Chinese Language Immersion: Shanghai

Travel Dates:

Arrive to Shanghai May 21st
Begin classes May 22nd
End classes June 28th
Depart Shanghai June 29th

Orientation meetings in Spring 2017: TBA

Mandatory Health and Safety Meeting

Please attend one of the following times/days:

April 6th during x-period 1:40 pm to 2:30 pm
Student Center Room 223/224
April 13th 4 pm to 5 pm
Burdick Hall Room (Signs will be posted)

More information about ECNU can be found at

Learn Chinese Language and Culture firsthand in China at one of the leading universities for teaching Chinese as a Second Language! 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. Each UCA student will be paired with a local ECNU student as culture and language partners.

UCA Course Credit: Earn 6 credit hours, transferable to UCA.

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 Patricia Smith.  HONC 3310: Honors Seminar


 I’ve studied Chinese for a long time–four years in high school, two years in college–so I’ve seen a lot of different Chinese classes come and go. By far the most impressive Chinese classes I’ve ever seen were the ones I took at ECNU. Maybe it’s not fair to compare them to my experience in America–obviously, learning Chinese in China is way different. Nevertheless, I found ECNU’s classes more challenging, instructive, and rewarding than almost any other classes I’ve ever taken. I learned as much in five weeks as I might learn in a typical semester-long Chinese course in America, so I can only imagine what a semester at ECNU would be like. Shanghai itself was brilliant. The public transportation was convenient and cheap, the city was never lacking for things to do, and most importantly, there was a ton of great food.

-UCA in Shanghai Language Immersion participant 2016


Cost: Shanghai Program Cost 2017

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.

Yuyuan Garden in Huangpu District

Yuyuan Garden in Huangpu District photo by Emily Av.

I want to start off by saying that I fell in love with [Shanghai] and that it was the best experience of my life… For me, Shanghai was a lot of first times: First time riding a subway, first time going to a nightclub, first time leaving the country, first time being a minority (which was an eyeopening experience for me), among countless other first times. A good way to describe a day in Shanghai was like rolling dice, the city is so random that almost anything could happen. You could roll a good number and make a new friend that could introduce more of the city to you, or you could roll a bad number and the taxi driver could take a little more money from you without you noticing. But if you’re really lucky, you could roll and “Win Big” by seeing some truly unique sights and experiences that no one else has the opportunity to witness. If you are wanting to travel to Shanghai be sure to bring a gambler’s spirit with you, if you really put yourself out there and explore everything there is to explore in that big city the winnings you get back will last you a lifetime.

-UCA Shanghai Language Immersion participant 2016.

Assisting Faculty Member


UCA students at the Great Wall of China, 2012.

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

How do I apply?

Complete the online study abroad application, found on the tab above labeled “Apply Now” then follow the instructions provided. You must make an appointment to submit your completed application to the Office of Study Abroad.

Email the Office of Study Abroad to schedule a meeting with a peer advisor to learn more!
Want to take language courses before you travel?
UCA Community Language School

To express interest in a language class or to be added to the database/distribution list call 501-450-3168.