Shanghai, China

Business, Language + Culture

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Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 1 – Dec 14, 2019 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2020
  • Dates: Aug 30 – Dec 13, 2020 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2019
  • Dates: Feb 23 – Jun 6, 2020 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 1, 2019 – Jun 6, 2020 (40 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Improve your Chinese language skills and boost your cultural knowledge while studying international business in Shanghai — a global hub of culture, commerce, and finance. Students take classes in English at CIEE Global Institute - Shanghai across a range of subject areas, including business, communications, and political science. Students can also opt for a for-credit internship and gain practical work experience and firsthand insight into Chinese business culture. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Unique experiences

  • Take classes

    taught by Shanghai’s pros, like Charles Mo, CFO at Nike China.

  • Help a Shanghai

    start up with project management, or add experience to your resume with a similarly valuable internship.

  • Get inside companies

    like Shanghai Volkswagen, IKEA, Honeywell, and Coca-Cola and learn about management from the city’s most successful leaders.

  • years of CIEE study abroad programs in China

    36
  • years since Shanghai was incorporated

    751
  • 26,000 students at East China Normal University (including almost 5,000 international students)

    26,000

Location & Culture

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Perched on the banks of the Huangpu River and the East China Sea, Shanghai is China’s largest city by population, and a global hub of culture, commerce, and finance. Massively redeveloped over the past 20 years, the city boasts many of the world’s latest and greatest. The list includes: uber-tall buildings stretching up in the new financial district; and the world’s fastest-growing rapid-transit system featuring the world’s first commercial high-speed Maglev train.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Learn about Chinese business with company visits in Shanghai.
  • Join classmates for a thrilling acrobat performance, river cruise, group meals, and more.
  • Explore Chinese history and arts with visits to museums, art exhibitions, and plays.
  • Travel to beautiful cities such as:
    • Suzhou, often called the “Venice of the East” for its many canals, classical gardens, and silk industry
    • Hangzhou, known for its natural beauty as well as its textile and tech industries
    • Nanjing, one of China’s four ancient capitals and major commercial centers
    • Zhujiajiao, a traditional water town lined with stone bridges, cobblestone lanes, and canals
  • Gain hands-on cultural experience by learning Chinese cooking, calligraphy, martial arts, or mahjong.
  • Connect with the community by volunteering with local organizations or schools.

Excursions

Students participate in a one-week excursion for an in-depth look at Chinese culture and history. Past excursions have included:

  • Silk Road Trade Route – This famous premodern route enabled the exchange of merchandise, as well as religious, cultural, and artistic ideas. Students travel from the head of the northern route in Xi’an to Dunhuang, the City of Sands, a desert oasis at the junction of the northern and southern trade routes. Offered during fall term only.
  • Tea and Horse Road – This ancient network of mountain paths connected the tea-growing regions of southwestern China to Burma and India by mule caravan through the mountains and valleys of Yunnan and Sichuan provinces and Tibet. Students may travel to Lijiang and Shangri-La, seat of a Tibetan autonomous prefecture near the border of Tibet. Offered during spring term only.
  • Global Business in China – Explore the Pearl River Delta Region in Southern China and sites such as the Canton World Trading Fair, one of the oldest world's trading fairs. Students visit companies and attend lectures on business development and industry, take a city tour, and visit a local temple.
  • Convergence of Cultures – You’ll find some of the most traditional forms of Chinese culture preserved on the island of Taiwan, which maintains a thriving civil society with a democratic political system and capitalist economy. See why this culture is described as a blend of Chinese and Japanese cultures, with traditional Confucian beliefs and contemporary Western values. Visit the National Palace Museum, Taipei 101, aboriginal communities, the port city of Kaoshiung, the night markets of Tainan, and more.

Internship

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, coached work, and final presentation to earn three academic credits. See the “Curriculum” section for more detail.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestays: Ideal for students who want to make rapid progress with their language skills – Chinese families speak only Chinese. Students have their own bedrooms in the host family apartment, and share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. Host apartments are a 15- to 45-minute walk or commute by public transportation from campus. 

    Residence Halls: Students choose to live with a Chinese ECNU student – and speak only Chinese – or with another CIEE student in a five-story hall on the ECNU campus. There are shared kitchens and bathrooms on each floor, plus study areas and laundry facilities. The hall is a 10-minute walk to CIEE and close to public transportation. 

     

  • MEALS

    Homestays: Students are invited to most meals, but should budget for lunches and some weekend meals.

    Residence Halls: Students are responsible for meals. There are moderately priced cafeterias on campus.

