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Program Overview

Program Overview

Commercial giant; financial and cultural hub; home to the largest container port on Earth—there may be no better city to examine the rapidly changing nature of global business than Shanghai.

This program is designed to enhance your knowledge of fundamental business and economic principles within a Chinese and international context. The program will help prepare you for a career in international business through balanced exposure to core concepts, important theories, and case studies, as well as through site visits to Chinese companies and discussions with leading practitioners.

Studying in Shanghai with CIEE you will:

  • Deepen your business and economics knowledge while broadening your understanding of international markets, and the particular role that China plays in the global marketplace
  • Compare and contrast differences between Chinese and U.S. business practice and culture
  • Have the option to study Mandarin Chinese as part of a Communicative Chinese course designed to give beginners a basis in this critical language

An understanding of Chinese business and of its place in the global economy is a tremendous asset for any future business professional. Take a closer look into the factors driving China’s emergence on the world stage with CIEE Shanghai.

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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

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Coursework

Investigate the most pressing business issues and trends with some of China’s most respected professors. Examine the changing nature of business in China with former CFO for Nike China, Charles Mo, and compare policy-making institutions in China and the U.S. with Ken Nealy, J.D..

You can also choose to study communicative Mandarin Chinese to give you a basis in this critical language.

Cultural Activities

This program offers weekly visits to local markets, museums, temples, and other sites in Shanghai to compliment your classroom work. Other group cultural activities include an acrobatic show and dumpling making. A number of optional, extracurricular classes are available at no additional cost, including: Chinese cooking, calligraphy, martial arts, music, and mahjong.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The study abroad program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Summer Session I 2017 (4 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
06/19/2017
$4,650

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,421
Housing
$550
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$212

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$325
International Airfare *
$1,300
Local Transportation
$38
Books & Supplies
$25
Personal expenses
$125

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Summer Session I, II 2017 (8 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
07/17/2017
$8,350

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$6,571
Housing
$1,100
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$212

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$650
International Airfare *
$1,300
Local Transportation
$76
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$250

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Summer Sessions I, II, III 2017 (12 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
08/13/2017
$12,050

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$9,721
Housing
$1,650
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$212

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$975
International Airfare *
$1,300
Local Transportation
$114
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$375

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Summer Session II 2017 (4 wks)
05/01/2017
06/19/2017
07/17/2017
$4,650

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,421
Housing
$550
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$212

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$325
International Airfare *
$1,300
Local Transportation
$38
Books & Supplies
$25
Personal expenses
$125

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Summer Session II, III 2017 (8 wks)
05/01/2017
06/19/2017
08/13/2017
$8,350

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$6,571
Housing
$1,100
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$212

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$650
International Airfare *
$1,300
Local Transportation
$76
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$250

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

More Information
Summer Session III 2017 (4 wks)
06/01/2017
07/17/2017
08/13/2017
$4,650

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,421
Housing
$550
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$212

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$325
International Airfare *
$1,300
Local Transportation
$38
Books & Supplies
$25
Personal expenses
$125

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit is 3 - 4 semester/4.5 - 6 quarter hours per session; 6 - 8 semester/9 - 12 quarter hours for two sessions, and 9 - 12 semester/13.5 - 18 quarter hours for three sessions.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students take one course per session. Students may also choose to take an optional, one-credit Communicative Chinese course.

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About the City

About The City

Shanghai is known for its long history of foreign influence, fashion, and economic prowess and aims to become a global financial and shipping hub by the year 2020. With a population of 23 million people, Shanghai has seen massive development over the last two decades, and the new financial district of Pudong is home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. Shanghai’s urban centers are conveniently connected by elevated light rails, the world’s first commercial high-speed Maglev train, and the fastest-growing rapid transit systems in the world.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Steve Chao

Center Director

Steve Chao earned his Ed.D in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University. Steve has extensive experience in the field of international education working as an adjunct faculty member and program administrator since 1985. Before joining CIEE, he has led international initiatives, study abroad, and international student services in two state universities. Born in Taiwan, Chao began his career in international education at Columbia College, taught courses on U.S. higher education as a visiting fellow at Tongji University in Shanghai, and served as chair of the Department of International Trade at Tainan University of Technology in Taiwan. He has served as a research fellow to the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission 211 Project and to the Ministry of Education in Taiwan on education reform focused on curriculum. He has worked for CIEE since the fall of 2010.

