Study China From Within China
All NYU Shanghai students study in one of the most vibrant urban centers of this fascinating country as it navigates its evolving place in the world in real time. But for some of them, the country itself is their subject. In NYU Shanghai’s Global China Studies (GCS) program, students get a fully immersive educational experience in the only four-year degree program where they can study China from within China. “So many universities offer Asian studies or Chinese language study,” says GCS major Savannah Billman, “but in GCS, we focus specifically on China, its relationship to the world, its economy and politics, the environment, its culture, and so much more, through the lens of China.”
Study What Matters Most to You
The major is structured to provide students with a broad knowledge base of China’s history, its culture and environment, and its role in the modern world. Yet it also allows enough room for them to pursue their individual interests as they relate to China.
Business-focused students can concentrate on the economics of the country. Art lovers can explore the culture of the society. Students who hope to work in public policy can pursue a range of China-focused politics courses. And since students are living in the country they’re studying, the subject matter is literally at their fingertips. “Being here and taking a class about city design in China, then being able to go out into the streets of Shanghai and see that in action is something that a lot of universities can’t offer,” says Savannah. Plus, students in the program can receive additional language training, which gives them an edge when applying for internships and postgraduate employment opportunities.
Develop a Connection Like No Other
But most of all, GCS students get the unparalleled opportunity to fully connect with China, both academically and in life. “The major really represents the spirit of NYU Shanghai,” says Savannah. “To be a bridge between the United States and China, and China and the rest of the world—that’s what GCS is all about.”