Summer Chinese Language Immersion Program

2021 Summer Chinese Language Immersion Program

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - Friday, July 23, 2021

COVID-19 conditions and international travel restrictions will impact whether the Summer Chinese Language Immersion Program will be held in 2021. Student visa and travel regulations are being monitored, and any updates will be posted to this page. 

The NYU Shanghai Chinese Language Immersion Program is a 9-week summer program that enables students to learn two semesters of material and earn 8 NYU Shanghai academic credits. Two levels are offered: Intermediate and Advanced. Students must commit full-time to this program. Due to the intensive nature with language classes and activities every day of the week, it is not possible to simultaneously do an internship or take another course while taking this program. 

 Program Description  |  Eligibility  |  Interview Procedure & Criteria  | How to Apply  |  Tuition & Fees  |  Financial Assistance |  Contact

How to Apply


NYU Shanghai Degree Student: Fill out the application by March 1, 2021. 

IMPORTANT NOTE for NON-CHINESE CITIZENS (who are not NYU Shanghai Degree students):
 All non-Chinese citizens who wish to attend this program are required to have a student visa in order to enter China and participate in this program. However, Chinese consulates are not issuing student visas currently, and tourist visas and family visas will not be accepted for the program. Once student visas issuance resumes, we will update this page. Interested applicants who are not Chinese citizens may fill out the application now, but please be aware that unless visa issuance resumes, you may not be able to enter China even if you are admitted to the program.

NYU New York and NYU Abu Dhabi students: Log in to apply with your NetID and password. Select "20-21 Academic Year" and then select "Summer 2021." The application deadline is March 1, 2021. 

Visiting (non-NYU) students from other accredited universities: Create an application ID through the online application. Select "20-21 Academic Year" and then select "Summer 2021." Please upload or send an official undergraduate transcript (in English) to The application deadline is March 1, 2021. 

Admitted Students

Visit your Summer 2021 enrollment portal for program updates and instructions. 

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Through this Summer Chinese Language Immersion Program, you can:

  • Enjoy small intimate class sizes taught by highly experienced, full-time Chinese language faculty.
  • Improve your overall Chinese language competency, cross-cultural communication, self-awareness, and cultural awareness.
  • Apply your command of the language to real-life situations by honoring a Language Pledge in which you agree to only speak Chinese for the duration of the program. The pledge encourages an active learning environment and leads to significant learning results. Please note that repeated violations of the pledge may lead to dismissal from the program.
  • Participate in weekly field trips in Shanghai, Chinese culture classes, and Friday Dinners with Faculty to try different Chinese cuisines (subject to COVID-19 conditions at the time).
  • Earn 8 academic credits that will be recorded on your NYU transcript. Please note that it is your responsibility to work with your university’s academic advisor to determine whether and how a course might count towards your degree requirements.

Program Description

Intermediate Level Description (click to expand)

The Intermediate Level is designed for students who have completed Elementary Chinese II at NYU Shanghai, NYU New York or the equivalent at another institution. This course consists of in-class instruction, tutorial time and out-of-class language practicums. It is equivalent to two semesters of language study, covering both Intermediate Chinese I and II (CHIN-SHU 201 & 202). By the end of the ninth week, students should be able to:
  • Understand and obtain information from extended and complex conversations.
  • Express and expound on, in extended length, feelings, opinions and viewpoints in inter-personal conversations and in presentations related to social-cultural topics, with a high level of fluency and accuracy in pronunciation and grammar use.
  • Accumulate vocabulary needed for common conversations and formal topic discussions, debates and presentations; develop the ability to decipher meanings of compound words.
  • Comprehend extended passages in form of narrative, exposition and argumentation, search for the detailed information, guess word meanings, express viewpoints, opinions, feelings, etc.
  • Write, in relative length (300-500 characters long) informational narratives, expository and simple argumentative passages with level-appropriate vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, as well as basic syntactical cohesion.
  • Be acquainted with aspects of Chinese culture and society, explain and express opinions and viewpoints on phenomena in Chinese culture and society.
The textbooks used for the Intermediate level are Integrated Chinese Level II Part I, Level II Part II written by Tao-chung Yao and Yuehua Liu, Expanded Fourth Edition.

