Intensive Chinese Language & Culture

Location: Shanghai, China - Shanghai Jiao Tong University

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, eight or nine credit intensive Mandarin Chinese language and culture summer program, sponsored by one of the top universities in China: Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 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 2-week cultural immersion in Mainland China, and return to Shanghai to begin the  4-week, 8--hour intensive language program at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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 Chinese 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 and 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.

Students will live in double rooms close to the Jiao Tong campus for the duration of the stay in Shanghai. Daily meals are not included in the cost of the program, though some meals will be included during tours and excursions. 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. During the cultural tour through China, students will stay in hotels and will generally have breakfast included. 

China Cultural Tour & Excursions

Itinerary is subject to change

The 11-day cultural tour starts from Shanghai (one day tour) and proceeds to Beijing where students visit the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, and the Great Wall of China. Following Beijing, the group will travel to Xi’an, the ancient capital and home of Terracotta Warrior Museum, where visits will be made to  Mt. Hua, Dayan Pagoda, and the City Wall. A final dinner in Xi’an will conclude the tour. The program then departs Xi'an on an overnight train back to Shanghai.   



June 28 - August 5, 2018
*Depart USA on June 27

2018 Itinerary

  • June 27: Departure from USA
  • June 28 - July 1: Shandong Province Tour
  • July 1-2: Beijing Tour
  • July 7 - August 5: Intensive Chinese Program at Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • August 5: Program concludes, depart Shanghai for USA

*Please note program itinerary is subject to change


2017 Program Fee: $6,550

For a detailed breakdown of the expenses, click here

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.

Upon acceptance, student will have 2-weeks to submit a $450 non-refundable commitment fee. Program balance is invoiced directly to the VU student account during the first week of April, with final balance due May 1.

Students interested in financing should first review the OEA Scholarship page. Should there be a need to secure additional funding through loans, Villanova University students should contact the Office of Financial Assistance.

Students with a Federal Pell grant should consider applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship!

Villanova University has the right to make cancellations, substitutions, or changes in case of emergency or changed conditions, or in the interest of the program.

Chinese Language and Culture at Villanova

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Program Snapshot

  • Program Duration: 6-weeks Long
  • Credits: 8-9
  • Program Fee: $6,850)

Faculty Coordinator

image of shanghai city

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