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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Johnna Weston
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Graduate/Undergraduate:
School of International Affairs, Undergraduate
Language of Instruction:
English, Mandarin
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
Yes
Program Specific Scholarships:
CIEE-PSU Scholarship
Fields of Study:
Asian Studies, Business, Chinese, Communications, Economics, Film Studies, History, International Business, Management, Marketing, Political Science, Sociology, Sustainability
Program Description:

Overview

Eligibility

  • 18 years of age or above
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
  • 2.50 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
  • Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program

Program Description 

Students will choose from one of three program tracks on the CIEE Shanghai program:

Accelerated Chinese Language

NOTE: The CIEE Shanghai Accelerated Chinese Language program track will not be offered during the spring 2021 semester.


Whether you’re a beginner or have strong Chinese language skills, you’ll progress ahead at least two levels on this program track in Shanghai. Along with intensive study, one-on-one lessons, and language clinics, you’ll experience a whole lot of culture – from tasting the city’s famous soup dumplings to watching eye-popping acrobatics, to seeing more of this vast country up-close with special cultural excursions. This program is designed to provide participants with a strong foundation in Chinese language and a deeper understanding of China today through intensive Chinese language coursework and cultural immersion, complemented by a wide selection of area studies courses in various disciplines.

The program is open to students with all levels of language skill, from students with no experience to those with superior level proficiency, although it is not for native Chinese speakers. Students take two accelerated courses that focus on rapid language acquisition and are designed to move students ahead at least two levels in all four Chinese language skills. Students take up to one elective in English, and those with four or more semesters of college-level Mandarin may take a Chinese language elective or area studies course taught in Chinese instead. Chinese language students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment, a graded component in which students agree to speak Chinese at required times.

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in an organization internship course that is assigned to an internship project with a company in Shanghai. You can learn more about internship opportunities on the program page for this track.

Business, Language, + Culture

The Chinese have been involved in international business since the days of Marco Polo and the Silk Road. Add to that heritage to the rapid economic growth Shanghai has seen since the late 1970s, and you’ve got one fascinating place to explore global business. The Business, Language, and Culture program is designed for students with international business and economics backgrounds and provides a deeper understanding of contemporary business issues in China as the country expands into one of the world’s great economic powers. Guest lectures, company visits, and other networking opportunities allow students to apply theories learned in class and contextualize the country’s economic rise within China’s largest business hub.

The Business, Language, and Culture program equips students with the language tools necessary to engage China’s business community on their own terms. Language students participate in the CIEE Community Language Commitment, which comprises both graded and voluntary components and compels students to speak Chinese as much as possible. As students gain proficiency, staff members and language instructors encourage them to use their language skills in everyday settings.

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in an organization internship course that is assigned to an internship project with a company in Shanghai. You can learn more about internship opportunities on the program page for this track.

China in a Global Context

China’s 5,000-year history is marked with contributions that range from silk trade to movable type to tofu. Many of its cities – including Shanghai – have seen remarkable expansion over the last few decades. Combine the two, add opportunities to live like a Shanghainese citizen, and it’s clear that studying here will be one of the most eye-opening experiences of your lifetime. CIEE’s China in a Global Context program helps college students understand China and its place in the world. Chinese language instruction in conjunction with coursework traces China’s development from its colonial period to its modern politics and incorporates the internal and external factors that continue to mold the Middle Kingdom. This program is ideal for students with backgrounds in the humanities and social sciences, especially those with majors or minors in international relations or political science. Students choose from a wide variety of English-language courses, ranging from East Asian studies to economics.

Language students participate in the CIEE Community Language Commitment, which comprises both graded and voluntary components to compel students to speak Chinese as much as possible. As students gain proficiency, CIEE Shanghai staff members and language instructors encourage them to use their language skills in everyday settings.

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in an organization internship course that is assigned to an internship project with a company in Shanghai. You can learn more about internship opportunities on the program page for this track.

Dates

Academic Year: early September - early June
Fall: early September - mid December
Spring: late February - early June

Refer to CIEE's website for specific dates.

Location

Perched on the banks of the Huangpu River and the East China Sea, Shanghai is China’s largest city by population, and a global hub of culture, commerce, and finance. Massively redeveloped over the past 20 years, the city boasts many of the world’s latest and greatest. The list includes: uber-tall buildings stretching up in the new financial district; and the world’s fastest-growing rapid-transit system featuring the world’s first commercial high-speed Maglev train.

Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation

In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.

Academics

Available Fields of Study

Asian Studies, Business, Chinese, Communications, Economics, Film Studies, History, International Business, Management, Marketing, Political Science, Sociology, Sustainability

Course Listings

To find a list of courses for each CIEE Shanghai program track, click on the link(s) below and follow the instructions on the website under "Academics": To see what Penn State students have previously taken on this program, see the Historical Course List, which is meant to be a guide as to what courses might be available and how they might transfer to Penn State. Courses listed here may not be offered during the semester you attend the program and the credit amount or course title may have changed. 

