Shanghai is a commercial giant, financial and cultural hub, and home to the largest container port on Earth. Doing business here is, more often than not, doing business with the world. Get with the program: the CIEE Summer Internship program in Shanghai will build your business knowledge from a global perspective!
During this program, you’ll learn firsthand about business ethics, corporate structure, fiscal policies and regulatory impact, workplace issues, and the importance of skills such as integrity and collaboration. What’s more, you’ll develop contacts in China that can potentially help with future career opportunities.
Study abroad in Shanghai and you will also:
- Develop important intercultural skills by working in an international business environment
- Advance your Chinese language proficiency and business vocabulary—reading, writing, and presenting information with more fluency, complexity, and confidence
- Build your professional skills and real-world work experience as you expand your professional network alongside professionals at Chinese companies, multinationals, or NGOs
- Discover another side of China on a weekend field trip to Nanjing
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:
To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Cultural Activities and Field Trips
Students enrolled in Business Chinese may participate in class field trips to Sam’s Club Shanghai, IKEA Shanghai, and Shanghai 1933—an industrial park where they can observe local business management and operations within a multinational company. Field trips for the Communicative Chinese courses include visits to tea houses, museums, and local community centers to practice speaking Chinese with local people. A weekend field trip provides students with a comparative understanding of China’s history and culture as well as its economic development. Optional activities are available throughout the program including Chinese cooking, calligraphy, martial arts, and Chinese music.
During the summer you'll explore the natural beauty of the nearby city of Hangzhou on a daytrip, and choose to explore either the ancient capital of Xi'an or Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), located in southern Anhui Province.
On this program, you’ll be paired with East China Normal University students for structured, one-on-one Chinese language tutorials for a minimum of one hour, twice weekly. Tutors are undergraduate or graduate students who are majoring in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. Full-time Chinese language instructors are also available to assist you with special problems through an optional language clinic that meets for 1 ½ hours, four evenings per week, Sunday through Thursday, and on Sundays in the campus residence hall. CIEE head teachers organize group meals and other activities with language teachers, peer tutors, and resident staff at which you will be expected to speak only Chinese.
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.
- 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
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Summer 2017 (8 wks)
Program Date Notes
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 *
Educational Costs **
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.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes breakfast and dinner during the week and some weekend meals for students in homestays; no meals are included for students in the residence halls
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee *
International Airfare **
Personal expenses ***
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.
* for students in residence halls; students placed in homestays only need to budget $470 for meals not included in the program fee
** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
*** Internship students must obtain a Residence Permit once on-site in China. The cost of this is between $140-$175 and will be paid by the student
- Overall GPA 2.5
- No Chinese language pre-requisite. However, students should understand that Chinese language proficiency may impact their specific internship placement. Students with Chinese language skills may have additional internship placement options
- Previous college-level coursework in any of the following disciplines is recommended: economics, accounting, finance, management, communications, English, international business, or marketing.
Total recommended credit is 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.
All students enroll in the CIEE Organizational Internship course and one CIEE Chinese language course. All of the courses are offered for a recommended 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. An on-site exam is used to place students in an appropriate language level. Three Chinese language courses are offered:
Communicative Chinese I: For students with 0–2 semesters of Chinese language study.
Communicative Chinese II: For students with 2–4 semesters of Chinese language study.
Business Chinese: For students with 4–8 semesters of Chinese language study.
About the City
About The City
Shanghai has been a leading driver of China's trade and economic development since ancient times. It grew to prominence in the 19th century as one of the cities opened to foreign trade by the Treaty of Nanking. The city flourished as a center of commerce between East and West and had become a multinational hub for business and finance by the 1930s.
With a population of 23 million people, Shanghai has seen major development over the last two decades, In addition to boasting the world’s largest container port, the financial district of Pudong is home to some of the tallest skyscrapers on Earth. The city also possesses the world’s first commercially operated magnetic levitation transport system—the high-speed Maglev train—along with one of the fastest-growing rapid transit systems in the world.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Steve Chao earned his doctorate in education from Saint Louis University, MBA from Lindenwood University, and bachelor degree from Columbia College. 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 was director of international programs at Worcester State University in Massachusetts, where he led university international initiatives, study abroad, and international student services for six years. Prior to that he directed the International Affairs Center at Indiana State University and taught modern Chinese history. Born in Taiwan, he began his career in international education at Columbia College, where he was director of international programs for nine years. Steve has also taught courses on U.S. higher education as a visiting fellow at Tongji University in Shanghai, and he served as chair of the Department of International Trade at Tainan University of Technology, a leading women’s higher education institution in Taiwan. He has served as a research advisor to the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission 211 Project and to the Ministry of Education in Taiwan on educational reform and curriculum. He has worked for CIEE since the fall of 2010.
