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Study + Internship in Shanghai
Fall 2020 Semester 4 Credit Part-Time Internship

Study + Internship in Shanghai Available Sessions

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About the Program

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. 


  • Overview
  • Location:
  • Shanghai
  • Dates:
  • early Sep 2020 - early Jan 2021
  • Price:
  • $12,695
  • Credits:
  • 13 - 16
  • Deadlines
  • Apply by:
  • 6/1/20
  • Withdraw by:
  • 7/1/20
  • Application Requirements
  • Transcript - Unofficial
  • Complete Application
  • Internship Interest Form
  • $95 Online Application Fee
  • CV/Resume
  • Eligibility
  • Course Prerequisites:
  • Students must have completed at least one semester of language at the college level.
  • Minimum GPA:
  • 2.75
  • Education
  • 1 year as a registered college student by the time of application
  • Foreign Language Proficiency:
  • All Levels
  • Course Prerequisites:
  • Some courses may have prerequisites.
  • Internship Career Field(s)
  • Accounting, Anthropology, Arts, Business Management, Computer Services, Culture, Data Management, Economics, Education, Finance, Hospitality, Information Technology (IT), International Relations, Law, Marketing, Museum Studies, NGO & Development, Political Science, Sales, Teaching, Tourism, Visual & Digital Arts, Visual Arts & Design

Founded in the mid-1900s, East China Normal University is one of China’s most prestigious educational institutions. Known for a focus on internationalization, ECNU’s 30,000-strong student body hosts more than 3,500 students from around the world, creating a diverse, friendly setting for study abroad students.

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 an internship seminar course that includes an academic seminar and an internship placement, and choose 2-3 elective or language courses.

Your internship seminar meets for 30 contact hours, and you’ll spend 224 hours at your placement. Together, the seminar and internship placement are worth 4 credits. Elective courses meet for approximately 52 contact hours/3 credits per semester. Language courses meet for approximately 156 contact hours/6 credits per semester. You may earn 13-16 credits (up to 462 contact hours). 

Elective courses meet at various times, Monday-Friday. Active learning components required by your courses may be scheduled for Fridays.

We strongly recommended that you apply as soon as possible. Internship positions are selective; students who demonstrate both professionalism and commitment throughout the process are most successful in securing placements. 

The placement process involves three video interviews: a screening interview with your Internship Specialist, a job placement interview with your study center placement coordinator, and a final interview with your host site supervisor. The host site retains the final decision regarding placements, so it’s important that your interviews reflect your maturity, adaptability, curiosity, and commitment to both your career interests and the host organization. Upon successfully completing your study center placement coordinator interview, CEA guarantees you a placement based on the personal, professional, and cross-cultural goals reflected in your interview. All placements will be secured two weeks prior to arrival.  

Upon placement, you’ll automatically be enrolled in your internship course.  Prior to departure, you will be asked to also select your preferred courses. You will be enrolled into courses based on their availability. It is in your best interest to have multiple alternative courses approved by your home university prior to your departure due to course availabilities. 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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Sample Calendar

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