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Shanghai Courses – 2021 Spring Accelerated

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Academics

Semester students may enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester comprised of Chinese language plus electives in international business and Chinese studies. You must complete a minimum of one language course, although we strongly encourage students to complete an entire language track.

Spring Accelerated Term: During the spring semester, the Shanghai program offers a collection of courses on an accelerated basis from January to mid-March. These courses are ideal for students from quarter-system universities because the dates often coincide with their winter quarter. Spring Accelerated students enroll in 8 to 12 semester credits comprised of Chinese langauge plus two or three elective courses in business and Chinese studies.

Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

Chinese Language Tracks (Both Semesters)

USAC offers intensive language courses grouped into tracks in which courses are taught sequentially (back to back) within one semester. If you have already taken the first course in a track, you do not have to take it again for credit, but you must audit it to be prepared for success at the next level. Language courses are small and typically have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each. Students who do not enroll in a full track are required to take either Elementary Chinese I, Intermediate Chinese I, Advanced Chinese I, or Chinese Conversation to assimilate more effectively into Chinese culture and their new living and learning environment.

Track I (8 credits total)—Prerequisite: none

  • Spring
    Chinese World Languages and Literatures 100-level 4 credits Taught in Chinese
    Spring Accelerated
    Chinese World Languages and Literatures 100-level 4 credits Taught in Chinese

    In this class, you will develop the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in modern Chinese. In class, you will practice speaking and listening skills in Mandarin Chinese (known as “Putonghua” - lit. “common speech” - in the Mainland China, and “Guoyu” - lit. “national language” - elsewhere) through instructional activities and assessment activities, and role plays, etc.

    However, this class is not a conversational class. Reading and writing skills are essential and indispensable components of Chinese literacy. Students are expected to write and recognize Chinese characters covered in the text material.

    This course will also introduce Chinese culture and traditions through the language learning.

  • Spring
    Chinese World Languages and Literatures 100-level 4 credits Taught in Chinese

    In this class, you will develop the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in modern Chinese. In class, you will practice speaking and listening skills in Mandarin Chinese (known as “Putonghua” - lit. “common speech” - in the Mainland China, and “Guoyu” - lit. “national language” - elsewhere) through instructional activities and assessment activities, and role plays, etc.

    However, this class is not a conversational class. Reading and writing skills are essential and indispensable components of Chinese literacy. Students are expected to write and recognize Chinese characters covered in the text material.

    This course will also introduce Chinese culture and traditions through the language learning.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college Chinese

Track II (6 credits total)—Prerequisite: two semesters of college Chinese

  • Spring
    Chinese 200-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese
    Spring Accelerated
    Chinese 200-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese

    This course is designed to further develop the students’ listening comprehension, speaking skills, reading and writing proficiency in Chinese. New grammar points will be introduced and selected grammar points are reviewed during class sessions. Various activities - discussions, oral presentations, conversions - will provide the opportunity to practice on speaking and listening, class participation is therefore essential.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Chinese

  • Spring
    Chinese World Languages and Literatures 200-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese

    Students will mainly focus on improving their Chinese pronunciation and tones, learning new grammar patterns and practicing the newly learned grammar and vocabulary. Organized in-class activities include daily dictation, quizzes, memorizing text and completing oral exercises such as retelling stories, making up dialogues, giving presentations, and performing skits. Students will study a variety of texts that reflect topics including culture, simple academic subjects, political issues, as well as controversial issues and events. Students will expand their vocabulary and enhance their grammar rapidly to handle these broad subjects.

    Prerequisite: three semesters of college Chinese

Track III Option 1 (6 credits total)—Prerequisite: four semesters of college Chinese

  • Spring
    Chinese 300-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese
    Spring Accelerated
    Chinese 300-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese

    The objectives of the advanced Chinese language classes are to increase your knowledge of the language and to improve your ability to express yourself. This will be presented through practical material and permits you to have a better understanding of the use of the language. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Chinese.

  • Spring
    Chinese 300-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese

    The objectives of the advanced Chinese language classes are to increase your knowledge of the language and to improve your ability to express yourself. This will be presented through practical material and permits you to have a better understanding of the use of the language. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature.

    Prerequisite: five semesters of college Chinese.