Advanced Level Description (click to expand)

The Advanced Level is designed for students who have completed Intermediate Chinese II at NYU Shanghai, NYU New York or the equivalent at another institution. It aims to reinforce and further improve overall language competency, with the focus on studying and employing semi-formal and formal expressions and usages. It is equivalent to two semesters of language study, covering both Advanced Chinese I and II (CHIN-SHU 301 & 302). By the end of this 9-week program, students should be able to:

  • Listening: Comprehend the main themes and most details of a speech or a broadcast outside of everyday topics; easily comprehend complicated Chinese conversations;
  • Speaking: Narrate events in chronological order; give descriptions about objects with details; make coherent arguments on socio-cultural topics.
  • Reading: Understand the main ideas and most details of articles related to Chinese culture and society, and extract valuable information and opinions from the articles. 
  • Writing: Write essays with precision and detail on a broad range of topics, and with considerable mastery of syntactical structures.
  • Cultural competence:  Obtain a deep understanding of Chinese culture and society; be aware of the similarities and differences between Chinese culture and other cultures, and be able to analyze them dialectically.   

The Advanced level textbook is ​The Routledge Advanced Chinese Multimedia Course: Crossing Cultural Boundaries​ written by Kunshan Lee et al. Routledge, Second Edition, 2014.




Undergraduate students from NYU New York, NYU Abu Dhabi, and visiting students from other U.S. accredited institutions are welcome to apply. Students must have completed at least two semesters at an undergraduate institution to be eligible to apply.

Interview Procedure & Criteria

What should I know about the Summer Chinese Immersion Program before applying? (click to expand)

This is a nine-week program which includes a multi-day cultural trip. You will be immersed in a Chinese-speaking only environment both in and out of class time with an intensive learning schedule consisting of 3 hours of class lectures, 30 minutes one-on-one tutoring, and a 1 hour evening Q&A with TAs. You are therefore expected to possess strong time management skills and resilience under stress. You will also be expected to participate in various cultural activities to learn about Chinese culture and demonstrate strong motivation and an openness to engaging with different cultures.

If I’m selected for an interview, what will it be like? (click to expand)

The interview will be conducted in Chinese, either in-person or via Zoom. It will be 30 to 40 minutes in duration and consists of two parts. In the first part, you will be asked to give a 1-2 minute self-introduction that highlights your motivation to learn the Chinese language and engage with Chinese culture. It should also cover your own expectations for the program and your past Chinese learning experience. Based on this, you will then be asked more questions by the interviewer.

In part two of the interview, you will be asked to show your language proficiency through the below tasks.

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level
Read silently/read aloud a short passage of about 200 characters in 5 minutes. Read silently/read aloud a short passage of about 200 characters in 5 minutes.
Answer two information-seeking questions related to a passage and answer one open-ended question using smoothly connected sentences. Answer 2 information-seeking questions, summarize the main idea of a reading passage, answer 2 open-ended questions in well organized paragraphs.
Talk freely about common topics such as your daily routine, school life, the weather, asking for directions, sports, travel, etc.

Have a discussion about topics of personal interests such as shopping, childhood, family, travel, as well as topics about society such as urbanization, the environment, the economy, gender equality, etc. 

Complete a role play task with the interviewer to show your ability to use the Chinese language in a simple, real-life situation.

Complete a role play task with interviewer to check if you can use the Chinese language to handle a complicated situation in daily life.

Character writing check. Students will be asked to write dictated phrases and short sentences formed by basic characters from Elementary to Intermediate levels (Reference: Integrated Chinese series Level 1 Part 1-Level 2 Part 2). Students need to prepare a pen and paper in advance.


