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  • Locations: Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Hangzhou, China; Shanghai, China; Suzhou, China; Zhouzhuang, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Chinese, English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0
Housing Option: Dormitory, Hotel Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Arts and Sciences, City and Regional Planning, Comparative Studies, East Asian Languages and Literatures, History, Humanities, International Studies, Political Science
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led
Click here for a definition of this term Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1 Click here for a definition of this term GE Requirements: GE: Diversity (Social Diversity in the US; Global Studies), GE: Historical Study, GE: Open Options – Education Abroad
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: History Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Tiffany R. Pierskalla
Program Description:
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Explore the history of Shanghai over a 300-year-period and discover how this megalopolis has evolved over the years and will change again in this century. Students will gain insight and historical perspective through classes at Shanghai's East China Normal University as well as by visiting major historical, architectural, transportation and urban planning venues in and around Shanghai. All instruction is in English.

The program is organized both chronologically and thematically and seeks a balance between detailed examination of particular defining moments and discussion of broad patterns of continuity and change across historical periods. Students will also attend daily "survival-Chinese" language classes followed by visits to some locations discussed in class. 

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Living and studying in China will bring Shanghai's past, present and future to life for students in a way that classes at Ohio State cannot. The program also serves as a good introduction to China and will provide a concrete sense of how contemporary China differs from historical China. 


Students will live in the international student hotel dormitories on the campus of Southwest University for Nationalities. In Shanghai students will stay in hotels.

Resident Directors

"Since 1991, I have been traveling to Shanghai, where I was a graduate student at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. At Ohio State, I teach modern Chinese history. I developed my study-abroad program 'Shanghai, 1750 to 2050—History, Culture and Language' to extend learning beyond the university’s campus and to provide Ohio State students an opportunity to study Shanghai and the Chinese language in China. In my view, study abroad programs are an excellent way to fulfill one of the goals of a liberal-arts college education, which, to paraphrase publisher Malcolm Forbes, is the replacement of a closed mind with an open one. If students achieve this (in my case, regarding themselves, China and the U.S.), a study abroad program can contribute, in a small way, to international brotherhood at a time when many global forces are organizing in the other direction. In addition, past students seem pleased with the abilities they gain to order in Chinese from a Chinese menu." — Professor Christopher Reed

Professor Reed earned a Ph.D. in East Asian History from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996, a C.Phil. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990, an M.Phil. from the University of Glasgow, Scotland in 1984, and a B.A. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 1978. He is a specialist in the history of modern China with particular focus on the period from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. His teaching covers the Qing, Republican, and People's Republic periods.

Dr. Christopher Reed
Department of History

Leah L. Wong

Ohio State Program Contact

Tiffany R. Pierskalla
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click here to request one.



Courses and Credit Shanghai 1750-2050 tab 2

The primary goal of this course is to present students with general empirical information and interpretations about the history, present and future of Shanghai and China. After completing this program, they will be better able to make informed judgments about the chief historical themes, current trends and future plans for Shanghai and China today. Instruction will be conducted by English-speaking local teachers. No knowledge of Chinese language is required of students when they begin this program.

In addition, daily language instruction by professional language teachers in East China Normal University's widely respected - and Ministry of Education-supported - Global Center for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language will help students take the first steps toward cultural and linguistic independence.

Admitted participants are required to register for 3 hours of History 3798.03. This course counts as a GE in the following categories: History, Education Abroad, Diversity: Global Studies. Students are also required to have taken one China-oriented humanities course (history, literature, language, art history, etc.) prior to the beginning of the program.



Application Requirement Shanghai 1750-2050 tab 3

Students from all majors and ranks are welcome to apply. In order to be eligible to apply for this program:
  • Students must have and maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
  • It is suggested that students take one China-related Humanities course before the start of the program.
Students must also meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many education abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure. For information about applying for a passport, go to



Program Costs Shanghai 1750-2050 tab 4

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $2,248 program fee. The program fee includes housing, some meals, excursions, and your visa. It does not cover passports, immunizations or airfare. To see the full estimated cost of the program please refer to the program's budget sheet

This program has been generously subsidized by the College of Arts and Sciences. For Summer 2019, each participant will receive $500 from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry.

If a student withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.



Information Sessions 

  • Thursday, November 1 at 4:30 – 5:30 PM Enarson 160
  • Tuesday, December 4 at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Enarson 100

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U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
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Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.



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You are never sure exactly what you will get from a study abroad program.  My friends on other programs, and even my fellow students that went on the exact same program I went on, all seemed to gain something different. For me, I gained a more global perspective. I never realized just how limited my view of the world was until I went to Shanghai. This was definitely a life-changing experience and I am extremely glad I went.
     — Summer, 2017 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01/03/2019
01/15/2019 05/03/2019 06/01/2019
NOTE: Program dates include estimated travel time to and from the US.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.