China: Chinese Language and Culture in Shanghai with ECNU

China is home to one fifth of the world’s population, and has the world’s oldest uninterrupted culture. It’s breathtaking landscape, ancient history, vibrant culture, and rich traditions make it an ideal place to study. China is transforming economically and technologically in incredible ways that will impact the future of our global society. Established in 1951, East China Normal University (ECNU) is located just outside the Shanghai city center. ECNU is considered a leading University in China for higher education.

ECNU hosts numerous international students each year and welcomes exchange students from GVSU into the Global Curriculum Program. This program requires that students accept a high level of independence, self-reliance, and flexibility. While there are basic support services available through this program, participants should not expect to receive the same level and types of support they are accustomed to at home. This program is ideal for students who are seeking a full immersion into a highly regarded Chinese university. Courses are available in English. Additionally, students can also take Chinese language courses.

East China Normal University homepage

Global Education Center Website

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Program Dates and Application Deadline

Fall 2021

Estimated Program Dates: September 2021 - December 2021
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021 (Closed)

Academic Year 2021 (Fall 2021-Winter 2022)

Estimated Program Dates: September 2021 - June 2022
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021 (Closed)

Winter 2022

Estimated Program Dates: February 2022 - June 2022
Application Deadline: September 10, 2021 (Closed)

Academic Year 2022 (Fall 2022-Winter 2023)

Program Dates: September 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

Fall 2022

Estimated Program Dates: August 2022 - December 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

Winter 2023

Program Dates: February 15, 2023 - June 30, 2023
Application Deadline: September 1, 2022





ECNU offers a limited selection of courses taught in English, focusing on Chinese culture and society through the Global Curriculum Program. Additionally, students can take courses in Chinese language. Here is an overview of the various program options available to students (and any additional costs).

For a list of ALL available courses and course descriptions, visit: 

Course Options 


Pre-approved Courses: Other GVSU students have studied abroad at this partner institution. The button below will take you to a list of GVSU equivalencies they have received. PLEASE  NOTE: This list indicates courses that have been previously approved. This is NOT a list of all available courses on this program.

Pre-Approved Courses 

Students registering for courses that have NOT been pre-approved will need to follow the course approval instructions: Course Approval Process 

For information on fulfilling general education courses abroad, visit: General Education 


Standard Chinese Language Program

Include 20 class hours per week (1 class hour - 45 minutes). Classes will take place Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 11:45 am. Language classes are fit for students who aim to improve their knowledge of Chinese and Chinese language skills. The classes emphasize the equal importance of listening, speaking, reading, and writing Chinese in order to lay a solid foundation for students on the basis of practicality.

Global China Program

This program offers 9 class hours per week in Chinese language, and 4 class hours per week in English for 15 weeks. ECNU's Global China Program provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn about China through academic and cultural immersion during one semester. The program consists of two parts - Chinese language course and Content courses on China studies and other fields which will be conducted in English. Link to program website




There are three international student dorms on Zhongshan Rd. Campus. Students can apply to live on campus through the International Students Office or the International Exchange Service Center. Students can choose to eat at one of the several canteens on-campus. There are no meal plans available, so students will pay out-of-pocket for meals.

Housing Options

Dormitory Regulations

Cost and Scholarships


Tuition & Registration (paid to GVSU) : $7,633

  • GV Tuition, 12-15 credits ($7,120)
  • IS 380 registration fee ($336)
  • Health Insurance CHUBB ($160)
    • Estimated cost based on 120 days ($1.33/day). Actual cost may vary and will be based on your exact travel dates. Policy details

Other expenses (estimated): $5,210 - $6,460

  • Airfare  ($1,300)
  • Housing  ($1,250 - $2,500)
  • Meals  ($1,000)
  • Passport/visa ($285)
  • Books & supplies  ($100)
  • Personal expenses ($1,275)

Total Estimated Cost (per semester): $12,826 - 14,076

NOTE: "Other Expenses" listed above are general cost estimates. Due to COVID-19, costs may increase for basic goods and housing. These estimates are provided as a guide to help students in their planning, but they are subject to change.

Cost Breakdown

The cost breakdown above assumes students will participate in either the Global China Program or the Standard Chinese Language Program. Students who select other options may incur additional fees.


PARTNERSHIP GRANT:  **NEW  *** up to (4) $2,000 SCHOLARSHIPS *** for this program in 2020-2021! Students are automatically considered when they apply to the program. Decisions will be made following the deadline for application. Questions? Contact or 616-331-3898

PADNOS SCHOLARSHIP:  (Up to $15,000): The Barbara H. Padnos International Scholars program provides scholarships for year long study abroad programs (Students must study abroad for 2 semesters or more). The average scholarship ranges from $5,000-$15,000. APPLY NOW

Seidman College of Business Scholarship: offers a study abroad scholarship for SCB majors who wish to participate in a qualified study abroad or international internship program.  Awards are based on program costs and financial need.  Apply online using GVSU MyScholarships:

Fred A. Bell Business Scholarship:  This scholarship provides financial support and recognition to business students who study in a foreign country. The scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate business majors, including minors. With support from this scholarship, students can prepare for a global workplace, and position themselves for success in a world that is more diverse, complex, and interdependent. APPLY NOW

Additional Scholarships


Open to all majors: 

Students must be degree seeking and have attended at least one semester at GVSU.

2.5 GPA required. 

This program is available for undergraduate studies only.

Additional Information

Host University Website


When studying abroad, it is important to learn about the culture of your host country.

For information on music, food, language, news & more, view Cultural Information

Campus Info / Campus Life

Shanghai is one of the world’s largest cosmopolitan cities. Home to more than 24 million residents, this city is a major global financial center with one of the largest ports in the world. While the hustle and bustle of the city life can feel overwhelming at times, ECNU’s Zhongshan Rd. campus will offer a nice contrast with a park-like atmosphere, many international students, and a very pedestrian friendly urban campus. Many students live on the Zhongshan Rd. campus. There are multiple cafeterias for eating, a nearby grocery store, convenience stores, and easy access to the metro.

ECNU's semester is 15 weeks in duration.

Transportation and Getting to Campus

Campus Map

Student Activities

On-Campus Canteens (cafeterias)

Students will be close to the Global Harbor Mall which has a wide selection of goods for your daily needs.

Google Map

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Visa Requirements

Students will be required to secure a visa for study in China. Students can get detailed information from the Chinese Consulate in Chicago. Students can find more information in our student visa guide. Please note that the appropriate consulate or embassy must be consulted for the most up-to-date visa information.

ECNU Visa Q and A

Arrival Information

ECNU will arrange to meet students at the airport on a specific day and time. The airport greeting is usually during a period of time the weekend prior to the start of orientation. Students can obtain information on the exact arrival date and time from ECNU after they are accepted. Students who choose to arrive at a time other than the scheduled airport greeting can make their own way to the ECNU campus.

Transportation and Getting to Campus

CDC Report

CDC Report

US State Department Information

US State Department Country Information (China)

US State Department - Students Abroad

US Embassy in China

Overseas Security Advisor Council (OSAC) - Crime and Safety Report


Application Timeline

Pre-Departure Information

Academic Calendar

Safety and Security

Resources for Emergency Situations

Health and Safety Resources

Reporting an Incident

PIC Emergency Procedures

Contact Information

Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall

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