Note: You are not limited to choosing classes on the program Historical Course List. You should consult the full list of courses on the CIEE websites linked above before choosing a program.

Course Selection

To find appropriate courses that will fit into your degree requirements, you will need to work with your academic adviser. Suggested tips:
  • Research courses available on your program
  • Meet with your academic adviser to discuss potential courses abroad and your degree requirements 
  • Keep in mind that courses abroad may change or may be unavailable for your selected term, so you will need to discuss possible back-up course options
  • To register for courses on this program you will work with CIEE

Program-specific Course Information:

Accelerated Chinese Language Program:
  • Students enroll in three classes per semester:
    • Two 6-credit Chinese language courses at appropriate level
  • One 3-credit course taught in English or Chinese, including Organizational Internship or Directed Independent Research
    • Elective course
    • Organizational Internship
    • Directed Independent Research
Business, Language, + Culture
  • Students enroll in four or five classes per semester:
    • Required: 2 electives in general business
    • 2-3 additional courses which may be comprised of:
      • 3 credit courses taught in English or Chinese, including the Organizational Internship*
      • 6 credit Chinese language course at appropriate level
China in a Global Context
  • Students enroll in four or five classes per semester:
    • Required: 2 electives in East Asian Studies
    • 2-3 additional courses which may be comprised of:
      • 3 credit courses taught in English or Chinese, including the Organizational Internship*
      • 6 credit Chinese language course at an appropriate level

Academic Policies

  • You must enroll in a minimum number of 15 credits and a maximum number of 18 credits 
  • You cannot take any courses abroad on a Pass/Fail basis
  • World Campus courses should not be taken in addition to or as a substitute for courses offered abroad
  • You may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad
  • If you are studying abroad in your final semester at Penn State, please note that Penn State may not receive your grades in time for graduation 

Course Equivalency Process

In order for courses from abroad to appear on your Penn State transcript, each course must be given a course equivalency. Please visit the Academics section of the Global Programs website for information on the course equivalency process.  

Courses can be submitted for course equivalency before, during, or after the education abroad program, however, you should begin this process as soon as possible as it can take on average 2-4 months or more for courses to receive a Penn State course number. In some cases, it can be difficult to obtain syllabi from abroad before the start of the term, but when possible, courses can be submitted for review before departure. Talk to your Education Abroad Adviser about requesting syllabi.

Grade and Credit Conversion Scale

Grades and credit conversions from your host institution cannot be changed. They will be converted to Penn State credits and grades based on the following scales:
 
Grade Conversion Scale
Host Institution Grade Penn State Grade
A
A-  A-
B+  B+
B
B-  B-
C+  C+
C
D
F
 
Credit Conversion Scale
Host Institution Credit Penn State Credit
3 credits per course  3 credits per course

Housing and Meals

Housing

Homestays:
  • Accelerated Chinese Language program:
    • Chinese host families speak only Chinese, making this a great way to fast-forward your language skills. Students have their own bedrooms in the host family apartment, and share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. Host apartments are a 15- to 45-minute walk or commute by public transportation from campus.
  • Business, Language, + Culture and China in a Global Context programs:
    • Ideal for students who want to make rapid progress with their language skills – Chinese families speak only Chinese. Students have their own bedrooms in the host family apartment, and share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. Host apartments are a 15- to 45-minute walk or commute by public transportation from campus. 
Residence Halls:
  • On all program tracks, students can live with a Chinese ECNU student – and speak only Chinese – or with another CIEE student in a five-story hall on the ECNU campus. There are shared kitchens and bathrooms on each floor, plus study areas, and laundry facilities. The hall is a 10-minute walk to CIEE and close to public transportation. 
Independent housing is not permitted on this program. There will be no exceptions.

Meals

Homestays:
  • Students are invited to most meals, but should budget for lunches and some weekend meals.
Residence Halls:
  • Students are responsible for meals. There are moderately priced cafeterias on campus.

Costs and Funding

Program Costs

Fall Costs
Spring Costs

The cost of a program is based on Penn State tuition rates and partner institution fees. Due to the variety of locations and partner institutions, costs will vary depending on the program. Education Abroad works closely with our partners to ensure the most accurate cost estimates, however, fees can change quickly and without prior notice. Consult the cost sheets for your chosen program often and if you have any questions please contact your Education Abroad Adviser

Scholarships 

The Education Abroad Office awards a number of grants and scholarships to students who participate in an education abroad program through Global Programs. The application for the scholarships awarded through the Education Abroad Office is included with your program application. Eligibility is based on academic merit and/or financial need. You must have a current FAFSA on file to be awarded. There are additional scholarship opportunities through our partner universities, Penn State Academic Departments, and other sources. To view a full list of scholarships, eligibility requirements, and deadlines visit Funding Study Abroad.

