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East China Normal University Exchange

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Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Shanghai, China




In good standing; Completed 1 year of college-level Chinese

Application Due:


Program Cost:

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Program Announcement

As of the fall 2012 semester, this program will be put on hold until the student exchange balance between the UI and ECNU has been rectified. If interested in any activity on this exchange, please schedule an appointment with the program advisor by calling the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353.


The University of Iowa's Chinese Department has approved a student exchange with East China Normal University in Shanghai, China. Students may enroll in ECNU's international language program and study Mandarin Chinese in one of China's most dynamic destinations. Study alongside other international students while exploring the unique international flavor of Chinese culture in Shanghai.


The ECNU Exchange is an intensive language program. Students will take four hours of language classes a day, Monday through Friday. Classes include intensive reading, spoken Chinese, listening comprehension, among others.

Visits to sites of interest and cultural activities will be organized throughout the semester. Students will not receive any credit for supplemental electives like calligraphy or tai chi.

Though the ECNU exchange is strictly a language program, check with our office for information regarding an independent internship in Shanghai or other programs that may contain internship opportunities.


The fall semester usually runs from September to January. The spring semester runs from February through July. Check with Study Abroad for specific start and end dates and application deadlines.

East China Normal University

Established in 1951, East China Normal University (ECNU) is one of China’s key institutions of higher learning and the first to specialize in teacher education. ECNU is nationally known for its Chinese language and literature program, and the University enrolls more than 21,000 full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on its two campuses, along with some 2,700 international students, mostly from Korea and Japan.


Shanghai is one of the largest and most international cities in the entire world. It has been a major shipping port and economic hub for more than a century. The cultural influx and trade has created an intensely cosmopolitan flavor that permeates the city. Though traditional Chinese culture has largely been eroded in the downtown area, pockets of old world culture still remain. Intrepid travelers will find them in no time if they have the patience to hunt.

Shanghai has remained at the forefront of China's economic growth. Businesses by the thousands have set up shop and used this city as a base to enter the Chinese market. With so many businesses involved, it was only a matter of time before Shanghai became a primary destination for business students interested in the Chinese business world.


China, officially known as the People's Republic of China, is the second largest country in the world by land area. Its 1.3 billion citizens live mostly near the eastern seaboard. China has grown and evolved for over 5000 years and due to its growing economic power, is set to be one of the world’s superpowers during the 21st century.

Travel Arrangements

Students are expected to plan their own itineraries and purchase their own airplane tickets. Study Abroad will provide support with these issues as well as the ECNU application and Chinese visa.


This program is open to all students with an interest in Chinese language. Students will want to have completed at least one year of college level Chinese or two years of conversational Chinese before applying for this program. Students should check with the appropriate study abroad advisor before applying to this exchange due to outstanding exchange imbalances between the two cooperating institutions.


Since this program is an official exchange between the UI and ECNU, students will pay one semester's worth of resident or non-resident tuition and fees, plus the equivalent of one semester at Mayflower dormitory. Students are responsible for their plane ticket, food, and personal expenses. A total of two scholarships worth $3000 apiece will be provided to the first two students that apply to the program. These scholarships can be renewed if students plan to stay at ECNU for the academic year.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Between confirmation and 45 days before program start date $500
Between 44 and 30 days before the program start date $1000
Between 29 and 15 days before the program start date $2000
Less than 14 days before the program start date 100% of Study Abroad Administrative Fees ($400)
100% of UI Tuition and Fees

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

How to Apply

This program is currently suspended due to an exchange imbalance. Until the imbalance has been rectified, we cannot accept applications for the ECNU exchange.

Information on preparation will be provided to participants at a later date. Continue checking back for updates.

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343