Urbanization and Sustainable Development in a Transitional Economy: Experiencing China
Shanghai, China at NYU Shanghai Campus
This course will not be offered in 2016. Check back in September 2016 for updates on a 2017 offering.
Dates for 2015 were: Sunday, May 31 (arrival day) until Friday, June 12 (departure day). Class meeting days are Monday, June 1 through the evening of Thursday, June 11.
Within the next 20 years, China will move 300 million people--similar in number to the entire U.S. population--from rural to urban areas. The massive and rapid urbanization poses tremendous challenges to environment and sustainability but also offers great opportunities for industrial restructuring and economic development. This process is accompanied with the transition from a centrally controlled to a market-oriented economy. This course exposes students to diverse issues under this context, such as urban renewal, motorization, land-use planning, public finance in infrastructure, housing reform, real estate development, property rights, economic development zones, environmental protection, alternative energy, social welfare, etc. The twelve-day course will be held at NYU Shanghai, and combines classroom lectures, local guest speakers, visits to local organizations, and field trips in Shanghai and nearby towns and villages.
Visit NYU Shanghai's website for photos of the campus and facilities.
Course prerequisites: None
As part of the course students will take half-day study visits to organizations and institutions working in urban renewal, economic development and environment. The course will also include excursions and visits to local markets and attractions in Shanghai.
Participants will visit:
- Factories and immigrant clusters in Shanghai
- Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone
- The World Expo Pavilions
- XintianDi New Development, a car-free shopping, eating and entertainment district
- Suzhou ("Venice of the East") for a day trip
Tuition: $4,500 (approx.), plus registration and support fees. Click here for more information.)
Non-refundable program and activities fee (includes housing and several meals): $1,100. This fee will be due upon acceptance in the course.
Funding: students interested in potential funding sources should explore the opportunities on this NYU study abroad page. Be sure to find the opportunities available to graduate students.
Accommodation and Logistics
Participants typically stay at NYU Shanghai student residence building, Yifulou Hotel, or the Foreign Experts' Building, located at East China Normal University (ECNU). Students should be aware that rooms require double-occupancy. Students also have access to the NYU Shanghai computer lab. The program fee includes lodging costs, an opening dinner and lunch, and a closing dinner. Students will be responsible for the remaining meals. There are many dining and shopping options within a short walking distance to NYU Shanghai.
Flight: Participants must book and pay for their own flights, and should do so as early as possible. Most major airlines fly to Shanghai.
Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid for up to 6 months after course date, not before.
Visa: NYU students will receive information from NYU's Office of Global Services (OGS) and NYU Shanghai regarding appropriate visa type. Students will follow NYU OGS guidelines and process for securing a visa. The earliest you can apply for a Chinese visa is 90 days prior to the beginning of your program. Typically an X2 (short-term student) visa is appropriate for non-Chinese nationals but NYU OGS will inform students. Students are reminded to check their visa to detemine whether it is says "single" or "multiple" entry and must follow the regulations regarding entry. Typically only single entry visa is granted. The decision as to whether you will get one entry or multiple entries is solely up to the consulate officer issuing the visa. The staff at NYU OGS and NYU Shanghai have no control or influence in this decision. NYU OGS will provide guidelines Students may read background information at the Consulate page here.
Registration and Information
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Farewell Dinner (Photo by Ada Feng)
Suzhou Garden (Photo by Ada Feng)
Shanghai Migrant Village Visit (Photo by Ada Feng)
Shanghai River Boat Ride (Photo by Ada Feng)
Suzhou Boat Ride Musicians (Photo by Todd Kimmel)
Suzhou Boat Ride (Photo from Todd Kimmel)
Students Outside Suzhou Museum (Photo by Heather Diaz)
Thames Town Wedding (Photo by Manasee Desai)
Street Market Food (Photo by Todd Kimmel)
Shanghai Old Meets New (Photo by Siddharth Pandit)
Huxtong Tea House (Photo by Nicole Aimone)
Scale model of Shanghai 2020 vision at Shanghai Urban Planning Museum (Photo from Brandon, Neatorama Website)
Scale model of Shanghai 2020 vision at Shanghai Urban Planning Museum (Photo from Taj Campbell, Neatorama Website)
Marriage Matchmaking Note in Market (Photo by Todd Kimmel)
Marriage Matchmaking Market (Photo by Todd Kimmel)