Syracuse in Shanghai

For students in Mainland China who are not able to make it to Syracuse for the spring 2021 semester, we are pleased to offer the Syracuse in Shanghai program option.

In-Person Program dates: February 27 – June 12, 2021

Through this U.S.-style higher education program, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Study and live alongside other first-year Syracuse University students.
  • Complete in-person and online courses that will count towards your academic degree.
  • Participate in a comprehensive one-day orientation
  • Join local study tours and activities to help you build connections with Syracuse University students and alumni.
  • Engage with Syracuse University students and faculty on main campus via virtual events and a peer mentorship program.
  • Spend the semester in a limited risk environment with COVID-19 protocols in place.
  • Meet and socialize with hundreds of other Chinese students from other U.S. universities who are participating in similar programs in Shanghai.

The Syracuse in Shanghai program will be offered in partnership with the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), with which Syracuse University has a strong relationship. CIEE is one of the largest study abroad providers in the world and has a long-standing presence in Shanghai at East China Normal University (ECNU)All program details are contingent upon enrollment numbers and subject to change based on public health guidance issued by officials in China in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Program Restrictions

The following restrictions are in place for this program. Students who are not eligible for admission on this program will be withdrawn and will need to pursue an alternate program option available to them. This program is open for undergraduate students only.

  • Architecture – Closed to all levels of students.
  • Whitman School of Management – Open to First-Year students only. Continuing students are not eligible.

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Program Dates and Deadlines

Deadline to submit Syracuse Abroad Application* November 9, 2020
Online Pre-Departure Orientation Date To Be Determined
Main Campus: First day of Online Classes Monday, January 25, 2021
Arrival in Shanghai Saturday, February 27, 2021
Onsite Orientation Sunday, February 28, 2021
First Day of In-Person Classes Monday, March 1, 2021
Main Campus: Online Final Exams: Monday, May 3-Thursday, May 6, 2021
In-Person Final Exams Monday, June 7-Thursday, June 10, 2021

Academics

During your 15-week semester, most students will take 2 in-person courses taught by CIEE-hired faculty and 3 online courses taught by Syracuse University professors. Students in the College of Engineering and certain academic programs at VPA will only be taking 1 in-person course. All students must confirm their course selections with their academic advisor.

In-person courses that will be offered for the Spring 2021 semester:

BUA 380 Principles of International Business
COM 380 Media, Gender and Identity
CRS 380 Intercultural Communication and Leadership
HOA 380 Understanding and Misunderstanding Art of China
PSC 180 Contemporary Controversies in International Relations
PSC 380 Migration and Mobility in a Global World
PSC 380 Feminist Political Thought
PSC 380 Global Environmental Policy
PSC 380 Comparative Politics Theory, Practice, and Method
SOC 380 Gender and Sexuality

All courses will be taught in English and you will receive Syracuse University credit for all coursework completed. The courses will meet Syracuse University’s academic standards and will be designed to assist you with your transition to the Syracuse campus in the Fall 2021 semester. Please discuss your academic needs and requirements with your academic advisor prior to registration.

Please note that classes will be taught at the ECNU Global Education Center-Baoshan Academic Center in Shanghai. You will not be enrolled in ECNU courses and are not considered ECNU students. All courses will be CIEE or Syracuse University courses, and students will earn Syracuse credit for all courses. If you select this program you will, however, have access to ECNU facilities and be bound by ECNU student conduct and other policies, subject to ECNU health protocols.

Orientation and Training for Participants

Syracuse in Shanghai will begin with a comprehensive orientation to the city, university, and the program. This will include a session on staying safe during your program.  In addition, the center director will share with you local emergency contact information.


Student Life

You can look forward to staying active during your semester in Shanghai. There will be many opportunities to engage with your fellow Syracuse University classmates:

  • Three (3) site visits and activities throughout the semester. Examples include:
    • Organized joint activities with ECNU international students
    • Syracuse alumni events and employer visits
    • Visit to the Shanghai Exchange
    • Site visit to Bao Steel, a state-owned enterprise
    • Visit to the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum
    • Basketball and Badminton competition
  • A peer mentorship program connecting you with a Syracuse University upper class student who will help you get accustomed to life on campus and get prepared to start on main campus.
  • Events with your fellow Syracuse classmates to connect you socially before arriving on main campus. Planned activities include football watch parties, movie and game nights and group dinners.
  • Students participating in Syracuse in Shanghai will be governed by the Syracuse University code of student conduct.

