Chinese Business Language & Culture at Fudan University
At a glance
This unique summer program offers students hands-on experience in business and marketing research in Shanghai, China. Shanghai is not only one of the world's key financial centers, it is also China’s major urban metropolis, and the hub of China’s business, cultural, educational, and entertainment worlds. Fudan University, one of China’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning, has specially designed this six-week program for Binghamton University students. The curriculum joins participants with local students and is organized to prepare students to understand business in China. The course covers topics such as Business Chinese, Hot Spots in the Chinese Economy, Chinese Business Strategies, and Business Case Studies, all to be taught in Chinese.
Estimate of Costs
While students will have ample contact hours in the classroom, the centerpiece of the program will involve on-site, hands-on experience in off-campus businesses and real-life marketing research. This will allow students to employ both their Chinese language skills and their classroom-acquired knowledge of Chinese business and marketing to conduct interviews, collect data, and write research reports, which will be presented to the class at the end of the program.
**Language Requirement: Students must have completed at least one year of college level Chinese language instruction, or the equivalent. An overall 2.75 grade point average is required as well as a 2.75 average in Chinese language courses. **
This program is open to both Binghamton students and other SUNY students.
Fudan University is comprised of seventeen colleges, offering numerous undergraduate degrees, 209 Master’s degrees, and 157 doctoral degrees. It is also home to the International Cultural Exchange School (ICES), with an established reputation as one of China’s premier programs for learning Chinese as a second language. Each year, approximately 1,300 students from countries around the globe attend ICES, which is renowned for its experienced instructors and sound pedagogical practices. Participants from Binghamton and other SUNY schools will be placed in ICES' classes in the middle of its spring semester.
Chinese Business Language and Culture
Students will take four units of Chinese language and business culture, which will count collectively as one Binghamton course. The average grades of these four units will constitute the grade for CHIN 351. Students will be placed in different Chinese language classes according to their Chinese language proficiency, and will take the class with students from other universities. The Chinese language classes are typically offered in the morning and the business culture classes in the afternoon.
***For students who are native Chinese speakers only*** In lieu of taking the Chinese Business Language and Culture, native speakers can request to take Teaching Practicum (AAAS 491). Under the supervision of a faculty member from Asian and Asian American Studies Department, students enrolled in this course will perform the role of an assistant in the Chinese language class. They will learn pedagogy and practice teaching skills while helping the main instructor of the language course in class activities, assessment, and teaching material design. A separate interview process with Professor Chenqing Song will be conducted for students who wish to enroll in this course. For any questions, please contact Professor Song at email@example.com.
Internship: Business Theory and Practice
In addition to the Chinese Business Culture coursework, students will spend one day each week gaining hands-on experience at off-campus companies and government organizations located in the greater Shanghai metropolitan area. Students will spend several hours in on-campus class time structured planning for these activities.
Students will receive 8 credits upon completion of the program: 4 credits for Chinese Business Culture coursework (CHIN 351) (OR Teaching Practicum (AAAS 491)) and 4 credits for the Internship (CHIN 395). Credits can be used toward fulfillment of the Chinese Major/Minor.
The program starts late May and ends in early July.
Excursions and Student Support
Organized sightseeing includes outings such as a Huangpu River excursion, museum visits, shows, etc. The International Cultural Exchanges School (ICES) at Fudan University also arranges an orientation with a campus tour and welcome banquet, and a graduation ceremony at the culmination of the program. The staff at the foreign student dormitory and at ICES are available to assist students with questions and concerns.
Students will stay in a hotel nearby Fudan University arranged by the program. The hotel rooms are typically air-conditioned and have the internet service.
Here is the tentative program itinerary from summer 2017: 2017 Itinerary_.pdf
*an updated itinerary for summer 2018 will replace this as soon as it is available. We expect many aspects of the itinerary to remain the same.
Fudan Summer 2017.pdf
*Costs for 2018 will be uploaded as soon as they are available. Costs should not change dramatically from the previous year.
Financial Aid: Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The amount of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive is of an individual nature. All students should print out the above estimate of costs sheet, bring it to the Financial Aid office, and consult with a counselor there about what the implications of this cost would be for them individually. The Binghamton Financial Aid Services Office is able to consider only the application of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study.
Scholarships: students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for:
Myers Family Scholarship ($1,500)
Dr. Israel J. Rosefsky Language and Culture Scholarship ($2,000)
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship ($3,000)
Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas Scholarship (between $1,000 and $3,000)
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When a student commits to an education abroad program in their Terra Dotta online program application, the Office of International Programs (IEGI) mirrors the Binghamton University Student Accounts refund policy for tuition, tuition differentials, and all program fees.
Professor Chenqing Song is the Faculty Director for the Chinese Business Language & Culture Program at Fudan University. She can be reached at LSG 619, 607-777-3864 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to take the Teaching Practicum course at the program, you must consult with Professor Song prior to creating an application.
To apply, students will need to complete an online application form, write a study statement indicating their purpose for selecting this program, and submit a language proficiency report, one academic reference, and transcripts of all college-level work. Students who have not taken Chinese language classes at Binghamton but are proficient in the language will be required to be interviewed by Professor Song as part of the application process. Students also must complete the Fudan Supplemental Application which is attached to the online application. Please note that the language proficiency report and the academic reference must be from different professors.