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Perched on the banks of the Huangpu River and the East China Sea, Shanghai is a global hub of culture, commerce, and finance. Experience Shanghai your way by customizing your study abroad term on the Open Campus Block Program. Take one, two, or three six-week blocks, select your courses from a wide range of subject areas. In Shanghai, you’ll be immersed in the vibrant student population of East China Normal University on the Putuo campus.
Stay in Shanghai the entire time or spend other blocks at our Global Institute locations in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, London, Madrid, Yucatán, Monteverde, Paris, Rome, Santiago, and Sydney.
Get hands-on cultural experience
by learning Chinese cooking, calligraphy, martial arts, music, or mahjong
Stroll the pedestrian mall on Nanjing Road
Shanghai’s most famous street and the epicenter of busy commercial life in the city. See the dazzling city lights at night at its terminus, The Bund, former home to many western banks and their striking facades
Step back in time
with visits to traditional water towns like Wuzhen and Zhujiajiao
Population of Shanghai24M
Years since Shanghai was incorporated751
Years CIEE has had study abroad programs in China36
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Shanghai, home to over 24 million people has seen massive development over the last two decades. The new financial district of Pudong is home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. Boasting the fastest-growing rapid transit system in the world, Shanghai’s urban centers are conveniently connected by the world’s first commercial high-speed Maglev train, 13 subway lines, and two of the world’s busiest airports. 21st century businesses are increasingly interconnected through complex technological, political, social, and financial systems.
Excursions & Activities
- In each block, students participate in a study tour to another region, which could include Beijing, Xi’an, Nanjing, or Xiamen Day trips: Zhujiajiao – a preserved water town in Suzhou
- Activities: Shanghai Film Museum, Shanghai Volkswagen site visit, site of the First Communist Party Congress, Jewish Museum
Projects, Volunteer Opportunities, or Internships
- Volunteer Opportunities: Teach at schools for children of migrant workers, mainly on the outskirts of the city. Get involved in volunteer programs in hospitals, parks, schools, after school programs, homes for the elderly. Work with local environmental groups to help maintain public parks and learn about cultural nuances in the process. Volunteer to coach sports and games to local youths.
Students interested in one of the following Academic Projects must submit additional materials as part of their course selection:
- Internships: Internship opportunities are available as part of the study program in a variety of businesses and NGOs in both private and public organizations.
- Research: Pursue a research project of your own design incorporating independent and local fieldwork.
- Service-Learning: Combine course-based learning with practical, relevant project experience to meet a community-defined need.
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The campus residence hall is a five-story facility located on the north end of East China Normal University Zhongshan (ECNU) campus.
The residence hall is a stone throw’s away from the main cafeteria on campus. Most students choose to eat in a variety of Chinese fast food restaurants and cafeterias within walking distance of ECNU, but limited cooking facilities are available in the dorm.
Where You'll Study
the 2nd tallest building in the world
East China Normal University Zhongshan Campus
explore the beautiful campus
a waterfront area in central Shanghai
AcademicsClick to Open
Students enroll in one, two, or three six-week blocks, taking two courses during each block. This program gives students the flexibility to stay in Shanghai the entire time or spend other blocks at our Global Institute locations in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, London, Madrid, Monteverde, Paris, Rome, Santiago, Sydney, and Yucatán.
Students may select one of six academic tracks: Business; Communications, Journalism, and New Media; Global and Community Health; International Relations and Political Science; Language, Literature, and Culture; or STEM and Society.
The CIEE Global Institute is centrally located and convenient to public transportation for exploring the city. Content courses are taught in English by CIEE faculty drawn from a variety of higher education institutions in China and worldwide.
There are no specific language requirements for this program.
Students are required to enroll in two courses each block. Students attending the program for all three blocks in a semester may select one block in which to enroll in only one course.
- One block: 6 U.S semester/9 quarter credits
- Two blocks: 12 U.S. semester/18 quarter credits
- Three blocks: 15 U.S. semester/22.5 quarter credits
- CIEE courses: typically, 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
- Language courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 60 contact hours
- CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100-120 internship placement hours
- CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 100-120 research hours
- CIEE Service-Learning Project: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 90 service hours
Each course is a full semester in content, covered in a six-week block, so the pace is accelerated, and the workload is demanding. Courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel away from Shanghai when classes are in session and plan trips for the long weekends in between blocks.
Courses taught at the CIEE Global Institute are typically for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet either two, three, or four times per week, and attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required for co-curricular excursions. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. Instruction is supported and augmented online with our learning management system, Canvas.
The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are graded on the basis of attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations. Learning outcomes assessment is continuous through personal reflections, evaluation feedback, self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabi.
Language of Instruction
English and/or Chinese
CoursesClick to Open
- Courses are listed below by block and track; course list subject to change. Courses are in English unless otherwise noted. “GI” denotes courses that are offered at multiple CIEE locations.
- Use the Course Comparison Tools to compare classes offered across all Open Campus Block programs for each block:
- Mobile students studying for three blocks who wish to complete a lab course (offered in London, Monteverde, and Yucatán) will be required to opt out of one course to remain within the program credit range.
- Each Academic Project (Internship, Service-Learning, and Directed Independent Research) placement will be designed based on the student’s project learning goals, qualifications, resume, and availability of placements. The process is highly individualized and goal oriented. Students enrolled in an Academic Project will receive additional academic support that informs and enhances the placement experience.
- Students applying for an Academic Project are required to submit additional materials during the course selection process.
- To qualify for participation, students must be in the location for at least one block in advance of the Academic Project to prepare for and secure placement. As a result, students participate in an Academic Project in either Block II or III.
- During course selection, students interested in a Chinese language course will take a Chinese language assessment to determine their proficiency level. Enrollment will be finalized on site and is based on assessment outcomes.
- Students not enrolled in three-credit language classes may add the non-credit “Survival Chinese” course to their course load during the on-site orientation.
Spring 2020 CIEE CoursesClick to Open
Communications, Journalism, and New Media Track
Language, Literature, and Culture Track
STEM and Society Track
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.
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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:
- Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
- Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
- McDermott Health Sciences, Nursing, and Public Health Merit 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.See more scholarship info
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Dates & 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.
In blocks I and II, courses and formal activities end on the last Thursday of the block, and in block III, on the last Friday. Students are free to use the time between blocks as they choose, either remaining in their location or using the time for their own travel pursuits. Students changing locations must check into their new Global Institute by the first Monday of the block for local orientation, with classes starting on the first Wednesday of each block. In all cases, students are provided with continuous accommodation, and should speak with CIEE staff for more details.
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