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Materials Research Lab, Fudan Univ. - Summer

This guide was created to help you navigate the different aspects of travelling abroad as a UCEAP student. All important aspects of attending university in your host country are addressed here, including academic information, extension of UCEAP participation, cultural awareness, orientation, transportation, finances and much more.

Remember to also visit the Participants section of the UCEAP website for important information and deadlines.
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Your UCEAP Network
Academic Information
Program Overview
Academic Culture
The Chinese University
Admission to Chinese universities, especially those of high standing such as UC’s partner universities, is a rare privilege. Access is highly competitive and limited. Only about 30 percent of Chinese youth complete high school and only 18 percent of these pass the national entrance examination for admission to institutions of higher education. A smaller fraction of this number is accepted into institutions that are as prestigious as Fudan University.
Each Chinese university is a community that operates essentially as a complete social unit. In the past, faculty, staff, and administrators lived on campus, but as housing restrictions decrease and available housing increases, more live in nearby neighborhoods.
Host University vs. UC Courses
You may have to exert effort to adapt to the teaching style and requirements of your classes. Courses will not be the same as they are at UC. The most common difference is that students, even in language courses, have fewer opportunities for class participation. Although certain Fudan courses have been chosen especially for UCEAP students, approaches still vary from teacher to teacher, and there may be less discussion in class than is typical in UC classes. However, at UC’s host universities, where increasing numbers of faculty have spent periods of study or research abroad, instructors generally assume that American students will raise issues; in some cases the instructors even require class participation. Nevertheless, be sensitive to the cultural norms of the Chinese teaching style and do not confuse seemingly authoritarian or didactic characteristics of those norms with the individual attitudes of instructors.
The course materials are likely to be less structured and less clearly outlined than is usual in UC courses. Week-by-week syllabi with specific assignments are rare. You must exercise self discipline and initiative, and organize your time and activities to give priority to your academic work. Your experience in a course will depend on the interest, thought, and diligence you put into your studies.
Even if you have a high level of Chinese language ability, you can expect to have some difficulty understanding Chinese university instructors, some of whom have regional accents, speak rapidly, and use specialized terminology. Approaching this as a challenge rather than a frustration will enhance your success and enjoyment in China.
In some language courses, there is more focus on memorizing conversations and reading drills than there is on freestyle speaking, conversations, and on learning characters.
Exams and Grading
Course requirements will usually be outlined in a syllabus supplemented by the instructor’s explanation of the requirements. Although practice varies, regular university courses usually have one midterm exam and one final exam or written report. Most instructors do not give frequent short quizzes. Regular attendance is required. Absences exceeding 30 percent in any course result in an automatic Fail. If you must be absent for an emergency or personal reason, always seek the professor’s approval. Additional attendance and tardiness policies may be in effect; it is your responsibility to know the policies for each course.
In Chinese language classes, attendance is often taken during each class and absences result in a lower grade. If you miss more than 25 percent of a language class, you will not be permitted to take the final exam and will receive a failing grade for the course.
Exams in the language curriculum may be made up by staff, not necessarily in close consultation with the instructor. Tests are standardized for each level and therefore may not always cover material exactly as it was presented in class.
Questioning an instructor about test scores or grades in China is a delicate matter. First ask the advice of the Study Center Director. The final UC grade for a course is assigned by the instructor if he or she is a UC faculty member; grades for other courses are assigned by the Study Center Director based on the instructors’ reports. You may discuss questions about your grades or special circumstances that may affect your academic performance with the Study Center Director.
Grades for summer are usually available in late September. Grades for fall are usually not available until mid-March due to the Fudan University calendar and the timing of Chinese New Year; spring grades are usually not available until early to late October. Early grades are not possible as the timing is based on host university processes.
For more information about grades, see the Academic Information chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad.
Course Information
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Extending UCEAP Participation
Cultural Awareness
Educate Yourself
Social Conduct
Improve Your Language Skills
Reference Books
Have a good Chinese-English dictionary available on arrival. The dictionary compiled by the Beijing Language Institute is recommended; the American edition, the Pinyin Chinese-English Dictionary, is available in paperback (Wiley, 1982).
UCEAP students generally prefer the Concise English-Chinese, Chinese-English Dictionary by A. P. Cowie and A. Evison (The Commercial Press, 1986). It is also printed in China and readily available.
Liang Shih-Chiu’s pocket Practical Chinese-English Dictionary, printed in both Hong Kong and Taiwan, is another suggestion.
Students working in pre-modern China Studies should take their favorite Chinese-English reference books as they are virtually unavailable in China.
Official Start Date & Mandatory Orientation
Travel Planning
Travel to Your Host Country
Program calendars are subject to change. The Chinese government occasionally makes last-minute pronouncements forcing schools to adjust their semester dates on account of special events, natural disasters, terrorist threats, or the redistribution of public holidays.
Travel Documents
A passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of your intended stay is required to enter China.
The name on your passport, all UCEAP applications, and host university application must be identical in order to secure a visa, which is required for this program. Direct any questions to the Campus EAP Office immediately.
Packing Tips
Return Travel
Financial Information
Understanding Your Finances
Your MyEAP Account & Budget
Handling Money Abroad
Communications Abroad
Internet Access
Internet access is available in student rooms at Tonghe Apartments and Fudan’s Foreign Student Apartments. You will pay a fee for installation and use. In addition, there are many wireless hot spots on the Fudan campus, and you can also use the on-campus computer center and access points in the library.
Be cautious when using “private” agents to assist with housing searches. To avoid scams, consult with the Study Center before making a deposit or entering into any agreement.
Mail & Shipments
Housing & Meals
Where Will I Live?
At Fudan University, you may either live in a university-arranged dormitory or off campus with approval from the Study Center. Many UCEAP students live in the Tonghe Apartments, across the street from the Foreign Students Apartments (FSA). If you arrive earlier than the mandatory UCEAP arrival date, you must make your own hotel reservations. Information will be provided in the UCEAP Predeparture Checklist online or by e-mail.
ECNU and Fudan dorm rent must be paid in RMB. The dormitories will not accept U.S. dollars, travelers checks, or personal checks for payment. Fudan University accepts credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard for dorm payments, but ECNU does not. Unless otherwise instructed, all students (even those receiving financial aid) must make their own housing payments on time and in full. Financial aid will not make housing payments. Financial Aid Offices report financial aid commitments to UCEAP. These funds are applied to the UCEAP student account. If there is a credit balance, UCEAP will request a disbursement based on the financial aid disbursement schedule.
If you arrange private housing, be sure to register with local authorities, especially if your housing situation changes during the program. Housing for foreigners must be officially registered with the Chinese government at all times. Unfortunately, not all apartments are properly registered. In the past, some students have been evicted for living in illegal housing. If you do not follow the proper registration process, you may experience difficulties with local authorities and may be fined. UCEAP will not be able to assist in such a situation.

