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International Business
Fall 2020 Semester Shanghai

International Business Available Sessions

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About the Program

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.


  • Overview
  • Location:
  • Shanghai
  • Dates:
  • late Aug 2020 - mid Dec 2020
  • Price:
  • $16,795
  • Credits:
  • 15
  • Deadlines
  • Apply by:
  • 4/15/20
  • Withdraw by:
  • 5/15/20
  • Application Requirements
  • Transcript - Unofficial
  • Complete Application
  • $95 Online Application Fee
  • Eligibility
  • Course Prerequisites:
  • Some courses may have prerequisites.
  • Education
  • 1 Year of College, although advanced High School graduates may be eligible
  • Foreign Language Proficiency:
  • All Levels
  • Minimum GPA:
  • 2.5

Study at ESSCA École de Management’s Shanghai campus. The school boasts triple accreditation (EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA) and attracts high-caliber students from diverse international backgrounds.  

When you study abroad in Shanghai, you can choose CEA housing or arrange your own independent housing. CEA housing assignments are based on availability and confirmation date; we make every effort to match your housing requests, but we can’t guarantee housing preferences.

Program Structure

You’ll enroll in a ESSCA Chinese language course and five ESSCA business courses. You will complete two language levels of Chinese within the semester. Classes meet for 22.5–90 contact hours/1.5–3 US credits. You may earn a total of 15 US credits (up to 270 contact hours) per semester.

Language and business courses meet daily, Monday - Friday. Active learning components required by your courses may be scheduled any day of the week.  

You'll select your courses and take a language placement exam after you arrive in Shanghai and enroll in a language course based on the results. To ensure you receive credit for the language level you place into, have your home university pre-approve courses at several levels before you leave for China. Please consult with your academic advisor at your home university on credit pre-approval guidelines. 




The host institution has offered the following courses in the past. Please note that course listings may not be finalized until the start of the term; we’ll post an updated list when the host institution finalizes its offerings.

*Courses with an asterisk indicate that the course has been associated with multiple subject areas.
Please click on the course title to view additional subject areas and detailed course information.


Get out and explore! Excursions are offered for most semester, year, and summer programs*. Semester students are typically offered between two to three excursions and summer study students are typically offered between one to two excursions. You'll receive a calendar of excursions during orientation; here are a few day and overnight excursions we've offered in the past.



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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Sample Budget

This budget contains costs that you can take to your financial aid office. Please note that amounts may fluctuate; we’ve included a range of costs.

Federal law allows the use of financial aid to cover “reasonable” costs of study abroad including round-trip transportation, tuition and fees for the program, living costs, passport and visa fees, health insurance, and more.

Please note that all costs and charges listed below are subject to change without notice. With the exception of Program Price, all costs are estimates and may vary.

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