Study Abroad in CHINA
About the Program
If you want to make rapid gains in Chinese language, this program is for you! Through 20 hours of instruction per week, a 24/7 language pledge, and your homestay with a Chinese family, your language skills will improve faster than ever before in this carefull designed immersive environment.
Shanghai has grown exponentially in the last hundred years—from a colonial trading port to a massive international metropolis with a population of 24 million. Known for its fast-paced industry and cosmopolitan vibe, the city is intricately connected with the global flows of commodities and people. It also represents the enormous environmental, economic, and social challenges that are mirrored across China and around the world. Want to become immersed in a globally-minded population? Shanghai is your city.
- Rapidly improve your Chinese language skills through a rigorous 15 credit course load dedicated solely to language acquisition.
- Build your practical language skills through volunteer opportunities, NGO visits, and a Chinese-only language pledge.
- Live with a host family to promote language immersion and gain an in-depth understanding of Chinese family dynamics and traditions.
- Take your language skills outside of the city and discover the many realities and language inflections that exist in China through a week-long field study trip.
IFSA scholarships are primarily need-based and factor in any additional cost your study abroad program might have over home school tuition. The awards are $500 for summer programs, $1,500 for semester programs and $2,500 for full year programs. These scholarships may apply to any IFSA program, with the exception of our custom programs.
6201 Corporate Drive Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46278
Further information about the IFSA Intensive Chinese Language program in Shanghai specific to Wheaton College students
Wheaton College is committed to providing students with opportunities to broaden their understanding and vision beyond the borders of this campus and this country. We work in collaboration with carefully selected partner institutions around the world to support our students as they prepare to study abroad and while they are overseas. Students must apply to Wheaton's Center for Global Education as well as the institution through which they plan to study abroad. The most up-to-date information can be found on the program provider's website above.
Two previous semesters of Chinese language study are required.
Courses & Credits:
For students whose primary goal is Chinese language acquisition, IFSA offers intensive language instruction in China’s most cosmopolitan city. With a language pledge that requires students to speak only Chinese, plus 20 hours of language instruction per week, students make rapid gains in their language skills—and put them to immediate use while exploring one of China’s most vibrant urban centers. 15 - 18 credit hours are equivalent to 4 Wheaton credits.
Housing & Meals:
Students will live with host families, as this provides students with an excellent opportunity to develop a more intimate understanding of Chinese language and culture. Breakfast and dinner are provided on weekdays by the host family. Students are responsible for lunches and all weekend meals.
Students studying abroad will continue to pay Wheaton tuition. Students are not charged Wheaton room and board, or the Wheaton technology, laundry, or student activities fees while on a study abroad program. Wheaton will, in turn, pay the program for all tuition and academic fees and international insurance. Students will pay housing directly to IFSA. Students will book and pay for their own flights.
Fees billed by Wheaton will be charged to students on their regular Wheaton College student account during regular billing cycles (July/December).
Federal, state, Wheaton need-based and merit scholarships will be applied to these charges for Wheaton-approved programs. Students must consult with the Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) for a comprehensive review of their aid. If a student receives aid beyond the cost of Wheaton tuition, they can request a refund through SFS. This can in turn be used to pay SIT for room and board charges.
Please do your research as housing and meal costs vary greatly from program to program. This Budget Worksheet
can help you estimate the total costs of your program. Refer to the IFSA program website
for an overview of all additional expenses, which may include visas, international cell phones, and discretionary expenses.
For Wheaton specific questions contact:
Center for Global Education
5 Howard Street
Norton, MA 02766-2322