China: East China Normal University

China is home to one fifth of the world’s population, and has the world’s oldest uninterrupted cultures. 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. East China Normal University (ECNU) is located in Shanghai and 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, and self-reliance. While there are some 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.

2.5 GPA Required
No Language
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Program Dates and Application Deadline

Winter 2019

Estimated Program Dates: February 2019 - July 2019
Application Deadline: September 10, 2018

Fall 2019

Estimated Program Dates: September 2019 - December 2019
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019 (Opens August 1, 2018)

Academic Year 2019

Estimated Program Dates: September 2019 - July 2020
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019 (Opens August 1, 2018)





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.

Course Options Use this button to search all available course options and descriptions.

Pre-Approved Courses Note: This course list indicates courses that have been previously approved. It is not a list of available courses on this program.

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

Students interested in satisfying general education courses abroad can find more information on our General Education page.


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

Cost and Scholarships


Cost Breakdown


STUDY ABROAD SEMESTER GRANT: The average study abroad semester grant award is $500 per semester. Students who complete an online study abroad application by the designated priority deadline, have a 2.5 GPA and a FAFSA on file, may be eligible for a study abroad grant ranging from $500-$2,500/semester.  Due to limited funding, not all eligible students will receive a grant.

PARTNERSHIP GRANT:  The Padnos International Center will be providing (2) $500 Partnership grants for students spending a semester or year at this partner.  If more than two applicants apply for this program, decisions on awards will be made based on the strength of a students application and financial need.  Students may be eligible for more than $500, but two applicants will receive a minimum of $500 in grant assistance.  Decisions on awards will be made following the deadline for applications.

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

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

Already Applied

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.

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

Global China Program (Spring -description, course options, overview)

Global China Program (Fall - description, course options, overview)

Pre-departure information

Academic Calendar

2017 Fact Sheet

NEW 2017 Fact Sheet

Rules and Regulations

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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