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Summer Language Exchange Programme Fudan University, Shanghai, China


This is a unique opportunity to study Mandarin intensively in a native environment in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in China.

You will not only be able to significantly improve your linguistic skills but also acquire a real taste of Chinese culture and society.

LSE has already established an academic partnership with Fudan University Shanghai offering a double degree in MSc in Global Media and Communication.

This is a new development between the LSE Language Centre and the Language Training Centre, International Cultural Exchange School, Fudan University providing Mandarin and English language exchange programmes for students.

Currently, we are able to send two groups of LSE students studying Mandarin to Fudan University. Students can apply to the The Fred Halliday Language Award for a contribution towards their costs.

Report and student stories



You can also read student stories from 2015, 2014 and 2013 which will give you a taster of what you can expect.

Group 1: Students with Mandarin GCSE or equivalent

This applies directly to students who finish our LN104 Mandarin Language and Society (Beginner) degree option or a Level 2 Mandarin MFL certificate course at LSE.

Group 2: Students with Mandarin A level above or equivalent

This applies to students who finish LN142 or LN140 Language and Society Degree Option or Level 3/4/5 on an MFL Certificate Course at LSE.

  • Length: 5 weeks; 25 teaching hours a week plus social activities
  • Dates: 31 July 2016 to 25 August 2017
  • Content: Intermediate to Advanced Mandarin lessons with general lectures on social science subjects in Mandarin
  • Exit Level: Enhanced Advanced Level. Therefore, ready for LN240 Mandarin Language and Society (Proficiency) or LN340 Mandarin Language and Society (Mastery) subject to assessment
  • Number: LSE students only with a minimum of 10 and maximum of 15
  • Course Fee: TBC
  • Accommodation: Nearby (5 minutes from campus) 4 star hotel. Single room TBC per night, including breakfast or Twin room TBC per night, including breakfast.
  • Course outline and overview

If you intend to apply, please attend the Information Sessions which will be held on;

  • Session 1: Room TW1.1.02, Thursday 8 December 2016 from 15:00 – 16:00 
  • Session 2: 32L.LG.02, Thursday 12 January 2017 from 18:00 – 19:00

You will be able to get to know about the application process and key dates. You will also be able to meet the students who went last year to share their experiences. 

If you are interested in the above summer programme but cannot make the Information Session, please review the information sessions slides. You can email the Mandarin Course Co-ordinator Dr Catherine Xiang h.xiang@lse.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Information on when applications open for the current academic year will appear here.