Global Bachelors Shanghai Semester

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Global Bachelor's students who choose Shanghai spend the spring semester of their sophomore year at Fudan University, one of the most prestigious universities in China. In addition to the 3-credit core course, ECON 2180, students will choose four or five 2 or 3-credit elective courses taught in English in disciplines such as political science, economics, business, management, history and sociology. Before arrival in Shanghai, students must have taken a minimum of one introductory economics course. All students are encouraged (but not required) to take Chinese language courses before or during the Shanghai semester. The GW Confucius Institute offers Introductory and Advanced Chinese language training which can substitute, or complement, GW Chinese language courses.


After arrival in Shanghai, Professor Steven Suranovic will accompany students on an exploration of the city including visits to sites of historical and cultural significance. Students will visit museums, markets, and public spaces and learn about the differences between Western and Chinese societies. During the semester, students will meet GW alumni, go on company site visits, attend lunches with invited speakers, and thereby develop connections with the Chinese community. Numerous group dinners will introduce students to the wonders of Chinese cuisine.


Students will also travel with Professor Suranovic to the Chinese capital Beijing, to visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and other notable sites. Another trip is taken to the ancient capital city of Hangzhou to visit the much-beloved West Lake and an historic Buddhist temple. Expenses for both trips are covered by the program.


The Shanghai Global Bachelor's on-site staff includes a dedicated Resident Advisor who lives along with the students in shared apartments in central Shanghai.. The RA provides advice for adjusting to life on campus including assistance with registration, health and medical issues, connecting with Chinese students, and announcements of relevant campus events.