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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 01/27/2021
02/10/2021 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 01/27/2021
02/10/2021 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2022 01/27/2021
02/10/2021 TBA TBA
Spring Mini-App 2022 09/15/2021
09/20/2021 TBA TBA

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Semester program Language of Instruction: Chinese, English
Eligibility: Undergraduate Credits/Typical Courseload: 15
Housing: Dormitory/Residence Program Advisor: Laura Bentley
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Program Description:

Shanghai, China
Shanghai, situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta in East China, is the largest city of the People's Republic of China and the eighth largest in the world. Widely regarded as the citadel of China's modern economy, the city also serves as one of the most important cultural, commercial, financial, industrial and communications centers of China. Shanghai is the third largest financial center in the world, ranking after New York City and London, and the largest commercial city in the Far East. The weather in Shanghai is moderate (annual average temperature is about 15 degrees centigrade) and the seasons are not as distinct as in the North. Shanghai is characterized by a warm spring, hot summer, cool autumn and cold winter.

With well over 1.3 billion citizens, China is the world's most populous country and the third largest country in the world in terms of territory. China is undergoing rapid, profound economic and social change and development. Political power remains centralized in the Chinese Communist Party.

IFSA program at Fudan University
Bentley students will be joining other US and international students as a part of the IFSA's program. This unique opportunity allows students to take Chinese language classes at the Shangai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE) while also opting for an additional elective course taught in English.

This program has more of an Arts/Science focus than the International Business program, also at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. Students will not complete any business classes on this program, but instead will focus on studying Chinese intensively.

Classes will be based at SUFE. All students are required to take a Chinese language course (for 12 or 15 credits per semester). Students taking only 12 credits will complete their course load with an elective in Chinese culture. Students' placement in the Chinese language course will be contingent upon the results of the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK), a national standardized exam for non-native speakers of Chinese.

Accommodations and Meals
One of the distinctive features of this Alliance program is the chance to share a room with a Chinese student studying at Fudan. This offers the opportunity for Alliance students to get to know Chinese students on campus quickly and to engage in language and cultural exchange with their new friends. Chinese roommates are invited to attend many of the IFSA's organized activities.

Students will be housed in the Tonghe International Apartments facility near the university's north gate, and a 10-15 minute walk to classrooms. Each IFSA student will live in comfortable rooms with a Chinese roommate in every apartment. Apartments are furnished and include a kitchen and bathroom as well as bedrooms.

Meals are inexpensive (about $2 per meal). Students should budget $10 per day for meals, which will allow them to eat some meals off campus at local restaurants if desired.

Special Program Features
All program students will participate in a mandatory one-week orientation before classes begin. This will be a prime opportunity to learn about China, its unique traditions, and its approach to higher education. IFSA staff in China will cover important safety information as well as offer guidance regarding academic policies and procedures.

Throughout the semester, students are invited to take part in a full schedule of excursions, events and lectures-all designed to enhance their understanding of China and the historical and modern influences that impact its culture and people. Field Study Trips allow students to gain a greater understanding of Chinese culture, society, and economic development.

This program is currently not accepting applications.