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ECNU Global China Program


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.


Course Registration

Students can access to the on-line application system to apply and register for courses or fill out the <Application Form for Global China Program > which can be downloaded from our website.
We will offer English taught content courses on China Studies and several levels of Chinese language course. Please note that a course might be canceled if the minimum enrollment is not reached. 
Classes are held from Monday to Friday.

Course Information

Course Name: Principles of Marketing
Course Description:
The course is an introduction to the language and issues of marketing in China and East Asia with an emphasis on learning to develop responsive marketing strategies that meet customer needs. The course focuses on basic marketing concepts, the role of marketing in the organization, and the role of marketing in society.  Topics include market segmentation, promotion, distribution, and pricing.  Other topics, which will be incorporated into the course, include external environment, marketing research, international/global marketing with relevance to social media, cultural diversity and ethics.  Ideally, you will come away from this course with both a critical and creative perspective of strategic marketing in the Asian environment, and you will be able to apply your knowledge in a realistic setting.
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Course Name: Principles of Microeconomics
Course Description: 
Principles of Microeconomics is an introductory course that teaches the fundamentals of microeconomics, providing a solid foundation for economic analysis and thinking. This course begins with an introduction to supply and demand and the basic forces that determine an equilibrium in a market economy. It introduces a framework for learning about consumer behavior and analyzing consumer decisions. The course will explore firms and their decisions about optimal production, and the impact of different market structures on firms' behavior. By the end of the course, you will be able to understand introductory microeconomic theory, solve basic microeconomic problems, and use these techniques to think about a number of policy questions relevant to the operation of the real economy.
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Course Name: Issues in Contemporary Chinese Society
Course Description:
China's transition to a market economy and return to the global community have huge impacts over the lives of its people, as well as the rest of the world. While covering other fields such as anthropology, political science, gender studies and urban studies, this course mostly employs a sociological perspective to examine issues in contemporary Chinese society. Topics examined include not only these well-known aspects of Chinese society such as collectivism and family-centered culture, but also internet culture, the emerging civil society, ongoing sexual revolution, and increasing social polarization that are more likely associated with the enormous social change over the past three decades. Students will be asked to critically and creatively think about change and continuity in contemporary China in relation to the dynamic and complex interaction of local factors and global forces.
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Course Name: Globalization and Urbanization: China's Urban Transformation and What It Means for the World 
Course Description:
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 transitions that took place in China in the past one and half centuries, which led to the countrys current condition. 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, Chinas international relationships, religions and secret societies, the transformation of gender role and family relationship, changes in economic policies, as well as trends in literatures and popular cultures. Through the study of an 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 a wide range of 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, the course mainly covers two parts: the part of tradition and the part of modernity, and tries to build a link between the two through comparison and connection. It starts from a general introduction to some basics of China, with a highlight on the brief depiction of China’s history, and is followed by the elaborations on several important topics of China’s tradition and culture. In the part of modernity, it focuses on china’s political structure and its main function, and a series of social, economic and environmental issues of concern in the process of China’s urbanization, with both general discussion and specific case study.
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Course Name: Cross-Cultural Communication
Course Description:
The course introduces basics of cross-cultural communication, including main theories of culture. The course lays out the effect of language, nonverbal language and cultural identity on communication. How people adjust in different cultures, their acculturation stages and strategy will be discussed. Based on these knowledge, the practice how to communicate effectively and appropriately between Chinese and foreigners are discussed, such as Sino-USA people, Sino-German, Sino-Japanese etc. This course will include case studies, games, role plays and movie watching. 
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Course Name: Comparative Studies of Eastern and Western Theatre Cultures
Course Description:
Taking this course, students will have opportunities to watch the fantastic performance of traditional Chinese drama (Peking Opera, Kun Opera or Yue Opera) at downtown theatre as well as watching videos of Greek tragedies, Indian dramas and western modern plays (some western plays are shown in the style of traditional Chinese drama). After finishing this course, students would have a good understanding of the similarities and differences between Chinese and western drama, and acquire a special perspective to look at the intercultural communication between China and the rest of the world. 
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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.
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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. 
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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. 
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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.

Accommodation Cost
* Please be aware that Global China Program is a short-term program. The accommodation fee shown on the above web page is paid by fixed semester dates according to school calendar (which is longer than the dates for GCP). Students may also choose to pay for accommodation by actual staying dates but the price per night will be higher depending on the stay period. For more details please consult International Students Office.

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.


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.  Application form for GCP program 
2.  Copy of High School or College Graduation Certificate and College Transcript
3.  Proof of your English proficiency for non-native speakers
4.  Copy of Passport

Application Procedure
1.     You may come to the Global Education Center (GEC) to apply if you are in Shanghai or mail all the above application documents to the GEC if you cannot come in person. You may also apply online at lxsapply.ecnu.edu.cn.
2.     Pay the application fee.
3.     The GEC will notify you via email and send you the Admission Notice and Visa Application Form if you are accepted.
4.     Come to ECNU on registration days and pay the tuition and housing fee.
5.     Enjoy your fantastic new semester in Shanghai.

Application Deadline
For Spring Semesters, please apply before Dec. 31.
For Fall Semesters, please apply before June 30.

Mailing Address
Room 269, Physics Building, Global Education Center, East China Normal University
Zip code: 200062
Tel: +86-21-62235672
Fax: +86-21-62238352
E-mail: lxs@ecnu.edu.cn


English-taught Programs

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Room 253 International Students Office, Physics Building,
East China Normal University, 3663 North Zhongshan Road, Shanghai, China
+86-21-62232013 +86-21-62238353

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