China: Shanghai and Beijing

Program overview

Note: 2018 program details will be updated by mid-December.

Program dates:  Saturday, May 6 to Sunday, May 28, 2017 (3 weeks)

This is the 9th year of the University of Toronto’s summer program in Shanghai, China. The program is designed to provide students from both the University of Toronto and Fudan University with a unique, intensive look at critical international issues from Western and Chinese perspectives. Students will spend two weeks in Shanghai attending intensive classes and then one week in Beijing.


The University of Toronto will offer one course in Shanghai and Beijing, China. The course is worth one full-year credit and is contingent on adequate enrolment. The class will be made up of students from both the University of Toronto and Fudan University.

Classes will be held Monday to Friday in Shanghai during the first week of the program and Monday to Thursday during the second week. The daily schedule will be from 9:00am to 3:00 pm.

While in Beijing the academic schedule will be less structured, but students will attend several guest lectures. Mandatory field trips are also an integral part of the course, and may occur outside of class time (including weekends) while in Shanghai and throughout the entire week in Beijing.

JPA376Y0 Transforming Global Politics: Comparative and Chinese Perspectives

Set against the backdrop of the rise of China, this course examines the dynamics of global change from comparative and Chinese perspectives. Themes include international security, political economy, political development and democracy, global climate change, economic development, poverty and inequality, corruption, technology innovation, among others.

Prerequisite: POL101Y1/POL208Y1/POL215Y1/POL224Y1 or relevant academic preparation
This is a Social Science course (BR=3), and can be counted toward programs in Contemporary Asian Studies and Political Science at the University of Toronto.
JPA376Y0 – Preliminary Course Outline

Field trips: In addition to local excursions in Shanghai, students will be required to complete a week long field assignment in Beijing. While there, students visit important historical sites (Tiananmen, the Forbidden City, etc.), cultural sites (museums, galleries, etc.) as well as attend lectures and workshops. These trips will enable students to learn through practical experience what they are studying in class. The cost of these trips is as follows:

  • CAD$655, paid to U of T for entrance fees, guides, onsite bus transportation in Shanghai and Beijing, and the Shanghai-Beijing flight.
  • CAD$55, paid on-site for local transit, some entry fees and driver/guide tips.

UofT Instructor:  Professor Joseph Wong was recently appointed as the University of Toronto’s first associate vice-president and vice-provost, international student experience. He is also the Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation at the Munk School and is Professor and Canada Research Chair in the department of political science. Professor Wong was the Director of the Asian Institute from 2005-2014. His research interests are in comparative public policy and political economy, with a regional focus on East Asia. In addition to many journal articles and book chapters, Wong’s books include Healthy Democracies: Welfare Politics in Taiwan and South Korea (2004), Political Transitions in Dominant Party Systems: Learning to Lose (2008), Betting on Biotech: Innovation and the Limits of Asia’s Developmental State (2011) and with Dilip Soman and Janice Stein, Innovating for the Global South: Towards an Inclusive Innovation Agenda (2014).

Information session

A detailed information session for the summer program in Shanghai will be held on the UofT St. George campus in January. This session provides an excellent opportunity to hear from one of the instructors and ask any questions that you may have.

Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Location: Woodsworth College Residence, Waters Lounge, 321 Bloor St. West (SE corner of St. George and Bloor)


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Program details

Saturday, May 6 to Sunday, May 28, 2017 (3 weeks)

This is the 9th year of the University of Toronto’s summer program in Shanghai, China. The program is designed to provide students from both the University of Toronto and Fudan University with a unique, intensive look at critical international issues from Western and Chinese perspectives. Students will spend two weeks in Shanghai attending intensive classes and then one week in Beijing.

“Eye-opening, exciting and insightful – a great learning experience.” – 2016 China Program Participant

The program is hosted and co-taught by Fudan University. Founded in 1905, Fudan is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China and has over 45,000 students. In the 1950s it also became one of the first institutions in China to enrol students from around the world, and has since trained over 10,000 students from 100 different countries.

IMPORTANT: Space in this program is limited to 25 students. Applicants must have completed at least 4.0 FCEs with a minimum CGPA of 2.5, and will be required to answer an additional one-page questionnaire.

