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Summer in Shanghai
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.
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
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 within walking distance to the university. Housing includes utilities, WiFi, and kitchen space shared with other students. Students will live within walking distance to many local trendy shops, cafes, and restaurants in the bustling neighborhood around Fudan’s campus.
Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in China, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.Meet the Team
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.
Fudan University is a traditional campus located in the Yangpu District, north of Shanghai’s city center. Visit the google map link below to see the location.View Map
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.
History and Culture
Culture Resources of Cities in China HIST170005
City culture is a unique attraction for visitors to be introduced to special experiences and education. This course examines the cultural resources of China’s cities and develops a theoretical framework to understand the development of city culture for city destinations. Including a 2-day 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 PTSS170001
This course is designed to portray some of the diverse achievements and distinctive characteristics of traditional Chinese civilization covering the history of China from ancient times 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, economic growth in the late imperial period, and developments in art and literature.
A Culture Exploration Tour: Miraculous Traditional Chinese Medicine MED170001
This course introduces the culture system of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), including the basic theory (yin-yang and five elements), basic skills and basic manipulation (acupuncture, massage, cupping, etc). It would be presented and discussed Chinese mythology such as “Pan Gu separated heaven and earth” and “Shennong tasted hundreds of grasses”, basic concept of TCM such as Yin-yang, basic skill of TCM such as tongue diagnosis, acupuncture and moxibustion, manipulation, and so on. Students can also intuitively learn and master the Tai Chi boxing or Yi-Gin-Ching.
Technology and Science
Materials Science in Life MATE170001
Discovering different properties of materials can lead to our better understanding of fundamental organization of matter and utilizing novel properties, effects and functions for specific applications. Many properties of modern materials can be altered 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 about how materials’ properties, effects and functions can be integrated, what can we learn from biology and what smart materials in the future may look like. Students will develop a designer approach and real-world problem solving skills.
Diversity of the Healthcare Service in Shanghai MED170002
This course focuses on introducing the diverse and rapid development of healthcare service in Shanghai. Shanghai has a reputation for having the best medical facilities in all of mainland China, serving 25 million of permanent population and residents from other provinces. The healthcare system in Shanghai includes public hospitals and private hospitals, as well as international hospitals and clinics for foreigners (like Parkway and United Family Hospital). The application of IT, including AI and mobile health, has helped the rapid development in Shanghai, such as in creating the ‘cloud hospital’. The medical costs and modes of payments also vary helping make healthcare in China available and acceptable for different kinds of patients.
Foundation of Data Science ECON170017
This class is designed to be a freshman level data science class that focuses on the fundamentals of data science with some primary introductions of basic machine learning algorithms. Instead of focusing on the theory of machine learning and data analysis, we will get started with data analysis directly. The course content is primarily based on the undergraduate course, The Foundations of Data Science, from UC Berkeley.
Society and Politics
The Chinese Society and Culture SOCI170005
This course aims to familiarize students with a number of salient themes and issues in contemporary Chinese society. As China’s rapid development is increasingly bringing worldwide attention to the People’s Republic, it is crucial to be able to grasp the social, cultural and political underpinnings of China’s unique trajectory and present-day situation. In turn, such an understanding requires awareness with an array of key notions and conceptual tools that will be methodically introduced and explained throughout the session.
Chinese Culture and Business Practices SOCI170002
With a focus on the cultural dynamics of the Chinese marketplace, this course addresses a range of topical issues, including the implications of globalization for everyday life in the context of unprecedented transformations, the rise of entrepreneurship and consumerism in contemporary China, and the relevance of values and morals for business practices. The key goal of this course is to provide a set of conceptual tools and a new perspective that will help students better describe and understand the local social world around them while in China. In learning this new perspective, students will develop a critical, even “skeptical”, view toward superficial explanations of taken-for-granted practices by replacing common sense understandings of interpersonal interactions with an uncommon sense about the links between individual experiences, structural forces and particular marketplaces. The course instructors will use a variety of pedagogical techniques to help students learn course materials, including lectures, videos, and ethnographic analysis. Students are expected to 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.
Chinese Media and Politics in the Context of Globalization JOUR170001
This course introduces foreign students to the background of China’s political institution and culture providing an overview of the relationship between China’s media and politics in a global context. By the end of the course, the students will have acquired a broad perspective of China’s political communications and be familiar with China’s media system and its political consequences. Four general topics will be explored: media and China’s revolution; media policy; trajectory of media reform; and media and international relations. For each topic, the course will be conducted with two lectures and one seminar. The students will be divided into several groups, each of which will give a presentation on each topic.
Sino-U.S. Relations and Rise of Asia POLI170002
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the analysis of China’s relations with the United States. The course will work to answer questions such as, after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), what was its relationships with neighboring countries like? What was China’s pursuit of foreign policy goal in the context of the Cold War? How did the triangle relationship between the U.S., Soviet Union and China? In terms of the the current rise of Asia, what is the new version of China’s relations with the U.S., especially considering American politics?
