Shanghai, China

China In A Global Context

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  • Dates: Sep 2 – Dec 15, 2018 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

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May 15, 2019
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  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
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November 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Feb 24 – Jun 8, 2019 (15 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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China’s 5,000-year history is marked with contributions that range from silk trade to movable type to tofu. Many of its cities – including Shanghai – have seen remarkable expansion over the last few decades. Combine the two, add opportunities to live like a Shanghainese citizen, and it’s clear that studying here will be one of the most eye-opening experiences of your lifetime.

Unique experiences

  • Begin or continue your study

    of Mandarin Chinese with outstanding support.

  • See the China beyond Shanghai

    the one tourists often miss – with a one-week excursion.

  • Learn about Chinese politics,

    economy, society, and more with a broad selection of courses taught in English.

  • years of CIEE study abroad programs in China

    36
  • year Shanghai was incorporated

    751
  • 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

  • Join classmates for a thrilling acrobat show, a river cruise, group meals, and more.
  • Explore Chinese history and arts with visits to museums, art exhibitions, and plays.
  • Step back in time with visits to traditional water towns like Wuzhen and Zhujiajiao, lined with narrow cobbled lanes, stone bridges, canals, and rich history.
  • Travel overnight to nearby beautiful historic cities like Suzhou – called Venice of the East for its many canals and famous for its classical gardens and silk industry – or Hangzhou, known for the natural beauty of its mountains and its textile and high-tech industries.
  • Get hands-on cultural experience by learning Chinese cooking, calligraphy, martial arts, music, or mahjong.
  • Venture off for a weekend to explore the Forbidden City in Beijing, or the Ming Mausoleum in Nanjing.
  • Choose from three cultural excursions for an in-depth look at the China tourists never see.
  • Silk Road Trade Route – fall. This famous pre-modern 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. Ideal for humanities and social science students majoring in Chinese language and culture, literature, history, religion, anthropology, and geography.
  • Tea and Horse Road – spring. 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. Ideal for humanities and social science students majoring in Chinese language and culture, literature, history, religion, anthropology, and geography.
  • Hong Kong. Explore one of the world's leading international financial centers and see how Hong Kong retains different political and economic systems from mainland China, with a diverse international population. Students visit companies and attend lectures on business development and industry, take a city tour, cruise Victoria Harbor at night, and visit a local Daoist temple known for fortune telling. Ideal for students majoring in international business, finance, and economics.
  • Taiwan. 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 Taiwanese 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 Keelung, and more. Ideal for social science students majoring in international affairs, political science, and economics.

PROJECTS

Teach or volunteer:
Get hands-on experience and connect with people in the community by helping part-time at a school or nonprofit organization. You might teach in migrant elementary school in Shanghai or help with a community project in a rural area.

Kick your Chinese language skills into high gear:

  • Peer language tutors. Join a qualified ECNU student for one-on-one tutorials of at least one hour, twice a week.
  • Chinese language clinic. Professional Chinese language instructors lend a hand with unique problems in your study with 90-minute sessions, offered four times a week.
  • Target language activities. Join CIEE teachers, peer tutors, and center staff in an informal setting that encourages students to use their Chinese language skills.
  • Intern to gain professional experience, credit, and get a close look at how Chinese businesses tick. Support data collection efforts at a large multinational company, help manage projects at a Shanghai start-up, 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, 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.

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 can 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 SHANGHAI

    Downtown Putuo campus at East China Normal University

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    EAST CHINA NORMAL UNIVERSITY

    Downtown campus

What People are Saying

  • My most memorable experience was on the Silk Road weeklong trip. I loved all the new cultural aspects of the program. I learned so much about Tibetan and Chinese relations. I learned a lot about Buddhism and how Chinese, Tibetan, and Indian buddhism and the sites we visited were eye-opening and mouth dropping.

    Molly, Carleton College,Fall 16
  • I think it is the best program to learn Chinese. It is not only an enriching academic program, but it is also an enriching cultural experience. Thanks to CIEE, I feel as though I am walking away from Shanghai with a completely new perspective.