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Economists name this “China’s Century.” Now the second-largest world economy, China’s emergence will be one of the most momentous and challenging developments of the 21st century. As a foreign student in Shanghai, once the third largest financial center in the world, you will undoubtedly be amazed by the breathtaking and profound changes taking place as the city aims to regain its once prominent position in the region. Being a global citizen, you will surely engage in the global community after graduation. Come join us to witness and learn about the dramatic transformation of China as the nation emerges to take a dominant role on the international political stage, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent world.

—Steve Chao, Center Director

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Barbara Burner

Manager of Student Services

Barbara joined CIEE in the fall of 2010. Originally from Virginia, Barbara has a BA in History and Government from the College of William & Mary and a JD from the Catholic University of America. As a law student Barbara studied abroad in Krakow, Poland. She has lived in Shanghai with her husband for six years.

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Ma Jia

Chinese Language Director

Jia Ma holds a master's degree from the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at East China Normal University. Originally from Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, she worked at Willamette University as a language assistant before joining CIEE in fall 2011.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Established in 1951, East China Normal University (ECNU) is one of China’s key institutions of higher learning and the first to specialize in teacher education. ECNU is nationally known for its Chinese language and literature program, and the university enrolls more than 21,000 full-time undergraduate and post-graduate students on its two campuses, along with some 2,700 international students, mostly from Korea and Japan. The CIEE Study Center is located along the bank of the Liwa River on its downtown Putuo campus, known as the “Garden University” for its beautiful grounds.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Campus Residence Hall with CIEE Roommate
Most participants will stay in the Campus Residence Hall, which is a five-story facility located on the ECNU campus that has a lobby with 24-hour security and laundry facilities. There is a student computer room and study lounge on every other floor, as well as a kitchen and bathrooms on each floor. The residence hall is a 10-minute walk from the CIEE Study Center, and is within walking distance to a light rail and other public transportation.

Campus Residence Hall with Chinese Roommate
This option is located in the same residence hall as described above, but the CIEE students are paired with a Chinese student from ECNU. The Chinese roommates are required to speak only Chinese, so this option is recommended for students who wish to live in a more intensive Chinese language environment while remaining nearby other program participants.

Meals are not included in this housing option and are the responsibility of the student. Meals are available in the campus cafeterias at a moderate price.

The CIEE Shanghai staff strive to match each student based on his or her first preference, not only in terms of personal lifestyle preferences but also academic, cultural and personal goals.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Shanghai even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

A mandatory orientation session conducted at the beginning of the program introduces you to the country, culture, and academic program, and provides practical information about living in Shanghai. You will and meet individually with the center director and Chinese language director, as appropriate, to finalize course registration. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

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You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Rooms in the campus residence hall are equipped with broadband ADSL wireless Internet access. Host family homes also have wireless or cable Internet access. The CIEE Study Center has wireless access and you will also be able to access the ECNU campus wireless network. A limited number of computers are available for use at no charge in the CIEE student library or at nearby Internet cafés for a low hourly fee.

Please note that many popular sites are restricted in China (i.e. Google including Gmail, Facebook, YouTube and some foreign media outlets). To access websites of this nature a VPN will be required.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Program

CIEE has been operating study abroad programs in Shanghai since 1981. Established in 1998, the CIEE Study Center in Shanghai has been hosted by East China Normal University since 2001. The Summer Business and Culture program is designed to help participants gain a deeper understanding of China as it emerges to take a leading role in the global economy.

There is no language prerequisite for this program and, except for the optional language course, courses are taught in English. The program is appropriate for students with a major or minor in economics, international business, business management, or marketing, or to Chinese or Asian Studies majors with an interest in learning more about the business environment in China. This program includes an optional Communicative Chinese course for beginners.

Students take one course per session. Classes meet several times a week for a total of 45 contact hours (not including time spent on independent study and exam preparation).

Academic Culture

CIEE classes are taught at the CIEE Study Center and are designed to follow U.S. academic culture.

Nature of Classes

All courses are for CIEE study abroad students only.

Grading System

Final grades are based on class participation, homework, individual project work, presentations, and mid-term and final examinations.

