Q: Do I need to speak Chinese to attend?
A: You do not! The STA Winter Institute is not designed to be a language course, and all coursework will happen in English, mostly with American professors from top-tier colleges. Some Chinese might help you get around Shanghai, but the city is international enough that you will be fine even if you don’t speak a word of Chinese.
Q: Do I need to currently be an undergraduate to apply?
A: No. STA welcomes applications from recent graduates and graduate students.
Q: When are the dates, again?
A: The program runs from January 5 to January 20, 2012.
Q: When is the application due, and is there a fee?
Applications are due on November 21, 2011. It is free to apply.
Q: How much will it cost?
A: Please consult our cost and scholarships page.
Q: Can I get course credit for this?
A: Yes. We can work it out between your college and our American sponsoring institutions.
Q: Do I need to get a visa?
A: STA will provide tourist visas for all admitted applicants.
Q: How large is the program?
A: W are hoping to find 30 students from America’s top universities, who will join 30 STA students at the Winter Institute. Students will be assured ample interaction with each other and with faculty.
Q: How much free time will I have to explore Shanghai?
A: The Winter Institute will take up the majority of your time, but evenings will be open to explore the city. Two weekend trips are included in the program.
Q: I can’t sign up quickly enough! Where do I apply?
A: Right here!