Program Overview

The China in a Global Context program is designed to provide you with a deeper understanding of China as it emerges to take a more influential role in world affairs. You will be introduced to the language, colonial history, foreign policy, political development, and social issues that have either impeded or given rise to modern China. Language classes and related language clinics and tutoring sessions are taught in Mandarin Chinese, and area studies courses are taught in English.

Students will take 4-5 courses at CIEE Global Institute in Shanghai on the East China Normal University campus, including 2 East Asian Studies courses and another 2-3 electives that can include English or Chinese electives, a Chinese language course, an Organizational Internship, or an independent research.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: CIEE: China in a Global Context

Additional requirements

  • Coursework in Chinese studies (history, sociology, economics, political science, language, or literature) is recommended.
  • Students taking a Chinese language course will take an on-site placement exam and be registered in the appropriate language level based on their results.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Application process

If you are interested in applying to a CIEE program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

Selection for the program is based on a review of the your written application, recommendation, transcript(s), and completion of the interview process. Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by CIEE.

IMPORTANT: Application for a CIEE program involves two parts:

  • Completion of the GEO application process.
  • Completion of the CIEE application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the CIEE deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Dates and Deadlines

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult CIEE.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20204/1/2020Late August Mid-December
Academic Year2020-214/1/2020Late AugustEarly June
Spring Semester202110/1/2020Late FebruaryEarly June

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