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WU in Shanghai (in affiliation with Fudan University)
Shanghai, China (Outgoing Program)
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Fall 2018 02/01/2018
Rolling Admission 08/24/2018 12/15/2018
Fall 2019 02/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.

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Program Adviser:
Carrie Canham
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Scholarship Opportunities:
Freeman-Asia, WU in Shanghai Semester Scholarship, WU in Shanghai Summer + Fall
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WU in Shanghai
in affiliation with Fudan University
China ShangaiPhoto Courtesy: Sun Joo Lee  
  Building on long-standing strengths in East Asian Studies, Chinese language instruction and strong faculty ties with Fudan University, the Washington University in Shanghai program offers a unique curriculum that allows students to focus on contemporary issues in China while making significant advances in Chinese language proficiency. In partnership with Fudan University’s School for Social Development and Public Policy and School of Public Health and Center for American Studies, the Semester in Shanghai program offers courses in English that focus on contemporary health practices in China, China’s economic history and US-China relations, all within the context of modern Shanghai.

WU in Shanghai 2018 Handbook  

Fudan University Website

Eligibility: 3.0 GPA; Previous study of Chinese language or prior coursework in Asian Studies is recommended. Sophomore, junior or senior standing.  Global MedPrep Scholars applicants must complete an interview process.

Program Dates:
Term Dates Application Deadline
Fall late August - mid December February 1

  Areas of Study:

East Asian Studies
International & Area Studies
Medical Humanities
Political Science

Students earn 15 credit hours per semester, including 5 credits for the semester language course, 3 credits for each content course, and 1 credit for the CLP. Because of the heavy demands of Chinese language study, overloading is not encouraged.

WU in Shanghai Program
Each student will enroll in a Chinese language course at the appropriate level (5 credits) as well as three content courses (3 credits each) taught in English, and a one-credit Chinese Language Practicum (CLP). As part of the CLP, one of the content courses will incorporate key concepts and vocabulary introduced in the language classes to reinforce the Chinese language acquisition. Each student will undertake an independent investigation, whereby the student identifies, travels to, writes and reports on a compelling component of Chinese culture and society.  In place of one content course, students may enroll in a 3-credit internship and seminar course.

Recent content course offerings at Fudan include:
East Asian Studies
  •     The Chinese Marketplace: Globalization and Local Transformations (3 credits)
  •     China-U.S. Relations and the Rise of Asia (3 credits)
  •     Religion in China (3 credits)
  •     Political Economy in China
  •     History of Shanghai (3 credits)
  •     Chinese Metropolis: Shanghai in Comparative Perspective (3 credits)
  •     Chinese Film (3 credits)
Health & Society
  •     Health and Culture in China (3 credits)
  •     Chinese Culture and Society (3 credits)
  •     Topics in Health and Community (1 credits)
  •     Global Sourcing and Supply Chain Management in China (3 credits)
  •     Practicing Business in China Internship seminar (3 credits)
  •     International Marketing (3 credits)
  •     The Chinese Marketplace: Globalization and Local Transformations (3 credits)
  The pre-application process for the Fall 2019 Global MedPrep Scholars Program is now open. Students interested in the program must first complete the pre-application form (available here: before starting on the main application on this site which will be available starting on November 1, 2018.

Please visit the MedPrep website (
) for specific information regarding the curriculum and coursework.
  Shanghai, China
A famous Chinese writer of the 1930s once called Shanghai “a heaven built on hell” to describe the city’s unparalleled wealth and decadent lifestyle. Paradoxically, Shanghai was also the birth place of Chinese Communist Party. A city once divided by foreign powers in different concessions from late 19th to early 20th century, Shanghai was the epitome of Western imperialism in China. During World War II, Shanghai provided a safe haven for thousands of migrants and refugees, including some 20,000 Jews, escaping persecution, transforming Shanghai into a multicultural city. Now Shanghai is a global city, a fashion center, and the financial hub of China. The complexity of Shanghai’s history and culture makes it one of the most intriguing cities in the world.

  Housing: Students are housed in a university-style dormitory adjacent to the Fudan campus.

Language Partners: To support the language acquisition, students pledge to only speak Chinese, especially in academic settings. Each student will be paired with a Chinese college student as a Language Partner.

Cultural Enrichment Activities/ Field Trips: To foster deeper cultural understanding, a variety of excursions and activities will be offered to complement students’ coursework and provide an opportunity for closer engagement with Chinese culture. We will balance the rich cultural offerings in Shanghai with exposure to China’s diverse social, environmental and ethnic landscapes. Excursions may include trips to Beijing to see the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Summer Palace, and Temple of Heaven. There will also be one visit to a rural region of ethnic minority.  The program will also include visits to other culturally significant locations.

On-Site Support: Washington University on-site faculty will participate in instruction and oversight of the program.
  Internships & Field Experiences:
Gaining practical experience in Shanghai related to your academic study can be a valuable component of your time in Shanghai. Internship placements are based on student skills, interest and local organization needs. Students submit an internship application, including a 2-paragraph statement of interest and a current resume. Applicants may do one or more phone interviews before being offered a position.  Placements are throughout the city of Shanghai and may require up to an hour commute each way; students should expect to build in travel time into their daily schedule.

Tasks assigned are based on the needs of the host organization. Many companies in Shanghai are growing so quickly, they might assign their interns to tasks that well exceed entry-level requirements.

WU in Shanghai Summer + Fall Scholarships available to student studying consecutively for both summer and fall semesters on the WU in Shanghai and WU Summer Chinese Language Institute in Shanghai programs. 

WU in Shanghai Semester Scholarships available to students studying a fall semester on the WU in Shanghai program.

Email the appropriate Overseas Programs Coordinator, visit us during our walk-in hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-5958 to schedule an appointment.

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