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Located in the Yangpu District, north of Shanghai’s city center, the Fudan University 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. The Semester in Shanghai offers a challenging, yet supportive environment with more than 120 courses available in English that cover a variety of subjects, from business to liberal arts, in addition to studying Mandarin – the most spoken language in the world.
Fall 3 2021
Late Aug, 2021 - Early Jan, 2022
May 15, 2021
Forms and Payment Deadline
May 30, 2021
2.75 Minimum GPA*
- This session is closed and is no longer accepting applications.
Study Abroad Program Description
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
A TEAN by WorldStrides Program
ISA's Asia and Pacific programs are operated by our partner division within WorldStrides, TEAN, who has over 25 years of experience in the region.
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Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Bridging Cultures Orientation
Full-Time Resident Staff
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
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- ISA course selections offer students the opportunity to take courses with local Chinese students looking to improve their English-language skills. Students who have advanced Chinese language skills also have the opportunity to take their courses in Mandarin.
- You can sign up for 4 courses on this program. Under the current program price, you can take up to 12 credits at Fudan plus one language course at Fudan or with UVA. Any credits above the 12-credit maximum will cost an additional $250 per credit. Please speak with the Shanghai Program Manager if you have questions about exceeding the 12-credit limit.
Course Availiability and Scheduling
- The course list below reflects courses that have been offered in past semesters. Course offerings and enrollments will be confirmed once you are on site. Course availability is based on enrollment numbers and scheduling. You should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last-minute class cancellations.
- Eligibility for language courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites.
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Support & Funding
Resident Director, China, China
Funding Your ISA Program
Wondering how you’ll fund your program? ISA’s got you covered! If you receive financial aid for your home university, you will likely be able to use those funds for study abroad too. The first step is usually speaking with your home university. Check out the steps for using financial aid here.
Need to know how much to budget for a term abroad? Take a look at the additional expenses you might expect, depending on your program.
As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. We offer over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, visit the scholarships and grants page.View all Funding Options
Located within walking distance of the university, students will live in prearranged Western-style, off-campus apartments, which offers a unique living experience to aid in cultural immersion. ISA students may be paired with local Chinese students, who are all Fudan University students and are on hand to assist program participants in assimilating into a new culture.
Your apartment will come fully furnished and including wireless Internet, making it easy to move into as soon as your semester begins. The city of Shanghai becomes even more accessible with university students there to help provide local insight and informal language practice. Our language pledge means only Mandarin is spoken in your house on certain days of the week creating another fun way to improve the language skills of you and your roommates.
Apartment Without Meals
Students participating in our Semester in Shanghai program typically live in prearranged Western-style, off-campus apartments located within walking distance of the university. A unique feature of our program is the opportunity to experience integrated housing with local Chinese students also living in the apartments with ISA students. The Chinese suitemates are all Fudan University students and are on hand to assist program participants in assimilating into a new culture. Wondering where to grab the best cup of coffee? Odds are, your roommate will not only tell you where, but will take you and introduce you to new friends.
Fully furnished and including wireless Internet, the apartments are ready for you to move into as soon as you begin your semester. The city of Shanghai becomes even more accessible with university students there to help provide local insight and informal language practice. Our language pledge means only Mandarin is spoken in your house on certain days of the week creating another fun way to improve the language skills of you and your roommates.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
Beijing and Great Wall Excursion
Get ready for a weekend designed for you to experience the best of Beijing exploring China’s ancient and modern culture, eating plenty of delicious cuisine and even experiencing one of the world’s greatest wonders – the Great Wall of China. After a high speed train ride up to China’s capital city, visit the historic Forbidden City and stop at the iconic Tiananmen Square. Beijing’s meandering alleyways, known as hutongs, also offer a glimpse into the past while the city’s tasty treats, like authentic Peking duck, show the range of China’s mouthwatering meals. The highlight of the weekend is an overnight stay at the Great Wall of China complete with a sunrise hike along the wall away from other tourists.
Chengdu Weekend Excursion
While on your semester abroad, take in a weekend getaway to the wonderful town of Chengdu. Filled with cultural history, archaic infrastructure, and adorable pandas, you won't want to miss this long weekend trip included in your ISA program fee. During the excursion, you will explore the region’s iconic “Wide and Narrow Alleys”, known as Kuai Shai Xiangzi, which are a tribute to the ancient architecture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, marvel at one of Taoism’s central birthplaces, Mount Qingcheng, and take in the scenery surrounding the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, a UNESCO World Heritage site noted for being the oldest grand irrigation system in the world and home to a number of cultural relics. Of course, you couldn't leave Chengdu without visiting the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding! You'll have plenty of time to explore on your own after enjoying a guided tour.
Cultural Activities in Shanghai
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Shanghai. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Shanghai special.
These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included dumpling night, a calligraphy teaching, a Taichi class, a traditional tea ceremony, and temple visits.