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CIEE: Shanghai, Accelerated Chinese Language
Shanghai, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Dormitory, Homestay
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Asian Studies, Business/Management/Finance, Chinese, Culture, Economics, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Internship, Political Science, Research, Sociology
Type of Program:
Study Center
Language of Instruction:
English, Mandarin
Language Requirement:
0 - 4 semesters
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Longnecker
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Program Description:
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Program Overview     

Touch of CultureThe Accelerated Chinese Language program is designed to advance first through fifth year Mandarin Chinese students ahead by one year in their Chinese langauge studies. Students participate in intensive and daily Chinese langauge coursework and one-on-one classes to address individual language needs. Structured peer tutorials and language clinics reinforce everyday learning.

A full course load is 3 classes for a total of 15 credits. Students enroll in two consecutive accelerated language courses offered at the Beginner, Intermediate and Superior levels as well as one elective course taught in English or Chinese. Information about the course content for each accelerated course can be found at the CIEE website.

Field trips and volunteer opportunities are also offered as part of this program. Week-long study tours are also offered each semester with visits to Hong Kong, Taiwan, The Silk Road (Fall semester) and Tea and Horse Road (Spring semester). Each tour explores a specific theme related to the learning goals of each program. In addition, you have the opportunity to take a trip off the tourist track with a community engagement trip into rural China. In the past, students on this field trip have visited a Hani ethnic minority village in Yunnan province or built a home with Habitat for Humanity to improve impoverished rural communities.

Shanghai is known for its long history of foreign influence, fashion, and economic prowess, and aims to become a global financial and shipping hub by the year 2020. With a population of 23 million people, Shanghai has seen massive development over the past two decades. The new, financial district of Pudong is home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. Elevated light rails connect the city’s urban centers: you’ll find the world’s first commercial high-speed Maglev train, and the fastest-growing rapid transit systems in the world.

To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.

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Education Abroad Credits

You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit
the CIEE Shanghai Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program. There is no language prerequisite for this program.

Citizenship Eligibility

The CIEE program which partners with East China Normal University does not accept students who are citizens of the People's Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan ROC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau. This includes those who are permanent U.S. residents. Students of Chinese ancestry who hold U.S. and other foreign passports are welcome.

Housing and Meals

Your housing will be arranged by CIEE. You will live either in a homestay, where some meals are provided, or in a campus residence hall with a Chinese roommate, where you will be responsible for providing all of your own meals.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the fall budget sheet and spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Shanghai street foodPenn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/15/2014
09/30/2014 03/02/2015 06/13/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing. Dates are tentative. Please consult CIEE information for confirmed dates.
Fall 2015 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 09/06/2015 12/19/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Academic Year 2015-2016 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 TBA TBA
Spring 2016 09/15/2015
Rolling Admission 02/28/2016 06/09/2016
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Fall 2016 03/01/2016 03/15/2016 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2016-2017 03/01/2016 03/15/2016 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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