Track III Option 2 (6 credits)—TBD by placement exam on site

  • Spring
    Chinese World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese
    Spring Accelerated
    Chinese World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese

    This course is the highest-level language course in the intensive tracks. Therefore, it is challenging and demanding. Students who enter this course should have already built solid foundation in the four language skills. The mastery of vocabulary in Chinese is approximately 1200 words prior to beginning the course. Chinese is expected to be the only language used during class. The course material adopts content presented in Chinese literature, newspaper, TV shows, etc. to discuss issues such as education, environmental protection, technology, Chinese culture and traditions, etc.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college Chinese

  • Spring
    Chinese World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese

    This course is the highest-level language course in the intensive tracks. Therefore, it is challenging and demanding. Students who enter this course should have already built solid foundation in the four language skills. The mastery of vocabulary in Chinese is approximately 1200 words prior to beginning the course. Chinese is expected to be the only language used during class. The course material adopts content presented in Chinese literature, newspaper, TV shows, etc. to discuss issues such as education, environmental protection, technology, Chinese culture and traditions, etc.

    Prerequisite: seven semesters of college Chinese

In addition to your Chinese language courses, you may participate in one-on-one weekly language practice sessions with an instructor or graduate assistant. Content covered in the sessions is customized to fit your individual language needs and is an excellent way to improve your daily communication skills.

Spring Semester/Accelerated Spring Term

Courses available during the Accelerated Spring term are identified in the dropdown menu.

Chinese Language Electives

  • Spring
    Chinese World Languages and Literatures 200-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese
    Spring Accelerated
    Chinese World Languages and Literatures 200-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese

    This course aims to further develop student’s communicative skills in Mandarin Chinese. Based upon thematic materials, students will expand their vocabulary, polish four tones in Mandarin Chinese and build the flow of Chinese speech through intensive practicing in classroom and outside with the teaching assistants.

    Prerequisite: Two semesters of college Chinese

  • Spring
    Chinese 400-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese

    This course is designed to prepare students for the business world in contemporary Chinese societies, including contemporary usage of business Chinese, Chinese business culture and customs, and preparation for working and living in China. Students will be able to develop reading, listening, speaking, and writing abilities, as well as practical skills of communication in Chinese business culture.

    Prerequisite: Five semesters of college Chinese.

  • Spring
    Chinese 400-level 1 credit Taught in Chinese

    The class will mainly focus on helping the test takers get familiar with the mode and questions of the HSK test, understanding its contents and focuses, such as the grammar patterns and vocabulary, as well as master the test taking strategies. Organized in-class activities include listening to record, memorizing the vocabulary of Chinese Proficiency Test Syllabus Level 4, dictation, grasping the grammar patterns and completing examination papers.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Chinese

Chinese Studies and International Business

Taught in English

  • Spring
    International Business Management 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    International Business Management 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course provides a comprehensive view of Chinese business issues and practices from holistic standpoint rather than the narrow functional approach that is usually found in international studies. It addresses key topical issues of modern Chinese business and considers how these issues are developing in the various stages and different industries.in China.

  • Spring
    Art Chinese 200-level 2 credits Taught in English

    Chinese calligraphy is an art that uses a brush to write Chinese characters. from its origin to its formation, Chinese characters have five thousand years of history. The pictographic ideographic characters have a long history in the world. With its long history and long-term development, Chinese calligraphy is one of the greatest art treasures in the world and it is the symbol of the five thousand years of China’s splendid civilization. Through the study of Chinese calligraphy, students should understand the formation, evolution, classification, and change of Chinese characters. Students will also preliminary master the writing laws and skills of Chinese calligraphy.

  • Spring
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    An introduction to a local cuisine in a hands-on kitchen environment. Authentic preparations of several local dishes will be taught. Correct cooking techniques are emphasized. Readings and lectures on local food customs and traditions will support and contextualize the cooking instruction. Cuisine culture is a very important part of Chinese culture. The course will introduce the history of Chinese cuisine, with an emphasis on Shanghai, Sichuan, Cantonese and Huaiyang Cuisine.

