Perfect for pairing with other programs.
How does an economy grow and develop? Find out by examining two very different economies in diverse parts of the world. Begin in exciting Barcelona, studying the pre-2007 economic boom and subsequent recession, and how the economic cycle has been conditioned by membership in the European Union and the euro. Next in Shanghai, a burgeoning hub of global business and finance, explore forces shaping China’s modernization and ongoing economic reform while coming to understand the country’s role in today’s international economy.
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
Find out how Spain slowly came to be the European Union’s fifth - largest economy, and explore the country’s continuing problems with high unemployment rates and decreasing income levels and how it’s meeting those challenges during the Spanish Economy in the European Union course. Then gain a better understanding of the macro- and microeconomic characteristics of the Chinese economy, the economic mechanism in the so-called “Socialist Market Economy,” and the achievements and challenges facing China as it pursues further economic reform and modernization during the China’s Economic Reform course. You’ll also enjoy a series of guest lectures and site visits that allow you to pick the brains of professionals in the field and develop insights into the ways economies relate to the broader international marketplace.
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 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
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Summer Session I, II 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
*** No meals are included while in the Residencia option in Barcelona. Students selecting the homestay option in Barcelona have two meals per day included (Barcelona).
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee *
International Airfare **
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.
* amount for meals for Residencia (Barcelona) students; students living in homestays are responsible for lunches, estimated at $400
** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure; note that students will require a multi-destination ticket
Total recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per session; 6 semester/9 quarter hours for both sessions.
Students take one course during each session: Spanish Economy in the European Union in Session I, and China’s Economic Reform in Session II.
About the City
About The City
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain with its own distinctive history, culture, and language. Set between mountains and the Mediterranean sea, the city's population is 1.6 million, with a total of 4.5 million in the greater metropolitan area. Walking though the city, one can observe 2,000 years of architectural history – Roman remains, the network of narrow streets in the Old Town, the 19th century Eixample district with its original examples of modernista architecture – contrasting with the ultramodern showpieces that continue to redesign its landscape. Catalonia is also one of Spain’s most important regions from an economic viewpoint. Approximately one-quarter of all Spanish exports come from Catalonia, and three-quarters of the region’s industry is in or near the capital.
Perched on the banks of the Huangpu River and the East China Sea, Shanghai is China’s largest city by population, boasting over 23 million residents, and a global axis of culture, commerce, and finance. The city has seen massive redevelopment over the past 20 years, and the new financial district of Pudong is home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. Boasting the fastest-growing 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.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
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.
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
The CIEE Study Center in Barcelona, Spain, is located in two adjoining historic buildings on Passatge Permanyer, near Passeig de Gràcia and Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square. This historic passageway provides a quiet haven in the city center and houses CIEE classrooms, a computer lab, and student lounges.
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.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
In Barcelona, students can choose to live in either Spanish homestays alone or with another CIEE student, in a student residencia (residence hall) with other Spanish and international students, or in a shared apartment. Students will be placed in single rooms no matter what option they choose. These are located in urban settings throughout the city. Students living in a homestay will have breakfast and dinner provided at home, while lunch is at the students’ expense. Kitchen space is allotted to students should they wish to make lunch. Students in homestays will have their laundry done for them once a week. Meals and laundry are not included in the student residencia or in the shared apartment option, but students share fully equipped kitchens where they can prepare their own meals, and laundry facilities are available. All homestays, shared apartments, and residencias are located in the city of Barcelona and within 30 minutes by public transportation of the CIEE Study Center and host institutions. As slots at apartments and residencies may be limited, students who are not assigned the housing option of their choice are notified by the resident staff prior to arriving in Barcelona.
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 will 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.
In Barcelona, the academic program is supplemented with field trips and excursions, which include visits to business sites, art and history museums or monuments, guided tours of the historical district, and more. You'll also have access to gastronomy-based activities such as a tapas night with your Guardian Angels or a cooking class. Although extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute to students' overall study abroad experience, any extended travel should take place prior to the start of the program or upon completion of the program.
Courses meet four times weekly for three hours each class. Students participate in class discussion, analyze case studies, attend guest speaker lectures, and complete a final project presentation. Off-campus site visits to local and multinational companies and historical places will be arranged to integrate with academic learning.
Nature of Classes
Participants take classes with other CIEE study abroad.
In Barcelona, students in CIEE courses are graded on the basis of class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, exams, papers, and oral presentations. In some courses, assessment is based on a theoretical exam and a practical aspect of the class, specifically a group or individual project.
In Shanghai, students are generally graded on the basis of exams, homework, participation, and attendance, much like they are in the U.S. Exams, quizzes, research papers, individual and group oral presentations, or projects may also be assigned. 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
To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.
Spanish Economy in the European Union
This course examines the social structure and economic history of modern Spain. The course starts with an overview of Spanish history necessary to understand the ways in which the economy has developed in recent times. Special emphasis is placed on economic developments during the Spanish Civil War, World War II, and the post-war transition. The effect of Spain’s entrance in the EU is also discussed. Classes consist of a combination of lectures and discussion about major periods. Company visits are an important part of the course as they give students insight into the structure of modern Spanish business.
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 the interaction of Chinese businesses with the world marketplace. The course also provides students with knowledge of ongoing reform processes in China and tries to help them understand the overall characteristics of the Chinese economy.
In this course, students are expected to learn the macro and microeconomic characteristics of the Chinese economy, to understand the economic mechanisms in the so-called “Socialist Market Economy,” and to gain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing China in its further economic reform and modernization. By the end of the semester, students are expected to analyze the Chinese economy using practical methods appropriate to China’s actual current economic situation.