    Camelia, University of Southern California: CLAS, Spring 17

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What you need to know

The program details

For the past decade, CIEE’s China in a Global Context program has been helping college students understand China and its place in the world. Chinese language instruction in conjunction with coursework traces China’s development from its colonial period to its modern politics and incorporates the internal and external factors that continue to mold the Middle Kingdom. This program is ideal for students with backgrounds in the humanities and social sciences, especially those with majors or minors in international relations or political science. Students choose from a wide variety of English-language courses, ranging from East Asian studies to economics.

Language students participate in the CIEE Community Language Commitment, which comprises both graded and voluntary components to compel students to speak Chinese as much as possible. As students gain proficiency, CIEE Beijing staff members and language instructors encourage them to use their language skills in everyday settings.

Students who have completed one semester of college-level Chinese or demonstrate equivalent proficiency in Chinese language have the option to take all coursework in English.

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 32,000 students, including 5,000 international students between its two campuses.

CIEE Shanghai. ECNU has hosted CIEE since 2001. Located on ECNU’s downtown Putuo campus, which is known as the “Garden University” for its beautiful grounds.

 

Elective courses are taught by local and international faculty from East China Normal University, Fudan University, Jiaotong University, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and other prestigious Chinese academic and government research institutions in Shanghai.

Chinese language courses are taught by full-time CIEE faculty members, including the CIEE language director, and adjunct teachers from the East China Normal University College of International Chinese Studies. A committee of specialists in teaching Chinese as a second language holds these courses to the highest educational standards.

The semester is fifteen weeks long and comprised of a one-week orientation and twelve weeks of instruction interspersed with a weeklong cultural excursion, a weeklong program break for independent travel, and one national holiday.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    English language elective courses, ranging in class size from 5 to 20 students, are held once a week during the afternoons. Chinese language electives, which typically have around four students, meet twice a week for two hours. All electives contain co-curricular field trips, scheduled on Fridays, and occasionally, weekends. Chinese language classes meet from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Class sizes are small, with an average of five students per class and final grades are highly dependent on participation and attendance. Classes are typically co-taught by head language instructors and assistant language instructors. Students also meet with peer tutors for structured tutoring sessions for at least two hours each week. All Chinese language courses and area studies electives are managed by CIEE and specially designed exclusively 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

    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. Language classes: Student are assessed based on daily homework and quizzes, written and oral unit tests, and written and oral mid-term and final exams. The following letter grades are assigned: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, F.

Eligibility

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    One semester of college-level Chinese area study is recommended. Students who are citizens of the People's Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan ROC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau, please contact a CIEE Study Abroad Advisor for details.

Curriculum

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 and 15 seminar hours); credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours
  • Directed independent research: Contact hours – 45 (including 100 – 120 research hours and 15 meeting hours); credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours

Students enroll in four or five classes per semester:

  • Required: 2 electives in East Asian Studies (EAST)
  • 2-3 additional courses which may be comprised of:
    • 3 credit courses taught in English or Chinese, including the Organizational Internship*
    • 6 credit Chinese language course at an appropriate level

*Students who have not completed one semester of college-level Chinese or demonstrate equivalent proficiency must take Conversational Chinese. 

CIEE may place students in appropriate language courses based on results of language proficiency exams.

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 2018 Courses

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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.

CIEE COURSES

EAST ASIAN STUDIES ELECTIVE COURSES—IN ENGLISH

Students on this program must choose two or more East Asian studies elective courses.

Chinese Language Courses

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

ELECTIVE COURSES-IN ENGLISH

ELECTIVE COURSES—IN CHINESE

Spring 2019 Courses

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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.

CIEE COURSES

EAST ASIAN STUDIES COURSES—IN ENGLISH

Students on this program must choose two or more East Asian studies elective courses.

