housing with your roommate(s) at your off-campus dorm just minutes away from Fudan’s campus

Explore the city with a one-day orientation where you will meet other TEAN students over dinner and have a tour of Shanghai

Immerse yourself in the culture of Shanghai with the cultural activities conducted by Fudan University such as a Tai Chi lessons or a Huangpu River Cruise

Appreciate access to TEAN’s Shanghai Resident Director and other in-country staff for continued support throughout the summer

Program Details


Arrive in China for a one-day orientation run by TEAN’s Shanghai-based staff. An introductory  tour around Shanghai and a welcome dinner will get you accustomed to your surroundings and our local support team.

The day before classes start at Fudan University, take advantage of our university Orientation during which you will also complete final registration for classes.


TEAN students are guaranteed housing in two-person bedrooms in Fudan’s Tohee International Mansion. These modern, purpose-built international student accommodations are within walking distance to the university and house all students attending the Fudan Summer School.  Housing includes utilities, WiFi, a common room and kitchen space shared with other students. TEAN students have an included meal plan of two meals a day at on-campus dining venues.

TEAN Staff

Our staff in Shanghai are readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.

Cultural Activities

During the four-week program, Fudan University hosts a number of cultural events to help you get acquainted with, and fully explore, your adopted city. Enjoy a cruise on the Huangpu River learning about the history of the Bund on the west bank and the modern Pudong area on the east bank as your boat navigates Shanghai’s busy shipping artery. Other activities include a dumpling making class, Tai Chi lessons, an industry visit to Bao Steel, a state-owned organization, and an incredible Chinese acrobatic show.  


About the Academic Program

  • Founded in 1905, Fudan is consistently ranked in the top three universities in China, in the top 100 universities globally and number one in Shanghai based on the QS World University Rankings 2015.
  • The campus combines modern China with the traditions and customs of the university’s rich 100-year history. Modern towers complement beautiful Chinese gardens and provide a stimulating and contemplative environment for learning.
  • Located in the Yangpu District, north of Shanghai’s city center, the university is serviced by the city’s extensive subway system with a train station is just a short walk from campus.
  • The Fudan University International Summer Session allows students to pursue credit for coursework in Chinese History and Culture, Society and Politics, Business and Economics, and Global Issues of the 21st Century.
  • In addition, students can build their Mandarin language skills with courses offered at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
  • Local Fudan University students also participate in the program providing a rich integrated and truly international summer experience.


Students will have the option of taking one language class (beginner, intermediate or advanced) and can choose either one or two content courses. Students are not required to take a language course but must take either one or two content courses.

Each course listed below is offered at 39 contact hours, while language courses are offered at 40 contact hours over the four-week study period. The participant’s home university will determine ultimate credit approval and transfer. For further information or to request syllabi contact TEAN.

Chinese History and Culture Courses

Introduction to Modern Chinese History
This course will provide you with a basic grounding in the subject, which is a very important aspect of modern Chinese history. The readings will introduce you to a series of reforms carried out by different social and political groups in 19th- and early 20th- century China, when the last imperial dynasty was in imminent danger of falling part. The course also examines the international relations between China and other major countries during the first half of the 20th century, helping the audience understand the historical significance of events before the eve of revolutionary Republican era, and the discourse of China’s modernization after the establishment of New China in 1949.

Culture Resources of Cities in China
City culture is a unique attraction for the visitors to get special experience and education. This course examines the culture  resources of the cities in China and develops a theoretical framework to understand the development of city culture for city destinations. Through 2 days field trip to the main cultural attractions in Shanghai, students are required to analyze the development plans and marketing strategies for these destinations.

Introduction to the Chinese Traditional Civilization
This course is designed to portray some of the diverse achievements and distinctive characteristics of traditional Chinese civilization. It covers the history of China from the earliest time to the 19th century. It examines the main political, social, economic, religious and cultural developments from the formative period in Chinese history, through the unification of China in 221 BC and the subsequent imperial dynasties. The course is a combination of chronological depiction and theme-focused discussion. It covers a great variety of topics ranging from the origins and evolution of a distinctive Chinese political system, the evolution of Confucianism and its role in Chinese history, the arrival and growth of Buddhism, the relation between China and the outside world, to the economic growth in late imperial period and developments in art and literature.

