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.

Overview

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

Orientation

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.


Housing

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.


TEAN Staff

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

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.

University

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.

Location

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.

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Courses

Courses

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.

The Foundations of Cinema ECON170028
This course offers a comparative introduction to film form and aesthetics through an exploration of films from around the world spanning a range of eras. Students will learn how to identify and describe the key formal elements of a film, including plot structure, narration, cinematography, mise-en-scène, editing and sound. Emphasis will be placed on discerning the functions of formal elements and how they shape the viewing experience. The course will also highlight Shanghai’s pivotal role in China’s rich film history, including a field trip to the Shanghai Film Museum.

A Culture Exploration Tour: Miraculous Traditional Chinese Medicine MED170003
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

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.

Understanding Mathematics
This course aims to provide an introduction of fundamental concept and analytical tools in mathematics to undergraduate students majoring in mathematics, sciences, engineering and economics. This course contains basic ideas and knowledge in number theory, calculus, analysis, linear algebra, differential equation and probability. Part of the results will be given a rigorous proof to show you what real mathematics is. To take this course, students are only assumed to have a good command of knowledge of elementary mathematics included in high school and minimum knowledge of undergraduate mathematics.

Introduction to AI ECON170026
This course will introduce students to the probabilistic and statistical models at the heart of modern artificial intelligence. Possible topics to be covered include: probabilistic methods for reasoning and decision-making under uncertainty; inference and learning in Bayesian networks.

Machine Learning for Music Generation ECON170029
In this course we will explore the use of machine learning and deep neural network technologies for creative purposes. Our focus will be on generative methods and their relevance to modeling of creative processes and cognition, with applications to style transfer and machine improvisation. We will introduce python and KerasTensorFlow, and use of GPU cluster for running deep learning algorithms. The models to be discussed include variable Markov models, auto encoders, convolution networks, GANS and more. There are no mathematical or computer science prerequisites for the course, but programming experience will be an advantage. Students are expected to work individually or in groups on a project of their choice and present it at the end of the course.

Society and Politics

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.

Social Media and Social Networking JOUR170005
This issue-driven, student-centered course discusses both the theories and practices regarding social networking and converged/integrated communication via social media today. This course also examines interrelationships among media, communication, politics, economy, technology, business, social institutions, and individuals, as well as a variety of issues concerning the role and influence of social media and social networking in the society as a whole. This course is designed for students from various disciplines or programs of study.

American Politics and Foreign Policy
This course aims to help students to get some basic knowledge about American politics and foreign policy. It includes the introduction of American political thoughts, political institution, political culture and political process; meanwhile, it will also tell students how American foreign policies are made, their strategic goals and ways to achieve these goals. In sum, this course will deepen students’ understanding of America and its relations with the outside world, thus broadening their international horizon.

Psychology and Life SOCI170006
This course is designed to introduce students to the broad field of psychology. We will cover topics such as perception, attention, memory, language, emotion, motivation and personality etc. Students will be introduced to the basics of the scientific method and are encouraged to come up with their own empirical questions about psychology. At the end of the class, you will have a solid understanding of basic concepts, methods and results in the study of this field and will be able to appreciate and critically evaluate the basic meaning, if not every detail, of novel findings in psychology and neuroscience.

Social Networks and Chinese Society
This course provides an overview of the application of social networks in Chinese society. Topics covered in this class include the meaning of social networks in Chinese, its cultural, institutional, and structural roots, its everyday practice, as well as its application for contemporary economic and social life. Through the course, students will obtain a richer understanding of Chinese social networks and its relevance to contemporary Chinese society.

Qualitative Research Methods SOCI110074
This course aims to introduce the qualitative research methods used widely in social science and interdisciplinary studies. During this semester, we will thoroughly discuss the theoretical orientations of qualitative research. We will help the students understand the role of theory in guiding and informing research design. We will particularly focus on research questions and train the students to practice various methods used in qualitative research to collect data, including in-depth interviews, focus group interviews, observation and participant observation. Students will undertake a pilot research study as part of the course requirements to gain hands-on experiences of qualitative methods.

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.

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.

Lecture Series on Chinese Economy and Society ECON130200
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 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 the Chinese economy and society in the past, present and future.  The lectures will be delivered by top scholars in relevant research fields from Fudan University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and LSE. There will be 25 90-minute lectures, which will all finish on July 26. Each lecture equals 2 credit hours. The students of FISS can choose to earn 2 credits by attending all the lectures while the activities and visits are not open to FISS students. A paper on a lecture-related topic is required as the final assessment of this course. Please refer to the website for the exact schedule of the lectures.

China’s Modern Economy ECON170005
One of the most disruptive events to the global order in recent history is that U.S. surpassed U.K. as the world’s largest economy in the last century. However, China is expected to outrun U.S. as the world’s largest economy in the 21st century. For anyone who wants to be globally literate, a basic familiarity with this most dynamic and enormous economy is a must. What factors contribute to the rise of China? How to profit from this growing and huge market? How did/will the rise affect the rest of the world? What are the challenges threatening the sustainable development of China? This course is designed to answer the above questions from multiple perspectives of economy, business, culture, and politics. We will first investigate the historical legacy and its impact on current economic development. Next, we will study the major economic players (governments and various types of firms) and their interactions. Then, we investigate human capital development and technology progress, which are believed to be the keys to future growth. In the fourth part, we identify the challenges undercutting its economic performance with emphasis on the unbalanced economic development pattern. Finally, we look at how China interacts with the rest of the world.