Program-specific Scholarships

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of CIEE's website.

Student Aid

Penn State students who plan to study on a Penn State approved program can use most forms of financial aid towards the cost of the program. Exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships. If you have specific questions regarding your aid awards, contact the Penn State Office of Student Aid

Withdrawal & Refund Policy 

Withdrawal and refund details are dependent on the timing and reason for your withdrawal from a Penn State Education Abroad Program. For specific details and steps on how to withdraw, read the Education Abroad Policies

After Commitment

Once a student has committed to a Penn State Education Abroad program, they are financially responsible for any fees incurred on their behalf. Therefore, if a student plans to withdraw from a program it is their responsibility to immediately notify the Education Abroad office, in writing; email is preferred. 

Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. Additional fees from the partner institution will be assessed according to their withdrawal and refund policies at the date of the withdrawal notice.

After the Start of the Program 

If a student withdraws after the start of a program, any adjustment of Penn State tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. Students may be responsible for up to 100% of program costs. In most cases, partial credit cannot be awarded for leaving a program before its successful completion.

For additional information on withdrawal policies, separate and apart from financial consequences, please consult the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.

Life Abroad

General Information 

Studying abroad can be one of the most exciting and transformative experiences of your college career. It is an opportunity to develop independence, build cross-cultural competencies, grow as a person, and enhance your academic program. Entering a new culture can be challenging for everyone. You may ask yourself: is this the right country for me? What are their cultural norms? How will my identity be perceived there? What can I do to prepare for this experience? What will my daily life be like? Below are resources to help you answer these questions.

Accessibility 

Penn State Education Abroad works closely with campus resources and our partner institutions around the world to ensure that students of all abilities reach their goal of studying abroad. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged on an individual basis. If you have accommodation needs or further questions please consult with the Student Disability Resources office and your Education Abroad Adviser. Additional resources are available through the Global Program Website. Disability information will not be used during the admissions process, but rather is meant to provide students with resources to help in planning a successful experience abroad.

Gender and LGBTQA

There are dramatic and subtle differences in how gender, identity, sexual expression, and sexual health are perceived in different countries. Before going abroad, it is important that you research the specific country or countries you will be visiting and have a full understanding of their cultural norms. Below are some resources to help you with that research and provide guidance for your life abroad.

Race, Ethnicity, and Faith

When choosing a study abroad location and preparing for your travels, you will want to be mindful of how your experience will be different than what you are used to in the United States. Your racial, ethnic, and spiritual identities may be interacted with and labeled by others differently than what you expect. Here are resources to help you prepare for these differences.

Non-U.S. Citizens

It is possible for non-U.S. Citizens to study abroad through Penn State. To do so successfully, you must plan early because this process may involve obtaining visas and other governmental procedures. Check with your DISSA Adviser prior to committing to a study abroad program and speak with your Education Abroad Adviser for specific information on the host country. If you plan on traveling to other countries during your study abroad experience, you will need to research and make plans to adhere to immigration policies for all of the countries that you plan to travel to and through. You are responsible for applying for visas for all applicable countries on your own. Advisers in the Education Abroad office cannot apply for your visa for you. Additional information may be available through your country's embassy and the consulate for your study abroad country.
 

Next Steps

Steps to Study Abroad

The planning stages outlined on the Global Programs website will help you have the best study abroad experience possible. We recommend that you begin this process at least one year prior to the semester you plan on studying abroad. Visit the Steps to Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website. 

How to Apply

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Application procedures can vary by program. Students should consult the application instructions available within each application. For more information, see the Application Process section of the Global Penn State website. 

Deadlines

You must apply to this program by the Penn State deadline. For a list of deadlines visit the Application Process page of the Global Programs website.

Contact Education Abroad 

If you have general questions about Education Abroad opportunities at Penn State, please email EducationAbroad@psu.edu.

Peer Advisers

Education Abroad Peer Advisers are Penn State study abroad returnees who advise students on education abroad opportunities at Penn State. Each Peer Adviser can explain program options, give an overview of the study abroad process, as well as provide information about their experience abroad. Peer Advisers have walk-in hours in Boucke Building during the fall and spring semester when classes are in session. For more information, visit the Education Abroad Peer Adviser website. 

Education Abroad Advisers 

Education Abroad Advisers can provide information about courses, support services, application processes, housing details, program costs, cultural expectations, pre-departure requirements, and much more. Education Abroad Advisers have two types of meetings - scheduled appointments and walk-ins. For more information about how to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser, please visit the Global Penn State website

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/10/2019
**
Rolling Admission 02/23/2020 06/06/2020
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing. Program dates are subject to change. Contact CIEE for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/01/2020
03/12/2020 TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/01/2020
03/12/2020 TBA TBA
Spring 2021 09/10/2020
**
Rolling Admission 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed