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Semester in Shanghai
TEAN has joined together with one of the most prestigious universities in China, Fudan University, and a leading Mandarin instruction program from the University of Virginia to offer students an incredibly comprehensive semester abroad. 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. Participants are housed in our premier accommodation, featuring fully-furnished apartments with wireless internet, and room with an English-speaking local Fudan University student.
Benefit from networking with China’s future leaders as you enroll in Fudan University, ranked third in China and number one in Shanghai
Study Mandarin with language instruction by the prestigious University of Virginia (UVA) designed for all skill levels. Students will receive credit for the semester from both Fudan University and UVA
Take advantage of a unique academic structure where you can study at one of the country’s top universities, and be integrated into classes with local Chinese and other international students
Stay on track for graduation - choose from more than 120 courses taught in English for a full-time class load that will transfer to your degree
Live with Chinese students and other TEAN students in our high quality, off-campus apartments for an even more integrated experience
Experience the vibrant lifestyle of China’s most dynamic city, Shanghai
Take advantage of TEAN’s comprehensive five-day Orientation Program in Shanghai, including a Chinese cooking class, cultural activities and orientation sessions will leave you feeling confident to jump into your semester in China
Appreciate access to TEAN’s Shanghai Resident Director and other in-country staff for continued support throughout the semester
A little nervous about a semester abroad in another language and culture? That’s only natural but our exclusive orientation based in Shanghai will ease that transition. Our five-day Orientation Program includes a mix of intensive academic sessions and cultural events, including a Chinese cooking class, along with modern hotel accommodation only minutes away from some of Shanghai’s top attractions.
TEAN’s China staff will introduce you to the old and new of Shanghai – the hidden secrets and the international hotspots – while stopping by local markets to experience the famous street food culture. Ever wonder about the benefits of Tai Chi? Find out by practicing the traditional morning exercises and perhaps start a new ritual to start your days in China. Cruise the Huangpu River learning about the history of the Bund on the west bank and the modern Pudong area on the east bank then spend a day at the ancient watertown of Zhouzhuang. Before getting settled into your new home for the semester, we also provide an introduction to the academic system in China, integration issues, health and safety practices, and other helpful information for navigating your semester.
TEAN offers students a unique living experience to aid in cultural immersion. 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 TEAN 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.
Alternatively, TEAN can arrange for students to live in Fudan University’s on-campus housing option, which is a dorm for international students.
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. Throughout your semester you will meet with the Shanghai Resident Director for informal discussions and cultural activities. 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
About Fudan University
- Founded in 1905, Fudan is consistently ranked in the top three universities in China, in the top 45 universities globally and number one in Shanghai based on the QS World University Rankings 2019.
- Fudan University also has 13 subject areas ranked in the world’s top 100 universities – with Politics and International Studies ranked 40th in the world and second in China – based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject.
- Of Fudan’s approximately 29,000 students, 3,000 are international students from more than 120 different countries.
- 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.
University of Virginia Language Program
- All students on the TEAN Fudan program receive language instruction taught to the undergraduate Mandarin language curriculum of the University of Virginia by UVA instructors while they study at Fudan.
- Language classes are available at all levels and determined by placement examination upon arrival in Shanghai.
- All language classes will appear on a UVA transcript.
- Elementary and Intermediate Mandarin language classes meet for 4 hours per week. 1 hour, Monday through Thursday, for a total of 72 contact hours across the 18-week semester. Advanced language classes meet for 3 hours per week, for a total of 54 hours across the 18-week semester.
- All students will have 30 minutes of scheduled language practice each week with a Chinese roommate.
- Syllabi for the UVA language classes are available by request.
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
Fudan University is continuing to offer more courses in English which enables TEAN students to benefit from an integrated academic experience in China studying alongside China’s future leaders. Courses offered in English include the following disciplines: Business; Humanities and Social Sciences; Science; Computer Science and Information Technology; International Studies; Media and Communication; Pharmacy.
Students fluent in Mandarin are able to select from the full comprehensive range of courses offered by Fudan University.
Between the UVA language courses and the Fudan University courses, students typically enroll in 4-5 subjects per semester, which usually transfer as 12-16 U.S. semester credits. The number of U.S. credits will be determined by your university. Please note that students may take up to 12 Fudan credits in addition to the 3-4 UVA language credits.
