The Semester in Shanghai program takes place at Fudan University, a top-ranked university with a reputation for liberal thinking, progressive ideas and high academic standards. Fudan was founded in 1905 and has been accepting international students since the 1950s. Approximately 1,800 international students are currently pursuing long-term studies while another 600 are enrolled in short term programs. Today the university boasts exchange programs and cooperative relations with a multitude of top institutions such as Harvard, Cornell, and Queen’s.
While studying at Fudan University, students pay Queen's tuition and earn Queen's credits ( 15.0 Queen's units). The multidisciplinary classes are taught in English by Professors from Fudan University and cover key topics in Shanghai's history, culture, globalization and social development. The program complements most plans at Queen's. Scholarships and bursaries are available.
Course offerings for Fall 2013 are as follows.
Fall Semester 2013
DEVS 430/3.0 Introduction to Modern Chinese History and Culture
An interdisciplinary course consisting of modules on Chinese history, politics, culture and economy taught at Fudan University in Shanghai. The course will provide Queen's students with a basic understanding of the key contemporary political, cultural, social and economic developments. Fall term
DEVS 431/6.0 Shanghai and Globalization
Examines Shanghai’s place in an era of globalization, with emphasis placed on the interrelationship between development theory and current changes in China. This course includes both Queen’s and Fudan students in an integrated classroom, thus exposing both groups of students to different ways of thinking, facilitating an intercultural exchange.
LLCU 432/6.0 Field Research Practicum
This field course provides students with an opportunity to conduct field research under the guidance of a Fudan instructor. Queen’s students are paired with a Fudan student and undertake research on an important development/cultural theme, submit a written paper and do a class presentation. The research project will involve at least 10 hours of field work per week for 12 weeks.
Please note: all courses above must be completed
Introductory Chinese Language Course (Optional; 3 units)
In addition to academic requirements, this course will require enrolment in the Queen's Emergency Support Program and the pre-departure orientation.
Subject to sufficient enrolment, an introductory-level Chinese language course, tailored to Queen's students, can be arranged. The course will have six hours of instructions per week for twelve weeks and it will be taught by a reputed instructor from the International Cultural Exchange School of Fudan University. On successful completion of the course, students will be eligible for an International Letter of Permission to transfer the credit to Queen's in the form of CHIN 1UNS/3.0 units. With an enrolment of ten, the language course fee will be $600 (approximately). This fee is in addition to the regular tuition and program fee.