Student Representative Council: Regular meetings will be held between Syracuse student representatives, CIEE staff, and Syracuse on-site program staff (if applicable). This is an additional forum where students can report on academic issues on behalf of the entire group, organize social, cultural events, workshops and activities for the cohort. A meeting of the Syracuse Community Council will be held in the first two weeks and at least monthly thereafter.


Housing and Student Services

Program update as of 11/25/20: You are responsible for arranging your own housing for the semester. Please refer to the Shanghai Housing Details page for more information.

Support Services

Although you will not be studying on the main Syracuse University campus, you will still have access to our academic and immigration support services, including:


Health and Safety

At CIEE and Syracuse University, the safety of our students is our primary concern. You will have 24/7 emergency and health, safety, and security support. CIEE conducts annual training of its staff in Health, Safety and Security and employs specific protocols for managing incidents involving our participants. Students will be provided with detailed information on health and safety protocols and recommendations for living/studying in Shanghai upon arrival.

Please note: All participating students are required to have cell phones that function in China, and which do not rely solely on Wi-Fi connections for communications.

CIEE will also provide:

  • Program Coordinator: CIEE will assign one (1) full-time dedicated CIEE staff Program Coordinator to oversee the program and accompany students on site visits and excursions. Program Coordinator will work with Syracuse Institutional Representative to enforce program policies and expectations.
  • Emergency Support: CIEE Resident Staff Members will provide 24/7 emergency support via phone throughout the duration of the Program. CIEE staff members are available to help with emergency medical and security incidents.

COVID-19 Protocol

As COVID-19 continues to affect life around the globe in unprecedented ways, the safety of our students remains our highest priority. Syracuse University will work with CIEE’s Health, Safety, and Security team to actively monitor the health landscape in Shanghai and surrounding areas. CIEE and Syracuse University will directly communicate timely, relevant updates to students and families as needed.


Campus & Program Facilities

CIEE Shanghai facilities include a Student Services office, a student computer lab, study spaces, a common lounge area, and classrooms. Although you will not be an ECNU student, you will be issued an ECNU Student ID and have access to ECNU Baoshan Global Education Center facilities and resources, including classroom space, computer labs, study spaces, and common areas. Please note that access to ECNU Putuo (main campus) facilities and resources is currently restricted and subject to change without notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of this proposal, students can only access Putuo campus via ECNU/CIEE formally arranged student life activities.

The ECNU Global Education Center-Baoshan Academic Center is located at 10 Songliang Road, Baoshan District, Shanghai 20441.


Tuition and Fees

The cost of attendance is an estimate of what it will cost for you to attend the Syracuse in Shanghai program for the spring 2021 semester. The cost is comparable to studying on main campus for the spring 2021 semester.

The Syracuse in Shanghai program follows the same payment deadlines as main campus.  The invoice will be emailed to your Syracuse email address on November 9th.  If your invoice does not yet reflect your Syracuse in Shanghai charges, your account will be updated soon.  You can view your updated account in Myslice, where you can also make payment.  Unless you are on the payment plan, the bill due date is 11/27/20.

Direct (Billable) Costs Syracuse University Tuition (12 – 19 credit hours): $27,135

Estimated Program Fee: $2,600

Total Direct (Billable) Costs: $29,735 without housing; or between $35,435 and $35,985 with CIEE/ECNU housing.

Non-Billable Costs (These are estimated personal expenses and vary according to individual spending habits) Meals: $1,100

Books/Supplies: $50

Personal Expenses and Travel: $1,500

Subtotal: $2,650

Estimated Program Cost $32,385
Independent Housing To be paid directly to housing provider

IMPORTANT: Students who withdraw from Syracuse in Shanghai after Nov. 9 will be responsible for any non-recoverable costs.

Program Fee

  • Pre-program orientation in conjunction with CIEE
  • Access to ECNU/CIEE Global Education Center in Baoshan
  • At least 3 local site visits/excursions with dedicated Program Coordinator
  • 24/7 emergency and health, safety, and security support
  • Access to computer labs, libraries, athletic facilities, cafeterias, and common areas at the ECNU Global Education Center-Baoshan Academic Center
  • ECNU ID

Note about Courses:

  • Two CIEE courses taught in English plus three online courses offered via main campus in Syracuse
  • Charges for tuition and program fee are fixed and billed through the Syracuse University bursar system. Other expenses are estimated based on current information and are subject to change due to inflation and fluctuating exchange rates.

Cancellation Fees

A student who withdraws from the program after November 9, 2020 will be responsible for any unrecoverable costs, which will increase as the program start date approaches and could be as high as the total amount owed for the program fee.


Apply now! The application deadline is November 9, 2020. Late applications will not be considered.