Fudan University

Q: Where Will I live?
A: You can choose where you will live. Many students live in the on-campus Foreign Students Apartments or in a privately owned off-campus facility for students.
The Foreign Students Apartments Main Building is 23 stories and has over 700 rooms, both singles and doubles. The new Foreign Students Apartments Affiliated Building is seven stories and has 125 suites, each with four single rooms, one sitting area, and two bathrooms.
Chinese citizens cannot live in the Foreign Students Apartments. Many students who do not live in the Foreign Students Apartments choose to live in the Tonghe Apartments across the street, which are also furnished and have a similar layout. Many students prefer Tonghe because the rules and regulations regarding visitors are not as restrictive as at the Foreign Students Apartments. The Study Center will provide additional information prior to departure.
Q: Can I live in a Chinese student dormitory?
A: No. Fudan University does not permit this. In addition, UC students have found the quality of these rooms well below UC standards. The Chinese student dorms are noisy and crowded, often with six students to a room.
Q: How do I pay rent?
A: You are responsible for paying a deposit and the total cost of the housing to Fudan in cash (RMB) or by credit card during registration. Estimated costs are online in the UCEAP Student Budget.
Q: How are roommates assigned?
A: At the time of application, you select either a single or double room. You will be assigned to a dormitory room (and roommate for double room) by Fudan University based on availability at the time of application.
Q: What is provided in the Fudan dorm?
A: On the first floor there is a reception desk that operates 24 hours per day.
You will be required to present your identification card to enter the building and to receive visitors. There is also a laundry service, mail room, mini market, and small lounge. You can park your bicycle in the basement. Rooms are accessed by one of four elevators in the building. Each floor has two small communal kitchens (at either end of the floor) and residents share the gas ovens, refrigerators, and card-activated washing machines. There are also water heating systems (samovars) to boil water before drinking. On the tenth floor there are card-activated clothes dryers. The dorm’s mini market sells all the prepaid cards necessary to use services in the dorm.
Q: What is provided in the individual dorm rooms?
A: Each furnished room is equipped with a private bathroom, balcony, air-conditioner, card-operated (201 card) telephone, broadband Internet access, and cable television connection. You are responsible for paying all costs associated with Internet and cable usage. Television sets are not provided in the rooms, but you can rent them from the dorm.
Q: Are linens and towels provided?
A: No, linens and towels are not provided in the individual dorm rooms. You must buy your own bedding, towels, pillows, etc. You can easily buy what you need at the dorm after arrival or, if you want a wider selection, in nearby stores for reasonable prices. It is not recommended that you bring linens from the U.S. to China, unless you have specific needs.
Q: Is there Internet access in the dorm rooms?
A: Yes. A broadband Internet connection can be installed in the rooms after arrival; estimated cost for use is 1–2 yuan per hour. Fudan recommends that you take your own laptop or purchase one after arrival. There are many convenient wireless hot spots around campus in addition to the campus computer center and library computer access.
Q: What do I need to know about the kitchens?
A: The cooking rooms are voluntarily cleaned by students using them, as are the dorm rooms. Keep all your kitchen utensils and personal belongings in your room, as theft may occur from the common rooms.

