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Shanghai, China

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When you study abroad in Shanghai, you'll experience a city where ancient traditions meet cutting-edge modernity. A city that’s one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing. A city that allows you to immerse into East Asian culture, learn Mandarin, and eat amazing food, all while experiencing student life in China’s economic center. Just 150 years ago, Shanghai was a small fishing village; today, it’s China’s most influential commercial center and home to 24+ million people. One look at the waterfront skyline’s blend of ancient and modern, and you’ll understand why studying abroad in Shanghai will allow you to witness globalization in action. Shanghai’s rapid growth highlights issues like global trade, communication, cultural change, and access to resources.

Programs to love in Shanghai

Programs to love in Shanghai

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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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  • Starting at $16,795
International Marketing

International Marketing

ESSCA École de Management - Shanghai

The International Marketing program at ESSCA École de Management’s Shanghai campus is designed for students who wish to study marketing within a global environment. The school boasts the rare distinction of triple accreditation—EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA—and offers courses in a range of marketing disciplines, all taught in English. You’ll attend class alongside students from a wide range of nationalities and academic backgrounds, providing both valuable education and a unique cross-cultural experience.

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  • Starting at $16,795
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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  • Starting at $12,695
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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  • Starting at $12,395
Intensive Chinese Language

Intensive Chinese Language

East China Normal University

Immerse into Mandarin language in amazing Shanghai. Courses combine cultural activities and contact with native speakers, transforming the city of Shanghai into a living classroom. Students from beginning to advanced Chinese language levels will spend their time acquiring Chinese language skills to put into practice in their daily lives while living in China’s biggest city.  Courses meet daily and include a focus on listening comprehension, grammar, reading and writing Chinese characters.

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  • Starting at $4,395
What's included in your Program'

What's included in your Program

From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!
  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising
  • Visa & Immigration Advising
  • Financial Advising
  • Tuition and Registration
  • Airport Pick-up
  • On-site Orientation
  • City Tour
  • On-site Staff Support
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • International Emergency Service Support
  • Welcome & Farewell Events
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Transportation Pass
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Language Exchanges
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Excursions
  • Student Clubs & Organizations
  • Host Institution Services & Amenities
  • Official Transcript(s)

Beijing

Xi’an

Chengdu

Hangzhou

One of the many benefits of studying abroad? The opportunity to venture outside of your host city and explore the surrounding area! Excursions are offered for all semester, year, and summer programs; typically, semester students are offered between two to three excursions and summer students are offered between one to two excursions. You’ll receive a calendar of the specific CEA excursions offered for your program during orientation. To give you an idea of the possibilities, we’ve collected typical experiences offered to students in the past.

Beijing

China’s capital stands as one of the world’s most populous cities and China’s cultural and political center. Beijing is surrounded by three sides on mountains and guarded by the Great Wall to the north. It’s also home to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Beijing Opera, the Temple of Heaven, Olympic Park, and the Pagoda of Tanning Temple. While in Beijing, take the chance to absorb the sights, smells, and sounds as you stroll through the Forbidden City; practice Tai Chi in a quaint park; savor a meal of Peking Duck in a bustling downtown restaurant; and lose yourself in the energy that radiates throughout this bustling metropolis. You’ll grow enamored by the city’s rich history and unique culture.

Xi’an

For centuries, Xi’an was the capital city of 11 dynasties and one of the world’s largest cities. In the 1990s, Xi’an re-emerged as a relevant cultural, industrial, and educational center in northwest China. During this three-day excursion, you’ll stay near Muslin Street, where you’ll find famous local foods such as lamb kebabs, Rou Jia Mo, rice cakes and spicy tofu. You’ll visit the Qin Dynasty terracotta warriors, a Tang Dynasty pagoda, China’s best history museum, and various Emperors’ mausoleums, and ride a bike along a Ming Dynasty city wall. Take a hike on Mt. Huashan — known for steep paths and majestic, breathtaking crags — and conquer all of the five peaks of the mountain; the amazing views of the sunrise and the sea of clouds below make it worthwhile!

Chengdu

Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, is a center of politics, economy, culture, and transportation. Known as “traveler’s heaven,” Chengdu boasts a pleasant climate, scenic views, historical sites, and tons of delicious street food – and it’s also a hometown for pandas! On this three-day trip, you’ll visit the National Panda Breeding Base, which provides an unparalleled opportunity to see pandas and their newborn cubs up close. You’ll also visit the San-xing-dui Museum, explore the site of the 4,000-year-old Shu Kingdom, admire Leshan Giant Buddha (the world’s largest stone Buddha), marvel at the 2,000-year-old Dujiangyan Irrigation System, hike in beautiful Taoism Mountain, and treat your stomach to delicious hot pots and countless Sichuan snacks.