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
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 26,000 full-time students, including 3,700 international students, at its two campuses. 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.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
You may select one of three housing options prior to arrival:
Campus Residence Hall with CIEE Roommate—The Campus Residence Hall is a five-story building located on the beautiful ECNU campus. It has a lobby with 24-hour security and laundry facilities. There is a kitchen and bathrooms on each floor and a student computer room and study lounge on every other floor. The residence hall is a ten-minute walk from the CIEE Study Center, and is within walking distance of the light rail and other public transportation options.
Campus Residence Hall with Chinese Roommate—This option is in the same residence hall described above, but you will be paired with a Chinese peer from ECNU. Because Chinese roommates are required to speak only Chinese, this option is recommended for students who wish to live in a more intensive Chinese language environment, while remaining near other program participants.
Meals are not included in residence hall housing options and are the responsibility of the student. Meals are available in the campus cafeterias at a moderate price.
Chinese Host Families—Chinese host families are located within five to fifteen minutes from campus, either on foot or using public transportation. You will have your own room in the host family apartment and share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. You will be invited to most family meals, but should budget for your own lunches, most weekend meals outside of the home, and for all meals on group field trips and individual travel. Chinese family members speak only Chinese. This option is highly recommended for those who wish to be immersed in a Chinese language environment and make rapid progress in language proficiency.
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 staff share 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 two-day orientation session conducted in Shanghai at the beginning of the program introduces you to the country, culture, and academic program, as well as provides practical information about living in Shanghai. You'll also take language placement exams at this time to determine your appropriate Chinese language level, 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.
Rooms in the campus residence hall are equipped with broadband ADSL wireless Internet access. Host family homes have wireless or cable Internet access. A limited number of computers are available for use at no charge in the CIEE student library, or at nearby Internet cafés for a small hourly fee. The CIEE Study Center has wireless access and students are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops.
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.
Peer Language Tutors
Students are paired with ECNU students for structured, one-on-one Chinese language tutorials for a minimum of one hour twice weekly. Additional tutorial hours are available upon request. Tutors are undergraduate or graduate students who major in teaching Chinese as a foreign language.
Chinese Language Clinic
Full-time Chinese language instructors are available to assist students with special or unique problems in language study by arranging an optional language clinic that meets for one and a half hours, four evenings per week, from Sunday through Thursday in the campus residence hall.
Target Language Activities
CIEE head teachers organize group meals and other activities for the students, their language teachers, peer tutors, and resident staff to encourage students to utilize their Chinese in an informal setting. Students attending the optional activities are expected to speak only Chinese.
CIEE Chinese Language Advisory Committee
The CIEE Chinese Language Advisory Committee (CCLAC) is comprised of specialists in the field of teaching Chinese as a second language and serves to promote the highest standards of education at the CIEE Shanghai Study Centers. Specifically, the committee advises CIEE administrators and language instructors on curriculum issues such as learning goals and objectives, instructional innovations, assessment of proficiency gains, program evaluation, and course articulation.
The CIEE Internship course is composed of on-site work with a local business or NGO, an accompanying internship seminar, and one-on-one mentoring. The seminar component includes 15 hours of instruction and discussion in the first two weeks, a check-in midway through the term, and lectures and discussions in the final two weeks, focused on current issues facing the managers, peers, and professional staff in your office environment. In seminar sessions, you’ll be encouraged to share real issues impacting your host organization with your instructor, company mentor, and other students. Company visits will also help provide students with additional opportunities to learn about local Chinese and multinational companies in Shanghai.
Nature of Classes
The program is eight weeks long. You will also be enrolled in a three-credit Chinese language course. Language classes are small, with an average of five students and no more than ten, so active participation is very important. Classes are typically co-taught by head language instructors who introduce new content, and assistant language instructors who focus on accuracy and consistency of pronunciation through daily drills and exercises. In addition, you’ll meet weekly with peer tutors in structured tutorials for a minimum of two hours per week; more tutorial hours can be arranged upon request. All Chinese language courses are specially designed for CIEE students.
In the language courses, assessment is based on daily homework and quizzes, written and oral tests, and written and oral midterm and final exams. The following letter grades are assigned: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, and F.
Language of Instruction
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
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In the Summer Internship course, students work on projects at businesses or NGOs within CIEE’s Shanghai network. The primary objective of the internship is for students to develop hands-on skills in a real world office environment. Through internship assignments, students acquire fundamental job skills necessary for obtaining full-time employment after graduation. The course includes 100–110 hours of on-site internship project work as well as 18 seminar hours and additional one-on-one mentoring time with the on-site internship supervisor.
This course focuses on increasing students’ knowledge of modern Chinese business concepts; improving their ability to read business-related articles in Chinese; and helping them use Chinese to express their opinions on business topics.
Communicative Chinese I
In this course, students will develop their proficiency in basic Chinese. A range of conversational topics includes introducing oneself, ordering food, purchasing items, asking for and giving directions, making appointments, taking public transportation, and phrases used when traveling.
Communicative Chinese II
In this course, students will develop proficiency in conversing in Chinese at the intermediate level. A range of conversational topics includes making acquaintances, talking about the weather, discussing habits and customs, going on an interview, visiting a bank, presenting gifts, and celebrating holidays.