Shanghai, China

Chinese Language & Culture

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Information for term Chinese Language & Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

January 18, 2022

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

Application Deadline

January 18, 2022

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info


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Practice your Mandarin in a multicultural hub.

Advance your Mandarin language skills in Shanghai, the fast-paced global hub known for its futuristic skyscrapers and fascinating mix of multicultural influences.

You’ll spend most mornings in small and interactive Mandarin classes, studying the language at your own level with native instructors. The rest of your time is for fun and practicing your language skills – on local streets, expert-guided excursions, and with your Chinese Homestay as you prepare and share traditional meals, shop, relax, and learn local customs while joining in their daily routines.

Outside the classroom, you’ll get together with peers for organized activities like sports, calligraphy, dumpling-making, and Chinese trivia nights. Along with forging new friendships, you’ll rapidly improve your Mandarin conversational skills in an authentic setting – something you just can’t replicate back home in a language lab!

The Take-Aways

  • Language

    60 hours of instruction in Mandarin Chinese by CIEE professors

  • College Credit

    4 college credits may be used to apply toward your future college degree, to demonstrate your ability to do college-level work, or to test out of a language level in college

  • Certificate

    A certificate of learning in Mandarin Chinese, and documented language growth through pre- and post-program testing

Location & Culture

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China’s biggest city is known for its eclectic architecture and excellent food.

East meets West in Shanghai, a bustling world-class metropolis that still retains plenty of old-world charm. Along with historic temples and old-town markets, you’ll find a quirky mix of British and French architecture dating back to the international settlements of the 1920s and 1930s. Home to more than 23 million people, Shanghai now boasts the world’s second largest economy and some of its tallest skyscrapers.

For such a massive city, it’s surprisingly easy to navigate. Home to the fastestgrowing rapid transit systems in the world, Shanghai’s urban centers are conveniently connected by elevated light rails, the world’s first commercial high-speed Maglev train, and 13 subway lines.

Window-shop in chic fashion districts rivaling those in Paris, or find pop-up boutiques, vintage clothing shops, and designer outlets for bargains. Enjoy a range of Western style and traditional Chinese food including stir-fried noodles, fried rice, and baozi, which are steamed dumplings filled with meat and/or vegetables.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"After waking up at my normal 8:05, I got ready and then went into the dining room to eat my breakfast. I usually have bao zi (包子) for breakfast..."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

  • Housing

    Carefully Screened Homestay

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members

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Sample Activities

  • Master new skills in martial arts, learn to play the erhu (a Chinese two-stringed fiddle), or try your hand at Chinese painting or calligraphy in classes with your peers
  • Take part in a “Master Chef” cooking class and competition!
  • Gain an inside look and a new perspective on a guided city tour of Shanghai
  • Learn about mile-high skyscrapers and more at the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum
  • Visit an authentic tea house and awe-inspiring landmarks like the Jade Budda Temple
  • Take daytrips to Zhujiajiao Preserved Watertown, where you’ll explore an authentic ancient city by boat!
  • Pack your bags for an overnight trip to Hangzhou, a popular vacation city prized for its clean parks, pedestrian walkways, and West Lake – a beautiful and serene focal point surrounded by ancient pagodas and majestic temples

Download a sample itinerary ›

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances, covid-related measures and restrictions and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • All proficiency levels.
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.

Application Fee


Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.

Optional College Credit Fee

$150  Learn more 


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2022 Jan 18, 2022 TBD* TBD*
Summer Session II 2022 Jan 18, 2022 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.

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