Study Abroad in Shanghai, China


Want to study abroad in 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? Shanghai is the destination for you! 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 Shanghai is the ideal place to witness globalization in action. Shanghai’s rapid growth highlights issues like global trade, communication, cultural change, and access to resources.

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Imagine immersing into student life in the world’s oldest civilization, where mist-topped mountains give way to sprawling urban centers and ancient temples sit next to uber-modern skyscrapers. The world has China to thank for toilet paper, nail polish, fireworks, the compass, the hoverboard, and a hundred other inventions that changed the course of history. With written records dating back more than four thousand years—and archeological sites indicating human habitation for more than 1.5 million years—this ancient land has long been a center of innovation and inspiration. Studying abroad in Shanghai with CEA allows you to explore the diverse landscapes and cultures that make China unique.

Yan Liang, Program Director, Shanghai

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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Stunning Shanghai


Local Highlights

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.

Foot Massage

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) plays an important role in Shanghai residents’ life and foot massage is a popular local TCM therapy, so don’t be surprised if your new friends invite you to a foot massage club. Sitting in a beautiful private room with fine tea, snacks, and fruit, while enjoying the comfort (and sometimes the pain) from your feet is both a relaxing and healthy entertainment. Don’t miss it, as you may have to pay 10 times the price to have a similar experience in U.S.

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.


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.

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Summer14 MOJO, Shanghai.

Easy and Amazing Experience  
CEA made my study abroad visit to China an easy and amazing experience. Their staff is so friendly and helpful that they felt like family.

Breann Grell
Cornell College,
Fall 2015, Shanghai, China
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