Office of International Programs

Hendrix-in-Shanghai (China)

An immersive month studying Chinese language and culture will tentatively be offered in Summer 2022.


The China Summer Language Institute in Shanghai is a Hendrix-Murphy Foundation program coordinated by Dr. Wenjia Liu in conjunction with East China Normal University in Shanghai, China. The program does not require any Chinese language study before departure.

Program Overview

The program takes place from early-July to early-August and includes: 

  • Five weeks of Chinese language courses
  • Trip to Hangzhou
  • Trip to Suzhou
  • Dragon Boat Festival
  • Themed cultural visits of Shanghai (The Bund, Shanghai Museum, etc.)
  • Afternoon language/cultural activities (such as movies and karaoke)
  • Students also have the option of arriving early or leaving late to visit famous attractions (at their own expense)


The program consists of 4-5 weeks of intensive Chinese language classes. All courses are Chinese language courses taught by faculty members from the East China Normal University. Students earn two credits. 


Participants with a “C” or better in Shanghai courses will receive two Hendrix course credits and a Global Awareness Odyssey credit (upon completion of the normal Odyssey requirements). Under regular circumstances, only one of the two credits will count towards a Chinese minor. Please note that completion of the program does not fulfill the LA capacity for graduation.

Estimated Costs

The 8 students accepted into the program receive full scholarships covering the Institute's tuition, room and board, plus a stipend for meals and weekend travel. Student costs include:

  • Round-trip airfare: approximately $1800-$2000
    • Hendrix-Murphy will cover $300 for each student if the airfare is above $1500
  • China visa, plus visa agency fee: $140 + $150
  • Passport photos: $30
  • Pocket money: approx. $1000
  • Travel to/from the airport

The estimated cost per student will run around $2,020, excluding personal spending money.

The Hendrix-Murphy Foundation has a small discretionary fund to help students in financial need meet the out-of-pocket expenses for summer programs. As a rule of thumb, if you are Pell eligible you may qualify for this assistance. Please contact Sarah Engeler-Young at for more information. 

How to Apply

1. Students interested in the China Summer Language Institute should apply to the Office of International Programs by Monday, November 8, 2021 (for Summer 2022 Program).

2. Once approved by the Hendrix International/Intercultural Studies Committee (usually by Thanksgiving), students will apply to the China Summer Language Institute through Dr. Wenjia Liu. Each student will be asked to present a letter of intention and two letters of reference.

3. Notification of acceptance into the China Summer Language Institute will be made in late December 2021. Dr. Liu will update participants of any updates to current travel restrictions to China.