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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences

Access approximately 20 courses taught in English on various subjects, including business, economics, history, law, science and technology, environmental studies, globalization, political science, and sociology, all with an international focus or close look at China.

Unique study opportunities

  • Study Chinese culture including traditional Chinese medicine, tea, or wushu martial arts.
  • Explore current global trends in e-business, international trade wars, and investment decisions in China’s modern economy.
  • Learn about China’s role in media, world politics, and its impact on developing countries.


Language of Instruction: English, Chinese

Chinese Language Study: Optional

All instruction is in English. As an option, Chinese language study is available at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Two or three courses for a total of 8-12 quarter/5.3-8 semester UC units.
  • If you receive financial aid, you may be required to take 12 quarter/8 semester UC units as a requirement for UC summer funding—see your campus Financial Aid Office for details.
  • If you take three courses, you may take one course for pass/no pass credit. With two courses, you must take both for a letter grade.

Current Program Courses

You may choose two or three courses from a selection of offerings, which are typically announced in January for the upcoming summer. See the Fudan University catalog for the latest list.

Catalogs and resources

Academic culture

Courses are taught by local and visiting international faculty, including UC faculty. Adapting to the various teaching styles will take some effort. For example, some instructors may have heavy regional accents or use specialized terminology that will challenge your listening and comprehension abilities. There may also be fewer opportunities for class participation than many UC courses. On the other hand, some faculty will expect you to be a vocal, active participant in class. Course materials will be formatted differently, and you may not receive a weekly syllabi with specific assignments. Approaches vary by teacher. If you’re sensitive to local norms, show initiative, and prioritize your academic work, you’ll not only adapt, but succeed in your studies. The more interest, thought, and diligence you put into your education, the better your experience will be in China.


Course requirements will usually be outlined in a syllabus supplemented by the instructor’s explanation of the requirements. Final assessment may be based on attendance, participation, presentations, papers, group projects, fieldwork assignments, quizzes, and exams. Many instructors do not return papers or provide feedback about your grades.

Regular attendance is usually required. If you must be absent for an emergency or personal reason, always seek the professor’s approval. Additional attendance and tardiness policies may be in effect; it is your responsibility to know the policies for each course.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades for this program are expected by mid-September.