Shanghai, China

Urbanization and Sustainable Development in a Transitional Economy: Experiencing China

Shanghai Bund


URPL-GP 2251 Itinerary | Syllabus

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.



Shanghai, China

Map of China



This course will not be offered in 2022.



This course will not be offered in 2022.



Student request registration for this 3 credit course. A permission number will be granted upon acceptance into the course. 

Course Prerequisites: None

Upper-level undergraduate students seeking to take the course for credit must first gain approval from their advisor and then contact for registration procedures.

Non-matriculated, non-NYU, and non-credit participants should contact for more information.

For all inquiries about the program, contact



Professor Zhan Guo, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Transportation Policy; Director of Urban Planning Program



Tuition: This is a 3-credit course.

NYU students: this course counts toward your summer course load and tuition. Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for summer. Bursar’s payment deadline dates.



Program Fee: $1500. Cost is subject to change based on final itinerary. This fee is non-refundable.

A deposit will be due upon acceptance in the course. The program fee is payable by credit card. Program fees include: accommodations, private transportation to site visits, an opening and closing dinner, and all entrance fees to sites.



Participants will reside in shared-occupancy accommodations in Shanghai about a 15 minute walk from the NYU Shanghai campus. Students will be transported via bus and private transportation throughout the duration of the course. Accommodation arrangements are included in the program fee. 

Courses will occur at NYU Shanghai located in the Pudong district. Students have access to NYU Shanghai facilities including the lecture and classroom spaces, cafeterias, printing, and computer labs. 

For more information about Shanghai, visit The New York Times' Guide to Shanghai and Wikitravel's Guide to Shanghai.



Flight: International airfare to and from the program location is not included in the program fee. Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Students should not purchase their tickets before receiving proper instructions to do so. 

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 are required to apply for an L Visa. The earliest you can apply for a Chinese visa is 90 days prior to the beginning of your program.

Students are reminded to check their visa to determine 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. Students may read background information at the Consulate page.



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