Experience the Future is a tailored study abroad program with many special features that distinguish it from a regular international exchange.
- The core course follows a unique and award-winning methodology of pairing Queen’s students with Fudan students to conduct creative, interdisciplinary, field research in Shanghai. The method allows students to truly engage in cross-cultural education, make friends with Fudan students, and learn from each other in a peer-to-peer exchange. This course is exclusive to the Experience the Future program.
- The elective courses are pre-approved for transfer into Queen’s plans so you know that what you study in Shanghai will directly contribute to your Queen’s degree. So far courses are pre-approved for Global Development Studies, Film and Media Studies, History, Religious Studies, Political Studies, Sociology, and World Language Studies. Approval is under way for Geography.
- You have access to an on-site Queen’s Program Assistant to help you succeed in your coursework.
- You will be part of a group of Queen’s students at Fudan and will have a ready-made set of friends to help you navigate the city.
- You will enjoy unique, custom field trips in and around Shanghai to help you learn in depth about the history and culture of one of the world’s most amazing and advanced cities.
- In the on-campus residence and in the elective courses you will make friends with people from all over the world who have come to study in Shanghai.
The Experience the Future program differs from regular exchange programs because the strong presence of Queen’s university on the campus of Fudan.
- Queen’s maintains a permanent office on the campus of Fudan University, led by a resident liaison officer, Professor Zhiyao Zhang.
- The Fudan program co-ordinator, Professor James Miller, will be resident on the Fudan campus for the month of September and will assist with orientation and organization of the program.
- The program assistant, usually a graduate of the previous year’s program, is able to provide academic counselling throughout your stay at Fudan and assistance with adapting to life in Shanghai.
- You have access to counselling and other services that Queen’s offers its students at home via Skype or phone.
- Students pay regular Queen’s tuition. There is no additional tuition fee for studying at Fudan.
- Students pay a program fee of $500 to cover the costs of study materials, local field trips, including meals and accommodation, and other services provided by Fudan and Queen’s in connection with the program.
- Students pay a $60 international letter of permission fee to the International Programs Office.
- Students pay an accommodation fee of approximately $1,000 for shared accommodation or $1,500 for a single room. This covers the entire academic term from September 1 to December 15. Rooms have private bathrooms, furniture, security, ethernet connections, and are located in a modern 20-storey tower on the Fudan campus.
- Meals, flights, visas, medical and other personal expenses are not included.
- It's still cheaper than living in Kingston!
Queen’s provides special financial aid called an Exchange Study Bursary, for students who are studying abroad.