East China Normal University
East China Normal University is one of China's largest pedagogical universities. Like its sister-school, Central China Normal University, ECNU places great emphasis on international collaborations with universities around the world, and offers a comprehensive program for students interested in Chinese culture, history, and global impact.
Since its inception in 1951, ECNU's departments have grown to encompass 22 schools
and colleges offering 76 undergraduate programs including: the School of Software,
the International College of Chinese Studies, Chinese, History, Mathematics, Geography, Psychology
and Physics. Nicknamed "the garden university," ECNU is known not only for its rigorous
academics, but for its lush, beautiful campuses.
International students at ECNU have a number of accommodations to choose from, as the Zhongbei campus boasts four international dorms. Several of these residence halls provide students with cooking facilities, though students can dine at any of the three dining halls on campus as well.
The university's two campuses are located in Shanghai, the most populous city in China the largest city proper in the world. Shanghai is widely considered to be "the birthplace of modern China," and is one of the most popular destinations in the country for both tourists and visiting scholars. Shanghai is home to a number of unique parks, from the French-style Fuxing Park to Xujiahui Park, a reclaimed rubber works factory. A transportation hub, Shanghai provides students with four major railways, three of which extend to the larger Chinese rail network. From these stations, students can travel to major cities such as Beijing, Hangzhou and others.