Arizona in Shanghai - Summer

Arizona in Shanghai - Summer
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SummerFebruary 25Early JuneEarly JulyBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • Chinese, English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • Yes
  • Class Eligibility
  • Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

***Arizona in Shanghai will not be running for Summer 2018. Please contact for further information.***

Explore exciting Shanghai and earn 6 credits of UA Chinese language credit! Students on this program will get a full immersion experience including working with a peer language tutor to get the most out of their Chinese language learning.


Tentative Program Dates: June 1 - July 15, 2017

In this age of globalization, studying abroad is not just about language and/or culture learning. It is also about linking classroom learning with community living and making meaningful connections with the local people. Therefore, we designed the following components to help students take full advantage of the immersion experience while in Shanghai!

  1. Language practicum: In addition to 5 credits for a language course, students will participate in guided weekly language practicum every Friday and earn one credit. These activities are designed not only for students to use Mandarin outside the classroom (e.g., in the parks, the restaurants, the subway station, the local high school, etc.). Moreover, through these activities, students will be able to use Mandarin to experience the local ways of life in the bustling city of Shanghai.
  2. Peer language tutor: Each student in the program will be paired up with a peer language tutor who is a Chinese college student. These peer language tutors will meet with our students routinely every week to help practice Mandarin. Hopefully, they will also become someone of your age that you can socialize with to gain insights into the Chinese youth language and culture.


CHN 101: Elementary Chinese I, or equivalent

Courses Offered:

CHN 102: Elementary Chinese II

CHN 201: Intermediate Chinese I

CHN 202: Intermediate Chinese II

Advanced Chinese - subject to enrollment

*other levels depending on demand, courses offered subject to minimum enrollment



Wenhao Diao, PhD

Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies
(520) 621-0106

Wenhao Diao is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies and an affiliated faculty member in the interdisciplinary graduate program of Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona.


Shanghai is the largest Chinese city by population and the largest city proper by population in the world. It is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities, with a population of more than 24 million as of 2013. It is a global financial center, and a transport hub with the world's busiest container port. Located in the Yangtze River Delta in East China, Shanghai sits at the mouth of the Yangtze in the middle portion of the Chinese coast. The municipality borders the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the north, south and west, and is bounded to the east by the East China Sea.

Shanghai is a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yu Garden as well as the extensive Lujiazui skyline and major museums including the Shanghai Museum and the China Art Museum. It has been described as the "showpiece" of the booming economy of mainland China.

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Scholarship Information

In addition to scholarship found in our Resource section on the study abroad website, please also consider the following:

Confucius Institute Scholarships (details TBD).

Freeman Asia (, a scholarship specific for students going to Asia

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