Program Details (LBAT China)

Shanghai & Qingdao May 8 - July 12, 2020

9 weeks earns 12 credits!

  • Faculty-led intensive Chinese language program in Shanghai.
  • May 8 and July 12 are travel days.
  • Check in at hotel Saturday May 9, campus tour Sunday May 10, start classes Monday May 11.

Academic Program:

Shanghai Segment (first 6 weeks): Three third-year Chinese courses in Shanghai:

  • CHIN 3691: Chinese Current Events
  • CHIN 3692: Business Chinese
  • CHIN 3693: Conversation Practicum: Spoken Chinese (continues in Qingdao)
  • One-to-one tutorials

Shanghai is the business capital of China, and also a cultural center. Cultural Site visits and activities include Shanghai Museum, Yu Yuan Imperial Garden, Oriental Pearl Tower/Shanghai Center, Peking Opera Show, Acrobat Show, Qibao town, and/or Zhujiajiao town (may vary each year). Business Site visits to Shanghai Volkswagen, Bao Steel Company (Baogang), Shanghai International Financial Center, Shanghai Expo (may vary each year)

We will have cultural classes in Taijiquan, calligraphy, and Chinese painting, as well as group dinners twice a week. 

Qingdao Segment (last 3 weeks): Two Courses

  • CHIN 3813: Living in Chia
  • CHIN 3693: Conversation Practicum: Spoken Chinese (continued from Shanghai)
  • One to one tutorials (continued from Shanghai)

Qingdao is a city also marked by architectural and cultural reminders of the imperial German occupation including the famous brewery. Currently Qingdao is part of the China-South Korea-Japan economic nexus. The city has been widely recognized as an exemplar in environmental preservation. Students will find Qingdao, with its manageable size and fewer foreigners, is an easier and more intimate place to establish connections with local people. Qingdao’s economy, with important foci in shipping, fisheries, industry, tourism, offers a diverse milieu for students to gain an appreciation of the complexities of development/sustainability issues in contemporary China.

Fieldtrips include Qingdao (Tsingtao) Beer Museum, Hai'er Company, Hisense Company, Laoshan Taoist Mountain, German Governor’s Mansion & Cathedral, China Navy Museum, Jiaozhouwan Cross-Sea Bridge (the world's longest), Pichaiyuan folk culture complex and Badaguan Huashi Villa (may vary by the year).


  • The Program Fee is $5450, pending approval.  Fee includes $250 non-refundable application fee, housing, classroom, tutoring, group dinners, cultural and business site visits, group transportation, cultural classes; tickets (air or train) from Shanghai to Qingdao, health insurance, one textbook (you bring the other)

  • Payment Schedule:
    • Application Fee $250 when applying
    • February 15, 2020: Due 1/2 of remaining Program Charge ($2600) [may pay entire Program Fee on February 15 if desired, please inform]
    • March 15, 2020: Due 1/2 of remaining Program Charge ($2600)
    • Your student account will be automatically assessed these fees on the specified dates.
  • Program Fee does not include: Application fee, 12 credit hours tuition, international airline tickets, visa, technology fee, independent ground transportation (including your departure from Qingdao at end of program to facilitate flexibility with post-program travel plans), independent meals

Program Directors:

Stateside Coordination

  • Dr. Paul Foster 傅老师

Onsite in Shanghai & Qingdao

  • Dr. Jin Liu 刘老师
  • Mr. Chao Li 李老师

Host Institution:

  • Our Host institution is Shanghai Jiaotong University 上海交通大學, a top engineering university in China. Its excellent central Shanghai location is very convenient to many activities. We typically have a campus tour and a fun interaction opportunities with local SJTU students.

Mandatory Orientation Meetings:

  • Orientation Session 1 (Getting Ready to Go): Thursday, February 20. 4:30-6:30pm; Loc: Swann TBD
  • Orientation Session 2 (The Details): Thursday, March 27. 4:30-6:30pm; Loc: Swann TBD
  • OIE Orientation (this is also mandatory, in addition to the two sessions above)

Planning Your Trip: Read China LBAT alumni Student Debriefings: LBAT in Students' Own Words!

Make sure you have or are getting a passport ASAP, and it must have at least 6 months validity after the day you arrive in China!