Students will enroll in courses once onsite, so please note that courses are not confirmed or guaranteed until the program has started. Courses are available in the below disciplines. For instructions on how to find courses and to see a list of popular courses, please see our course selection instructions.Course Selection
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
Interested in interning part-time while studying abroad during your semester? TEAN offers the opportunity to add a part-time internship in addition to your courses through Fudan and UVA. This is a great opportunity to gain real world professional experience and add to your resume while abroad. Past placements have been in the fields of Business, Marketing, Software Development, Journalism, Event Management and Advertising, and are usually 2-3 days per week. If you decide you would like to give an internship a shot, please notify your program manager once you apply for the program.
Please note: There is an additional $500 cost for all internships sourced through our team. Internships will be sourced after arrival and finalization of your course schedule to assure your internship does not conflict with your classes.
- 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.
Events & Excursions
Throughout the semester, TEAN immerses you in the local culture by arranging regular excursions. Join the locals at a nearby park for a tai chi class or learn the ancient art of calligraphy. Take in Shanghai’s history and development during a cruise of the Huangpu River. Activities may vary each semester, but you can be certain TEAN’s local staff are keen for you to experience the best of Shanghai and its culture.
Beijing and Great Wall Excursion
Spend an extended weekend exploring the cultural differences of Beijing. Beginning with the high speed train up to China’s capital city, you will experience a great mix of historical sights and contemporary culture. Visit the home of former emperors in the ancient Forbidden City and visit Tiananmen Square. Get your hiking shoes on for a TEAN exclusive overnight stay at the Great Wall of China. We make sure to provide the ultimate experience with a sunrise hike along an off-the-beaten path section of this amazing manmade wonder. Once you visit the Great Wall, you’ll truly understand the greatness of China’s past, present, and future. Back in Beijing explore the historic hutongs (alleyways), and experience a delicious Peking duck dinner. This packed weekend will show you the highlights of Beijing and is entirely included in your TEAN program fee!Read More
Chengdu Weekend Excursion
Rich with cultural history, archaic infrastructure and cute, cuddly pandas, Chengdu makes for the perfect long weekend trip while studying abroad in China and is included in your TEAN program fee. 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, a visit to Chengdu wouldn’t be complete without time spent at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding! Enjoy a guided tour and plenty of time to explore on your own in the presence of these incredible creatures.Read More
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Spring Deadline||Nov 1|
|Fall Deadline||May 1|
Your signed program contract and full payment for the program are due by the program deadline. Please note we do have options for using financial aid and enrolling in a payment plan if you cannot make full payment by the payment deadline. You can find more information about funding your program here
|Spring Payment Deadline||Nov 15|
|Fall Payment Deadline||May 15|
This program is not running for Spring 2023
|Date of Arrival||Late Aug|
|Program Ends||Late Dec|
Fees & Inclusions
- This program is not running for Spring 2023
- Tuition and program fees: TBD
- Housing (off campus): TBD
- Full tuition (12 Fudan credits and one language course)
- Guaranteed, prearranged housing for the duration of the program
- Comprehensive overseas health insurance
- Services of local Resident Directors
- Five-day Orientation Program with meals, accommodations and transportation
- Wireless Internet access in housing
- Local SIM card/cell phone for access to Mandarin services on local networks
- Access to low air fares and discounted group flights
- Excursion to Beijing, including visiting the Great Wall of China
- Optional weekend field trips to cultural sites of interest
- Travel arrangements and advice
- University and course selection advice
- Official academic transcripts from host institution
- Credit approval and transfer assistance
- Academic advising
- Help with student visa preparation
- Airport pickup and reception
- Host university orientation
- A truly one-of-a-kind adventure!
What’s Not Included
- International airfare ($1,100)
- Student visa ($130)
- Books ($200)
- Meals during the semester ($1,000)
- 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)
- Additional credits for any classes outside of the 12 credit limit, not including 1 language course ($250 per credit)
- Travel insurance ($350)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.
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
Resident Director - Shanghai
Fresh Produce Market
Guoding Road leads from the TEAN apartments on Daxue Lu to the East Gate of Fudan. What a lot of students never find, though, is the awesome vegetable and meat market a short walk in the other direction! Turn right, go about ten minutes from Guoding and Daxue, enter an apartment complex, and you’ll find a wonderful semi-open market where you can eat like royalty for a week on 200 RMB or less.
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.