Dorm Safety

Under most circumstances, the fuwuyuan (service people, including desk clerks at dorm entrances, guards, janitors, and other dorm personnel) do not enter the dorm rooms except to clean. However, theft results when people neglect to lock their doors. Break-ins are rare, but do happen. Some desks have locking drawers in which to keep valuables. The rooms do not usually have private safes, so find an alternate means of securing valuables. Remember to lock your valuables, including your passport and residence permit. When traveling, take copies of your important documents and leave the originals locked up safely. Never carry your passport with you unless you are going to the bank to change money or to an official government office.

Doing Laundry

A limited but comfortable wardrobe is most practical in China. Laundry detergent has improved in China, and Tide with bleach is available. Without bleach, white clothing looks gray after a few washes. Delicate items can often be ruined in washing machines or dryers, so you may want to hand-wash special items. Dry cleaning is not up to international standards, although it is acceptable. Each host university has rooms with coin- or card-operated laundry machines.
At ECNU, there are shared washing machines in the dormitories on each floor. There are no dryers so clothes must be line dried. Since the air in the rooms usually is dry during the winter, clothes hung in the room can dry overnight (summer is humid and drying takes longer).
Fudan University
There are many locations to eat. There is a student cafeteria within a five minute walk of the dorm where one can get a good lunch for around one dollar. The dormitory has a coffee shop that is open until 9 p.m. There are several other student cafeterias on campus. Details about the wide variety of restaurants outside the campus will be provided during orientation.
Daily Life Abroad
Local Transportation
Extracurricular Activities
Opportunities are not limited to those mentioned in this guide. This section discusses a few of the many activities past students have enjoyed.
In addition to the existing local resources (local magazines and websites), the Study Center staff has information on academic, cultural, and social events, and will arrange a few activities and excursions for the UCEAP group.
Tutoring English is also a good way to mingle with Chinese students. In addition, both UCB and UCLA have alumni associations in Shanghai that organize activities on a regular basis. Fudan students have also recently started a Fudan-UC student alumni association. Shanghai has developed an active club and disco scene that is popular on weekends.
Students with Disabilities
Travel Sign-out Form
​Work in China
In addition to the following sections, read the Health chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad.
UCEAP Insurance
Staying Healthy
Local Medical Facilities
If you feel sick or have a medical emergency, seek medical attention and contact the Study Center immediately. The Study Center can recommend which clinic to visit, provide the necessary medical insurance claim forms to complete, and help make arrangements with your professor if you expect an extended absence. The ECNU clinic and Fudan University clinic can handle normal maladies and routine emergencies.
Physical Health
Prescription Medication
Mental Health
Health Risks
Infectious Diseases
Air Quality
Shanghai health officials started a crusade to clean up the city’s air by introducing strict new rules to restrict smoking in public places. However, many smokers are still commonly found inside and outside buildings.
Drinking Water
Staying Safe
Minimize Risk
Crime & Prevention
Civil Unrest
Traffic & Transportation Safety
​Natural Disasters
UCEAP Contingency Planning
Fire Safety
In An Emergency
If you are abroad
Carry local emergency contact information at all times:
Ambulance ......... 120
Fire .................... 119
Police ..................110
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