    This course has an additional fee for ingredients and materials

  • Spring
    Economics Political Science 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Economics Political Science 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course aims to introduce major features and issues of China’s foreign relations since gaige kaifang (opening-up and reform) in late 1970s. Focusing on the background and rationale of China’s foreign policy making, this course explores China’s foreign behavior in the context of globalization and power shifts of the world, so as to help students understand the trajectory and implications of China’s growing engagement in global affairs and, on this basis, develop their own insights into China’s future paths on the world stage. This course is research question-oriented rather than simply “learning from the instructor,” which means students must prepare themselves to ask and answer challenging questions concerning the one “theme question” addressed in each class.

  • Spring
    Entrepreneurship General Business 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Entrepreneurship General Business 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Description not available at this time.
  • Spring
    Finance International Business 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course focuses on the study of the international business environment faced by the companies which do business with other overseas entities as well as residents in an open economy. The course is designed as an introduction to the theory and application of international monetary and financial economics. The material covered will include international financial activities, international reserves, and international monetary system.

    The course will also discuss the 'major' equilibrium relationships or parity conditions that form the basis of theories of exchange rate determination, hedging foreign exchange risk which allows a greater understanding of the risks and opportunities faced by Firms or individuals

    Other topics that will be touched upon include international bond and equity markets and international banking system.

    Since the world of international finance is ever-changing with exciting events impacting the topics on a daily basis. It should be noted that the course is may involve current events. So the course will be probably talked by discussing some issues appearing in periodicals, such as The Wall Street Journal or Chinese Magazines.

  • Spring
    International Business Marketing 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The module is designed to enable students to develop marketing strategies and plans in and across a range of different international market environments. As well as extending students' marketing and strategic skills obtained in earlier modules into a global context, it develops knowledge and skills in international marketing processes.

  • Spring
    International Business Management 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The world economy is in a state of rapid and disproportionate growth. Many people label the current economic situation as ‘stable disequilibrium’. The world economy is driven by the slow but strong economic growth of developed countries and the fast catching-up of the developing countries. The new advancements of information technology make the result of this economic competition difficult to predict.

    The is an introductory course for students who are interested in international business, especially in China. The course is composed of four modules that cover differences in political and cultural environments; basic knowledge in foreign trade and foreign economic cooperation as well as international monetary system; strategic formulation and implementation; and finally, the global business operations.

  • Spring
    Chinese World Languages and Literatures 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Chinese World Languages and Literatures 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course is to illustrate cultural and social mainstream of contemporary China, to familiarize students with the underlying values and practices that shape modern Chinese, with presentations, film clips and analysis on various historic events, legends, traditions, ancient philosophies, religions and social norms in a sociological and economic perspective.

  • Spring
    Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English

    Taiji is a Chinese “Kongfu” which contains inside and outside exercise, it broad and rich contains makes Taiji the symbol of Chinese culture. Taiji makes “Yin and Yang” as it sole, and two of the most important scholar: Zhang Sanfeng an Wang Zongyue’s theory as it basic theory. At the recent half century, through the research, it is proved that Taiji has very good function of defend all kind of disease as well as a very good \physical exercise. It has been listed as one of the credit course of the schools by the Education Administration. It is also listed in Asian Games. According to the “World Week” report: Taiji is the best and cheapest way to keep people’s health especially for older peoples. Japanese women call this: a good way of keeping people’s health and weight loss. We can say Taiji is the art with all kinds of functions.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Internships

USAC internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development. Students are placed in a Chinese-speaking environment, with high exposure to culture and language, and must be able to communicate at an advanced language level. Interns earn credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and the number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses.

Shanghai internship opportunities fall into broad categories; previous placements have included: internships in hotel management, architecture/design, teaching English as a second language, translation, event planning, marketing, medical/dental, and office support as program assistant in the USAC Shanghai office. Other internship sites are possible. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview on site with the internship sponsor.

Eligibility: enrollment in the Shanghai program, a minimum GPA of 3.0, junior standing at the time of the internship, and three semesters of college-level Chinese or fluency in Chinese. A refundable fee of $200 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

Quick Details

2020-21 App. Cycle

Spring: Open

Spring Accelerated (Jan-March): Open

2021-22 App. Cycle

Summer Session I (5 weeks): Open

Summer Session II (4 weeks): Open

Summer Session I&II (9 weeks): Open

Fall/Yearlong: Open

Spring: Open

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Approval from Home University

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

50 students

Instruction

English | Chinese

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