Shanghai, China

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE Global Institute - Shanghai

    On the downtown Putuo campus at East China Normal University

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    EAST CHINA NORMAL UNIVERSITY

    Downtown Putuo campus

What People are Saying

  • Coming to China and not speaking any Chinese. I would go to a local convenience store almost daily and the same woman works the register every day. As I continue to learn Chinese, each day I would be able to speak with her more and more and at this point we can almost have a full conversation and have a friendly relationship. Very cool!

    Brett, Wake Forest University,Fall 16
  • The CIEE Shanghai BSL program was extremely well ran. Throughout the semester I felt supported and the whole process was smoothe and enjoyable. I especially was fond of the staff.

    Sophie, University of Miami, Spring 17

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

CIEE’s Business, Language, and Culture program is designed for students who have taken three semesters of college-level microeconomics or macroeconomics, accounting, finance, management, or marketing. Courses are focused on contemporary business issues affecting China and the role of the world’s second largest economy on international business today. Company site visits and other networking opportunities allow students to apply theories learned in class and contextualize the country’s economic rise within China’s largest business hub. Students investigate pressing business issues and trends with some of China’s most respected professors, such as Oliver Yang, the corporate social responsibility and government relations manager for the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

The CIEE Global Institute – Shanghai is located on East China Normal University (ECNU)’s downtown Putuo campus, and is known as the “Garden University” for its beautiful grounds by the Liwa River. Chinese language and elective courses are taught by full-time CIEE faculty members, including the CIEE language director, adjunct faculty from ECNU and other prestigious institutions, and professionals from the private business sector. A committee of specialists in teaching Chinese as a second language holds these courses to the highest educational standards.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    The semester is 15 weeks long and includes a one-week orientation, 12 weeks of instruction, a one-week group cultural excursion, a one-week program break for independent travel, and typically, one national holiday. Courses take place Monday through Thursday for two to four hours with occasional course-related field trips on Fridays and weekends. Class sizes range from 4 to 20 students and are typically co-taught by head language instructors and assistant language instructors. Students also meet with peer tutors for structured tutorials for at least two hours per week. All Chinese language courses, business electives, and area studies electives are managed by CIEE and specially designed for CIEE study abroad students. Some area study courses may include a limited number of ECNU students to increase cross-cultural and academic exchange.

  • GRADING

    The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. For elective courses, students are graded on exams, homework, participation, and attendance. Professors may assign exams, quizzes, research papers, and individual and group oral presentations or projects. For language courses, students are graded on daily homework, quizzes, and written and oral exams.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. Courses are academically rigorous, and there is a heavy emphasis on participation. Attendance is required, and students should avoid scheduling travel during the week. In language classes, instructors introduce new content and focus on improving students’ language accuracy and consistency through drills. Outside of class, students meet with peer tutors to reinforce the content and language skills learned in class. Additional hours of language tutoring can be arranged if necessary.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    Three semesters of college-level microeconomics or macroeconomics, accounting, finance, management, or marketing. Students who are citizens of the People's Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan ROC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macao, please contact a CIEE Study Abroad Advisor for details.

  • PROGRAM CREDIT

    Total semester credit: 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours. Students with special approval can take up to 18 semester/27 quarter hours

    Total academic year credit: 30 semester/45 quarter hours

    Chinese language courses: Contact hours – 90; credit – 6 semester/9 quarter hours per course Elective courses: Contact hours – 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course Organizational Internship: Contact hours – 45 (including 100 – 120 work placement hours); credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours

    Directed independent research: Contact hours – 45 (including 100 – 120 hours of research); credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours

Curriculum

Program Credit
Total credit: 15 semester/22.5 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
    • CIEE language courses: 6 semester/9 quarter credits; 90 contact hours
  • CIEE Organizational Internship: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100-120 internship placement hours
  • CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 100-120 research hours

Language of Instruction

  • English and/or Chinese

Requirements
Students must take 4-5 courses, for a total of 15 U.S. semester credits, including:

  • 2 business courses
  • 2-3 additional courses – students choose from the following:
    • Additional business courses
    • A Chinese language course
    • Elective courses in English or Chinese
    • An Organizational Internship
    • Directed Independent Research

Course Notes

  • Students who have not completed one semester of college-level Chinese or are unable to demonstrate equivalent proficiency must take Conversational Chinese or another Chinese language course to complete the Organizational Internship.
  • Students taking a Chinese language course will take an on-site placement exam and be registered in the appropriate language level based on their results.
  • Students enrolling in the Organizational Internship are required to change their student visa to an S2 Visa. Students pursuing the internship are responsible for the $150 S2 Visa application fee. The application process includes approval from the internship sponsor, approval from ECNU, and a special application to the Chinese government. Please note that recipients of the S2 Visa are not allowed to leave and re-enter the mainland of China without obtaining a new visa.

