Shanghai (pop. 23,019,148) is China's largest city and financial capital. It is located on the central east coast of the country and has moderate temperatures in the winter and warm summers. Shanghai has been a market city for over 1,000 years and has been a city of global economic importance since the 19th Century. Shanghai hosted the World Expo 2010, which showcased the city as China's model for commercial and industrial success. Shanghai's long history as an Asian trade hub has contributed to its distinct welcoming and open atmosphere, making it the ideal location for those who wish to study abroad in China, and learn more about Chinese language and culture.
Established as the first Normal (teacher-training) university in China, East China Normal University is one of China's key universities managed directly by the Ministry of Education. Since its inception as a teacher-training school, it has grown into a world-class comprehensive institution with superb facilities, including many key state laboratories. The ISA Shanghai semester programs offer solid language programs and an array of courses taught in English. Students who are interested in both improving their command on Mandarin and taking courses for the major, minor, or general education requirements will find exactly what they are looking for in this academic program.
The ISA Shanghai office is located on the main campus of East China Normal University. The ISA office is very close to one of Shanghai's two airports and only a short metro ride from downtown. The ISA on-site staff offer students support for all aspects of the program including language tutoring for all levels of Mandarin.