CIEE China: Accelerated Chinese Language in Shanghai

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

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

The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2019
See other program dates


CIEE China: Accelerated Chinese Language in Shanghai is offered during the fall, spring and academic year to students with at least four semesters of Mandarin Chinese to develop advanced 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. Though CIEE offers beginning tracks, Columbia students are required to take the advanced language track.


Though CIEE offers courses in English, Columbia College and General Studies students are required to take all courses in Chinese. Based at East China Normal University, course selections are dependent upon the students initial Chinese level. 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. Students are HIGHLY encouraged to choose either option one or two and live with a Chinese national. Living in a homestay or a dorm with a Chinese roommate will 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:
Language Requirement:
4 semesters of language, or equivalent (Intermediate sequence)
Asia and the Pacific
Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 1, 2019
Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 1, 2019
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019