ECNU Global China Program
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East China Normal University

East China Normal University, a national renowned university under the direct auspices of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, is one of the most prestigious universities in the country. Founded in 1951, it is nationally accredited by the Ministry of Education of the PRC and a member of the prestigious 211 and 985 projects as well as the most recent national list of planned world-class universities. Boasting one of the most beautiful university campuses in China, the university is reputed as the “garden university.”
ECNU is a research university with an extensive range of disciplines including education, social sciences, humanities, natural sciences & technologies and administrative sciences. ECNU currently enrolls more than 30,000 students from all parts of China and abroad, of which more than 6,000 are international students. The Global China Program will be hosted in ECNU North Zhongshan Road Campus (Downtown Campus).


ECNU Global China Program

The Global China Program provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn about China through academic and cultural immersion during one semester. This program is open to current college students who wish to study in China for one semester (15 weeks). The program consists of two parts:

A. Chinese Language Course (6 credits) from beginning to advanced levels

B. English-taught Content Courses (3 credits each) on China Studies and other fields.

The Global China Program offers a credit structure which is identical to the majority of North American universities and colleges. Course contents are carefully designed to meet the requirements of North American universities and colleges.

Program Duration of Fall semester 2023: 

Sept. 11th, 2023 - Dec. 22nd, 2023 (Classes start from September 18th)


Course Registration

Students can access to the on-line application system to apply and register for courses.
In each semester, we offer English taught content courses on China Studies and several levels of Chinese language course. Students may take up to four courses. Please note that a course might be canceled if the minimum enrollment is not reached. 
Classes are held from Monday to Friday and all content courses are taught in English. 

Course Information


Course Name: China and world economy
Course Description: 
Since 1978 when China initiated economic reforms and opening up policies, the Chinese economy has been one of the fastest growing economies with an average annual growth rate of nearly 10% for more than 4 decades. China is now the world’s second largest economy, and the biggest exporter in commodities. On the other hand, China is also becoming one of the worldNo.1 energy importer, raw material consumer and CO2 emitter. What are the impacts of China’s rise on the global economy? What will other counties react to China’s economic emerge? This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge of what has happened to China and its impacts on global economy in the last decades. The course will offer in-depth discussions of Chinese macroeconomic development, industrial structure, trade pattern, economic imbalance, and its impact on the rest of the world economy, particularly on Asia, the Latin America, and Africa.

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Course Name: Doing business in China in transition
Course Description:
The course of this project is committed to integrating the eastern and western perspectives, and carrying out exploration and research on the social, economic, cultural and other related business environment issues of China in transition with an open and inclusive attitude from an interdisciplinary perspective, so as to provide policy and ethical assistance to students for their future employment and entrepreneurship in China. Based on the transformation opportunities of contemporary China, the course focuses on placing all types of enterprises in the context of China in transition, systematically analyzing the business opportunities and risks contained in them with multidisciplinary theories and methods, especially highlighting the importance of innovation in the new environment, including the role that sustainable development should pay.The course offers the opportunities to visit Chinese enterprises or invite entrepreneurto make speeches and encourages students to carry out research in team cooperation , and also inspires them to start their own businesses and experience both the opportunities and crisis response that come with China's transformation.

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Course Name: Globalization and Urbanization: China's Urban Transformation and What It Means for the World 

Course Description:

China, once the biggest agrarian nation, has become the biggest urban society in the world, which not only poses enormous opportunities as well as challenges for China, but also carries far-reaching implications for the rest of the world. This course introduces students to the recent literature on the immense urban transformation and offers a critical understanding of China’s urbanization, social-spatial restructuring and urban issues. The course focuses on the post-1978 period, which fundamentally differs from the previous 30 years of state socialism. The topics are mainly divided into four parts. Part I sets the context, describing the global context of urban development, China’s geographical setting, and historical urban system. Part II focuses on the processes and the uniqueness of urbanization in China. Issues such as the socialist ideology, the household registration (hukou) system, rural-urban migration and globalization will be discussed. We will also pay special attention to the urban development in Shanghai. Part III outlines the social-spatial restructuring of Chinese cities in post-reform era. We will study the urban expansion on the edge as well as the urban renewal in the old city core. Part IV examines various urban issues emerging with the rapid urbanization, such as the massive migration, citizenship and incorporation, urban land and housing problems, urban inequality and social discontent, and environmental issues. 

