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Davidson College - China
Shanghai, China (Outgoing )
Program Terms: Fall
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Fees and other costs (click on the term -->) Fall
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Language of Instruction:
Chinese, English
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Class Eligibility: 02-Sophomore, 03 - Junior, 04 - Senior
Program Description:

Program Overview
The Davidson in Shanghai program provides an opportunity for Davidson College students to study at Fudan University (one of the oldest and most prestigious of Chinese universities). Content courses in contemporary Chinese studies are offered by Davidson and Fudan faculty, and language instruction is provided by Shanghai-based professionally-trained teachers of Chinese as a foreign language.  Professor Vivian Shen, a member of the Davidson College Chinese Studies Department, will serve as Resident Director in 2016.

Non-language courses in the program will be taught by Davidson College and Fudan University faculty. We anticipate that the content courses will emphasize contemporary Chinese society, culture, politics, cinema, literature, popular culture, history, etc. Language courses will be designed to dovetail with the Davidson Chinese language curriculum so that students can move seamlessly between courses here and courses in China.

Davidson students enrolled in the Shanghai program will receive four course credits. They will all take four of the following courses:
  • CHI 265: Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture. Class includes some excursions to famous sites in China.
  • CHI 360: Issues in Chinese Society. Offered by the Fudan University School of Social Development and Public Policy. Taught in English. P/F credit.
  • CHI X01 (level-dependent):  Based on the Davidson Chinese language curriculum.
  • CHI 405: Shanghai in Chinese Literature, Film, Pop Culture and Everyday Life. As part of the course, there will be organized excursions to the famous historical sites in Shanghai. Students who have taken Chinese 405 before may repeat the course for credit.
  • CHI 395/396: (Optional) Independent Study. By permission of the director.
Unless marked P/F, all courses taken at Fudan will be graded.

Program Highlights
The program will begin in Davidson in late August with several days of orientation. The group will then leave together for Shanghai from Davidson.
  • Campus housing, with many opportunities to interact with Chinese and other foreign students, as well as faculty
  • Study-tours to Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai and other nearby sites
  • Independent study research opportunities, with permission of instructor
  • Easy public transportation to other parts of Shanghai
Group excursions:
  • Beijing - the capital of China, with many historical sites including the Forbidden City and the Great Wall
  • Xi'an - one of the oldest cities in China, it is the starting point of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army
  • Suzhou – the “Venice of China,” home to many famous gardens, and the historical center of the silk industry
  • Nanjing – the “southern capital,” the historical capital for many Chinese dynasties, including the Republic of China
  • Shanghai - the "Paris of the Orient," with famous historical sites as the Bund, Chenghuangmiao, Nanjing Road, Huaihai Road, etc. and places like the Shanghai Museum.
Group excursions are subject to changes based on the needs of the program and the conditions at the sites.

Housing and Meals
While in Shanghai, the group will stay at the Tohee International Student Village across the street from the north gate of Fudan University (in the Wujiaochang neighborhood of Shanghai). The Tohee International Student Village is a modern facility with air-conditioning/heat, private bathrooms, public common use spaces, refrigerators, and telephone and wireless internet connection. Laundry machines are available in the suites. Students will be housed in singles within a suite for three people. There is also a convenience store located in the ground floor of the dormitory.

Meals are included in the program fee, and students will receive stipends for meals. There are a number of student cafeterias located near the foreign students dormitory; the Wujiaochang neighborhood surrounding the Handan campus also hosts a number of restaurants and stores catering to Fudan university students. The Wujiaochang neighborhood also has a number of internationally-known stores and restaurants. There are many buses and subways which connect the Fudan campus to the wider Shanghai metropolitan area.

Admission Requirements
Open to all Davidson students who are in good standing in all areas. For academics, ‘good standing’ is defined in this case as having a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher (exceptions may be made in certain circumstances). Programs are open to non-Davidson applicants, space-permitting. Previous study of Mandarin Chinese is recommended, but not required. Priority will be given to students with a demonstrated interest or previous coursework in China or East Asia.

Contact Information
Program Director, Davidson in China
Professor Fuji Lozada
Phone:  704-894-2035

Resident Director, Fall 2016
Professor Vivian Shen
Phone: 704-894-2026

Visa Warning:  Passports must be surrendered as part of the visa application process. Since it may take up to 90 days to receive a visa and have your passport returned to you, participating in consecutive study abroad programs in different countries, particularly between summer and fall, may be problematic or impossible.

Davidson College and consulate staffers cannot guarantee that a visa will be granted by a foreign government in any circumstance or in any time frame. International students should schedule a consultation with International Student Advisor, Bea Cornett, to discuss their visa status.

Davidson College reserves the right to cancel or modify part or all of a study abroad program should changing circumstances make it necessary to do so. In cases where the college has security concerns, the program director and the Dean Rusk Program Director will gather information and make a recommendation to the Dean of Faculty. The dean will take a decision to the president, who retains ultimate authority to decide whether or not a particular Davidson-sponsored trip should proceed.

Davidson admits qualified students without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, handicap, gender, or sexual preference.

What did you personally gain from study abroad?
I gained a great deal of confidence and joy because I felt like a vivacious person living in an equally dynamic international city. The city matched my spirit and attitude. Finally, since I had never studied abroad, the value is utterly unquantifiable. Everyone should study abroad because it helps you to better understand your own values and passions at home.
     — Fall, 2012 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2016 02/01/2016 02/15/2016 08/23/2016 12/15/2016

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