Program Details: East China Normal University

Is this program for me?

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.

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Host University Website  (Global Curriculum Program)

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East China Normal University (ECNU) is located in Shanghai and is considered a leading University in China for higher education.  The University is situated just outside of the city center of Shanghai near Jinshajiang metro station.  Students have easy access into the city center and will also enjoy a very scenic campus environment.

Cultural Information

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




2017-2018 Estimated Budget

How will I pay for this?

Financial Aid FAQ's

The cost of any study abroad program depends to a large extent on the participant's personal spending habits and lifestyle.

A PIC Partnership Grant is available ($500 each) 2 available per year for this program.

Any student studying abroad for a semester is automatically considered for the Study Abroad Semester Grand, click here for the grant guidelines

Visa Information

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.



Housing and Meals

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.

For more information, please click here.

Program Dates


Summer: See China Summer School Faculty-Led Program

Fall: September - December (15 weeks)

Winter: February - June  (15 weeks)

Academic Year: September - June




What courses can I take at ECNU? 

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.

ECNU Courses: a list of available courses and course descriptions in the Global Curriculum Program.

How will the courses I take at ECNU transfer back to my GVSU transcript?

If the course you wish to take at ECNU appears on the Existing Course Equivalencies list, then the GVSU course equivalent has already been issued.
If the course you wish to take at ECNU does not appear on the existing course equivalencies list, you will need to secure course approval.  

Note: This is not a complete list of course options offered at this partner institution. Please click the ECNU Courses link above for a complete list of course options at ECNU. 


ECNU Guides

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

ECNU Application Process

Step 1 - Students must apply and be accepted into the GVSU OASIS application system.

Step 2 - The Padnos International Center will provide all applicants with application instructions after the OASIS priority deadline.

Step 3 - Students must complete all required application materials for East China Normal University.

Step 4 - Students receive admission into the program and are provided with additional pre-arrival instructions.


ECNU Forms:

Exchange Student Application

Dorm Reservation form



Campus Information

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.

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.


Travel Information

Students will fly into Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport.

Provided students arrive on one of the specified days and complete any required forms, ECNU will greet students at the airport and help them get to campus. ECNU will let students know directly about this service.