Chinese Language Immersion Program at ECNU

 Program Description
Learn Mandarin and Chinese culture firsthand in China at one of the leading universities for teaching Chinese as a Second Language! Students pursuing a major or minor in Mandarin Chinese will experience the city of Shanghai, explore nearby cities, learn Chinese Calligraphy and participate in a variety of activities and events taking place on campus at East China Normal University.
 Course Offerings
UCA Course Credit: Earn 6 credit hours, transferable to UCA.

  • CHIN 2320 Intermediate Chinese II
  • CHIN 3303 Advanced Chinese Grammar II
  • CHIN 3300 Advanced Chinese Grammar I

Students must have completed 3 or more credit hours of Chinese prior to enrolling in this program. Approval by Dept. of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, and Cultures required.

Honors College Credit is available with approval from Dr. Patricia Smith.  HONC 3310: Junior Honors Seminar

 Important Dates
Travel Dates to be announced soon. For reference only, here are the 2018 Travel Dates: 

Leave the U.S. on May 24th

Arrive to Shanghai on May 25th, Language Placement Test on that afternoon

Start class on May 28th, last day of class on June 29th

Depart Shanghai on June 30th

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Guo-ou Zhuang, Confucius Director and Associate Professor of Chinese

Dr. Guo-ou Zhuang is currently an associate professor of Chinese and the director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas.

He received his Ph.D in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California and has taught in universities in China and the United States. He specializes in contemporary literary theory, cultural studies, and modern Chinese fiction. He has published articles on postcolonial literary theory, comparative literary studies, and early modern Chinese fiction. He has also published translations of Chinese short stories, Eugene O’Neill’s plays, and contemporary western literary criticism. His latest article “Nostalgia for the Old Versus Wonder at the New: Cultural disenchantment and the temptation of modernity in Nie Hai Hua” was published in Modern Asian Studies by Cambridge University Press. Since 2009 he has been facilitating professor exchanges with Chinese universities and taking students to China for language and culture programs.

Dr. Guo-ou Zhuang • Irby Hall Room 207H • Department of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures


Program Cost
Budget to be announced soon.

For reference only, here is the previous year’s program cost: 2018 Chinese Language Immersion in Shanghai, China.

Cost includes: Accommodations on ECNU’s Campus, Textbooks, Registration Fees, Course Fees / 6 credit hours transfer UCA Chinese Language and Culture, International Emergency Coverage, International Medical Insurance, Chinese Visa (Application assistance, processing and required shipping service fees).

Cost does NOT include: Airfare or international transportation fees, meals (available on campus), and excursions/optional activities.

For information about international insurance coverage: