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  • Locations: Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/26/2021 03/19/2021 TBA TBA
Fall 2021 02/26/2021 03/19/2021 TBA TBA
Spring 2022 09/24/2021 10/11/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Acting/Performance Art, Asian Studies, Chinese, Culture, Economics, Film, Gender Studies, General Business, History, Independent Study, International Business, International Relations, International Studies, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Mandarin, Political Science, Politics, Sociology, Theatre Arts, Urban Studies, Women's Studies Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Program Options: Study Abroad Academic Level: Sophomore
Language of Instruction: Chinese, English, Mandarin Housing Options: Dormitory, Homestay
Program Description:

Business, Language + Culture


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Program Overview

The Chinese have been involved in international business since the days of Marco Polo and the Silk Road. Add to that heritage to the rapid economic growth Shanghai has seen since the late 1970s, and you’ve got one fascinating place to explore global business. Join us to learn, network, intern, and explore the rich cultural traditions in the world’s most populated city.

Unique Experiences


taught by Shanghai’s pros, like Charles Mo, CFO at Nike China.


start up with project management, or add experience to your resume with a similarly valuable internship.


like Shanghai Volkswagen, IKEA, Honeywell, and Coca-Cola and learn about management from the city’s most successful leaders.

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Excursions & Activities

  • Learn more about Chinese business with company visits in Nanjing or Hong Kong, or by following the Silk Road, an ancient caravan route.
  • Join classmates for a thrilling acrobat show, a river cruise, group meals, and more.
  • Explore Chinese history and arts with visits to museums, art exhibitions, and plays.
  • Step back in time with visits to traditional water towns like Wuzhen and Zhujiajiao, lined with narrow cobbled lanes, stone bridges, canals, and rich history.
  • Travel overnight to a beautiful historic city like Suzhou – called Venice of the East for its many canals, and famous for its classical gardens and silk industry – or Hangzhou, known for the natural beauty of its mountains and lake, and its textile and high-tech industries.
  • Get hands-on cultural experience by learning Chinese cooking, calligraphy, martial arts, music, or mahjong.
  • Venture off for a weekend to Hangzhou, Wuzhen, or Nanjing – one of China’s four ancient capitals and major commercial centers.


Choose from three one-week excursions for an in-depth look at the China tourists miss.

  • Silk Road Trade Route – fall. This famous premodern route enabled the exchange of merchandise, as well as religious, cultural, and artistic ideas. Students travel from the head of the northern route in Xi’an to Dunhuang, the City of Sands, a desert oasis at the junction of the northern and southern trade routes. Ideal for humanities and social science students majoring in Chinese language and culture, literature, history, religion, anthropology, and geography.
  • Tea and Horse Road – spring. This ancient network of mountain paths connected the tea-growing regions of southwestern China to Burma and India by mule caravan through the mountains and valleys of Yunnan and Sichuan provinces and Tibet. Students may travel to Lijiang and Shangri-La, seat of a Tibetan autonomous prefecture near the border of Tibet. Ideal for humanities and social science students majoring in Chinese language and culture, literature, history, religion, anthropology and geography.
  • Global Business in China– Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta Region. Explore one of the world's leading international financial centers and see how Hong Kong retains different political and economic systems from mainland China, with a diverse international population. Students visit companies and attend lectures on business development and industry, take a city tour, cruise Victoria Harbor at night, and visit a local Daoist temple known for fortune telling. Ideal for students majoring in international business, finance, and economics.
  • Convergence of Cultures – Taiwan. You’ll find some of the most traditional forms of Chinese culture preserved on the island of Taiwan, which maintains a thriving civil society with a democratic political system and capitalist economy. See why this culture is described as a blend of Chinese and Japanese cultures, with traditional Confucian beliefs and contemporary Western values. Visit the National Palace Museum, Taipei 101, aboriginal communities, the port city of Kaoshiung, the night markets of Keelung, and more. Ideal for social science students majoring in international affairs, political science, and economics.


  • Intern at a multinational corporation, Chinese company, or international nonprofit in Shanghai. It’s a great way to earn credit, gain professional experience, and get a close look at how Chinese businesses tick. Internships include a placement interview, coached work, and a final presentation.
  • Kick your Chinese language skills into high gear.
  • Peer language tutors. Join a qualified ECNU student for one-on-one tutorials of at least one hour, twice a week.
  • Chinese language clinic. Professional Chinese language instructors lend a hand with unique problems in your study with 90-minute sessions, offered four times a week.
  • Target language activities. Join CIEE teachers, peer tutors, and staff in an informal setting that encourages students to use their Chinese language skills.

What's Included

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • One-week orientation – an introduction to Chinese culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

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  • Study tours and cultural activities included
  • Internships and volunteering opportunities
  • Rigorous academics
  • Cultural immersion
  • iNext travel insurance included


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