OverviewClick to Open
Study abroad in China’s largest city this summer. Choose from three sessions and courses on social sciences, humanities, technology and other fields.
sites showcasing Chinese history, development, and politics during field trips.
in unique cultural experiences such as a traditional tea ceremony.
firsthand about China’s rise to a world super-power.
population of Shanghai24 M
height (in feet) of the Shanghai Tower, the second tallest building in the world2,073
length of Shanghai’s metro - the longest rapid-transit system in the world400 miles
Location & CultureClick to Open
Shanghai, home to more than 24 million people, has seen massive development over the last two decades. For example, the new financial district of Pudong is now 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 easily accessible by elevated light rails, the world’s first commercial high-speed Maglev train.
Excursions & Activities
- Day trip to “the Venice of Shanghai” the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao
- Study tour of Chongming Island, on the Yangtze River
- Explore the Shanghai Film Museum and the Jewish Museum
- Visit the Site of the First Communist Party Congress
- Take a river cruise along Huangpu Jiang by the Bund
Projects, Volunteer Opportunities, or Internships
- 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 for local youths
Daily LifeClick to Open
The campus residence hall is located on the north end of East China Normal University campus.
The residence hall is close to the main cafeteria on campus. Most students choose to eat in a variety of Chinese fast food restaurants and cafeterias within walking distance of the Global Institute - Shanghai.
Where You'll Study
CIEE Global Institute - Shanghai
On the downtown Putuo campus at East China Normal University
East China Normal University Campus
Downtown Putuo campus
Historic 1,500-meter-long waterside promenade
AcademicsClick to Open
Students choose one, two, or three 4-week sessions and, depending on the session, the curriculum covers Chinese history, culture, politics, business or technology, and more. Content courses are taught in English and all courses are taught by faculty drawn from a variety of higher education institutions in China and worldwide. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural and business institutions and organizations relevant to the course offering.
There are no specific language requirements for this program.
All students must enroll in one 3-credit CIEE course per session
Total credit: 3-4 U.S. semester/4.5-6 quarter credits per session
- CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours per session
- CIEE Communicative Language course: 1 U.S. semester/1.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours
CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. Each course is a full semester in content, so the pace is accelerated, and the workload is demanding. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel away from Shanghai when classes are in session.
Classes taught at the CIEE Global Institute are for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday, and attendance is strictly enforced for both classes and required co-curricular excursions. The class typically features a combination of traditional lecture, discussion, and co-curricular activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation for each hour in class. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.
The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students’ are graded on attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations.
Language of Instruction
CoursesClick to Open
- Students studying in Shanghai for multiple sessions may only take Communicative Chinese once.
- “(GI)” denotes courses that originated at CIEE’s Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple Global Institutes and CIEE Centers.
Summer 2021 CoursesClick to Open
Summer 2021 course offerings and syllabi will available late fall.
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.
ScholarshipsClick to Open
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
- 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.
What's IncludedClick to Open
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