Shanghai is a commercial giant, a financial and cultural hub, and home to the largest container port on Earth. Translation: there’s no better place to expand your business knowledge from a global perspective. Learn about business ethics, corporate structure, fiscal policies,, and the importance of skills like integrity and collaboration — while developing contacts that can help with future career opportunities.
IMPROVE YOUR CHINESE LANGUAGE
proficiency and business vocabulary.
EXPAND YOUR NETWORK
alongside professionals at Chinese companies, multinationals, or NGOs.
Step back in time with a visit to the traditional water towns Zhujiajiao, noted for its narrow, cobbled lanes, stone bridges, canals, and rich history.
Choose a weekend away to learn more about cultures in different regions of China.
Destinations might include:
Historic Xi’an – Explore the ancient capital city at the western end of the SilkRoad, and burial place of China’s first emperor.
Beijing – See the Forbidden City and the awesome Great Wall with a visit to the modern capital.
Huangshan – See majestic Yellow Mountain in southern Anhui Province, and visit Hongcun Village, where the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was filmed.
Take trips to Sam’s Club Shanghai, IKEA Shanghai, or Shanghai 1933.
Stop by tea houses, museums, and local community centers to practice speaking Chinese with local people.
Try activities like Chinese cooking, calligraphy, or martial arts.
Peer-to-peer tutoring. Meet with East China Normal University students for structured, one-on-one Chinese language tutorials for a minimum of one hour, twice weekly. Tutors are undergraduate or graduate students who are majoring in teaching Chinese as a foreign language.
Internship. The CIEE Internship course is composed of on-site work with a local business or NGO, an accompanying internship seminar, and one-on-one mentoring.
Study abroad students participating in the Organizational Internship course will be assigned to an internship project with a company in Shanghai. The internship sponsors, which vary each term depending on participating organizations and available positions, may include local Chinese companies and multinational companies, as well as international small- and medium-sized enterprises and nonprofit organizations. Course curriculum includes class introduction, placement interview, coached work, and final presentation to earn three academic credits. See the courses section for more detail. Students enrolling in the internship course/program are required by Chinese law to change his/her issued student visa to a “Residence Permit” once on site, in order to legally pursue an internship in China. The application process for a residence permit includes: approval from Chinese host institution, East China Normal University, a physical exam at a designated clinic in Shanghai, and a visa-change application to the Chinese authorities. Fees associated with this process are estimated to be $150 USD. Students pursuing the internship are responsible for paying this fee.
Two-day orientation – an introduction to Shanghai culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
Field trips and cultural activities
Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
24/7 emergency on-site support
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GAIN Travel Grants - up to $2,000 toward travel costs guaranteed to all Pell-elgible students.
Gilman Go Global Grants - $2,500/semester and $1,000/summer, guaranteed to all Gilman applications.
Merit-Based Scholarships - $2,500/semester and $750/summer, awarded to students deomonstrating high academic achievement.
Minority Serving Institutions (MIS) Grant - $2,000/semester and $500/summer, guaranteed to all students attending MSIs.
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Academics & Curriculum All students enroll in the CIEE Organizational Internship course and one CIEE Chinese language course. An on-site exam is used to place students in an appropriate language level. Program participants choose from one of three Chinese language courses are offered:
Communicative Chinese I: For students with 0–2 semesters of Chinese language study.
Communicative Chinese II: For students with 2–4 semesters of Chinese language study.
Business Chinese: For students with 4–8 semesters of Chinese language study.
The CIEE Organizational Internship course is composed of on-site work with a local business or NGO, an accompanying internship seminar, and one-on-one mentoring. The seminar component includes 15 hours of instruction and discussion in the first two weeks, a check-in midway through the term, and lectures and discussions in the final two weeks, focused on current issues facing the managers, peers, and professional staff in the students' office environments. In seminar sessions, participants are encouraged to share real issues impacting their host organization with their instructor, company mentor, and other students. Company visits will also help provide students with additional opportunities to learn about local Chinese and multinational companies in Shanghai.
Accommodation & Meals Participants studying abroad in China have two housing options. The first option is to live in a residence hall with a CIEE or a Chinese roommate. The Campus Residence Hall is a five-story facility located on the ECNU campus that has a common lobby with 24-hour security and laundry facilities. There is a student computer room and study lounge on every other floor, as well as a kitchen and bathrooms on each floor. The residence hall is a 10-minute walk from the CIEE Study Center, and is within walking distance to a light rail and other public transportation.
The Chinese roommates are required to speak only Chinese, so this option is recommended for students who wish to live in a more intensive Chinese language environment while remaining nearby other program participants. Meals are not included in this housing option and are the responsibility of the student. Meals are available in campus cafeterias at moderate prices.
The second option is to live in a homestay. Chinese host families are located 5 - 15 minutes outside campus. Students can walk or take public transportation home. Students have their own room in the host family apartment and share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. Students are invited to most family meals, but should budget for their own lunches, some weekend meals, and most meals during group field trips and individual travel. Chinese family members speak Chinese only. This option is highly recommended for students who want to live in a Chinese language environment and make rapid progress in the language.
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** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.