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UVA in Shanghai: Chinese Language & Internship
Shanghai, China (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 15-FEB-2018 ** Rolling Admission 24-MAY-2018 15-AUG-2018
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 1.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Language Requirement:
3000 level
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: University dormitory Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: Chinese, English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Ryan Hathaway
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Asian Studies, Chinese, Cultural Studies, Internship
Program Description:

UVA and East China Normal University (ECNU) are partnering to provide students the valuable opportunity to couple coursework with professional work experience in the dynamic metropolis of Shanghai over the course of 12 weeks during the summer term. Students will develop their existing Chinese language skills and have the opportunity to apply these skills and understanding while completing a ten-week internship with a local employer in Shanghai. Depending on students’ professional interests, internship placements may be made in the business and/or non-governmental/charity sectors. During their internships, students will be prompted to reflect upon their lived experiences working across cultures in the particular setting of China and will cultivate their intercultural skills, attitudes, and understanding in the process. This program represents the newest incarnation of a long-standing relationship between UVA and ECNU.


Embracing both tradition and modernity, Shanghai is a dynamic and exciting city. Located at the mouth of the Yangtze River, it is one of the largest port cities in Asia. A thriving commercial city, Shanghai offers plenty for people, Chinese and Westerners alike, to enjoy.

East China Normal University, a nationally renowned university under the direct auspices of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, is one of the earliest-established universities in China as well as one of the most prestigious universities in the country. 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.


Classroom activity

Program Highlights
This program is open to students who will have completed the 3000-level of Chinese language, with professional interests in business and/or non-governmental organizations. This longer-term summer program will give students the opportunity to develop their Chinese language skills to function in a professional setting and to undergo the culturally immersive experience of interning with a Chinese organization.

Students will live in an international student residence hall on the Zhongbei Campus of ECNU. Details about dormitory facilities can be found at the Accommodation page on ECNU's website. There are several dining halls and two restaurants on campus. Visiting international students can use their campus card (which also functions as a meal card) to eat at every dining hall on campus. International students also have access to various sport facilities including basketball, soccer, ping pong and badminton.


Course Information
The program length is 12 weeks and will provide students a total of 6 direct UVA credits. In the first two weeks, students will study advanced Chinese language. Over the final 10 weeks, students will engage in a 30-35 hour internship, one hour of one-on-one session per day with an instructor, and meet once a week on the ECNU campus to study Chinese culture and society.

CHIN 5559 Chinese in the Professional World (pre-requisite: CHIN 3020 Pre-Advanced Chinese)
CHIN 3460 Chinese Culture and Society

2018 Summer: Chinese Language & Internship Itinerary

Probable fields for internships include:

  • Business Development
  • Finance
  • Consulting
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Sports & Entertainment
  • Non-profits
  • Media
  • And many more



The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page.

Accessibility Statement
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.

Passport and Visa Information
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will need a visa to participate in this program. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process. All participants will receive instructions about visa applications and timelines upon acceptance.


View from The Bund

Hsin-hsin Liang ( is an Associate Professor of Chinese and serves as the Executive Director of both this program and the long-running UVA in Shanghai Chinese Language Program, which will operate concurrently at ECNU.
Charles Laughlin ( is the Ellen Bayard Weedon Professor of East Asian Studies and will serve as the on-site director while teaching the Chinese Culture and Society course.