Fundamentals of Marketing
This introductory marketing course is primarily organized around the four elements of marketing mixes: product, price, place (distribution) and promotion. The course also covers marketing research methods, customer behavior, segmentation, targeting, differentiation, positioning, digital marketing and global marketing.

Corporate Finance MANA170009
This is a preliminary course in finance major. The objective is to provide students with fundamental financial concepts and theories as well as the applications in making corporate financial decisions. It is also a precedent of many advanced courses in the finance track, including Financial Markets and Institutions, Investments, Futures and Options, and Multinational Business Finance. The teaching content is composed of four parts. Part I introduces basic concepts in finance such as financial assets, opportunity cost, PVs, FVs, and NPVs. Part II demonstrates how to make firm investment decisions based on the calculation of project PV and other criteria. Part III explains why the opportunity cost of capital (the required rate of return, or the discount rate) is determined in the security market, or, the CAPM. Part IV discusses financing decisions, mainly how to finance with debt and equity and decide the optimal capital structure. Short-term financial decisions, financial statements analysis and other advanced topics in corporate finance will NOT be covered.

International Marketing ECON 130063
A managerial view of the marketing process as it applies to the international field. Topics include: significance of international trade, international marketing position, analysis of foreign markets, organization and administration of international marketing and other special topics.

Approach to Time Series Analysis ECON130083
This course emphasizes the application of time series models in financial data. Empirical examples related to testing the efficient market hypothesis, CAPM, predicting excess equity return, derivative pricing, financial contagion, risk management, and exchange rate prediction will be covered. It begins with the basic concepts in time series analysis and the stylized facts of financial times series data, then covers the univariate and multivariate time series with topics including ARIMA models, GARCH models, VAR models, factor models, and machine learning methods in big data analysis, etc.

Quantitative Risk Management ECON170027
The course will encompass both theoretical and applied aspects of risk management, focusing on the methodology of dealing with risks in financial markets. The course starts with a short review and introduction on the required knowledge of probability theory and statistics. A general introduction to various risks in financial markets and their measurements will be given in the latter part of the course.

Econometrics ECON130006
The course will cover a number of topics, including single variable and multiple variables linear regression analysis, simple nonlinear regression analysis, basic tests and inference, multi-equation model, basic time series analysis, basic panel data model and discrete (binary) choice models.

Law

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 Legal Culture LAWS170005
This course will examine the spirit of Chinese law from a historical perspective, with a particular emphasis on its political context. We will explore the early transition of Chinese politics and law by the 2nd century B.C.E. (including doctrines of Confucian and legalist schools), development and spirits of imperial codes, mechanism of judicial administration in criminal and civil justice, local mediation, and family law.

International Law LAWS130061
In this course, we will explore the concept of international law, the purposes, functions and resources of international law, the fundamental principles of international law, sovereignty and non-intervention, and whether these principles have been eroded in recent decades as a result of growing support for new international legal norms, including human rights. We will also discuss the participants and the objects of international law, jurisdiction and state immunity, state responsibility, Law of International Contacts, (International Treaties and Laws of diplomatic relation), the settlement international disputes by peaceful means and Use of Force.

International Investment Law LAWS170001
Through the study of this course, students will learn the basic system and main systems of international investment law, especially the legal issues of inbound direct investment and outbound direct investment laws and regulations established in the past 40 years after the reform and opening up in China and the current practice, the newly promulgated Foreign Investment Law of China to come into effect as from January 1 2020, the processing China-EU BIT and RCEP as well as the interaction between foreign investment law and international treaties and agreements. The course will foster students’ capabilities to analyze the law and apply the law.

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 ICES170001
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.

Intermediate Chinese ICES170001
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 ICES170001
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
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.

Chinese Traditional Archery PEDU110119
The art of shooting is a sport of Chinese traditional archery, which was developed from one of the Six Arts highly praised by the Confucians of different dynasties. It is a combination of Chinese national sports, arts and culture. Even in the West Zhou Dynasty, archery was used to train a person’s temperament. With a Chinese bow, the shooter uses a feather arrow to shoot at a target, while observing strict shooting regulation and procedure. The shooter is not only required to be good at the skill of shooting, but also to be guided by his morality to achieve a harmony within his body and the bow and arrow.

Eligibility

Eligibility

  • 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 encouraged to contact us for special approval to attend the program. Chinese University policy can set limits on student participation if they do not hold citizenship in another country.

Dates, Fees & Inclusions

Application Deadline

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 2021 Dates*

Application Deadline May 1
Arrival and Housing Move-In June 29
TEAN Orientation June 30
University Orientation July 1
Classes Begin July 5
Classes End July 30
Program End Aug 1

*These dates are tentative. Final dates will be released closer to departure.


Summer 2020 Fees

Tuition, program fees and housing $4,125


What’s Included

  • 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)
  • Meals ($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)
  • Travel insurance ($350)

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

Scholarships

TEAN Scholarships

Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!

We Love Shanghai

Lily Andrules

Associate Regional Director

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.

Q&A

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.

Medusa Fang

Resident Director - Shanghai

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.

Q&A

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.

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