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Tulane Global

Live, Learn, Engage as a Tulane Student in Shanghai

Tulane Global provides an exceptional living and learning experience to international undergraduate students from China who are not able to learn on campus in New Orleans this fall. The program offers outstanding academic and co-curricular opportunities for new and continuing students.

Through Tulane Global, students will be able to:

  • Make progress toward their academic degree while taking courses in a wide range of disciplines
  • Connect with other Tulane students and Tulane faculty
  • Engage in co-curricular and experiential learning opportunities throughout Shanghai • Participate in social gatherings with other Tulane students
  • Prepare for an on-campus Tulane experience in New Orleans in the spring
  • Study in a safe and healthy environment with COVID-19 protocols in place

Tulane Global is being offered in collaboration with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), with which Tulane has a strong relationship. CIEE is one of the largest study abroad providers in the world and a has strong, established presence in Shanghai at East China Normal University (ECNU).

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☑ Academics

Tulane Global provides a Tulane educational experience similar to what students would receive on campus. Students in Shanghai will engage in hybrid learning through both virtual and in-person instruction. Students will take a full course load (typically 15-17 hours) of a combination of in-person Tulane classes using syllabi approved by Tulane faculty and remotely-delivered Tulane classes online. Students will receive academic credit for all courses completed through Tulane Global.

Tulane Global will not be able to offer the full catalog of TU courses, but will offer courses across the curriculum that will enable students to make progress towards their degree.

Courses may include:

  • A wide range of introductory classes that serve as pre-requisites for many majors and programs.
  • Writing and speaking courses including EAPP 1000, EAPP 1050, ENGL 1000 and ENGL 1011
  • Some required business classes including Financial Accounting and the “3010s”
  • Elective courses in business, psychology, communications, political science/international relations, history
  • Courses that fulfill the NTC core curriculum
  • A full catalog of courses will be released by early July. Students will be given priority for any online courses offered at Tulane in the fall.

First year students will have the opportunity to take a non-credit enrichment course that offers a sneak peek into life at Tulane. Led by a Tulane staff member and student leader, they will engage with a small group of their peers and be introduced to all campus resources before arriving. They will participate in digital weekly group meetings, covering a range of academic and social topics, as well as biweekly individual support from their staff lead. We want to make sure they feel connected to Tulane and supported throughout their fall semester! First year students will take TIDES upon arrival at Tulane in the spring semester.

Students participating in Tulane Global will be governed by the Code of Academic Conduct.


☑ Class Facilities

Students will take classes at the CIEE center in Shanghai, which is housed on the East China Normal University campus.

NOTE: Students will not be enrolled in ECNU courses and are not considered ECNU students. All courses will be Tulane courses, and students will earn Tulane credit. Students will, however, have access to ECNU facilities and be bound by ECNU student conduct and other policies while on campus.


☑ Support Services

As Tulane students, participants in Tulane Global can utilize the same academic and immigration support services available to New Orleans-based students including:

☑ Co-Curricular Activities

Tulane students in Shanghai will enjoy numerous experiential and co-curricular opportunities both in-country and through virtual exchange with Tulane students, faculty, and staff. These may include, but are not limited:

  • Visits with China-based Tulane alumni
  • Company visits in conjunction with business courses
  • Special Tulane branded gifts
  • Virtual peer mentorship programming with New Orleans-based students including TuPals
  • Engagement with Tulane faculty through in-person visits (travel permitting) and virtual mentorships
  • Social events with other Tulane students
  • Participate virtually in Tulane Student organizations

Students participating in Tulane Global will be governed by the Code of Student Conduct.

☑ Housing, Meals and Student Services

Residence Halls

Students will live in hotel-style housing near East China Normal University, approximately a 15-20 minute walk to academic facilities and close to public transportation. Similar to a Tulane residential experience, students will typically live in a double room with a roommate. There are a limited number of singles available for an additional cost, subject to availability. Students are welcome to find their own independent housing off campus. All nearby housing has limited availability, and will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.

Requesting housing at this point renders the student responsible for any unrecoverable housing costs should they withdraw from the program.  After June 29, you may be able to request housing, but we cannot guarantee availability.


  • Rooms come equipped with a single bed, desk, closet, and air conditioner. Students receive 1 sheet, 1 pillow and 1 pillowcase.
  • Includes regular cleaning
  • Private bathroom with toilet and shower
  • Access to kitchen facilities and appliances will depend on final housing placement. Students should anticipate taking all meals on or near campus.
  • Laundry facilities will depend on final housing placement. CIEE will provide guidance on best laundry options upon arrival. Resident Assistants will be on premises to provide direct support to Tulane students.
  • Wifi


Students are responsible for meals. Most students eat at the cafeteria, which is reasonably priced and provides large portions. Meals cost from 10RMB – 25RMB.


Athletic Facilities - Indoor badminton stadium, indoor ping-pong stadium, indoor basketball stadium, swimming pool (note: open to the public during odd hours), outdoor basketball courts, outdoor soccer fields, outdoor volleyball courts, two tracks.

Computer Labs - CIEE Shanghai has a library that has ten desktop computers equipped with internet and VPNs. Students may print school materials here and use the computers during the day. There is an additional computer lab that has six desktop computers equipped with internet and VPNs.

Library - ECNU has a library with a range of traditional, lounge-, and café-style study spaces as well as stacks, which include a collection of English literature and English magazines. Students may use desktop Mac computers at the library by registering at the front desk. There is no printing service at the library.

Medical Care and Health Insurance - There is a Medical Clinic on campus that students can use for minor illnesses and common prescriptions. The clinic is walk-in only. The cost of a visit is 10 yuan, in addition to any medicine costs. For more serious illnesses, Shanghai United Family Hospital is a nearby international hospital. Mental health counseling is available in Shanghai through international hospitals and clinics. Chinese Nationals are covered by Chinese Health Care and will not need to purchase additional health insurance.


COVID-19 Protocols

The health and safety of Tulane students is our paramount concern. Tulane will work with CIEE to ensure that social distancing protocols are adhered to in both academic and residential spaces. At CIEE, safety is a primary concern of every staff member involved in the operation of study abroad programs. While no program, in the United States or overseas, can guarantee the safety of participants, the risks can be significantly diminished if center staff, Portland program staff, students, parents, and advisors at the host and home institutions all work together. CIEE’s approach to emergency management parallels a Risk Management model of identifying risks, accessing vulnerabilities, promulgating mitigation strategies/prioritizing risk reduction strategies based upon the mitigations, as well as continuously monitoring local and regional conditions to provide guidance for all participants through the duration of their stay. CIEE conducts annual training of its staff in Health, Safety and Security and employs specific protocols for managing incidents involving our participants. The CIEE Alerts webpage communicates important health and safety updates. 


Your Tulane tuition, financial aid, scholarships, and academic support and student activity fee will be applied to your participation in Tulane Global. Students will not pay the Tulane health center fee, student recreation fee, or need to buy health insurance in the U.S. during their semester in Shanghai.

Students will pay for housing directly to CIEE. The cost of a shared double room will be USD $5,500. There are a very limited number of single rooms available for $8,000. Students are responsible for and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses.


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