Hangzhou

Marco Polo described Hangzhou as one of the world’s finest cities, so it’s no surprise that its nickname is “Paradise on Earth.” About 100 miles south of Shanghai, Hangzou is one of China’s ancient capital cities and a popular tourist destination, thanks to its scenic resorts: West Lake, Fuchun River, and Thousand-Islet Lake. Ride a bike around the shore and take in the weeping willows, stone bridges, leach trees, rockeries, and ancient tombs and temples. While in Hangzou, you’ll visit a tea plantation where Chinese

Dragon Well tea is produced, visit the Chinese Academy of Art on the shores of West Lake, and stroll along Qinghefang Old Street, where you can browse the souvenir stalls, tea houses, and traditional puppet theaters.

Suzhou

About 60 miles west of Shanghai lies Suzhou, a.k.a. “Venice of the East.” Crisscrossed with canals and rivers, this ancient city is known for its waterways, mild climate, and stunning gardens. Suzhou has long drawn artists and scholars, and is home to the Wumen Fine Arts School, known for its poets, calligraphers, and painters. Explore Suzhou’s historic embroidery, brocade, and silk production industries, and climb the nine-story North Temple, the tallest pagoda south of the Yangtse. Catch a glimpse of ancient China at the Kunqu Opera, Pingtan, and Suzhou Museums during your time in this scenic city.

Take advantage of the unique flavor of Shanghai. CEA offers cultural activities to match your interests. Whether you enjoy concerts, clubs, sports, cooking classes, language exchanges, or something entirely different, our staff helps you get involved in the local culture.

Downtown Shanghai Experience: Dinner & a Show

Shanghai’s busy night life offers restaurants, bars, and clubs at every price range. Along with local CEA staff, you’ll take in a performance of the wildly popular Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe at Shanghai Centre Theatre, followed by a traditional Chinese dinner in one of Shanghai’s many restaurants. Finish the evening with a visit to a club to celebrate a long local tradition of jazz music.

Introduction to Tai Chi

Practice one of China's original martial arts, Tai Chi. Study your first moves in an organized setting and then venture out into Renmin Park in the early morning to follow alongside practitioners. It’s considered polite to ask permission first, but don't be scared — locals happily share their art with you.

Chinese Tea Culture 101

Tea drinking has long been popular in China; ancient Chinese regarded tea as one of the seven daily necessities, along with firewood, rice, oil, salt, soy sauce, and vinegar. Tea culture in China differs from that of Europe or Japan in preparation and tasting methods. We’ll introduce you to Chinese tea culture so you can learn the ins and outs of making a good cup of tea and the occasions in which tea is consumed in China.

Old Town Walking Tour

Shanghai may be a relatively young city in Chinese terms, but it has a rich historical and cultural heritage dating to the 16th century, when now torn-down city walls were erected as protection against Japanese pirates. Shanghai's Old Town still retains its old-world feel and is considered the Shanghai of the Chinese, not the foreigners. CEA staff will take you on a walking tour along its ancient streets with busy markets and old temples, passing by locals playing cards or putting their freshly washed laundry up to dry.

Traditional Chinese Music Appreciation

Guzheng, Flute, Erhu, Lute – these traditional Chinese instruments have a history that dates back over 1,000 years and plays an important role in Chinese culture. Attend a concert at the Shanghai Academy of Music and experience the beautiful melodies these instruments create. After the concert, you’ll have the opportunity to ask musicians about the history and playing techniques of each instrument, and even learn how to play a Chinese song.

Traditional Calligraphy

Learn the basics of the traditional practice of Chinese calligraphy. You’ll create your own calligraphic work and receive a personalized Chinese name stamp.

Kung Fu

Take a kung fu lesson from a master who studied at Shaolin Temple and trained several national champions. Learning about the spirit of this martial art form will help you a deeper understanding of Chinese culture.

Volunteering

CEA offers interesting and meaningful volunteering opportunities in Shanghai, such as working on a charity fundraiser for libraries in the Guizhou mountain area, online English tutoring for orphans who live in the Yunnan AIDS Village, and serving as reading buddies for children with autism.

Chinese Student Language Exchange

Practice your language skills with Chinese students who are eager to help you learn Chinese as they improve their own English skills. CEA hosts a variety of activities designed to help you meet Chinese people of your own age who are interested in sharing their language and culture.

Career Development Opportunities

Work on a real consulting project with local businesses. Led by business faculty, this opportunity allows you to develop marketing strategies, analyze financial practices, and interview local and international entrepreneurs to learn how they built their careers.

