University-Based Program

Shanghai, China



Semester-Long Program


Spring | Jan 15, 2023

Fall | Aug 15, 2023


2.5 GPA to apply


Live and study in Shanghai, a center of commerce, finance, culture and industrial production of China. Here in Shanghai, the world-renowned enterprises are gathered here, bringing in numerous employment opportunities to maximize individual potential. Take courses at East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), a national key university directly under the Ministry of Education of China. It is dynamic and prominent research-intensive university with high teaching quality. Accelerate your mandarin skills while exploring culture, history, political development, and economic rise of China.


Dive into your semester in China quickly by taking APA’s comprehensive 4-day Orientation Program in Shanghai, including logistic set-up, campus and dorm tour, city tour, program orientation sessions, cooking class, Thai Chi class, and meeting with local student community.

Participate APA’s off-campus components, including excursions to other cities in China, optional internship, APA community events, volunteering opportunities, and alumni networking.

Rest assured knowing that the APA on-site coordinator and other staff are there to provide continued support throughout the semester.

Take courses with other international students from the world for 6 levels which are elementary, intermediate, and advanced language acquisition.

Have a comprehensive training with diverse curriculum elements including listening, speaking, reading and writing which are combined together to improve language ability.

Receive officially granted certificate and transcript (with credits attached) for completion.

University Introduction

Located in the southwest of Shanghai, a center of commerce, finance, culture and industrial production of China, East China University of Science and Technology is a dynamic and prominent research-intensive university with high teaching quality.

ECUST started enrollment and cultivation for international students since 1956.

ECUST is comprised of more than 1.7 million square meters on 3 campuses. The main campus, being 17 kilometers from Hongqiao Airport and 45 kilometers from Pudong International Airport, is situated in the prosperous and energetic Xuhui District.

The university has 17 academic schools, together with the MOE-approved Sino-French joint school, International Elite Engineering School. A wide range of programs, covering 11 disciplines, including science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, economics, management, literature, etc., are offered to cater to the demands of the society and to prepare the students for an ever-changing global context.


ECUST offers classes for different Chinese levels: 6 levels for elementary, intermediate and advanced language acquisition.

The class will be open with at least 6 students of each level.

A total of 16 weeks in one semester.

1 semester = HSK3/4, 2 Semester = HSK 4/5.




Prior Chinese Level

Targeted HSK Level

Language Proficiency


Elementary Level A


0-150 Chinese Characters

HSK Level 2-3

Elementary Level B

About 150 hours of Chinese acquisition

About 600 Chinese Characters

HSK Level 3-4

Intermediate Level C

About 300 hours of Chinese acquisition

About 1200 Chinese Characters

HSK Level 4-5

Intermediate Level D

About 450 hours of Chinese acquisition

About 2000 Chinese Characters

HSK Level 5

Advanced Level E

About 600 hours of Chinese acquisition

About 3000 Chinese Characters

HSK Level 6





Class Content

Class Hours

Monday to Friday


Practical Chinese skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing)

20 class hours per week

Monday& Wednesday


HSK Standard Course

4 class hours per week

Chinese Language & Culture Lectures (Online)

2 class hours for each course, 8 courses in total



International students stay at Xuhui Campus International Student Lizhi Building.

Single room (with a private bathroom, air conditioner, refrigerator, et.)

Shared facilities: laundry rooms and kitchens.

APA recommends submitting your application anytime from June for Spring semester, and from January for Fall semester. APA may consider late applications if the deadline has passed.

TermSpring 2023Fall 2023
Application DeadlineJanuary 15, 2023Aug 15, 2023
Arrival DateFeb 14, 2023Sept 7, 2023
APA Adaptation ProgramFeb 15 – Feb 18, 2023Sept 8 -Sept 11, 2023
Classes BeginFeb 21, 2023Sept 12, 2023
Program EndsJune 16, 2023Jan 13, 2024



– Non-Chinese citizen

– Between 18 and 45 years old

– Be a high school graduate or above

– Copy of HSK Certificate Level 4 or above if applying for Chinese-taught programs.



Application fee: $100

(Counted to your total program fee. The fee is not refundable except for cases of application failure or program cancellation.)


Program fee: $5,950

(include tuition, on-campus course(s), off-campus components, and housing)


Academics Logistics


16-week Chinese Courses

Official academic transcripts from the host institution


4-day APA Orientation Program

4-day Excursions (select one from Beijing, Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi’an, Guilin, Shenzhen, etc.)

APA Community Events

Practical Learning (select one from internship, consulting project, site visits, volunteering opportunity)

Visa preparation assistance


Airport pickup and reception

Local SIM card for access to services on local networks

Travel advice

University insurance

On-site support and 24/7 access for emergency needs


  • –   International airfare
  • –   Student visas
  • –   Books
  • –   Meals during the semester 
  • –   International Travel insurance

*APA can book flights, process visas, and provide international travel insurance for students if needed.



APA offers scholarships to students studying abroad in the Asia-Pacific region. The APA TO YOU Scholarship is a need-based scholarship granted by APA each year to students on study abroad programs. Students are welcome to apply for the scholarship. APA prioritizes students who participate APA programs.



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