Language of Instruction

English
Mandarin Chinese (for Communicative Chinese course)

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

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.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Session I

BUSI 3004 SBLC
International Business Law: Policy, Decision Making and Law

We will examine the policy-making institutions in both China and the United States that draft, debate, and make international business law and trade policy. We will analyze the US Congress and the National People’s Congress and the people and committees that make international trade policy and law.

We will discuss current issues in international business law as it is promulgated from China and the US; the rule of law in China and its application; and the customs and etiquette of common business practices that permeate aspects of doing business in China.

We will have discussions with legal professionals, business owners and executives who are living and working in China. We will discuss the international business environment in China. This is not a class on “How to start or register a business in China”.

EAST 3006 SCGC/ POLI 3001 SCGC
Political Development in Modern China

The first half of this course will survey chronologically the major eras of modern China’s political change and development, from the Late Qing to the present day. The second half will focus on different aspects of Chinese political practice and development, including exploring the relationships between nationalism, Marxism and Confucianism; elite politics and Leninism; threats to Party rule; democratic development; constitutional developments and rule of law; the “China Model;” and “decentralized authoritarianism.”

Many questions will be raised in class discussion, such as: “Who and what have been and are the central political forces in China during the modern period and how might we understand them?”, “What were the central political conflicts between the Kuomintang and the CPC?”, “What are the fundamental similarities and differences between the Maoist and post-Maoist eras?”, “What are China’s prospects for democracy and the development of the rule of law?”, and “What is the “China Model” and what is “decentralized authoritarianism,” and how are these concepts if not practices shaping China and the world today?”

Session II

EAST 3004 SCGC/ INRE 3001 SCGC
China’s International Relations

This course offers an analysis of China’s foreign policy and China’s relations with the U.S. and other major players in international affairs, i.e. the EU, India, Japan and Russia, and consists of three interrelated parts: The first is a basic understanding of Chinese foreign policy. The second discusses Sino-European, Sino-Indian, Sino-Japanese and Sino-Russian relations, with the most important third party (U.S.) factor taken into account. The third focuses on important issues in Sino-U.S. relations from a Chinese foreign policy perspective. Finally, the course also offers an insider’s view on the newest development in Chinese foreign policy, such as China’s recent engagement in Africa and its implications for the West, especially the US, as the instructor has been engaging in policy relevant research for over a decade in China.

EAST 3002 SBLC/ ECON 3002 SBLC
China’s Economic Reforms

This course introduces students to both domestic and international aspects of China’s economy. It explores the political, social, and cultural forces that are shaping China’s modernization and how the country’s businesses interact with the world marketplace. The course also provides students with the knowledge of processes of reforms in different economic aspects in China and tries to help students to understand the characteristics of Chinese economy.

Session III

BUSI 3001 SBLC
Changing Nature of Business in China

This course provides students an opportunity to examine the key elements shaping the changing nature of business in China and helping to define the future course of Chinese economic development. Topics covered include stimulus programs, labor contract law, economic cooperation between Taipei and Beijing, and the contentious issue of RMB undervaluation.

In addition, this course will examine the various aspects of the economic, social, political, and policy issues in the Asia region especially between Beijing and Taipei. The course will conclude by synthesizing the key issues studied and by exploring potential business and job opportunities for our students.

BUSI 3007 SBLC/ MKTG 3001 SBLC
Marketing Management and Methods in East Asia and Emerging Markets

The principal objective of this course is to help you develop a critical appreciation of both the opportunities and challenges associated with the increasing globalization of markets with a particular focus on emerging markets, Asian markets, and China in particular. During the semester, you will learn about the key environmental forces shaping consumer needs and preferences, the impact of political and economic factors on firms operating in an international environment, the influence of international competition, market segmentation and strategy decisions specific to international marketing.

Language

Communicative Chinese
CIEE offers an optional, one-credit Chinese language course to program participants. It is designed for beginning-level Chinese learners to develop practical oral communicative skills in Chinese. The course is function-oriented. A range of practical topics such as introducing oneself, discussing daily routines, how to make acquaintances, entertaining guests, shopping, negotiating price, asking for directions, seeing a doctor, etc. will be introduced in class.

Through the course, students will be able to carry out conversations in Chinese on a range of topics, such as introducing oneself, discussing daily routines, shopping, talking on the phone, reading and writing notes, letters, etc. Approximately 400 frequently used Chinese lexical items or expressions will be learned.

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