Study Abroad in Shanghai

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Explore Shanghai, China

Long known for its history of foreign influence, fashion, and economic prowess, Shanghai strives to become a global financial and shipping hub. In turn, the city has undertaken massive development projects over the past two decades.

Study abroad students smiling in Shanghai, China
Study abroad students archery activity in Shanghai, China

Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion.

In Shanghai, past excursions have included:

  • Visits to sites loaded with history, like Old City God Temple and the Bund
  • Long weekends to alluring destinations like Xi’an, Hangzhou, or Nanjing
  • Themed excursions, like modern architecture in Shanghai, and governance and environment in rural Sichuan Province
  • Plays, rock music performances, art exhibitions, and more • Classes in calligraphy, painting, seal carving, or martial arts 
Study abroad students culture picture in Shanghai, China

Where Students Study

CIEE Shanghai
Our Center in Shanghai is part of the CIEE Open Campus Block Network. CIEE Shanghai is located on the campus of East China Normal University. East China Normal University (ECNU) Established in 1951, ECNU is one of China’s key institutions of higher learning. Nationally known for its Chinese language and literature program, the university hosts more than 26,000 students, including 3,700 international students, at its two campuses.

Study abroad students in Shanghai park

Internships & Volunteering

Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer. In Shanghai, students can get hands-on experience and connect with people in the community by teaching in a migrant elementary school or helping with a community project in a local area. In addition, students can participate in an internship at local Chinese companies, multinational companies, as well as international small- and medium-sized enterprises and nonprofit organizations.

Study Abroad Programs in Shanghai

Live From Shanghai


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What People are Saying

  • "I loved my CIEE study abroad experience in Shanghai! I think anyone who has an interest in Chinese language and/or culture should definitely consider this experience!"

    Julie S., Washington & Jefferson College
  • "It’s very convenient andthere are many opportunities to go to different places. The staff is also really great in Shanghai."

    Phoebe P., University of Colorado-Boulder
  • "I liked all of the activities and classes, and I felt like there was a lot of support from the teachers and office which made it much easier to make the transition to living abroad."

    Ashley H., University of Colorado-Boulder
  • "I enjoyed my experience and the location. The language courses were especially informative and helpful! I also really enjoyed my host family. The excursions were awesome, especially the trip to Sichuan."

    Makinna M., University of Colorado-Boulder
  • "I feel as if I had a truly life-changing experience here in Shanghai, and the program provided by CIEE did a lot to facilitate that. The program ensures you get close to your fellow students and the culture that hosts you, but also provides a great deal of freedom to discover these aspects on your own."

    Augustus H., Emerson College