With over 24 million people, Shanghai is the largest city in China in terms of population and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. Located on China’s central eastern coast near the mouth of the Yangtze River, Shanghai is an intensely dynamic city bursting with rapid cultural and economic change. Shanghai has recreated itself as a fresh, sophisticated and innovative metropolis. It is in many ways the hotspot of modern China, as well as a key player in the global political economy.

Beijing is the capital of China and is the nation’s political, cultural and educational centre. Few cities in the world have served as the political and cultural centre of an area as immense as China for so long. Beijing is renowned for its opulent palaces, temples, and huge stone walls and gates and its art treasures and universities have long made the city a centre of culture in China.

Program Activities

The program includes an orientation involving a brief tour of Fudan University and surrounding neighbourhood and welcome dinners in both Shanghai and Beijing. While in Beijing students will visit key cultural and political sites such as the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

Accommodation and meals

In Shanghai, students will be accommodated in a local hotel in double rooms (two single beds), a private bathroom, desk, phone and television. The hotel is located a few blocks from Fudan University. In Beijing, students will stay in a 4-star hotel in double rooms. The total cost of all accommodation for this program is CAD$1,080.

There is no meal plan. Students should budget approximately CAD$350 for purchased meals.

Group flight

There is no group flight option for this program. Students will need to book a flight arriving in Shanghai and departing from Beijing. Flight dates should accord with the program dates; students who choose to arrive earlier or leave later than these dates will be responsible for arranging their own accommodation for the extra day(s).

The flight from Shanghai to Beijing is included in the program costs and will be arranged by the Summer Abroad office.

Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)

All students admitted to the Summer Abroad program are required to successfully complete an online PDO, which will provide important program information and advice on international health and safety issues.

Students are also strongly encouraged to attend the in-person Shanghai & Beijing PDO, which will take place on April 17, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Entry requirements

All students are responsible for making sure that their necessary travel documents are in order. Information on visitor entry requirements, including visa application forms, is available from the Chinese Visa Application Service Center;

As of the time of publication (December 2016), Canadian citizens NOT born in Hong Kong, Macao, or Taiwan require a Visitor’s Visa to enter China, which can be obtained from the Chinese Visa Application Center, Suite 1501, 393 University Ave. Toronto, M5G 1E6, Phone: 416-345 8472;

Citizens of other countries, and Canadians who WERE born in Hong Kong, Macao, or Taiwan, may have different requirements. Each student is required to obtain their own Visitor’s Visa for entry into China. We STRONGLY encourage you to do this while in Canada.


The deadlines for fees payable to the University of Toronto are as follows:

  • Application fee: due February 13, 2017
  • Non-Refundable Deposit of $1,000 due two weeks after admission notification
  • All remaining fee: due March 23, 2017

Cost of Studying in Shanghai and Beijing

Amount Details
Application Fee $200 Paid at time of application
Course Fee
Domestic Students $2,950 Includes $1,000 deposit
International Students $4,105 Includes $1,000 deposit
U of T Incidental Fees $170 Estimate based on 2016 part-time summer fees
Field Trip Fees $710 Includes on-site transportation, the flight from Shanghai to Beijing and most entrance fees. Students should budget $55 for some entrance fees and guide/driver tips.
Airfare $931 Estimate – cost will depend on departure location and purchase date
Accommodation $1,080 Based on shared accommodation in hotels in Shanghai and Beijing
Meals $350 Estimate – paid on site for purchased and self-prepared meals
Visa for China $145 Estimate
Textbook $50 Estimate – purchase in Toronto prior to departure
Medical Travel Insurance variable Students must provide proof of medical travel insurance
Miscellaneous Expenses variable All students should budget for miscellaneous expense (e.g. travel, gifts, etc.)
Approximate TOTAL Program Cost INCLUDING field trips
Domestic Students $6,586 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance
International Students $7,741 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance

Financial Assistance

The following assistance is available for eligible students in this program. For additional awards and further details please see the Financial Aid section of the Summer Abroad website.

  • Summer Abroad Bursary (two at $3,000 each)