In Shanghai, the largest city and the financial/commercial capital of China, students can study at Shanghai University (SHU), a municipal university serving more than 40,000 Chinese students, and host to about 3,000 international students each year. Students can study at SHU on a one-month summer session, or on a fall or spring semester program, with an option to stay for a second semester. Semester students may take Mandarin beginning and intermediate courses, in addition to business courses taught in English including Asian Economics, E-Commerce, Marketing Strategy, and Finance. No knowledge of Chinese language is required. Students enjoy a significant cultural component and a rich out of class field trip program with many excursions to places of cultural and historic importance in Shanghai, a city of more than 20 million, in addition to out of town field trips to scenic and historic locations such as Suzhou and Hangzhou.
Semester Academic Options
The program is offered by the Faculty of the Institute of Economics, The Institute of Foreign Languages, and the College of International Exchange at Shanghai University. It covers major economic, social, cultural and political aspects of China and the curriculum includes Chinese language study and Chinese culture.
Students participating in the semester program at Shanghai University must take a Chinese language course (6 US credits) and two or three other courses (3 US credits each) for a semester total of either 12 or 15 US credits. NOTE: Students who are fluent in Mandarin Chinese do not take Chinese Language and may choose four or five three-credit lecture courses and take a total of either 12 or 15 US credits.
Please see the courses offered and syllabi below:
All students take one Chinese language course:
All students then choose to take two or three of lecture courses (taught in English) below:
for a total of 12 - 15 semester credits.
Please note that there may be changes to the course offering. Not all courses are offered each term. All regular SHU courses offered to Chinese university students, other than those courses listed on this site, are not open to students in this program.
The semester program also includes company visits. Students acquire invaluable insight into the regional business environment and practices through a customized selection of company visits. Company partners include renowned global players among the Fortune Global 500 including Coca Cola, famous Chinese companies such as Bao Steel Group Corporation, China’s most competitive iron and steel enterprise, and Volkswagen Group China, the largest, most successful, and first Joint Venture enterprise in China’s automotive industry.
China’s rapid growth and its integration into the world economy has created opportunities for international businesses but it has also challenged businesses to adjust their way of doing business in China. To thrive in China, businesses must understand the changing and complex market environment, China’s national and local policies, in addition to Chinese language and culture. This program is designed to provide students with a multi-dimensional understanding of doing business in China. This well-tailored, multi-disciplinary program focuses on all specific areas relevant to doing business in China. The program aims to equip students with systematic knowledge of business practices, with a background of both the theories and up-to-date practical applications that are in use, and the ability to analyze changes in government policies and regulations that effect business operations in China.
Summer Program Academics
The summer program runs for four weeks and students earn 4 credits in Mandarin Chinese & Chinese Culture.
In addition, 20 hours of lectures address two broad topics: Chinese Culture in the Context of Globalization and Cross Cultural Exchange: China’s Open Door – Open Shanghai.
- Chinese Language instruction at the beginning level. Intermediate Chinese language levels and higher may be opened based on minimum enrollments.
- Spoken Chinese & Conversation Classroom Teaching – 48 hours. Delivered by leading Chinese language teachers in the College of International Exchange at Shanghai University.
- Chinese Language Communication & Techniques Out of classroom Practice – 6 hours. Accompanied by Chinese students in groups
The lectures include:
Faculty for these lectures include senior professors at the College of International Exchange and the Center for Global Studies at Shanghai University.
- Chinese Art
- Urban Development in Shanghai and the Choice of Career among Young People Culture
- Traditional Chinese Medicine Culture
- Confucianism and Chinese Culture
- The Public Space in Modern City : From the Perspective of the Square Dancing
- Chinese Fan Painting
- Chinese Food Tasting
See the Shanghai Summer School syllabus.pdf
See the 2019 Shanghai Summer School.pdf brochure which has a detailed class schedule, English lecture schedule, field trip descriptions, and more.
SUMMER: Accommodation is in on-campus student dormitories and is included in the program cost. Double and/or single room accommodation may be available, but this will be confirmed in the lead up to each session as dormitory renovation is occurring at the host university. Dorm rooms are equipped with an air conditioner, heater, and desk and lamp for studying. Students eat meals in on campus student cafeterias and off campus at nearby cafes.
SEMESTER: Accommodation may be in on-campus student dormitories or in off-campus dorm-apartment style housing and is included in the program cost. Double and/or single room accommodation may be available, but this will be confirmed in the lead up to each session as dormitory renovation is occurring at the host university. Students eat meals in on campus student cafeterias and off campus at nearby cafes.
Shanghai University faculty or staff lead excursions as part of the program. Sample sites visited include the Yu Yuan Garden, the Jade Buddha Temple, the Shanghai Museum, a Pu Jiang River tour, and an acrobatics show. Other field trips may include a visit to the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the Pearl Orient Tower in Pu Dong, or the Shenyang Lu Bargaining Market. Sample scenic trips include a two-day trip to Suzhou and Hangzhou.
During the summer program, there is an active out-of-class component that puts students in touch with contemporary Chinese culture and society and allows a lot of interaction with the Chinese people. There are Visits and Field Trips to the Shanghai Museum, the Museum of Chinese Martial Arts, the Shanghai Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Folk Culture Museum, the Confucius Temple in Jiading District, and the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. Also included is a visit to the highest structure in East Asia – the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and the district of Lujiazui. Students enjoy a Huangpu River Cruise, a tour of the beautiful and historic Yu Garden in the heart of the old city, and a fascinating chance to see a daring Acrobatic Show. Field trips to learn about business in contemporary China include a visit to the Bao Steel Corporation and to a large Coca Cola facility. Field trips also lead students to explore the artistic and historic communities in the exciting areas of Tianzifang and Xintiandi. “Field Investigations” which are Out-Of-Town Field Trips enable students to learn about the traditional culture in the area south of the Yangtze River in the ancient town of Zhujiajiao. Students also see the many beautiful and historic gardens and sites of the two most famous and scenic cities in China, Suzhou and Hangzhou, which are said to be China’s Heaven on Earth”. “Exchange and Experience” activities enable students the opportunity to meet and interact with Chinese students and Chinese people. These activities include: Two Cross Culture Exchange Meetings, Cross cultural exchange activity in Daning International Community, and a visit to a school for disabled students in Zhabei District.
The semester program includes most of the small cultural and historic excursions as above, but in addition semester field trips allows students to acquire invaluable insight into the regional business environment and practices through a customized selection of company visits. Company partners include renowned global players among
the Fortune Global 500 including Coca Cola, famous Chinese companies such as Bao Steel Group Corporation, China’s most competitive iron and steel enterprise, and Volkswagen Group China, the largest, most successful, and first Joint Venture enterprise in China’s automotive industry.
Second semester college freshman & up may apply. 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale required. No Chinese language ability required.
Dates & Costs
Below you will find the current dates and costs for all terms available. Please note all dates and costs are subject to change.
||September 6 arrive - December 1 depart
||March 6 arrive - June 1 depart
||July 14 arrive - August 10 or 11 depart
* NOTE: Non-CUNY and CUNY Non-New York State Resident students should contact program to confirm Program Costs above. These program costs may not apply. (Students who do not attend CUNY or a College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS) school pay an additional $400 fee.)
Tuition, housing, pre-departure and on-site orientations, field trips, administrative fees, Shanghai University student ID card, sickness & accident insurance.
Costs do not include:
- International airfare $700 - $1200 approx.
- Meals $900 - $1500 approx. for semester, $250 - $600 for short term
- Personal Expenses $1000 - 1800 approx. for semester, $400 - $900 for short term
- Books $85 for semester, $35 for short term
- Visa Fees (if needed) $140 (U.S. citizens)
- Dorm Room Security Deposit (refundable) 100 Chinese Yuan
Summer: March 15
Fall: March 15
Spring: November 1
Application Deadlines may be extended.
Please see below for application cycles currently open.