Shanghai, China

Farewell Dinner (Photo by Ada Feng)

Urbanization and Sustainable Development in a Transitional Economy: Experiencing China

Shanghai, China at NYU Shanghai Campus

Tentative Dates: May 26 - June 6, 2019

The application for Summer 2019 will be available December 1, 2018.


The Course

URPL-GP 2251 | Itinerary

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 have visited:

  • Factories and immigrant clusters in Shanghai
  • Xinye Village
  • Zhongying Hei Forest
  • Juiangsu Province, Huaxi Village
  • Suzhou ("Venice of the East") for a day trip


Tuition: This is a 3-credit course and is counted toward your summer course load.

Program Fee: $1,300. This fee will be due upon acceptance in the course. This fee is non-refundable and includes housing and several meals.

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.


Participants typically stay Tong Mao Hotel, located across the street from NYU Shanghai. Students should be aware that rooms require double-occupancy. Students also have access to the NYU Shanghai classroom and computer lab. The program fee includes lodging costs, a private bus to site visits, 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.

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


Flight: Participants must book and pay for their own flights.

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid for up to 6 months after course date.

Visa: NYU students will receive information, guidelines, and process from NYU's Office of Global Services (OGS) regarding appropriate visa type.  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.

Registration INFORMATION

To request registration for a Summer 2018 course abroad, you must complete this application form. The application is open from December 1, 2017 - February 5, 2018.

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


There are no information sessions scheduled at this time.

Note: This course is open to NYU and non-NYU students/participants.


Zhan Guo, NYU Wagner