General Chinese Program

Introduction to the Program

The General Chinese Program at Shanghai Normal University is 1 year program for international students.

About Shanghai Normal University

Founded in 1954, a key university in Shanghai, Shanghai Normal University (SHNU) is a comprehensive university with salient features of teacher training and particular strength in liberal arts.

One of the earliest universities to provide Chinese language programs to international students in Shanghai, SHNU started to accept international students in 1965. SHNU is one of the authorized universities to accept international students sponsored by Chinese Government Scholarship, Confucius Scholarship, Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarship and so on.

About ICCS

International College of Chinese Studies (ICCS) is the particular college to provide Chinese language programs to international students in SHNU. With the first-class teaching faculty, ICCS attracts nearly 2,000 international students from more than 40 countries all over the world every year.

For more information visit the Shanghai Normal University page here.

Start Date of the program

September or March


Elementary I: for beginners
Elementary II: for learners whose vocabulary is between 500—1000
Elementary III: for learners whose vocabulary is between 1000—2000
Intermediate I: for learners whose vocabulary is between 2000—2500
Intermediate II: for learners whose vocabulary is between 2500—4000
Advanced I: for learners whose vocabulary is between 4000—5000
Advanced II: for learners whose vocabulary is between 5000—6000

Application Deadline

July 15 for the fall semester (September-December)

December 31 for the next spring semester (March-June)

Main Courses

Extensive Chinese Reading, Intensive Chinese Reading, Oral Chinese, Chinese Listening, Chinese Writing, Survey of China, etc.


Xuhui Campus

Class Time

8:00 am to 12:15 am in the morning and 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm in the afternoon from Monday to Friday


Certificate is granted if student completes required credit hours and passes exams.


ICCS organizes one field trip each semester. Trips to Beijing, Xi’an, Hainan, Xiamen, Zhangjiajie, Jiuzhaigou, Nanjing, Yangzhou, Zhenjiang, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Shaoxing, etc. have been organized.

Tuition Fees

RMB 9,000 per semester
RMB 18,000 per academic year


Typically, students from abroad are arranged to be accommodated in the Building of Academic Exchanges Center, Waibinlou Building (Foreign Guest House), Xi Liu (No. 6 Dorm on West Xuhui Campus), etc. Also, students are allowed to rent off campus at their own will, however, it usually costs less to live and study on campus.. For further information on the accommodation visit the accommodation page here.

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