Business and Economy
Industrial Organization ECON170015
This course provides an understanding of the structure of product markets and how different markets may imply different kinds of strategic behavior by firms. We will start to examine the efficiency effects under competitive or monopoly cases. Then, we will examine a variety of issues related to collusion between firms, horizontal mergers and behaviors of dominant firms. In particular, this course emphasizes the policy implications of economic theory through discussing antitrust cases.
Doing Business in China ECON170004
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 (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 intuitions 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. The instructor 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.
Topics in Development Economics ECON170007
This course is designed to portray some of the facts in a broad range of developing countries. It covers several topics in recent development economics literature with a focus on property right, taxation and corruption in low-income countries. It examines how these institutions evolve with income. 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 reduce 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 skills through reading the most recent empirical development economics literature and participating in class discussion. Students are expected to be able to conduct independent empirical study on their own after the course.
International Trade ECON170006
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 Finance ECON170010
This is an international finance course. Prerequisites of this course include principle-level microeconomics and macroeconomics. Also, college level algebra and simple calculus will be intensively used during the lectures. The course is designed to give students a solid understanding of modern international finance theories. Issues covered in this course include foreign exchange rates, monetary and asset approach to examine long-run and short-run exchange rate, balance of payments and macroeconomic policy in the open economy.
Information Systems ECON170016
This course aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to assess the business opportunities and threats presented by new digital technologies, and provide you with the methods and approaches used by senior executives to exploit new digital opportunities and position their companies to realize higher business value. The content of this course is based on the content of undergraduate courses, Information Systems and Management of Information Systems at Exeter University Business School.
Lecture Series on Chinese Economy and Society ECON170008, ECON170009, ECON170010
A quick way to know a country is to stay in the country and interact with local people. However, acquiring a deeper understanding of a nation requires more effort. Communicating with the intellectuals in the host country will be the most efficient way to understand a different culture from yours. The Lecture Series on Chinese Economy and Society is designed and provided by Fudan School of Economics to facilitate knowledge-building and equip you with a thorough understanding of Chinese economy and society in the past, current and future. The lectures will be delivered by top scholars in relevant research fields from Fudan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University and LSE. There will be 22 90-minute lectures, which will all finish on July 27. Each lecture equals 2 credit hours. Students can choose to earn 1 credit by attending 18 credit hours of lectures, 2 credits by attending 36 credit hours of lectures in total, or 3 credits by attending all the lectures and visits of the course. A paper on a lecture-related topic is required as the final assessment of this course. The exact schedule of the lectures will be posted at iss.fudan.edu.cn.
International Investment Law LAWS170001
The objective of this 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. It will especially focus on the period after China’s accession to the WTO, 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.
International Law LAWS170002
This course introduces the essentials of international law. It requires prior knowledge of the law and politics. As a learning outcome, students are expected to understand systematically the sources of international law and its general principles, jurisdictions, subjects and objects as well as the laws of treaty, diplomatic relation, international organization and peaceful settlement of international disputes. Students are expected to be able to deal with foreign elements-related cases.
IPR in China LAWS170003
This course provides an introduction to China’s Intellectual Property Law, and in-depth survey of Chinese Legal Tradition & Legal Philosophy on a historic-cultural analysis basis. Students will also learn the unspoken rules of applying laws and regulations in China, helping international students a better understanding of Chinese legal culture as a part of business environment. With the focus on Copyright Law, Patent Law, Trade Mark Law and Legal Protection of Trade Secret, doctrine-hermeneutics and case-analysis will be applied in each part of the course. SME’s IP strategy, the enforcement of IPR and Dispute settlement will be discussed in the class.
Chinese Language Courses
There will be a language placement test before the official start of the classes in order to carefully evaluate everyone’s Mandarin language level. Students will be given suggestions on which level is most suitable to them.
Elementary Chinese Course ICES170001.01
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 this course, 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.
Elementary Intensive Chinese ICES170005
This is an elementary Chinese learning course in which the students will learn the basics of Chinese, from basic conversational skills to being able to shop, use the public transport, see a doctor, rent an apartment, etc. Once the students finish the course, they can use Chinese to communicate with native speakers in daily life and at work. Brief introductions about Chinese culture such as Peking opera, Qipao and table manners will be part of the teaching content as well.
Intermediate Chinese Course ICES170001.02
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 textbook ”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 ICES170001.03
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.
Physical Education Courses
Chinese Kongfu PEDU170002
Chinese Kongfu (Martial Arts) is a series of fighting styles which has developed over a long historical period in China. Nowadays, it is regarded as a traditional sport gaining more and more popularity and even stands as a representative for Chinese culture. Styles including Shaolin, Tai Chi and Qigong have many followers worldwide. Not everyone in China is a Kongfu master but this traditional heritage has its unique existence in modern times and left much influence on the locals’ lifestyle. Although a style of fighting, Kongfu advocates virtue and peace, not aggression or violence. This has been the common value upheld by martial artists from generation to generation. With a number of movement sets, boxing styles, weapon skills and some fighting stunts, Kongfu keeps its original function of self-defense. Now its value in bodybuilding and fitness is also highly appreciated.