Business and Economics Courses

Chinese Financial Markets
This course aims to providing the international students with an understanding of how the Chinese financial markets originated and developed, what reforms have been done, the Chinese characteristics, and challenges and difficulties in future reforms. Starting with a comprehensive introduction, the course covers the major financial markets in China, including the central bank and the banking system, the security market and the foreign exchange market. Each market will be an individual topic, for which the instructor will first review the fundamental concepts and theories, explain the history and facts in China, compare the domestic system with that of the international, present examples and cases, and finally talk about the future reforms.

Doing Business in China
The purpose of this course is to help foreigners’ understanding on the dynamics of business environment and the business culture in China, and to help them improve their capabilities for business doing in China,especially on the direct investment and local operation in China. The theme of this course is entering the Chinese market and operating in the local market. The following key questions will be answered: 1) What are special points of the Chinese business environment? 2) How to understand and approach the Chinese business culture? 3) How to formulate entry strategy in China? 4) How to operate local business and expand in China? 5) How to integrate the Chinese business with the global strategy? Therefore, contents of the course will focus on the business environment analysis, investment strategies formulation and business model transformation. Each chapter covers one specific topic.

International Investment Law
The objective of the course is to introduce the fundamental system and main principles, particularly the legal systems and the practice related to inbound investment and outbound investment of China after the Reform and Opening Up in 1978, as well as the interactions among foreign investment laws, other domestic laws, and international investment agreements. The course will address the following topics: a brief overview of the history and source of underlying international investment law, the primary substantive principles and standards which serve to protect investors and investments under international investment agreements, such as most-favored-nation treatment, national treatment, fair and equitable treatment, expropriation and nationalization, investment insurance and dispute settlement as well as wider issues relating to the criticisms of the investment treaty arbitration system.

Topics in Development Economics
This course discusses why some countries are rich but others are poor from the perspective of institutional economics. It follows Douglass North and asks why, under certain institutions, the private return of economic activities is lower than the social return. We address this question by studying recent development economics literature with a focus on property right, contract institutions, taxation, and corruption. In addition, it introduces a variety of methodological approaches to address a number of empirical questions, such as what is the value of political connection in Indonesia, does third-party reporting reduces pollution in India, and why some countries have more complicated government hierarchy whereas others do not. The course aims to build up students’ critical-thinking skill through reading the most recent empirical development economics literature and participating in class discussion.

International Trade
The purpose of this course is to help students understand the basics of international trade and the effects of various international economic policies on domestic and world welfare, with an empirical focus on China trade and foreign direct investment. The course will highlight sources of comparative advantage, gains and losses from trade, the impact of trade on economic growth, and effects of trade policy interventions such as tariffs, quotas, voluntary export restraints, and export subsidies. In doing so, it will emphasize both theoretical (mathematical/analytical) models as well as empirical studies of how well those models fit “real world” data. Moreover, the course will frequently compare and contrast alternative theories/conceptions of the nature of international trade and the gains or losses thereof. Understanding the economic intutions behind the technically demanding models as well as thinking critically about the assumptions behind the theories and how well they fit actual trading economies will be a major focus. I will try to strike a balance between the “extensive” and the “intensive” margins of the course materials: the extensive margin refers to an overview of various topics in the field of international trade, while the intensive margin means technical training and empirical real-life cases in China on selected topics.

Society and Politics Courses

The Chinese Society and Culture
The first sector with four lectures will focus on Shanghai Studies as a means to offer a distinct localized illustration of the Chinese experience. Today, it is safe to say that Shanghai is one of the most powerful cities in East Asia and even the world. Yet despite its global status, it remains deeply Chinese, occupying a unique position vis-à-vis the issues and challenges arising from the country’s rapid pace of development. To the researcher, Shanghai displays the interaction of geography, economy, and society. Local culture itself remarkably varied, as it ranges from Chinese revolutionary culture to the city’s own civic culture to modern pop culture. The lectures will address the history of Shanghai in a national context, its renaissance as a global city as a result of state strategy from the 1990s onward, and issues of urban planning and urban social space. The second sector addresses Chinese culture and religion. In the first lecture, students will have an opportunity to learn about the cultural foundations of ancestor worship and its contemporary practices, about the meaning of guanxi (relationship) and its application and transition in Chinese society, and about the Five Relationships, the core of Confucian ethics. The second and third lectures will concentrate on the culture of Shanghai, including themes such as Nostalgia and Consumerism, as well as the value system and lifestyle of Shanghainese. The fourth lecture will provide an introduction to the Chinese policy of religious freedom, to the historical background and contemporary situation of Chinese folk religion, and to the phenomenon of mass conversion to Christianity in China.

