Fall: July - November
Spring: February - July
- Study abroad at Fudan University, one of the top four universities in China, with local Chinese students
- Due to a unique academic structure, students take classes taught in English with local Chinese and other international students
- Undertake an internship for two days per week with a Chinese or international company
- Live with Chinese students and other program participants in our high-quality off-campus apartments for a more integrated experience
- Experience the lifestyle of China's most dynamic city
- Chinese language instruction available for all skill levels
- Comprehensive five-day orientation program in Beijing including a Great Wall hike and other cultural activities
- Excursion to Inner Mongolia included in program
Study at one of the top 5 universities in China! This opportunity to study at Fudan University in Shanghai, China for the Spring semester is available to you through the Lasallian Study Abroad Consortium by Saint Mary’s University of California.
The program, run by the Education Abroad Network (TEAN), has a unique academic structure with opportunities to take classes taught in English with local Chinese and other international students. While there, you will live with Chinese students in high quality off-campus apartments for a more integrated experience. Upon arrival in China, you have an intensive orientation that includes Tai Chi exercises and a range of other cultural activities such as calligraphy, martial arts and Chinese cooking. You will also get to trek a remote part of the Great Wall, and have the unique experience of spending the night in a watchtower! By participating in the Shanghai semester program, you have the option to undertake a part-time internship in conjunction with their academic studies.
Fudan University is the leading university in Shanghai and one of the top universities in China (currently ranked in the Top 3). Fudan is ranked #14 in the Top 200 Universities in the world. It was founded in 1905 and today is at the forefront of cultivating talent for modern China. The campus combines modern China with the traditions and customs of its rich history. Its modern towers complement beautiful Chinese gardens and provide a stimulating and contemplative environment for learning.
Situated on the Yangtze River and originally a fishing village, today’s Shanghai is a multi-cultural metropolis with both modern and traditional Chinese features. A population of 18.7 million makes it China’s largest city and the commercial center of the country. The river divides the city, with the striking skyline of the Pudong New District on one side and the centuries-old charm of the Bund on the other.
Pudong is Shanghai’s “Manhattan” and the symbol of new China with cutting-edge architecture and more than 3,000 financial organizations and enterprises doing business there. On the banks of the Bund, old Shanghai can still be found – from morning Tai Chi to the beautiful building lights of evening. Shanghai is a city of lively festivals, vibrant markets, endless shopping and countless cultural sites to visit.
While attending Fudan University, you will choose from the following menu of options to customize your academic program to meet their requirements and interests. All students are required to take the core course “Chinese Modern History.” You will also take Chinese language courses at the appropriate level (Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced). In addition to the core and language courses, you will select from a wide range of courses delivered in English from across the university. The disciplines currently offered include:
- Chinese Literature
Students fluent in Mandarin are able to select from the full range of courses offered by Fudan University.
As a participant on the Shanghai semester program, you have the option to undertake a part-time internship in conjunction with your academic studies. You will be placed in an internship matching your academic or personal interest needs as closely as possible. No matter the assigned internship, students consider the opportunity to immerse oneself into daily Chinese working life a highlight of the program.
You will share an apartment with other program participants and local Chinese housemates. The Chinese student roommates are all local Fudan University students and are on-hand to assist program participants assimilate into the local culture. They provide assistance with language as practice buddies and of course share their invaluable local student knowledge. All apartments are fully furnished to local standards, have kitchen and laundry facilities and a weekly basic cleaning service. In addition, apartments are all found in the local Chinese equivalent of a secure gated community.
The Education Abroad Network's off-campus housing provides students with an independent and flexible lifestyle. In addition, off-campus housing allows students to live within a local community which can often encourage more cultural immersion and stepping out of their “comfort zones.” There are also some on-campus options for those who value living within an academic setting.
For the current program charge amount, please check the Budget Sheets above or contact the International Study Abroad Office. The program charge includes Lewis tuition, housing, on-site orientation, medical insurance, and a mandatory $300 Lewis Study Abroad fee.
The program charge does not include airfare, passport and visa fees, meals, supplies, and personal expenses.
Program charges are based on costs of the prior year, as well as projections for the current and coming years. Inflation and fluctuating exchange rates make it difficult to state a fixed cost. Lewis University, therefore, reserves the right to adjust program fees and the right to cancel or alter programs and courses.
There are no language prerequisites to participate in this program. To be eligible, you must be a Lewis student with at least a 3.0 GPA who has Sophomore, Junior, or first semester Senior standing or will have that standing when you participate.
Please click on the Application Process link in the left column to learn more about the application process, how to obtain an application, and what other materials are required. If you are ready to apply, then click on the Apply Now button.