Housing and Meals

While in Shanghai, the group will stay at the Tohee International Student Village, across the street from the north gate of Fudan University (in the Wujiaochang neighborhood of Shanghai). The Tohee International Student Village is a modern facility with air-conditioning/heat, private bathrooms, public common use spaces, refrigerators, and telephone and wireless internet connection. Laundry machines are available. Students will be housed in singles within a shared suite. There is also a convenience store located in the ground floor of the dormitory.

Meals are included in the program fee, and students will receive stipends for meals. There are a number of student cafeterias located near the foreign students dormitory; the Wujiaochang neighborhood surrounding the Handan campus also hosts a number of restaurants and stores catering to Fudan university students. The Wujiaochang neighborhood also has a number of internationally-known stores and restaurants, including Walmart, McDonalds, and Kentucky Fried Chicken. There are many buses and subways which connect the Fudan campus to the wider Shanghai metropolitan area.

Program Highlights

beijing11 - 2012The program will begin in Davidson in late August with several days of orientation. The group will then leave together for Shanghai from Davidson. See the Davidson study-abroad website for more details.

Group excursions include:

  • Beijing: the capital of China, with many historical sites including the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, and the Summer Palace.
  • Xi’an: one of the odest cities in China, it is the starting point of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army
  • Suzhou – the “Venice of China,” home to many famous gardens, and the historical center of the silk industry
  • Nanjing – the “southern capital,” the historical capital for many Chinese dynasties, including the Republic of China

(Subject to changes based on the needs of the program and the conditions at the sites.)

2016 Courses of Study

Non-language courses in the program will be taught by Davidson College and Fudan University faculty. We anticipate that the content courses will emphasize contemporary Chinese society and culture, including interdisciplinary topics such as environmental studies. Language courses will be designed to dovetail with the Davidson Chinese language curriculum so that students can move seamlessly between courses here and courses in China.

Davidson students enrolled in the Shanghai program will receive four course credits:

  • CHI 265: Modern Chinese Society and Culture. In addition to the course requirements, students will be required to maintain a field journal, with weekly contributions that will be published on a website. This course will also be informed by the travel experiences included in the program.
  • CHI 360: Issues in Chinese Society (UG credit). This will be a course offered by the faculty from the School of Social Development and Public Policy (taught in English). We anticipate that this class will be “The Chinese Marketplace,” a course on the impact of globalization on China taught by an anthropologist.
  • CHI X01 (level-dependent; graded): A Chinese language instructor will use Davidson College Chinese language curriculum to teach Chinese (10 hours/week); this will be set up under the guidance of the head of the Davidson Chinese Department.
  • CHI 405: Shanghai in Chinese Literature, Film, Pop Culture and Everyday Life (graded credit). As part of the course, there will be organized excursions to the famous historical sites in Shanghai. Students who have taken Chinese 405 before may repeat the course for credit.
  • CHI 395/396: (optional) Independent Study. For students who are more advanced, they can work with the resident director to conduct fieldwork on a particular subject. By permission of the director.