Launched in cooperation with Fudan University in 2012,
Trinity in Shanghai offers students an exciting opportunity to learn and
live in the premier economic, academic and social center of China
and one of the most dynamic and global megacities in the world. Rich in
Chinese history, tradition, and culture, Shanghai exhibits a rare
combination of modern cosmopolitanism, economic dynamism, and global
sophistication that can rival New York, London, and Tokyo. With courses
taught by faculty at Fudan University, one of the top-ranked
universities in China, this new program will allow students to explore
firsthand a variety of issues in urban studies, politics, economic
development, and related areas in the liberal arts. In addition, the
program provides opportunities for the study of the rich history,
culture, and language of the rising country of China.
The program can accommodate students with beginning through advanced Chinese language.
The program offers students strong academic opportunities at Fudan University, one of the top universities in China.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in an internship or conduct an independent study research projects for credit.
Excursions and activities in and around Shanghai and to other cities in the lower Yangtze River region will immerse students in the local environment.
The city of Shanghai is relatively young city in terms of Chinese
history, starting out as a coastal fishing town in the 17th century.
Shanghai has grown rapidly since this time, maturing into a truly
world-class city in the early 21st century. Dubbed “the Paris of the
Orient” in the 1920s, Shanghai had become by this time the most
cosmopolitan and international city in Asia. After WWII and the
Communist Revolution of 1949, Shanghai remained the most dominant, if
sluggish, manufacturing center in China. During the 1990s, the city
became increasingly service-oriented, developing into the country’s
financial hub, or “the New York of China.” The transformation to the
economic, social and physical landscapes of Shanghai has been so
dramatic that an American architect touted it as “the greatest
transformation of a piece of earth in history.” As agricultural fields
and fishing ponds have turned into massive skyscrapers, including some
of the tallest in the world, a shrinking number of old neighborhoods and
buildings remain culturally preserved landmarks that are witness to the
old Shanghai. It is this unusual blend of old and new, and East and
West, that makes Shanghai a fascinating environment for students.