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Shanghai Courses – 2022 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.

Click the course title to view course details and description.

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

Prerequisite: None

  1. Elementary Chinese I
  2. Elementary Chinese II

Track II: 6 credits

Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college Chinese

  1. Intermediate Chinese I
  2. Intermediate Chinese II

Track III (Option 1) : 6 credits

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college Chinese

  1. Advanced Chinese I
  2. Advanced Chinese II

Track III (Option 2) : 6 credits

Prerequisite: TBD by on-site placement test

  1. Advanced Chinese III
  2. Advanced Chinese IV

      Language Courses

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

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

      • Fall
        Chinese 200-level 3 credits Taught in 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

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

      • Fall
        Chinese 300-level 3 credits Taught in 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.

      • Fall
        Chinese 300-level 3 credits Taught in 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.

      • Fall
        Chinese World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in 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: six semesters of college Chinese

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

      Fall Semester

      Chinese Language Electives

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

      • Fall
        Chinese 400-level 3 credits Taught in 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: four semesters of college Chinese.

      • Fall
        Chinese 400-level 1 credit Taught in 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

      • Fall
        Art Chinese 200-level 2 credits Taught in English
        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.

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

      • Fall
        Finance 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course exposes students to corporate financial management. The purpose of the course is not only to provide an understanding of how funds are raised and allocated with a company, but also to provide a general framework about the knowledge of corporate finance. Topics covered include the essential nature of risk and uncertainty, capital budgeting, sot of capital, capital structure and valuation, dividend policy, mergers and acquisition, and corporate governance. Students are encouraged to utilize all the resources available to them in order to acquire business-sense in the real world. Additional reading material will be provided throughout the duration of the course, and case studies will be referenced alongside the lectures.

      • Fall
        Entrepreneurship General Business 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course is designed to teach students about entrepreneurship and give them actual hands on experience as to what it takes to transform an idea into a fundable business. The course will cover all of the elements an entrepreneur starting a new business must go through to be properly prepared to start, grow and run a successful business. Major elements will include developing soft skills in team building and leadership, developing a due diligence and presentation package, selecting and working with investors, the “Pitch” and what to expect after funding.

        Prerequisites: Introductory-level college business or entrepreneurship course

      • Fall
        Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        In this course, students will analyze the Chinese political system and its policies and evaluate the Chinese governmental structure and ideologies. Students will be expected to attend class with a critical evaluation of assigned readings, actively participate in class discussion, and conduct research analyses based on the topics discussed in class.

        Prerequisites: one semester of college-level political science

      • Fall
        History 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course explores the history of modern China from collapse of the imperial order to the present contextualizes China’s continuous revolution; emphasizes political culture and social transformation. Students will learn how modernization and industrialization manifested at the national level, and experience firsthand how it has influenced the people and the culture.

        Prerequisites: one semester of college-level history, political science, or international relations

      • Fall
        International Business Management 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course is aimed at providing the students with the knowledge of different environments of conducting business around the world, and relevant skills in the managing of the business in multinational corporations.

      • Fall
        Marketing 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course focuses on objectives and policies of marketing managers as influenced by marketing institutions, the functions performed and consumer wants and needs in a diverse culture.

      • Fall
        Marketing 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        More and more firms of all types have come to the realization that one of the most valuable assets they have is the brand names associated with their products or services. This course is designed to improve students’ marketing skills and understanding of specific marketing topics, as well as “big picture” issues of how various aspects of marketing “fit together,” all from a brand equity perspective. Accordingly, this course will focus on how to establish and grow brand equity, how to measure brand equity, how to manage brand architecture, and how to utilize brand equity to create more profit and growth for the company. You will also enhance your collaboration skills and apply theories of brand management to a real-world marketing problem by completing a group project.

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

        Tai Chi is a Chinese Kungfu that incorporates mental and physical exercise. Students will develop knowledge of the historical and cultural significance of Tai Chi in addition to the physical activity.

      Spring Semester/Accelerated Spring Term

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

      Chinese Language Electives

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

      • Fall
        Chinese 400-level 3 credits Taught in 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: four semesters of college Chinese.

      • Fall
        Chinese 400-level 1 credit Taught in 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

      • Spring
        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.

      • Fall
        Art Chinese 200-level 2 credits Taught in English
        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.

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

        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
        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
        Spring Accelerated
        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.

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

        Tai Chi is a Chinese Kungfu that incorporates mental and physical exercise. Students will develop knowledge of the historical and cultural significance of Tai Chi in addition to the physical activity.

      To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

      Internships

      USAC in-person and virtual internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development. Whether onsite or virtually, you will work closely with a USAC Resident Director (RD), an internship coordinator, and a professional supervisor to gain valuable experience and skills that can be applied to your chosen career field. Internships are also a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of China, deepen your cross-cultural understanding, and help you develop intercultural communication and language skills in an internationally focused organization or other professional work setting.

      Among the many benefits of an internship experience, USAC in-person and virtual internships help you

      • Learn about a career that matches your academic and personal interests
      • Gain practical, hands-on experience
      • Master highly sought-after soft skills such as time management, teamwork, and problem solving
      • Build a network of professional contacts
      • Improve your resume
      • Cultivate intercultural communication skills that are essential in a globalized workforce
      • Develop an understanding of the workplace norms, expectations, and culture of China

      For eligibility requirements and application information, see the USAC internship page.

      For more information about placement options, see the Shanghai internship page.

      Quick Details

      2021-22 App. Cycle

      Fall/Yearlong: Open

      Spring: Open

      Spring Accelerated: Open

      2022-23 App. Cycle

      Summer Sessions: Opens 9/1
      Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1
      Spring: Opens 9/1

      Eligibility

      Preferred GPA: 2.5

      Approval from Home University

      Program Type

      Specialty

      Credits

      US Credit

      Program Capacity

      50 students

      Instruction

      English | Chinese

      Passport & Visa

      Passport & Visa Information