Intensive Chinese Language & Culture

Location: Shanghai, China - Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences


June 21 - August 2, 2014
*Depart USA on June 21
VU pre-departure orientation:  April 16, 2014


Study and live in the heart of one of the most dynamic, growing, exciting cities in the world: Shanghai!

The Intensive Chinese Language and Culture program is a six-week, six-credit intensive Mandarin Chinese language and culture summer program, sponsored by Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. This program is strongly recommended by the Chinese Program of the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies at Villanova University.

This program offers an opportunity for all students, at any Chinese language levels, to explore the Chinese language, culture, literature, history, art, theatre, business, society, and Chinese lifestyle.

Prior to departure, students will have an orientation, led by the Faculty Program Coordinator, Dr. Hailin Zhou. Upon departure, students will participate in a 4-week, 8--hour intensive language program at Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and a 2-week cultural immersion in Mainland China.

Course Offerings

This program requires students to take two courses. During the 4-week intensive language program, all students enroll in one Chinese course. This course is determined based on previous Chinese-language experience and the on-site language placement exam. All students also take the required Chinese cultural course for three credits. Students earn a total of 6-9 credits, depending on the level of the Chinese course which they take during the 4-week intensive program.

CHI 1111 Basic Chinese I - 6 credits
Functional use of Chinese for students with no prior knowledge of Chinese. New pronunciation system, PINYIN, readings and oral drills.

CHI 1112 Basic Chinese II - 6 credits
Intensive practice in conversation and composition with emphasis on developing advanced Spanish language skills. Prerequisite: CHI 1111 or equivalent.

CHI 1121 Intermediate Chinese I - 5 credits
Review of Grammar and vocabulary. New pronunciation system, PINYIN, reading and oral drills.Prerequisite: CHI 1112 or equivalent.

CHI 1122 Intermediate Chinese II - 5 credits
Review of Grammar and vocabulary. New pronunciation system, PINYIN, reading and oral drills.Prerequisite: CHI 1121 or equivalent.

CHI 1131 or 1132 Advanced Chinese I & 2 - 3 credits each
Advanced communication skills including reading and discussing topics on current events.
Prerequisite: CHI 1122 or equivalent.

CHI 2143 Chinese Culture - 3 credits
An interdisciplinary approach to Chinese culture & society. This course will include lessons in calligraphy, history, religion, culture, and will culminate with a final capstone paper immediately following the two week cultural tour.

Additional Academic Requirements

No language requirement. Courses are offered at all levels, and can be used towards VU A&S core language, and VSB International Business co-major/minor requirements, as well as the Global Interdisciplinary Studies major or Chinese minor requirements.

China Cultural Tour & Excursions

The two-week tour following the academic program starts from Shanghai and proceeds to Shandong Province. Guided tour includes Confucius Temple, Mount Tai, and Qingdao (famous beach & brewery). The tour concludes in Beijing with iconic cultural sites including the Forbidden City, Beijing Summer Palace, and a walk on the Great Wall of China.

Faculty Coordinator

image of shanghai city

Dr. Hailin Zhou
Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies
College of Arts & Sciences 
Geary Hall, 39B

Payment Information

Applications are due no later than March 10, 2014; the non-refundable commitment fee of $450 is due upon receipt of acceptance letter. Final payment due prior to the departure of program.

Total: $5,900
Includes tuition, housing during program and excursions, orientation, receptions, transfers, and visa. Meals and airfare not included. Dr. Zhou will work with students to arrange an optional, highly encouraged, group flight.


Students will live on the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences campus for the first 2 weeks of the program. At the end of these first 2 weeks, students will transfer to the campus of Jiao Tong University where academic coursework will continue for the remainder of the stay in Shanghai. Students will live on Jiao Tong Campus during this time. Meals are not included in the cost of the program. Students can choose to purchase meals at the university cafeteria or dine off campus where there is a wide range of inexpensive cafes, restaurants, dumpling & noodle shops, and buffet options.

2013 Itinerary

April 12, 2013: Program Orientation at Villanova University

June 21: Departure from USA

June 22: Arrival in Shanghai

June 23 - July 22: Intensive Chinese Program

July 24 - August 2:
Cultural Cultural Immersion Tour

August 2: Depart Beijing for USA