Mobile Journalist Program

Want to build your digital portfolio while you study abroad? Join the Mobile Journalist (MOJO) program! You’ll blog, photograph, and video your experience abroad, then share them on social media.

Alumni Ambassador Program

Your study abroad adventure doesn’t have to end when your program is over. Keep sharing your study abroad love on your home campus…become an Alumni Ambassador! This internship allows you to help other students on their study abroad journeys while gaining work experience and growing your professional network.

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What's included in your Program

Shanghai Housing

Available:

Semester
Summer

If you crave a taste of university life abroad, live in a Chinese Residence Hall with local, international and other CEA students. Located on the East China Normal University Campus, Residence Halls teem with lively student activity. If you enjoy living in a student community and seek to make friends from all over the world, this housing option is a great fit for you.

Typical Commute

  • East China Normal University: 5-15 minutes walking
  • ESSCA Shanghai: 35-40 minutes by metro

Meals Included

  • N/A

Roommates

  • 2 students per room

Unit Amenities

  • Shared Kitchenette
  • Shared-single sex bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Internet access
  • Telephone access available
  • Washer and dryer
  • Space heaters
  • Air conditioning
  • Curfew imposed
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Available:

Semester

If you crave a taste of university life abroad, take your immersion level one step further and live with a local Chinese student. In addition to making a strong, long-lasting relationship, you’ll also receive weekly, private Chinese language tutoring from your roommate, whose been trained by language instructors to help you improve your language skills. If you enjoy living in a student community and seek to enhance your cultural experience in Shanghai, this housing option is a great fit for you.

Typical Commute

  • East China Normal University: 5-15 minutes walking
  • ESSCA Shanghai: 35-40 minutes by metro

Meals Included

  • N/A

Roommates

  • 2 students per room

Unit Amenities

  • Shared kitchenette
  • Shared - single sex bathroom
  • Bed linens included   
  • Internet access
  • Telephone access available
  • Washer and dryer
  • Space heaters
  • Air conditioning
  • Curfew imposed

Additional Fees

  • Semester: $1,200 - $2,000

 

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    While CEA highly recommends that you choose one of our Shanghai housing options provided, you also have the option to arrange independent housing. If your ideal housing scenario includes living in a particular neighborhood, having specific amenities or living with a specific person as your roommate, then independent housing could be just the ticket for you.

    Use the online housing application form to request permission for this option no later than the application closure date. If your request is approved, you will receive a rebate for your housing payment, however CEA will not provide you with any assistance setting up independent housing. Keep in mind, rebates are not granted to students who move out of their CEA housing or choose to pursue independent living arrangements after the application closure date.

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    Institutions

    East China Normal University
    East China Normal University

    Founded in 1951, East China Normal University (ECNU) is one of the most prestigious universities in China, under the direct auspices of the Ministry of Education. The first university founded after the establishment of the People's Republic of China, ECNU has developed into a comprehensive university that incorporates 21 schools and colleges, five advanced research institutes, and 58 departments offering 130 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs. Approximately 30,000 students study at ECNU’s Downtown and Minhang campuses. 

    ECNU emphasizes internationalization and enjoys both a wide influence and an excellent reputation. Every year, over 3,500 international students from 45 countries study at ECNU, creating a diverse and friendly community. CEA students will join the Global Curriculum Program at ECNU's Global Education Center, an ideal setting in which to learn about China through academic and cultural immersion with other international students. Taught in English by international faculty team, the courses cover subject areas such as Business/Economy, Sociology, Politics, Culture, and Philosophy. The credit structure is identical to North American Universities and colleges. 

    ECNU’s Downtown campus is nicknamed the "Garden University" for its beautiful scenery. On campus, you’ll find old trees, gardens, rivers, bridges, and lawns, while just outside are two huge malls, four metro systems, and a mature international community. 

    Accreditation

    East China Normal University is accredited by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and under the guidelines of the Municipal Government of the city of Shanghai.