  • EAST 3002 SBLC / ECON 3002 SBLC: China’s Economic Reforms
  • EAST 3003 SCGC / HIST 3001 SCGC: Modern Chinese History
  • EAST 3004 SCGC / INRE 3001 SCGC: China’s International Relations
  • EAST 3005 SCGC / SOCI 3001 SCGC: Issues in Chinese Society
  • EAST 3006 SCGC / POLI 3001 SCGC: Political Development in Modern China
  • EAST 3201 SCGC / CINE 3201 SCGC: Chinese Film and Society

CHINESE LANGUAGE COURSES

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

  • CHIN 1001 SCGC: Chinese Beginning I
  • CHIN 1003 SCGC: Chinese Beginning II
  • CHIN 1005 SCGC: Chinese Beginning for Heritage Learners
  • CHIN 2001 SCGC: Chinese Intermediate I
  • CHIN 2003 SCGC: Chinese Intermediate II
  • CHIN 2005 SCGC: Chinese Intermediate for Heritage Learners
  • CHIN 3001 SACS: Chinese Advanced I
  • CHIN 3003 SACS: Chinese Advanced II
  • CHIN 4001 SACS: Chinese Advanced High I
  • CHIN 4002 SACS: Chinese Advanced High II
  • CHIN 4901 SACS: Chinese Superior I

ELECTIVE COURSES IN ENGLISH

  • BUSI 3001 SBLC: Changing Nature of Business in China
  • BUSI 3007 SBLC / MKTG 3001 SBLC: Marketing Management and Methods in East Asia and Emerging Markets
  • BUSI 3002 SBLC / ECON 3001 SBLC: China's Macroeconomic Impact
  • BUSI 3004 SBLC: International Business Law: Policy, Decision Making and Law
  • BUSI 3005 SBLC / COMM 3001 SBLC: Intercultural Communication and Negotiation
  • BUSI 3006 SBLC: Managing Sustainability in Transnational Business
  • COMM 3301 SHCH: Intercultural Communication and Leadership

ELECTIVE COURSES—IN CHINESE

  • CHIN 1001 SHCH: Conversational Chinese - Beginning
  • CHIN 3011 SACS: Business Chinese
  • CHIN 3012 SACS: Classical Chinese
  • INRE 4021 SACS / EAST 4021 SACS: Global Issues in China

INTERNSHIP

  • INSH 3003 SACS: Organizational Internship

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

  • INDR 3003 SACS: Directed Independent Research (in Chinese)
  • INDR 3003 SCGC: Directed Independent Research (in English)

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

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, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

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
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 15 weeks Sep 2, 2018 Dec 15, 2018
$15,850
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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 = $13,081 **

Housing = $2,090 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $212

Total Fees = $15,850

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 = $1,200

International Airfare = $1,170 ††

Local Transportation = $200 †††

Books & Supplies = $50 ††††

Personal expenses = $2,100

Other = $150 †††††

Total Estimated Costs = $4,870

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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

††††† onsite visa change/extension fee (this includes the cost of the required medical/physical exam at a designated Chinese Hospital); for academic year students or for those that do not receive a multiple entry visa or a visa to cover the duration of the program pre-departure.

Academic year 2018-2019 15 weeks Sep 2, 2018 TBD
$30,685
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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 = $25,826 **

Housing = $4,180 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $212

Total Fees = $30,685

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 = $2,400

International Airfare = $1,170 ††

Local Transportation = $400 †††

Books & Supplies = $100 ††††

Personal expenses = $4,200

Other = $150 †††††

Expenses during break = $3,000

Total Estimated Costs = $11,420

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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

††††† onsite visa change/extension fee (this includes the cost of the required medical/physical exam at a designated Chinese Hospital); for academic year students or for those that do not receive a multiple entry visa or a visa to cover the duration of the program pre-departure.

Spring 2019 15 weeks Nov 1, 2018 Feb 24, 2019* Jun 8, 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 = $1,200

International Airfare = $1,170

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $50

Personal expenses = $2,100

Other = $150

Total Estimated Costs = $4,870

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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

Fall 2019 15 weeks May 15, 2019 TBD* TBD*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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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