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Experience one of the World’s Oldest and Richest Cultures

Study abroad in China, where the past and the future coexist here with incredible harmony, demonstrating the Chinese people’s simultaneous honoring of their roots and innovative thinking. China is a country of staggering wilderness and sleek, cutting edge cities, traditional pavilions standing next to some of the tallest skyscrapers on earth. Where else can you ride the world’s fastest high-speed electric train and relax in a tranquil Chinese garden in the same day? Only in China. If you’re a foodie, you’ll feel right at home here, where the locals prioritize eating as a social and cultural activity. Stop for shengjian bao, pan-fried buns, at a street cart or share a hotpot with your new friends on a cold winter’s day. Feast on freshly caught local crab in Shanghai and try some sesame balls for dessert. Drink some of the world’s finest tea in a traditional Chinese tea house and learn about the country’s long-standing cultivation and use of the leaves. Art, music, theater, and literature lovers will find the same blending of tradition and modernism in China’s creative works as they do in the country’s architecture. With one of humankind’s longest artistic legacies, Chinese culture overflows with a wide-ranging variety of styles, artists, and material. View thousands of years of Chinese visual art, from the ancient to the contemporary, in museums and galleries. Attend your choice of traditional Chinese dance, opera, or theater to see performers appear in ornate costumes and make-up that date back hundreds of years. Make the most of your cultural immersion in China through connecting to the country’s artistic roots. 

Cities of China

Cities of China

Shanghai

Just 150 years ago, Shanghai was a small fishing village; today, it’s China’s most influential commercial center and home to more than 24 million people.
Population
24.15 Million
Summer Temp
84°F (29°C)
Winter Temp
41°F (5°C)
Geography
Coastal
Sample Programs
  • Foreign Language & Literature
  • Social Sciences

The third most bio-diverse country in the world, China is home to thousands of animal and plant species across a highly varied landscape. Coniferous forests, mountain ranges, deserts, wetlands, rainforests, islands, the ocean, rivers, waterfalls—take your pick of the breathtaking scenery you want to explore. See giant pandas in their homeland, whether at the nearest sanctuary or in the wild. Hike through Wulingyuan to see thousands of quartzite sandstone pillars towering amongst the gorges and ravines. Wander the magical island of Chongming to see beautifully green woodlands, one of only three remaining Confucian temples, an ancient fishing village, and the organic farms providing produce and meat to many of Shanghai’s restaurants. Enjoy the majesty of China’s natural beauty as it was meant to be seen: in person. With so many sites to see and events to attend, the hardest part about studying abroad in China is deciding how to spend your free time. Come in the spring and experience the annual Lantern Festival, a luminous celebration of the Chinese New Year. Road trip through the eight water towns surrounding Shanghai for a glimpse at the old Chinese way of life. Tour the Forbidden City, where generations of emperors lived in seclusion. Visit the Great Wall and Longmen Grottoes, where over a hundred thousand Buddhist statues were carved into limestone cliffs over the course of centuries. What adventure will you go in this one-of-a-kind destination?

Popular Programs

Popular Programs

International Business

International Business

ESSCA École de Management - Shanghai

What location offers a better backdrop in which to explore the intersections of business, economics and culture than Shanghai, China? As one of the world’s dominant commercial and financial centers, Shanghai is the ideal setting for anyone interested in international business. You’ll take classes taught in English at ESSCA École de Management’s Shanghai campus, where you'll gain hands-on experience through group projects that boost your career opportunities and provide you with a real-world context for lessons learned in class.

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Business, Language & Culture

Business, Language & Culture

East China Normal University

As China’s largest, most modernized city, Shanghai exemplifies globalization on every street corner, in neighborhood pockets, and in the city’s iconic skyline. The Business, Language & Culture program is designed for students who are committed to learning about this politically vital and economically significant region of the world. Learn about China’s past and present while experiencing the excitement of life in Shanghai, where the traditional and the modern are (literally) carved into the landscape.

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Study + Internship in Shanghai

Study + Internship in Shanghai

East China Normal University

Where better to do an internship abroad than the global financial center of Shanghai? Incorporate a professional internship placement into your semester study program and give your future career a serious boost. Whether your career goals revolve around business, finance, tourism, or a different area, gaining pre-professional experience in Shanghai will give you a head start in the workforce after graduation. Develop an understanding of international relations through contact with the Chinese workforce and improve your Chinese language skills in this cutting edge, fast-paced metropolis. 

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When you study abroad in China, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your Chinese language skills, experience a culture radically different from your own, and enrich your education on campus at some of Asia’s finest universities. Choose to intern abroad in China and you’ll kick off your career in one of the world’s most influential international business scenes, while reaping the same non-academic benefits as your peers in the study programs. Whether you’ve got a burgeoning interest in Chinese language and culture or an established passion, studying abroad in China will give you the experience of a lifetime.      

China Points of Interest

China Points of Interest

  • Yang’s Shengjian While Xiaolongbao may technically be Shanghai’s most famous food, Yang’s Shengjian has unsurpassable status in locals’ hearts. One serving of these sesame-seed-and-scallion-coated fried dumplings plus one bowl of beef and crystal noodle soup makes a perfect Shanghai meal. And, it only cost $2.
  • Tianzifang While tourists huddle in Shanghai’s giant, expensive malls or bargain (poorly) with vendors in the Fake Market, locals head to Tianzifang to discover unique and inexpensive pieces in a nostalgic setting. The Tianzifang entertainment complex is housed within a layout of traditional Longtang alleys lined with design studios, boutiques, and elegant cafés.
  • Jade Buddha Temple Visitors to Shanghai often miss this temple as it’s not very old: its “only” been around for about 200 years, compared with other temples that boast thousands of years of history. Despite the temple’s tween status, it’s worth a visit, as this is the only place you’ll find a pure jade Buddha — two, in fact. The temple’s precious Sitting Buddha and recumbent Buddha are carved from whole crystal-clear white jade, offering the beauty of sanctity.
  • Chongming Island Just a 40-minute drive from downtown, escape from Shanghai’s 24+ million people to a quiet eco-island. You’ll be surprised to find that, even though Chongming Island is a part of Shanghai, it’s covered by forests, farms, and bird habitats. Here you can relax, visit a farmer’s house, feed the wild birds, bike through the flowers, or work in the field.