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Undergraduate Initiatives

NYU in Shanghai

NYU in Shanghai is the undergraduate initiative of the academic center in Shanghai, China's largest city and among the most intellectually vibrant locations on the Asian continent. The program draws on the cultural, academic and artistic resources of that great metropolis including its many excellent universities. NYU in Shanghai established a close working relationship with East China Normal University (ECNU), one of the premier institutions of higher education in China and home to many of China's most important research institutes in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. ECNU is also a leading center for the Teaching of Chinese as a Foreign Language.

NYU in Shanghai continues in the strong academic tradition of New York University's global sites by providing students with access to on-site academic administrators, who serve as advisors during their stay, as well as full-time professional staff in student affairs. Like other NYU study abroad sites, the initiative in Shanghai draws faculty not only from NYU professors with expertise in the region, but also from prestigious local faculty and intellectuals, making the quality of instruction and access to scholars unparalleled. While abroad, students also have access to exceptional curricular and co-curricular resources in Shanghai and the surrounding area. Cultural excursions play the important role of, integrating the history and culture of the region into the student experience.


Mingzheng Shi, a scholar of urban history with a ten year career in international education, has been appointed as Director of NYU in Shanghai. A native of Beijing, Mingzheng Shi earned his Ph.D. in Chinese history from Columbia University. He also holds a BA in cross-cultural studies from Peking University and an MA in American Studies from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Shi has held faculty positions at the University of Houston and University of Hawaii, Manoa where he taught Asian history and modern Chinese history respectively. His academic research interest centers on the history of Chinese cities and he has published a number of works exploring the dynamics of culture and modernity in Chinese urban history and society. He is currently working on a book-length study comparing Beijing and Shanghai, two of China's most important cities.

Prior to joining NYU in July, 2006, Dr. Shi was the Director of Shanghai programs for the Council on International Educational Exchange, a leading non-profit provider of international exchange programs and services for students and teachers. At CIEE for six years, Dr. Shi managed a study center, a teach-in-China program, and a faculty development program while teaching courses on modern Chinese history and society. His second book, Reordering Space in Early Twentieth Century Beijing, is forthcoming from Stanford University Press.