Chinese Folk Dance PEDU170001.01
When one speaks of folk dances in connection with Chinese culture, most people today think of the quaint folk dances of ethnic minorities, forgetting that the forefathers of the “tribe” that would later be referred to as the Han Chinese were perhaps the first Chinese people to make use of ritual dancing. The early Chinese folk dances, like other forms of primitive art, were essentially ritual enactments of superstitious beliefs performed in the hope of a good harvest, or – in the case of the earliest Chinese folk dances – in the hope of a good hunt, since the earliest Chinese folk dances were performed by hunter-gatherer folk. In spite of modern-day realities, i.e., in spite of the fact that the descendants of these ancient farmer-gatherers now have more stable forms of agriculture – and many of them are no longer employed in agriculture at all, but have office jobs – the ritual dances continue, even if the ancient superstition may have been superseded with a modern belief that in upholding the traditions of the past, including the communal folk dance, one might therewith reinforce social cohesion and help to preserves one’s cultural identity.
- 2.75 GPA. Students with a slightly lower GPA should contact TEAN and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
- Minimum sophomore standing at a two-year or four-year institution at the time of participation.
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.
Dates, Fees & Inclusions
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from January for Summer applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
Summer 2018 Dates
|Application Deadline||May 1|
|Arrival Date||July 9|
|TEAN Orientation||July 10|
|University Orientation||July 11-12|
|Classes Begin||July 13|
|Classes End||Aug 9|
|Program Ends||Aug 10|
SUMMER 2018 Program Fees
- Full tuition for 1 – 3 courses.
- Guaranteed prearranged, housing within walking distance to the university
- 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)
- Visa Adjustment Fee – only required if applicant does not receive a visa covering the duration of their stay ($150)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.
We Love 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.
What keeps you busy outside of your work for TEAN?
I’m definitely one of those people who feels like they’re never busy enough. I’m on the board in my alma mater’s alumni association in Chicago (Go Temple Owls!). I also am on the associates board for Streetwise, a non profit in the Chicago area that provides job opportunities and other services for Chicago’s homeless. I also run a food blog with my sister in my spare time.
Your undergraduate degree was in Film and Media Arts, what led your to your current role?
This is a question I get asked a lot. After studying abroad I worked at my college’s study abroad office. I realized that no matter how difficult or challenging work was, I still loved my job with all my heart. As soon as I realized this, I threw myself into international education and study abroad advising as much as I could to get experience…eventually it led me to TEAN!
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part is when I hear back from students about how incredible their time abroad was or see their photos on the #TEANabroad tag on Instagram. Knowing that they’re having a great experience is very rewarding.
As a passionate foodie, what have been some of the food highlights from your travels?
Korean barbecue is equal parts a flavor and cultural experience. My favorite spot was this little place that was just barely big enough to stand up in that we went to during a TEAN Orientation in Seoul. During a different TEAN Orientation in Shanghai, one of the coolest experiences was when we went to a cooking class and learned to make xiaolongbao (soup dumplings). It really takes a lot of precision when making these, and they definitely didn’t all turn out perfect, but it was very rewarding and delicious to eat what we had made.
What is your favorite travel or study abroad quote and why?
“I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list” – Susan Sontag I love this one because for me it’s not just enough to go to a country once. It’s important to really immerse and learn about people different than you. It broadens your opinions and your ways of thinking, and makes you more understanding and sympathetic.
Resident Director - Shanghai
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.
How did you come to work in International Education?
Right after my graduation from Fudan University, I started to work in international education at Fudan. I have been working on admission of international students for 13 years. My work at Fudan University was to provide general services to international students. Now I work with TEAN students and help them with everything in-country. I arrange cultural activities to help students get in touch with local people and engage them into local culture.
What about Chinese culture and life in Shanghai most surprises students when they arrive?
I think it is the food here. Near Fudan University, there are so many restaurants and street food that are so tasty and so cheap. I think Chinese people are really creative in making food. Just prepare your stomach, you will love it.
What is your favorite dish in Shanghai that you would encourage every student to try?
My favourite dish is sweet and sour boneless yellow fish. I have loved it ever since childhood. We will have it together during our orientation in the most famous Shanghai restaurant, Lv Bo Lang.
What are some of the not-to-be-missed bucket list items every study abroad student should check off their list during their semester abroad?
I would say trying to speak the local language and holding conversations with locals, eating all the types of food, making as many friends as possible, going to another city without the assistance of anyone and trying to make your way around.
What are some of your favorite Shanghai secret spots that you love but maybe are a bit off the beaten track?
Bus 49 goes through the most beautiful part of Shanghai. It connects the east Bund area with the west French concession area. The cost is only RMB 2 for a single trip. On the way, you can see most beautiful streets and architecture in Shanghai. Try to take the bus in different seasons to see great views.