CIEE China: Accelerated Chinese Language in Shanghai

Language of Instruction: Chinese, English
Term: Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Challenge yourself in a Chinese language program in Shanghai for a semester or academic year

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Please note that this program is not currently being reviewed for spring 2021. Please explore the list of spring 2021 programs that UGE is currently reviewing with campus partners and overseas institutions. You should also actively consider back-up options at Columbia. If you are looking for options for fall 2021 or after, applications for this program will be open for those terms later in the fall semester.


CIEE China: Accelerated Chinese Language in Shanghai is offered during the fall, spring and academic year to students looking to develop communicative skills in Mandarin Chinese; understand contemporary economic and political issues affecting China and the affects of China as a rising power in the world today. Students live with a Chinese roommate in the dorms or with a host family.


Based at East China Normal University, course selections are dependent upon the students initial Chinese level, as the program offers beginner, intermediate or advanced language learning. Most students will take two intensive language courses in addition to elective courses in subjects such as:

  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese Studies/Chinese Culture
  • Film Studies
  • International Relations
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology

Independent research options are also available.

Program Features

Students have three housing options: living with a Chinese host family, living in a dorm with a Chinese roommate, living in a dorm with an American roommate. Living in a homestay or a dorm with a Chinese roommate may dramatically increase students exposure to language learning and cultural immersion.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Humanities, Social Sciences
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Study Abroad
Language of Instruction:
Asia and the Pacific
Academic Year, Spring, Fall

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