Jiaotong University offers a range of language courses for international students, including an intensive term of daily lessons or a series of evening classes. The intensive course includes daily listening, reading and writing in classes of about 25, meaning full immersion in Chinese study. It’s one of Shanghai’s best universities, so you can expect to study hard (with plenty of regular homework), but to progress in all areas of learning, with midterm and final tests on reading and writing characters.
Courses can also work out as a bargain compared with private schools, plus as a student you can take advantage of cultural classes – calligraphy, paper cutting and Tai Chi – for rock-bottom prices. It's 9,900RMB per semester plus an application fee of 450RMB.
Jiaotong also offers newer courses specifically for overseas Chinese students, or focusing on the use of business Chinese.