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.
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.
As Program Director for Shanghai, Yan oversees all student services including orientation, excursions, and cultural activities. She advises students on issues related to cross-cultural information, health, and safety, and is responsible for responding to student inquiries and concerns. Yan serves as a resource to students as they transition into Chinese culture, and functions as their primary point of contact. More
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