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History & Culture

Course Name: History of Modern China
Course Description:

This course serves as a survey of modern Chinese history. It will guide the students to explore the drastic social, cultural and political transformations that took place in China in the past one and half centuries, which had led to the country’s current shape. Lectures and discussions will center on the introduction of general social context of different historical periods, significant incidents and events, key historical figures, as well as landmark literary texts and cultural artifacts. While generally following a chronological order, the course content will also be arranged in such a way as to address the various themes of social changes that have significant implications in the contemporary era – the reconstruction of national and ethnic identities of modern time, China’s international relationships, religions and secret societies, the transformation of gender role and family relationship, changes in economic policies, as well as trends in literature and popular cultures. Through the study of a wide array of texts that include historical documents, literary works, documentary and feature films, the course will provide the opportunities for the students to acquire and exercise analytical skills to critically examine materials from diverse sources, perspectives and media forms.

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Course Name: Chinese Civilization: An Introduction
Course Description:

This is an introductory course to multiple sociocultural aspects of China as an old civilized country undergoing a critical economic and political transition. With the understanding that contemporary Chinese sociocultural issues might be better interpreted and comprehended in the background of China’s abundant but complicated tradition, this course mainly covers the part of Chinese historical tradition and is dedicated to the question that what we can learn from the history of Chinese civilization in the modern development. This course starts from a general introduction to some basics of China, with a highlight on the brief depiction of China’s history. Based on the Chinese history framework, it is further followed by the elaborations on several important topics of China’s tradition and culture.

This course aims to present a diversified vision about China’s development, selectively raising some key topics concerning China’s change in both ideological and material spheres, in the hope of helping students acquire some basic understanding about China and develop fields to their own interest. Students are required to bring one or two questions about China’s traditional culture into the class discussion and final essay, and present their viewpoints, interpretations and analyses accordingly. The Lecture-Reading-Discussion method is applied to provide a better understanding of Chinese history and social culture. 

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Chinese Language 
Beginners’ Class:
Chinese language is regarded as one of the most difficult languages to learn due to its distinct pronunciation and pictographic characters. However, learning Chinese is never a mission impossible. The beginners are expected to acquire the elementary vocabulary and patterns, which may seem to be hard at the outset. It is the indispensable step for the Chinese language learning though. This entry-level Chinese language course will offer students a genuine vision of what and how the Chinese people are thinking and talking, thus helping them to pave the way for a more real and pleasant experience of the Chinese culture.
Intermediate Class:
This instruction is designed to improve your overall ability to understand and use Chinese language. The course consists of pronunciation practice, explanations and practice of new linguistic items, and practice of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course aims at improving students’ overall language proficiency through a variety of learning activities and tasks.
Advanced Class:
Advanced Chinese class focuses more on analyzing the reading material or social phenomenon then presenting your opinions on it as well as writing reports. Students are expected to be familiar with the new words and new text before they come to the lessons thus in the class, the main focus will be discussions, reports, and presentations.

Credit Transfer

Students who wish to have the ECNU credits transferred to other colleges and universities are advised to consult with the appropriate academic authorities at their home institution in advance. Home institutions’ academic advisers make the final decision whether a particular course may be applied towards the major or elective requirement at the home institution.

ECNU Benefits

Cultural Activities
You will have opportunity to become fully immersed in Chinese culture and to better get to know your Chinese and international fellow students by taking part in all kinds of students’ activities such as sports meeting, international cultural festival, field trips, etc. 

Tuition & Fees

Application fee (Non-refundable)  400RMB

Tuition                                           18000RMB/semester

Insurance                                      800RMB/year

Accommodation Cost

Students may apply on campus dorms. The costs vary from 40-120RMB/night/person depending on the type of room. Air-condition & free internet access are provided in all dorm rooms.Please check our website for more information:Accomodation 
* The accommodation fee shown on the above web page is paid by fixed semester dates according to school calendar and will not be refunded if you leave during the semester. For more details please consult Global Education Center. 



18 - 55 years old, with valid foreign passport
You must be at least a high school graduate and you must be qualified for at least one of the following conditions to pass our English language proficiency requirement.
*English native speaker
*Studying or Graduated from an institution where English is the main language of instruction
*Have a valid TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score which is higher than 80 (iBT) or a valid IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score which is higher than 6.0 or equivalent score in other forms of English language tests.

Required Documents

1.  Copy of High School or College Graduation Certificate and College Transcript 

2.  Proof of your English proficiency for non-native speakers

3. Copy of Passport

4. ID Photo

Application Procedure

1. Apply online: http://lxsapply.ecnu.edu.cnfill the application form and pay the application fee.  

2.  The GEC will notify you via email after application and send you the Admission Notice and Visa Application Form if you are accepted.

3Book the on campus dorms online or rent an apartment off-campus.

4. Come to ECNU on registration days.

5. Enjoy your fantastic new semester in Shanghai.

Application Deadline

For Fall Semester, please apply before June 30, 2023

Contact Us

Program Officer: Ariel SUN
E-mail: qsun@admin.ecnu.edu.cn
Tel: +86-21-62235672
Add: Room 269, Physics Building, Global Education Center, East China Normal University
Zip code: 200062


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