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

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

The Spirit of Chinese Art
This course involves a survey of Chinese arts, in both of its ancient and contemporary forms, such as painted pottery, bronze vessels, painting, calligraphy, and film. Emphasis will be placed on the inner spirit of the relationship between Chinese arts and Chinese philosophy. Since often mythology coins a nation’s cultural identity, even if in the unconscious level, the course will start its journey from ancient Chinese mythology, leading to inquiries such as in what sense female role plays a significant part in Chinese mythology, and how does one understand the unbending will of rebellious force displayed in Chinese mythology? The first part of this course will focus on the discussion of early Chinese painting to show how the transcendental as well as secular spirits intertwined in the Chinese intellectual life.

Cultural Resources of Cities in China
City culture is a unique attraction for visitors to gain a special experience and education. This course examines the cultural resources of the cities in China and develops a theoretical framework to understand the development of city culture for city destinations. Through 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
This course is designed to portray some of the diverse achievements and distinctive characteristics of the 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 of Chinese history through the unification of China in 221 BC and the subsequent imperial dynasties. This course is a combination of chronological depiction and theme-focused discussion. It covers a great variety of topics ranging from the origin 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 relationship between China and the outside world, to the economic growth in the late imperial period and developments in art and literature.

Intercultural Communication
The purpose of this course is to expand your understanding of the role of culture in shaping the ways in which we communicate with and relate to others. Culture can be broadly defined as a system of taken-for-granted assumptions about the world that influences how we think, feel, and act. This course will introduce you to major theories and concepts of intercultural communication from a variety of perspectives, and we will look at many of the different processes that make up cultural differences, and examine how these theories and concepts can guide us to communicate competently in intercultural communication settings. In addition, we will engage in critical discussions about the role of culture and communication in (re)constructing the collective human reality. Issues of identity, power, and control, as well as ways of transcending cultural and ethnic differences will be discussed.

Society and Politics Courses

Chinese Society and Culture
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 focusing worldwide attention on 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 acquaintance with an array of key notions and conceptual tools that will be methodically introduced and explicated throughout the session.

History of Diplomacy in Modern China
This course is designed to provide college students with basic historical facts and figures about Chinese diplomacy. It is intended to provide an introductory survey of Chinese diplomacy at different phases ranging from the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 to the present day. The course is structurally organized in five sections: (1) Theories, doctrines, and ideologies in Chinese diplomacy; (2) China’s diplomatic practices perceived through China’s relations with nation- states and supra-national actors around the world; (3) institutions and processes in Chinese diplomacy; (4) key issues in Chinese diplomacy; and (5) future scenarios of Chinese diplomacy. As history is fundamental to the comprehension of contemporary international realities, and interdisciplinary endeavors are encouraged, the course attempts to blend methodological insights from political science and international relations with the study of the Chinese diplomatic history as it covers.

Chinese Culture and Business Practices
With a focus on the cultural dynamics of the Chinese Marketplace, this course addresses a range of topical issues from 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 hopefully help students better describe and understand the local social world around you. In learning this new perspective, students will develop a critical, even “skeptical” view toward superficial explanations of take-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.

Chinese Media and Politics in the Context of Globalization
This course introduces foreign students to the background of China’s political institution and culture and provides 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 communication and gain familiarity 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; 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.

Political Culture and Public Opinion in Contemporary China
After the Reform and Opening Up, China has experienced tremendous transformation in both political and socioeconomic fields. During this process, ordinary citizens are becoming more and more important in the country’s political life. Political culture and public opinion research concerns 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: theories of political culture and factors that affect public opinion; the rise of public opinion in contemporary China; and how public opinion affects political behavior and governmental policy in the end. Through this course, students are expected to gain a better understanding of political culture and public opinion in contemporary China.

Business and Economics Courses

Chinese Financial Markets
This course aims to provide international students with an understanding of how the Chinese financial markets originated and developed, what reforms have been made, 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 students understand the dynamics of the business environment and business culture in China, and to help them develop their potential for doing business in China, especially regarding the direct investment and local operation in China. The course will cover: What are special points of the Chinese business environment? How to understand and approach the Chinese business culture? How to formulate entry strategy in China? How to operate a local business and expand it in China? How to integrate the Chinese business with the global strategy? The course content will focus on business environment analysis, investment strategies formulation and business model transformation.

International Investment Law
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.

Topics in Development Economics
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
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 Chinese 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.

International Finance
The course is designed to give students a solid understanding of modern international finance theories and empirics and provide them with a thorough introduction into the latest developments in the field of international finance. The course consists of three modules – exchange rates, balance of payments, and international capital movements, covering issues such as exchange rate determination, international monetary systems, exchange rate regimes, balance of payments adjustments, the causes and consequences of international capital movements, the theories and empirics of financial crises, and China’s foreign exchange rate policies and balance of payments issues.

Lecture Series on Chinese Economy and Society
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.

Science and Technology Courses

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 enhances diffusion of technical knowledge through the economy and generates useful adaptive inventions, it contributes positively to productivity growth. One question is how the PS works. Furthermore, growth of PS raises the problem of anti-monopoly legislation, especially on how to balance technological protection and anti-monopolization. In this course, the development of technology and the patent system will be reviewed. PS between nations will be introduced. In addition, in technology-integrated industries such as electronics, the patent pool issue will be discussed. It is noted that the patent protection varies with industries. As a result, the way they are protected in various industries such as pharmacy, electronic and chemistry industries will be discussed to help better understand the patent system. In addition to theory, this course will also focus on the practice side, like how to apply for patents in China, as well as PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) patent.

Machine Learning in Big Data Era
This course provides a broad introduction to topics in supervised machine learning, including k-nearest neighbor classifier, regression, decision trees, boosting, perceptrons, Gaussian random fields, and unsupervised learning such as k-means, PCA, and Gaussian mixture models. The business application of these models will be addressed with real data, especially in the context of mobile data analysis. Field trips in local mobile data analytics company and one or two guest talks from data science experts will be included in this course.

Chinese Language courses

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.

Physical Education

Chinese Kongfu
Chinese Kungfu, (also known as Wushu or martial arts) is one of the most well known physical arts of traditional Chinese culture which is also probably one of the earliest and longest-lasting sports using both brawn and brain. Based upon classical Chinese philosophy, Kungfu has developed as a unique combination of exercise, practical self-defense, self-discipline and art over its long history. It could be divided into two types: “external Kungfu” and “internal Kungfu”. In external Kungfu, you exercise your tendons, bones, and skin. In internal kungfu, you train your spirit, Qi, and mind.

Chinese Folk Dance
China is an ancient civilization country with 56 ethnic groups. The diversities of cultural concept, religion, geographic environment and aesthetic taste developed various artistic features of Chinese folk dance. This course is to teach students Chinese folk dance excerpts, joining in the appreciation of dance works, so as to enable them to perceive the characteristics of folk dance during the rhythms and body posing, to sense diverse melodies or beats from different nations, and to experience intellectual creations from outstanding peoples.



  • 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 2017 Dates

Application Deadline May 1
Deadline Extended May 8
Arrival Date July 5
TEAN Orientation July 6
University Orientation July 7
Classes Begin July 10
Classes End Aug 4
Program Ends Aug 6

SUMMER 2017 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

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.


Where have you traveled and lived in Asia Pacific?
I lived and worked in Sydney for a year. I also had an internship in Sydney in college. I have also traveled to China, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, and New Zealand.

Can you share some of the highlights or lessons from your time living abroad?
The biggest lesson I have learned from my time abroad is adaptability. Living in another country can really bring you out of your comfort zone and force you into situations where you have to go with the flow. I learned to embrace the differences of the different cultures I was experiencing rather than wishing I could have the same things/experiences I was used to back home in the U.S. I loved navigating my way around new places, getting lost and discovering the best places that I just stumbled upon because I was up for whatever came my way.

What are your recommendations for top places to check out in Sydney?
There are so many great suburbs that offer a little something different for everyone. I LOVE Bourke Street Bakery in Surry Hills, specifically their sausage rolls and lemon tart, but everything is amazing. I also recommend enjoying some of the northern beaches as they are much less crowded and gorgeous. People should also do the Manly to Spit Bridge walk as it is stunning!

As the Program Manager for Singapore, what do you think makes it an amazing place to study abroad?
Singapore is one of those hidden gems in Southeast Asia. I feel like it is a very misunderstood country as people think everything is just glass highrise buildings and everything is really expensive. There are actually some really great neighborhoods with lots of different cultures represented. Owning a car and buying an apartment are expensive, but for day to day life for a study abroad student, it’s a very affordable study abroad destination.

What is your advice for a student who is on the fence about studying abroad?
I would always tell students who were on the fence about studying abroad that they will never look back and say, I really wish I didn’t spend five months in Australia or wherever they are thinking about going. Studying abroad is such a life-changing experience and even if the first few weeks are tough, you learn so much about yourself and how well you can navigate the unknown.

Lily Andrules

Assistant Program Manager

Shanghai Tip
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.

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