ECNU Global China Program
Spring 2017 February 13 - May 26
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. 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 5,000 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—Chinese Language course and Content courses on China Studies and other fields which will be conducted in English.
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.
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. Students may take up to four courses (including one Chinese language course). Please note that a course might be cancelled if the minimum enrollment is not reached.
Classes are held from Monday to Friday.
Course Name: China's Macroeconomic Impact
Since 1978 when China initiated economic reforms and opening up policies, the Chinese economy has been one of the fastest growing economies. China is now the world's second biggest economy and second biggest exporter. What are the impacts of China's rise on the global economy? What will other countries react to China's economic emerge? This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge of what has happened to China and its impact on global economy in the last three decades. The course will offer in-depth discussion of Chinese macroeconomic development, industrial structure, trade pattern, economic imbalance, and its impact on the rest of the world economy, particularly on Asia, the US, and Africa.
Course Name: International Marketing (China Focus)
The course assesses the parameters of marketing strategy and success in the context of prevailing Chinese cultural norms and expectations in a rapidly developing consumer culture wherein social mobility, rapid change, technological sophistication and the growing incursion of foreign mass media and popular culture are the conditions of the day. The course lays out the underlying cultural logic that informs management and considers how these matters impact product development strategies, market research, and approaches to customer and public relations. Likewise, the course examines marketing questions with reference to common product, price, place, and promotion strategies in China. This course will include case studies from successful Western firms in China such as Apple and KFC and Asian firms like Toyota, Haier andAlibaba.
Politics & International relations
Course Name: Introduction to Chinese Government, Politics and Policy
This is an introductory course on contemporary Chinese politics, government and public policy for international students. This course examines China from a variety of perspectives to enlighten our understanding of China today. All through the course, we will try to tackle the following questions: To what extent did the communist/revolutionary legacy affect reform-era politics and policy in China? Why has China been able to achieve such significant economic growth in the past three decades? Will economic liberalization inevitably lead China onto a political path predicted by modernization theory? On the international arena, is China really an emerging superpower or is it a developing country facing significant internal challenges that preclude its continued rise?
Course Name: International Affairs: Focus on China
The purpose of this course to cultivate student’s capacity to understand China’s dramatically changing roles in the international affairs of an increasingly interconnected international arena. The course examines China’s world status and international relations ideology during the imperial period. It then reviews China’s unique worldview and foreign policies during the communist period. The bulk of course material focuses on the implications of China’s domestic economic reform in the early 1980s, and the political developments that engendered these reforms, along with China’s evolving roles in world society as well as its relations with major states and regional trading blocks. The last section of the course reviews China’s increasing involvement and participation in international and regional institutions in various policy arenas.
Course Name: Issues in Contemporary Chinese Society
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 guanxi and face, collectivism and family-centered culture, but also the emerging civil society, onging 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.
Course Name: Globalization and Urbanization: China's Urban Transformation and What It Means for the World
This course introduces students to the recent literature on China's immense urban transformation process, spatial restructuring and urban problems it causes. Much of the course focuses on the post-1978 period, which fundamentally differs from the preceding 30 years of state socialism. The topics are mainly divided into three parts. Part 1 is on the process 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 process of urban development in Shanghai. Part 2 is on the spatial restructuring of Chinese cities. We will study the dominant work unit (danwei) compounds in pre-reform era, urban renewal and expansion and the diversified urban landscapes in post-reform era, urban renewal and expansion and the diversified urban landscapes in post-reform era. Part 3 will examine various urban issues emerging with the rapid urbanization, such as the massive migration and assimilation, housing problems, urban inequality and discontent.
Course Name: Cross-cultural Communication
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.
History & Culture
Course Name: Chinese Civilization: An Introduction
This course introduces to students the general Chinese civilization from the neolithic era down to the present. It emphasizes the late imperial period to the contemporary world. The course covers as wide topics as history, philosophy, politics, women’s studies, local society, economy, environment, etc. The goal of the course is to provide students with general knowledge of China’s past and present, but at the same time encourage them to deeply investigate one or two fields that mostly attract them. By exploring such fields, the course anticipates students to understand China’s glory and predicament, which will greatly improve the mutual understandings between Chinese people and foreigners. Students are required to read assigned readings every week and finish writing two papers centered on the topics they choose during the semester. They are expected to participate actively in the course by raising questions, leading discussions, or giving presentations.
Course Name: Modern Chinese History
This course serves as a survey of modern Chinese history. It will guide the students to explore the drastic social, cultural and political transitions occurred in China in the past one and half centuries, which have led to the country's 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, 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 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 varied medium, sources, and perspectives.
Literature and Art
Course Name: Contemporary Chinese Cinema
This course is to look at contemporary Chinese cinema as a visual art and to illustrate the ways in which it has been shaped by Chinese cultural, social and political tradition over the past three decades. Emphasizing on both film contexts and film texts, this course invites students to a broad cinematic analysis. In order to achieve such goals and inspire critical thinking, ten filmmakers and movies in diverse style and subject are carefully selected to cover a range of cultural, cross-cultural, intellectual, social, ethnic, and political issues. Students are required to watch an appointed film before each lecture and bring one or two questions about the film and Chinese culture into the class discussion. The Lecture-Discussion method is applied to provide a better understanding of both the development and pattern of Chinese cinema, and the culture exemplified in those films.
Course Name: Cross-Cultural Comparative Studies on Education
This course features in a dialectic teaching approach in the studies of comparative education. The sessions are facilitated in a multicultural context with the aim of providing a international vision and individualized research platform. The course covers major issues of the academic system of Comparative Education. The initial stage of the course is to orientate students with the basic theories and concepts. The history of the discipline will be researched into at the same time. The second stage of the course is in-depth studies into various key issues of comparative education. The last stage is seminars in dialectic approaches.
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.
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 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.
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 advisors make the final decision whether a particular course may be applied towards the major or elective requirement at the home institution.
Tuition & Fees
Application Fee (Non-Refundable) 400 RMB
Tuition 18000 RMB
* Please be aware that Global China Program is a short-term program. The accommodation fee shown on the above webpage 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.
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, day trips, etc.
ECNU offers non-credit elective extra-curricular courses for personal enrichment such as Chinese Martial Arts, Calligraphy, Chinese songs, Chinese painting to international students every semester. Some of the courses are free and others only charge you a small amount of money. You may register for the elective extra-curricular courses in the International Students Office.
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.
1. Application Form for Global China Program
2. Copy of High School Graduation Certificate and transcript
3. Proof of your English proficiency
1. You may come to the International Student Office to apply if you are in Shanghai or mail all the above application documents to the ISO if you cannot come in person. You may also apply online.（http://lxs.ecnu.edu.cn）
2. Pay the application fee.
3. The International Students Office 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.
For Spring Semesters, please apply before Dec. 31.
For Fall Semesters, please apply before Jul. 31.
Room 253 International Students Office, Physics Building, East China Normal University
Zip code: 200062
Tel: +86-21-62232013 +86-21-62238353