SINGLE SEMESTER EXCHANGE
Fudan University Law School (China)
Fudan Law School (FLS), one of China’s most elite law schools, has more than 100 years of history and is the oldest existing law school in southeast China. The school is proud of the large number of its faculty and alumni who have played leading roles in China’s legal community and on the international stage.
Language of Instruction:
Chinese and English. An intensive Chinese language course is offered at the beginning of the semester however Columbia Law School only awards credit for law courses.
Pre- or Co-requisites:
Required Orientation: First week after registration at the beginning of the semester.
Recommended Arrival Date: September 3, 2015.
Classes Begin: September 7, 2015.
Classes End: December 13, 2015.
Exams: December 14-20, 2015.
Required Orientation: First week after registration at the beginning of the semester.
Recommended Arrival Date: February 26, 2016.
Classes Begin: February 29, 2016.
Classes End: TBD.
Tuition and Fees:
Students who participate in a study abroad program will continue to pay Columbia tuition, although in certain programs, health insurance and health service fees can be waived with proof of adequate alternative coverage for the entire year. All other student fees are waived.
Cost of Living:
Students are responsible for the cost of living while abroad. These costs include travel to and from the foreign country, housing expenses, food, utilities, entertainment, and all other costs associated with study abroad. Please consult with the Office of International Programs to learn more about the cost of living in Shanghai.
Health Insurance Requirements:
In order to ensure the safety of international students during study in China, and following regulations issued by the Chinese Ministry of Education, long-term International students are required to purchase Foreign Students Overall Insurance. The insurance fee for long-term students is 400 RMB every six months. Students who can prove that they have sufficient alternate insurance coverage can receive a waiver from the Foreign Students Overall Insurance plan.
Columbia Law School students may be required to continue paying health insurance fees and health service fees at Columbia if appropriate alternative coverage is not obtained.
Fudan University provides dormitory style, on-campus housing for foreign students. Foreign students must register online for housing and pay the accommodation fee.
Students who elect to live in off-campus housing must apply for a “Temporary Accommodation” through the local police department. A registration form for this process can be obtained in the office of the Foreign Student Dormitory. Should a student move at any time during their study they must go through the same procedure again within 10 days of their move.
Columbia students must register for a minimum amount of credits during their semester at Fudan Law School in order to maintain their full-time status at Columbia Law School For every 45 minutes spent in class each week, Fudan Law School gives one (1) credit.
All students must take the final examination for each course selected. Examinations may take the form of an oral test, open book test, or close-book tests. The grade a student receives is based on the score of the final exam or in consideration of the average performances of the student during the semester and the final examination.
Grades are determined according to a percentage on a floating basis. Below is the conversion table for score, grade, and grade point average.
Columbia students must earn a minimum score of 60 to receive credit at Columbia. Grades earned abroad will not be listed on students' Columbia transcripts; the Columbia transcript will only indicate that students have earned credits under an international study abroad program.
There are 14 weeks of classroom instruction followed by a 15th week for exams in each semester. Courses offered during the 2015–2016 academic year:
Fall Semester 2015:
*International Law (three credits)
*International Financial Law (three credits)
*Comparative Law (three credits)
*Commercial Law (three credits)
**Chinese Legal Culture (two credits)
**Chinese Commercial Arbitration (two credits)
**Chinese Business Organizations (three credits)
**Chinese Civil Law (three credits)
**Foreign Investment in China (three credits)
**Chinese Constitutional & Administrative Law (two credits)
**Chinese Foreign Trade Law (two credits)
**Chinese Language (two credits) ◊
Spring Semester 2016:
*International Commercial Arbitration (two credits)
*International Investment Law (three credits)
*Comparative Business Law (three credits)
**Chinese Contract Law (three credits)
**Chinese Taxation Law (two credits)
**Chinese Intellectual Property Law (three credits)
**Chinese Banking Law and Payment System (two credits)
**Chinese Securities Law (two credits)
**Chinese Labor and Employment (two credits)
**Chinese Trial System (two credits0
**Chinese Criminal Law (two credits)
**Chinese Language II (two credits) ◊
The teaching schedule for each semester may be subject to changes. A course may be cancelled if the number of students who select the course has not reached the minimum requirement of the school. Exchange students can choose courses for undergraduates if there is any vacancy and at most two of the LL.M. courses.
* Courses for undergraduate students. ** Courses for LL.M. Program in Chinese Business Law.
◊ Columbia Law School does not award credit language courses taken as part of an exchange program.
It may be possible while studying abroad to arrange work with a local nongovernmental organization that would qualify towards the fulfillment of the pro bono requirement. Please consult with Social Justice Initiatives for further information.
Fudan Law School has two exchange categories: General (enrolls in undergraduate level courses) and Senior (enrolls in graduate-level courses).
Each year, up to two Columbia Law School students may participate in the Fudan exchange program. Applications open during the spring term only and should be submitted for the 2L spring term or the fall or spring terms in the 3L year.
Selections will be made upon the strength of the personal statement; academic record at Columbia; faculty recommendations; and other factors that reflect the likelihood of a candidate’s successful participation in the program. In some instances, interviews may be conducted to assist in the selection process.
Columbia Law School Application Requirements:
- Columbia Law School Study Abroad Application, including a Personal Statement.
- Curriculum Vitae.
- The name of a Columbia Law School faculty member who can submit a brief recommendation.
- Official transcript (i.e., configure LawNet/Apply for Study Abroad/My Services to allow OIP access to your transcript).
Fudan Law School Application Requirements:
- Online Application (After completing the online application, please inform FLS via email). Be sure to include you online application number).
- Completed PDF copy of Online Application (with signature and photograph).
- Copy of Passport (cover and ID pages).
- Copy of Diplomas/Certificates earned (notarized photocopies are acceptable).
- Corresponding official transcripts (original, or notarized copies are acceptable).
Fudan University Online
Fudan University Law School Hompeage
The Fudan University Library, located in the Jiangwan campus, has five floors with a total area of nearly 20,000 square meters. In the library, there are reading rooms, U.N. depository library materials, donated books by SHI Jianya and other special literature areas. In addition to providing traditional services, the library also provides an online learning area and a multimedia training room for small teams.
Library Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Sunday.
Exchange students from the United States are required to obtain a visa to study in China. Students who are accepted into the exchange program will receive information regarding the visa application process.
For more information
Visit the Office of International Programs in William and June Warren Hall, 6th Floor. There, you can view any additional information on file from our partner schools, as well as any relevant program evaluations that have been submitted by students who have participated in this and other study abroad programs.
Studying abroad has been very beneficial for many students who are considering a public interest career, but that the timing of overseas study may also present scheduling conflicts with regard to public interest hiring calendars. Please consult with Social Justice Initiatives to learn more.
Director of International Student Exchange and Joint Degree Programs
Office of International and Comparative Law Programs, Columbia Law School
Office: William and June Warren Hall, Room 605