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

FALL 2019 COURSES

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Students enrolling in the internship course are required to change their student visa to an “S2 Visa” in order to comply with Chinese labor law. Recipients of the S2 Visa are not allowed to leave and re-enter the mainland of China without obtaining a new visa. Fees associated with this process are estimated to be $150 USD. Students pursuing the internship are responsible for paying this fee.  The application process for a residence permit includes approval from the internship sponsor, approval from Chinese host institution, East China Normal University, and a visa-change application to the Chinese authorities.

CIEE COURSES

BUSINESS ELECTIVE COURSES (IN ENGLISH)

CHINESE LANGUAGE COURSES

Students who elect to enroll in the Chinese language course are placed in one of the below levels based on the results of on-site proficiency tests.

ELECTIVE COURSES (IN ENGLISH)

ELECTIVE COURSES (IN CHINESE)

SPRING 2020 COURSES

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Students enroll in two business courses and additional electives, an internship, or a directed independent research project.

BUSINESS ELECTIVE COURSES (IN ENGLISH)

EAST ASIAN STUDIES ELECTIVE COURSES (IN ENGLISH)

CHINESE LANGUAGE COURSES

Students who elect to enroll in the Chinese language course are placed in one of the below levels based on the results of on-site proficiency tests.

ELECTIVE COURSES (IN CHINESE)

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

INTERNSHIP*

*Students enrolling in the internship course are required to change their student visa to an “S2 Visa” in order to comply with Chinese labor law. Recipients of the S2 Visa are not allowed to leave and re-enter the mainland of China without obtaining a new visa. Fees associated with this process are estimated to be $150 USD. Students pursuing the internship are responsible for paying this fee.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Visa
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • One-week orientation – an introduction to Chinese culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, , and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

 

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Fall 2019 15 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 1, 2019 Dec 14, 2019
$16,450
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $13,681 **

Housing = $2,090 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $212

Total Fees = $16,450

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,100

International Airfare = $1,300 ††

Local Transportation = $300 †††

Books & Supplies = $50 ††††

Personal expenses = $1,500

Other = $150 †††††

Total Estimated Costs = $4,400

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes breakfast and dinner during the week and most weekends for homestay students

for students in residence halls; students placed in homestays should budget $550 for lunches

†† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

††† students enrolled in internships should budget $500

†††† language books and area studies readers are free

††††† On-site visa change/extension fee (this includes the cost of the required medical/physical exam at a designated Chinese Hospital and Immigration fees); required for academic year and/or single semester students who do not receive a visa to cover the duration of the program pre-departure and Organizational Internship participants; optional for students desiring more than a single-entry visa.

Academic year 2019-2020 40 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 1, 2019 Jun 6, 2020
$31,255
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $26,396 **

Housing = $4,180 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $212

Total Fees = $31,255

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $2,200

International Airfare = $1,300 ††

Local Transportation = $600 †††

Books & Supplies = $100 ††††

Personal expenses = $3,000

Other = $150 †††††

Expenses during break = $3,000 ††††††

Total Estimated Costs = $10,350

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes breakfast and dinner during the week and most weekends for homestay students

for students in residence halls; students placed in homestays should budget $550 for lunches

†† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

††† students enrolled in internships should budget $500

†††† language books and area studies readers are free

††††† On-site visa change/extension fee (this includes the cost of the required medical/physical exam at a designated Chinese Hospital and Immigration fees); required for academic year and/or single semester students who do not receive a visa to cover the duration of the program pre-departure and Organizational Internship participants; optional for students desiring more than a single-entry visa.

†††††† academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

Spring 2020 15 weeks Nov 1, 2019 Feb 23, 2020 Jun 6, 2020
$17,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $15,081 **

Housing = $2,090 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $212

Total Fees = $17,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,100

International Airfare = $1,300 ††

Local Transportation = $300 †††

Books & Supplies = $50 ††††

Personal expenses = $1,500

Other = $150 †††††

Total Estimated Costs = $4,400

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes breakfast and dinner during the week and most weekends for homestay students

for students in residence halls; students placed in homestays should budget $550 for lunches

†† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

††† students enrolled in internships should budget $500

†††† language books and area studies readers are free

††††† On-site visa change/extension fee (this includes the cost of the required medical/physical exam at a designated Chinese Hospital and Immigration fees); required for academic year and/or single semester students who do not receive a visa to cover the duration of the program pre-departure and Organizational Internship participants; optional for students desiring more than a single-entry visa.

Fall 2020 15 weeks May 1, 2020 Aug 30, 2020 Dec 13, 2020
$17,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $15,081 **

Housing = $2,090 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $212

Total Fees = $17,850

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes breakfast and dinner during the week and most weekends for homestay students

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