Offered through CIEE the Accelerated Chinese Language in Shanghai program is an approved UW affiliate program. On this program, students with 4-7 semesters of Mandarin Chinese have the opportunity to develop advanced communicative skills in Mandarin Chinese through small classes, tutors, and language clinics; understand contemporary economic and political issues affecting China and the affects of China as a rising power in the world today; and apply skills learned in the classroom to understand the environment outside through independent fieldwork and volunteer opportunities.
You will be working closely with both IAP and CIEE on this program. You can access the program's main information page through the CIEE website
to learn more about the academics, housing, excursions and activities, and location.
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
Students will participate in a CIEE Online Pre-Departure Orientation. Meeting with students online, the Academic Director and Program Coordinator share information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving students time to ask any questions before leaving home. The online orientation allows students to connect with others in the group, reflect on what they want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish.
A mandatory weeklong orientation session, conducted in Shanghai at the beginning of the program, introduces students to the country, culture, and academic program, as well as provides necessary logistical information about adapting to life in Shanghai. Students also take their language placement exam at this time to determine their appropriate Chinese language level. Required and optional workshops and local excursions are led by CIEE staff. Students also meet individually with the Academic Director to finalize course registration and preview assigned materials for their required courses. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
Participants select one of two housing options. While every effort is made to accommodate the first choice, CIEE is unable to guarantee any housing option prior to the start of orientation week. Chinese Host Families- Chinese host families are located within five to 15 minutes from campus by public transportation. Students have their own room in the host family apartment and share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. Students are invited to most family meals, but should budget for their own lunches, some weekend meals outside the home, and most meals during group field trips and individual travel. Chinese family members speak Chinese only. This option is highly recommended for students who want to live in an entirely Chinese language environment and to make rapid progress in Chinese language.
Campus Residence Hall with Chinese Roommate- Students are paired with a Chinese student from the University. The Campus Residence Hall is a five-story facility located on the ECNU campus and has a common lobby with 24-hour security and laundry facilities. There is a student computer room and study lounge on every other floor, as well as a kitchen and bathrooms on each floor. The residence hall is within a 10-minute walk from the CIEE Study Center, where students can meet with faculty and staff and use library and computer facilities, and is within walking distance to a light rail and other public transportation. Meals are not included in this housing option and are the responsibility of the student. Three meals a day are available in the campus cafeterias at a moderate price.
Both housing options are equipped with Internet access via a broadband DSL connection. A limited number of computers are available in the CIEE Study Center and Campus Residence Hall, and nearby Internet cafes offer access for a low hourly fee. Students are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop as the CIEE Study Center has wireless access.
Excursions and Activities
A variety of field trips complement classroom work, including visits to local Chinese companies and factories, government agencies, media groups, traditional Chinese clinics, museums, temples, and other sites. Group cultural activities include an acrobatics show, a river cruise along the Bund, a bike ride through the French Concession, a Chinese and CIEE student talent show, international student sporting events, and group meals with Chinese roommates and families. A weekend trip to cities in neighboring provinces exposes students to locations outside of Shanghai. A number of non-credit optional courses are offered to program participants, including Chinese martial arts, cooking, calligraphy, chess, music, and Shanghai dialect.
The weeklong field trip is led by the Academic Director and full-time CIEE Chinese Language Instructors and is designed to take students off the tourist track and into the interior of China. Students have the opportunity to put their language skills to the test in authentic learning situations and under the guidance of instructors. These trips may include living with host families in small towns or the countryside.
In the fall semester, the field trip takes students to Jiangxi Province, with possible visits to Mt. Jinggang, an important site in the history of the Chinese Communist Party. The trip also includes a visit to a scenic place to escape from foreign tourists, or to Wuyuan, known as one of the most beautiful villages in China and famed for its organic tea production.
In the spring, students join the language faculty and visit the Three Gorges in Sichuan and Hubei provinces, to explore life in small towns and villages along the Yangtze River.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
CIEE Resident Director
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.CIEE Shanghai ACL Academic Notes
(Spring - 2013-14)China, Shanghai ACL Academic Notes
(Fall - 2014-15)
How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Affiliate programs may require you to apply directly to the affiliate either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP. After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the affiliate.
CIEE Online Application
Unofficial Transcript (Student Record)
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The affiliate university or organization will make the final admissions decision.