Fudan University International Summer Session 2018 (Jul. 11-Aug. 9) will provide a 4-week course study and cultural experience to students from all over the world. Students will have the opportunity to get to know China, experience Shanghai and be part of the Fudan community. Our students will also participate in the program. This program will help you achieve multicultural understanding, establish a global vision, and get connected with peers from all over the world.

You will find Fudan and Shanghai both wonderful places to learn and enjoy during the summer. Our faculty, staff and students all look forward to welcoming you to Shanghai, the Pearl of the Orient.

Date Day Morning Afternoon Evening
July 11 Wed Registration Registration Ice-breaking
July 12 Thu Placement Test for
Chinese Course*
Opening Ceremony
& Orientation
Dumpling Night
July 13 Fri Content Course Chinese Language
July 14 Fri One-day Tour of Shanghai: Shanghai Museum, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Old City God Temple
July 15 Sun
July 16 Mon Content Courses Content Courses
Chinese Language
PE/Sports Activities
July 17 Tue Huangpu River Cruise
July 18 Wed PE/Taichi
July 19 Thu Chinese Calligraphy
July 20 Fri Chinese Language
Chinese Archery
July 21 Sat Two-day Trip to Hangzhou**
July 22 Sun
July 23 Mon Content Courses Content Courses
Chinese Language
PE/Sports Activities
July 24 Tue Chinese Painting
July 25 Wed PE/Sports Activities
July 26 Thu Acrobatics Show
July 27 Fri Chinese Language
Chinese Archery
July 28 Sat One-day Trip to Tongli**
July 29 Sun
July 30 Mon Content Courses Content Courses
Chinese Language
PE/Sports Activities
July 31 Tue
Aug 1 Wed PE/Sports Activities
Aug 2 Thu PE
Aug 3 Fri Company Visit Chinese Language
Aug 4 Sat
Aug 5 Sun
Aug 6 Mon Content Courses Content Courses
Chinese Language
Aug 7 Tue
Aug 8 Wed
Aug 9 Thu Farewell Party

*The placement test is a must for students who plan to choose the intermediate or advanced Chinese language course. However, beginners taking the elementary Chinese course do not have to take the test.

**The cost for the Tongli trip is around 280 yuan, and the Hangzhou trip 700 yuan. You will pay the tourist agency to join, but the program will pay for the Shanghai Summer School students’ Tongli trip.

Fudan University was established in Shanghai in 1905, first known as “Fudan Public School”. Mr. Ma Xiangbo, the founder, was a renowned educator at the time, who was hoping to strengthen China through education. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, the founding father of China, acted as the director of the board of trustees. Since its establishment, Fudan was regarded as a symbol of China seeking enlightenment from the Western world. In the 112 years since its establishment, Fudan has been distinguished as the leading globally-focused, research driven university in China. This recognition is reflected by the fact that Fudan has consistently been ranked among the top three universities in China and 40th worldwide according to 2018 QS World University Rankings. Nowadays, Fudan continues its pursuit of excellence and commits to powerful research and education.

Fudan is a member of the C9 League, Universitas 21 and Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU). It is composed of four campuses: Handan, Fenglin, Zhangjiang, and Jiangwan. Fudan has 17 schools, 69 departments, 70 undergraduate degree programs, 243 master degree programs, 35 disciplines and 154 sub-disciplines authorized to confer PhD degrees. Fudan enrolls over 29,800 full-time students, including over 3,000 international students. Fudan has a high-level research faculty of over 2,700 full-time teachers and researchers, 42 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and 133 professors of Changjiang Scholars Program.

I will definitely recommend them to come here because I believe it is a once-in-a-life opportunity to get to know the Chinese culture with your international friends. Actually there are people from all over the world living with you and discovering this super-rich-culture country. And we have very good professors also from all over the world. It’s very interesting.
RANA LIU Canada, 2017
To sum up the Fudan International Summer Session in one word, it is amazing. It was really crazy. It’s one-month really intensive courses and the professors are extremely well-trained. I am someone who is interested in management and arts, it was also a great opportunity for me to go out in Shanghai to explore the city.
I chose Fudan Summer Session sort of out of curiosity. To be honest, I have never really had a course on China in university so I am definitely not a China expert. The only thing I knew was from the news. Fudan offers a wide range of courses from all kinds of disciplines that you can choose, also language courses and sports courses. The summer session just seemed like a perfect opportunity to get some insights into how living in this country actually is and what the people are like.
I feel that I have been beyond fulfilled of this because it has gone far beyond my expectations in terms of exposures to the language and the culture. I think anybody that comes here should step out of their major and make progress to take something that will give them new perspectives on China. Even more it is the people I have met in this program. The most striking thing to me about the program is how friendly the international students are.
It’s been a really interesting experience being in Fudan University. The instructors’ English is very good. I was not certain what to expect but I was not at all disappointed. I took 2 Chinese history courses. Honestly, they were really helpful in my understanding of Chinese history and culture. I feel like I really have a much better grasp now than I first came.
I like the International Trade course because it is very theoretic and the way the course is taught is very standard just like in Canada. I also take the Cultural Resource course. That one is much more open because it’s more artistic and creative and we did a lot of field trips to learn more about Shanghai, infrastructure, culture, history and the Shanghai resources, the brand of the city. So in that case the course is very different and diverse. So it is standard to certain degree but it is also more creative.
IP CHUN SING Hong Kong, 2016
My favorite course is Topics in Development Economics because the professor always stimulated us to think more. He asked some critical questions so that we can learn more about the economy. Meanwhile we can train our critical thinking. I think it is very important for university students to learn how to think critically. This course has really stimulated my interest towards economy.
The lectures were deep and insightful. It offered a good analysis and discussion on the Chinese economy and society, packed in two month. It is invaluable especially when all the lectures and economics concepts are applied specially to the Chinese context with cases, including the company visits.
* Comment about the Lecture Series on Chinese Economy and Society.
POOLE RACHEL ANNE Australia, 2015
The Fudan summer program has been a fantastic experience. I feel that I will leave Shanghai knowing a lot more about China than I did when I arrived! The diverse activities we have participated in, including tai chi, acrobatic show, visits to Hangzhou and Tongli and many others have enriched the experience. I also learned a lot about the Chinese business environment and modern economy through my courses.
I really enjoyed this summer program!! Not only did I get to study in one of the most prestigious universities in China for a whole summer, but I also got to meet a lot of international friends who have the same interests as me. I learned about Shanghai and how beautiful it is and have had such a great time in the extra-curricular activities, such as the acrobat show and making jiaozi. This really is an experience I will never forget!
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