Urbanization and Sustainable Development in a Transitional Economy: Experiencing China
Shanghai, China at NYU Shanghai Campus
Dates for the 2014 course and an information session will be posted in late November.
For reference, in 2013 the course was offered: Sunday, June 2 (arrival day) - Friday, June 14 (departure day). Class meeting days were Monday, June 3 through Thursday, June 13.
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: $4,128 (4 credits, matriculated graduate students, plus registration and support fees. Click here for more information.)
Non-refundable program and activities fee (includes housing and several meals): $1,000. This fee will be due on March 1, 2013.
Accommodation and Logistics
Participants stay at NYU Shanghai student residence building, located at East China Normal University (ECNU). The residence building is exclusive to international students studying at ECNU, and each room is a private, comfortable single with wireless internet access. The residence also includes a small common sitting room, a resident assistant and a staffed front desk for added security. Students also have access to the NYU Shanghai computer lab. The activities fee includes housing costs, an opening luncheon and several dinners. Students will be responsible for the remaining meals.
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.
Tourist Visa: See the Chinese Consulate-General of New York's website for directions on how to apply for a "tourist" (not "student" or "business") visa.
Registration and Information
All students must complete the Request for Registration online form on the right side of this page.
Upper-level undergraduate students seeking to take the course for credit must first gain approval from their advisor and then contact email@example.com for registration procedures.
Non-matriculated, non-NYU and non-credit participants should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for directions on how to apply.
For all inquiries about the program, contact email@example.com.
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)
Join us for an information session on Monday, February 11 2013 at 2:30pm at NYU Wagner to learn more about this course and Wagner's other summer courses abroad. RSVP here.
Request for Registration Form and Timeline
To request registration for a Summer 2013 course abroad, please complete this online form. The priority deadline will be Friday, February 15, 2013 at 9am. You are strongly encouraged to meet the February 15 priority deadline since the abroad courses tend to fill up with a wait list via the priority deadline.