Why study abroad in Shanghai? Shanghai offers faculty the chance to open a window into a culture that is rich in both history and taste for all things modern and Western. It's no wonder China is growing in popularity among a list of less traditional study abroad options for college students today. To answer the question further, we've invited our esteemed Campus Director and Academic Dean for Shanghai, Dr. Yanfeng Li, to share his thoughts with you.
Dr. Li: CEA's Shanghai Global Campus is hosted on the campus of East China Normal University (ECNU) in near central Shanghai, close to business and commercial areas. Students can easily explore the city and obtain internship opportunities. ECNU is nationally well-known, often rated among the top three universities in Shanghai, and its language teacher training program is one of the largest in China.
CEA's Global Campus facility includes offices, a computer lab, library and classrooms, and the space is being renovated to make use of up-to-date technology.
Chinese language instructors and area studies faculty will be recruited from ECNU and other nearby institutions. Faculty training workshops will be organized jointly and regularly to make the most of professional, cross cultural opportunities for sharing best practices.
Chinese language classes at the Global Campus will be small with usually less than eight students. Students have their choice of courses – they may elect to take all Chinese language classes, or all area studies courses taught in English, or a combination of the two. Students taking Chinese language courses also will have access to additional one-on-one tutoring after class.
Area studies feature ample opportunity for excursions, site visits and on-site case studies. CEA also will arrange overnight trips outside of Shanghai.
CEA works with the University of New Haven to provide and carry out strict academic policies. Our strategic relationship with UNH helps ensure CEA students receive a high-quality education comparable to their home schools.
Shanghai is the leader of China’s urbanization and also is one of the most influential global cities in the world. The World EXPO is coming to Shanghai from May through October 2010, which further makes Shanghai a very unique place to study abroad, as students will be able to see both the world’s latest technology and the international culture that accompanies visiting nations and tourists.
Dr. Li received his MA and Ph.D. in Chinese Literature from the University of Hawaii. His professional experience includes teaching Chinese language at the University of Pennsylvania for four years and directing CIEE Shanghai Center's Chinese language and Advanced Chinese Studies Programs for nearly five years.
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