History of Diplomacy in Modern China
This course is designed to college students with basic historical facts and figures about Chinese diplomacy. It is intended to provide an introductory survey of Chinese diplomacy ranging from 1949 when the People’s Republic of China was established to the early 21st century. The course is devoted to a general overview of Chinese diplomacy from 1949 to the present in chronological way. Taking history metaphorically as a mirror and a text, the course examines major events, clues, and doctrines in China’s diplomacy at different phases in this part of the history. The course also examines selectively China’s relationships with some actors in order to understand how Chinese foreign policy is performed and evolved empirically.

Chinese Culture and Business Practices
Drawing upon an interdisciplinary approach, this course addresses several major themes focusing on the dynamics of China’s unprecedented socioeconomic transformations. Topics covered will include the implications of globalization for everyday life in the local contexts, the cultural dimensions of international business,and the rise of entrepreneurship and consumerism in contemporary China, etc. One important goal of this course is to provide a set of conceptual tools and a new perspective that will hopefully help you better describe and understand the social world around you. In learning this new perspective, I hope that you develop a critical, even “skeptical” view toward superficial explanations of take-for-granted practices by replacing your common sense understandings of interpersonal interactions with an uncommon sense about the links between individual experiences, structural forces and particular marketplaces. I plan to use a variety of pedagogical techniques to help you learn course materials, including lecture, video, and ethnographic analysis. It is my hope that we can work together as a learning community to explore issues of general interests. Well-documented case studies and business ethnographies will be woven into in-class discussions of these major themes as a way of grounding theory in marketing practices. Course reading is arranged in weekly units around specific thematic issues. Discussions of the case study materials will be accompanied by presentations of the instructor’s research on a range of topics related to the application of anthropological/sociological methods of inquiry to business practices in different field settings.

Political Economy of China
This course provides a political economy perspective on the rapidly changing economy and society in contemporary China. The course will focus on the discussion how political, economic and social forces shape “socialism with Chinese characteristics”. Students who elect this course are assumed to have basic knowledge of China and Chinese.

Political Culture and Public Opinion in Contemporary China
After the Reform and Opening Up, Chinese society has become diversified and China has made great achievements in political development while at the same time facing considerable challenges, during this process, ordinary citizens are becoming more and more important in the country’s political life. Political culture and public opinion research concerns about how ordinary citizens think about politics, government performance, and specific public policies. This course explores the nature and dynamics of the political culture and public opinion in contemporary China, it is divided into three major parts: definition of political culture and public opinion; theories of political culture and factors that influence public opinion; and how political culture and public opinion affect political behavior and governmental policy. Through this course, students are expected to gain a better understanding of political culture and public opinion in contemporary China.

Global Issues of the 21st Century Courses

Energy and Environment
This course aims to provide an interdisciplinary introduction to the principles of energy, air pollution, globe climate change that help students understand the importance of various natural processes and human activities that shape the modern Earth and lead to global environmental change. We will also discuss the energy crisis, alternative energy, the promising of nuclear energy, the air pollution of different energy source, and the global change they affected and the scientific bases for global change assessment and policy measures. Students will be exposed to the primary scientific literatures and scientific presentations. By the end of this class, the students should have a image of the energy, environment and the global affects they take and try to find the proper way to solve those problems.

Materials in Life
Discovery of new materials properties can lead to ultimate success in both of our better understanding of fundamental organization of matter and utilization of novel properties, effects and functions for specific applications. Many properties of modern materials can be changed by varying the size and not chemical compositions of materials, from macro- to micro- to nanoscale. This course introduces students to an interdisciplinary nature of materials, which are divided by size (from macro- to nano), time (past traditional, current advanced: bioinspired, semiconductor, composites; future: nanomaterials, “intelligent”) and properties (mechanical, magnetic, thermal, chemical, optical, acoustic, electronic). In this course students will learn in depth: a combinatorial approach to materials’ design; how materials properties, effects and functions can be integrated; what can we learn from biology; how future smart materials may look like. Students will develop a designer approach and real-world problem solving skills.