What is the criteria used to decide if a student passes the interview? (click to expand)

The criteria consists of two parts: language performance and non-language aspects.You will pass the interview if you meet the following standards:


Language performance
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level
Speaking Content
Able to talk about familiar topics related to daily activities such as one’s daily routine, school life, the weather, asking for directions, seeing a doctor, renting an apartment, sports, travel, etc.
Able to handle semi-formal topics from personal interests to general issues.
Function Able to create with language, to ask and answer questions, to maintain a conversation and handle a limited number of simple daily situations. Able to narrate, compare, and describe different topics; state and support opinion in a concise way; deal effectively with a complicated situation in daily life.
Text type Able to respond using strings of sentences. Able to respond in connected discourse.
Accuracy Responses can be understood with repetition by native speakers who are accustomed to communicating with non-native speakers. Responses can be understood without much difficulty by native speakers who are accustomed to communicating with non-native speakers.
Listening   Be able to understand the interviewer’s comments or questions without difficulty; use strategies such as repeating or paraphrasing to understand sentences Able to understand the interviewer’s comments or questions without difficulty; able to use strategies such as repeating or paraphrasing to understand sentences.
Reading   Be able to read fluently within a given timeframe; comprehend the main idea of a text; locate important information; evaluate ideas and make connections to yourself. Able to read fluently within a given amount of time, comprehend the main ideas of a text, summarize main ideas in an organized way, locate important information, evaluate ideas, and make connections to yourself.
Non-language aspects
Demonstrate a strong motivation to learn the Chinese language and engage with Chinese culture; 
Have a habit of speaking Chinese so that you will be able to adhere to the Language Pledge without difficulty;
Demonstrate initiative and thoughtfulness in using effective learning strategies and possess strong communication skills that show you are ready to learn Chinese at an intensive pace.
Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for students from diverse cultural backgrounds, and an ability to interact and collaborate, including in dormitory settings.



Tuition & Fees

  • Undergraduate Tuition: 4,116 USD
  • Program Administration Fee: 600 USD
  • Housing Fee (9 weeks) 
                                        NYU Shanghai students     Visiting students
    Double Room                    1,023 USD                         1,178 USD
  • Registration & Services Fee: 437 USD
  • Books: All books and course materials will be available upon arrival to Shanghai. Students should not purchase textbooks on their own. A flat fee of $250 will be charged to all students for summer session books and materials. However after the first week of courses, the fee will be adjusted to reflect the actual cost of books for your courses and any unused amount will be refunded.
  • GeoBlue International Health Insurance for the duration of the program: Included 

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible transportation costs to/from the program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. 

Financial Assistance

Freeman Asia Scholarship: The Freeman-Asia scholarship is designed to support U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are undergraduate students based in the US, demonstrate financial need, and are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program's goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and an understanding of Asia and its people and cultures. Awards range from $3,000 per student for summer study and $5,000 per semester, to a maximum of $7,000 for a full year abroad. For more details on eligibility and on how to apply, please review the Freeman Asia website.

*This Scholarship is not open to NYU Shanghai Degree Seeking Students


Financial Aid


US citizens/eligible non-citizens (NYU New York and Shanghai Students): Federal financial aid (i.e. federal Direct student/parent loan) is available during the summer session(s) for students enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits, who also have a valid FAFSA on file, and are otherwise eligible.

NYU Shanghai Students: At this time there is no institutional scholarship/grant aid available for summer session(s).

NYU Students from the New York campus: Please visit the financial aid website for additional information regarding financial aid options for summer session(s).

All Other Students (including Visiting Students): Visiting students or current NYU students who are not eligible for federal financial aid will be able to seek out alternative loans. Students seeking alternative loans are encouraged to relay to their potential lender the number of credits they are taking and the type of student they are (i.e. in a degree or non-degree program at NYU) as lenders have different eligibility criteria.

NYU cannot recommend or endorse any particular private lender. Students are encouraged to research their options carefully. Please visit the financial aid website for more information about private (non-federal) alternative loans.


Students who decrease or cancel summer session enrollment or who do not attend will have their summer award adjusted or canceled accordingly. This adjustment in financial aid may result in a balance on your bursar bill. Changes in enrollment affect the cost of attendance and the amount of aid that you are eligible to receive. Your financial aid cannot exceed your estimated cost of attendance.


If you have any questions, please email