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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Language of Instruction: Chinese (Mandarin), English
Minimum GPA: 2.50 Field of Study: Asian Studies, Chinese, Economics, Humanities, International Business, International Studies, Social Sciences, Sociology
Housing Options: Residence Hall Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: SDSU Exchange SDSU Office: 1-Study Abroad (ISC)
Program Description:
East China Normal University

University Profile
The nationally renowned East China Normal University (ECNU) was founded in 1951 and is a key university under the direct auspices of the China Ministry of Education with more than 30,000 students including nearly 5,000 international students from all over the world. As a comprehensive university, ECNU offers a wide range of programs both long-term and short-term for degree seeking and non-degree students. The university is one of the eight State Bases for Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. It has long been reputed as "Garden University" for its beautiful campuses.

Located in Shanghai, ECNU consists of two campuses, North Zhongshan Road (Zhongbei) Campus and Minhang Campus, which are located in Putuo District and Minhang District respectively. Most international students live and study at the Zhongbei Campus, which is about a 20 minute drive to central Shanghai. Public transportation is very convenient for both campuses.

See the following Video of ECNU or a visual overview of the campus.
Academic Notes
Exchange students have the option to participate in two programs, the Global Curriculum Program and/or the Chinese Language Program. For more information on the two programs, refer to the
Curriculum guide - GCP and CLP.pdf.

The Global Curriculum Program provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn about China through academic and cultural immersion. This program is open to current college students who wish to study in China for one semester (15 weeks). The program consists of two parts: a Chinese language course and China Studies content courses in various disciplines that are conducted in English. NOTE: an additional fee of RMB 800 (about $130) is charged for taking English-taught courses in addition to Chinese language.

The Chinese Language Program offers intensive language classes fit for students who aim to improve their knowledge of Chinese. The program can be taken for one or more semesters. Classes stress the equal importance of listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese in order to lay a solid foundation for students on the basis of practicality. Classes meet Monday through Friday for 20 class hours a week (45min/class hour).

NOTE: Students wishing to apply to ECNU for a full academic year have the option of taking one semester of the Global Curriculum Program and one semester of the Chinese Language Program or two semesters of the Chinese Language Program.

Language students will take a placement test in the beginning of each semester and be placed in a class level accordingly. In case the class level is not the most suitable one, student can apply to change levels within the first week of semester.

Attendance Policy: students are not allowed to take the final examination if they are absent for more than one-third of the total class hours, thus being unable to receive transcripts and certificate of graduation.
Language Notes
Students with a high proficiency of Chinese language (HSK level 4 or above) can take courses from the regular curriculum as determine by ECNU, all other students take courses from the Global Curriculum Program and/or Chinese Language Program, which include a selection of classes taught in English as well as different levels of Chinese language.
Program Dates
Global Curriculum Program (GCP)

Fall Semester: early September to mid-December 
Spring Semester: mid-February to late June

Chinese Language Program
Fall Semester: early September to mid-January
Spring Semester: mid-February to June/July
Housing and Meals
*Update as of 12/11/2017: On-campus accommodations are not currently provided in the International Exchange Service Center and the International Student Residence Hall on the Zhongbei campus. ECNU will be in contact directly with students regarding options.

Students may choose to live off campus, near the university. The cost ranges between 1200 - 3000 Chinese RMB per month, depending on the different facilities, conditions, and services offered.

Insurance Requirement
All SDSU students are required by the Chancellor's office to be enrolled in the CSU Foreign Traveler Insurance Program (CSU FTIP) for their program abroad. The insurance charge which will appear on the student's account services billing. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure. For more information on costs, refer to the website.

You must have a valid passport to participate on an exchange program. Your passport must be valid for the duration of the program and for at least 6 months past the program end date to be eligible to receive a student visa. If you hold a passport from a country other than the U.S., be sure to understand what you will need for entry pertaining to your citizenship at the time of participation.

An X1 or X2 Chinese student visa is required for all exchange students to study in China. An overview of the process is on the ECNU website.  You apply for your visa through your local consulate office using the official admissions letter from ECNU and the visa application form (JW202 or JW201). ECNU will send you a visa form as well.  Make sure to check the details of your local consulate (for example, the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles) for a complete list of required documents. 
East China Normal University
For more information about the general entry/exit requirements for China, visit the Department of State website.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/20/2019 03/15/2019 TBA TBA