Development of Technology and Patent System
Deriving from technological innovation, patent system (PS) is the key toward promotion, diffusion, and exclusion of technology.To the extent that it enhancesdiffusion of technical knowledge through the economy and generates usefuladaptive inventions, it contributes positively to productivity growth.One question is how the PS works. Furthermore, growth of PS arose the problem of anti-monopoly legislation, especially on how to balance technological protection and anti-monopoly. In our course, development of technology and patent system will be reviewed. PS between nations will be introduced. In addition, in technology-integrated industry as electronics, the patent pool issue will be discussed. This course will enable you to patent practice, like how to apply patents in China, as well as PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) patent.  The choice between trade secret and patent is another issue for corporation intellectual property protection strategy and it will be discussed. The topics like why some technical scheme will be applied as patents, while others will be protected as trade secrets, how to construct intellectual property fence to obtain maximum benefit will be dealt with.  Furthermore, since the issue onhow to play the so-called patent games in different countries is of great importance for multi-national corporations, the patent-related legal system will be introduced to help control the legal risk of exports and technical imports.

Chinese Language

Elementary Chinese Course
This course aims to develop the learner’s communicative ability in Chinese by learning language structures, functions and related cultural knowledge as well as by training their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through communicative tasks. In thiscourse, the focus of which is learning pronunciation and basic grammars, students are exposed to various basic sentence patterns and functions by engaging in simple dialogues and conversations. The learning process will not only increasing the students’ command of linguistic structures and functions, but also give them a sense of accomplishment in communicative abilities at each stage of the learning process.

Intermediate Chinese Course
This course aims to strengthen the middle-level learner’s language skill and culture knowledge to a certain degree in Chinese by learning words and phrases,sentences,grammar and related cultural knowledge.We will use six (each for 6 hours) of the text book ”Contemporary Chinese –Book 2” (Sinolingua). In this course, students will get a lot of classroom language practice opportunities such as sentence patterns,short conversations and a complete expression in Chinese. In addition,the learning process will arrange a certain amount of homework for the students for deepen their understanding of the content which they have learned, to further improve the ability to use language.

Advanced Chinese Course
This course is designed for foreign students who have completed two years of college-level training in Chinese to continue to develop their skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  There are two main goals in this course: (1) Help students to solidify their ability to comprehend paragraph-level Chinese by listening and reading. (2) Enable students to speak fluently on most familiar topics, give factual accounts, use formal Chinese to make presentations and write essays, reports and correspondence.

Eligibility & Deadline


  • 2.75 GPA. Students with a slightly lower GPA should contact TEAN and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Enrolled at a two-year or four-year degree granting institution at the time of enrollment.

Students holding citizenship from China, Macau, Taiwan and Hong Kong are ineligible per Chinese University policy if they do not hold citizenship in another country.


Applications need to be submitted 2 months prior to the program start date.

Applications completed by March 4 will automatically receive a $250 early admissions bonus. 

Dates, Fees & Inclusions

SUMMER 2016 Program Dates

June 29 – July 30, 2016

SUMMER 2016 Program Fees


What’s Included

  • Full tuition for 1 – 3 courses.
  • Twin shared accommodation in Tohee International Mansion, off-campus accommodations within walking distance to the university. Program fees include cost of internet and utilities.
  • University Partial Meal Plan: Meal card covering two meals per day for the duration of the program.
  • Comprehensive overseas health insurance
  • Services of local TEAN Resident Directors
  • One-day TEAN Orientation Program with meals and transportation
  • Official academic transcripts from host institution
  • Credit approval and transfer assistance
  • Academic advising
  • Airport pickup and reception
  • Host university orientation
  • Cultural events/activities

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare ($1,100)
  • Student visa ($130)
  • Books ($200)
  • Extra meals during the summer ($500)
  • Airport transfer at end of semester ($30)
  • International mailing of admissions documents ($45)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.

We Love Shanghai

Kristen Jackson

Kristen Jackson

Senior Program Manager

Shanghai TIP
Cheap Business Attire

Got a big interview coming up when you get home? Don’t sweat it — head to the South Bund Clothing Market at Nanpu Bridge off of Metro Line 4. You can have a men’s dress shirt made to order for 100 RMB and a sport coat for 400 RMB. Ladies’ prices are comparable, and you can also find lots of knickknacks for loved ones back home with all prices being negotiable. The shop rent is cheaper on the 3rd floor, so head upstairs for the best deals on the best threads! If you want, they can copy clothes off of example items or photos you bring in.


Louis Helanberg

Resident Assistant - Shanghai

Nightlife in Shanghai

Shanghai has a ton of clubs and there are lots of listings online if you want to explore. My favorite has to be the one in the Park Hyatt on the 93rd floor of the World Financial Center. Start the evening in the Blue Frog burger joint in the basement of the building (2-for-1 deals on Monday nights!) then head up to one of the highest points in the city for dancing and drinks. The view is breathtaking, especially on rainy nights.

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