    Grading

    All final course grades will be reported in the form of a numerical grade, as follows:

    ECNU Global Curriculum Program Grading Scale

    Letter Grade

    Numerical Grade Low Range

     

    Numerical Grade High Range

     

    Percentage Range

     

    Quality Points

     

    A+

    9.70

    10.00

    97.0 – 100%

    4.00

    A

    9.40

    9.69

    94.0 – 96.9%

    4.00

    A-

    9.00

    9.39

    90.0 – 93.9%

    3.70

    B+

    8.70

    8.99

    87.0 – 89.9%

    3.30

    B

    8.40

    8.69

    84.0 – 86.9%

    3.00

    B-

    8.00

    8.39

    80.0 – 83.9%

    2.70

    C+

    7.70

    7.99

    77.0 – 79.9%

    2.30

    C

    7.00

    7.69

    70.0 – 76.9%

    2.00

    D

    6.00

    6.99

    60.0 – 69.9%

    1.00

    F

    0.00

    5.99

    0 – 59.9%

    0.00

    W

    Withdrawal

     

     

    0.00

    INC

    Incomplete

     

     

    0.00

                                                                             

    Completion of a course is defined as a receipt of a letter grade (A+ to F) as opposed to Withdrawal or Incomplete.

    In order to determine a quality point ratio, each letter grade from a completed course is assigned a quality point value. The quality point value for each grade earned during a semester is multiplied by the number of semester hours assigned to that course. The sum of these points is the total number of quality points earned during the semester. It is divided by the number of semester hours completed to obtain the quality point ratio.

    Classroom and Information

    • Faculty members are from North America, Europe, and China with teaching experience in multiple countries.
    • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered.
    • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
    • Teaching styles in China may be different from those found in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations.
    • Class size ranges between 10 and 20 students.
    • You’ll attend class with students from the U.S., Canada, Asia, and other parts of the world.

    Amenities
    • Student Offices
    • Clubs & Organizations
    • Study Room
    • Student Health Center
    • University Library
    • Computer Lab
    • Printing Facilities
    • Student ID
    • Multi-Media
    • Language Learning Services
    • Language Exchange with Local Students
    • Fitness Facilities
    • Student Sports Teams
    • Cultural Engagement
    • Dining Facilities
    • Free Campus Shuttle
    • Banks & Post Office
    • Copy & Mail Center
    • On-campus ATM
    • Bookstore
    • Laundry Facilities
      ESSCA École de Management - Shanghai
    ESSCA École de Management - Shanghai

    Ranked among France’s top 20 undergraduate business schools, ESSCA École de Management is internationally accredited and one of the prestigious “Grandes Ecoles” in France. ESSCA’s history began in 1909 when the dean of the law faculty at the Catholic University of the West founded the Angers Business School. Today, ESSCA operates the original school in Angers, France along with 7 other sites worldwide, including the Shanghai campus. In addition to being a “Grande Ecole,” ESSCA is accredited by AACSB, EQUIS, & AMBA. 

    ESSCA’s mission is to equip students and managers for a successful and sustainable career while taking fully into account the human and social dimensions of a globalized world. The university has a permanent team of 120 faculty members, 4000 students, and 13,000 alumni around the world. 

    ESSCA Shanghai opened in 2007 and offers programs at undergraduate and master levels taught entirely in English by local and international faculty members. You’ll attend class with French and international degree-seeking and non-degree seeking ESSCA students. You will receive a transcript from ESSCA École de Management. 

    The ESSCA Shanghai campus is located in the heart of downtown Shanghai adjacent to two metro stops and about 25 minutes walking distance from the Bund

    Accreditation

    ESSCA École de Management applies the same standards, rules and regulations of quality assurance to all its campuses and teaching sites. The programs and academic curricular are regularly audited and the group therefore allows students to profit from high quality education in all of the international environments ESSCA is established in. ESSCA’s location in Shanghai is accredited with the international institutions of quality assurance, AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.

      

    Grading

    ESSCA Shanghai adopts the French grading system, which is based on a scale of 20, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. system. It would be inaccurate to merely multiply a French grade by a factor of five to find its U.S. equivalent. Grades are awarded on a scale of 1-20, but the tradition is such that grades higher than 16 are seldom awarded. The passing grade for a single subject is usually 10/20, although grades of 8 and 9 may indicate satisfactory performance. Grading is severe and can vary from one institution to another and from one course to another. 
     
    The Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange recommends the following comparison of grades:  

    French Number Grade

    US Letter Equivalent

    14-20

    A

    12-13.9

    B+

    11-11.9

    B

    10.5-10.9

    B-

    10.1-10.4

    C+

    10

    C

    9-9.9

    C-

    8-8.9

    D

    0-7.9

    F

    Classroom and Information

    • Courses are taught by a combination of local and international professors  
    • Students and faculty represent a variety of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds 
    • CEA students attend elective and Chinese language courses with European and other international students 
    • Periodic group assignments and final examinations will be administered 
    • Class attendance is mandatory and monitored by each professor 
    • ESSCA Shanghai adopts the French style of teaching, which differs from that of the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations. 

    Amenities
    • Student Lounge
    • Study Area
    • Computers
    • Printing Services
    • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
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