- Shanghai, China
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
Shanghai is an economic and cultural hub of more than 18 million people. You will have the opportunity to learn and communicate in Mandarin, while being exposed to the local Shanghai dialect—just one example of the many unique languages and cultures that exist in different regions throughout the country. While in Shanghai, study the diversity and impact that international influences from all over the globe have on Chinese culture. Witness how globalization affects Shanghai and develop a greater understanding of how China’s influence is increasingly affecting the world.
Through our partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), we offer unique courses that explore international affairs, business, and Chinese studies through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class. You take 15-18 semester credit hours per semester.
Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a global, not-for-profit study abroad organization with 115+ academic programs in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Latin America. To learn more about what we offer visit our website.
- Setting Description:
- A thoroughly modern city risen from a fishing village less than 100 years ago, Shanghai has been heavily influenced by Western business, culture, and architecture. If you're searching for a rapidly changing, dynamic city to in which to study, Shanghai is your destination. Learn the impact of such rapid modernization on local customs and the environment. Practice your Chinese with some of the over 26 million citizens calling this—the largest and most developed city in China—home.
- We offer more than $2.2 million in scholarships & financial aid. Contact IES Abroad or see our website for cost, scholarships, and financial aid.
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- IES Abroad offers $5 million dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships and grants that can be used toward an IES Abroad study abroad program. Apply online using our universal Aid Application, and we’ll pair you with the scholarships and grants.
Based on 4 Reviews
- The City that made the peak of my College experience02/10/20
Experiencing a Study Abroad in Shanghai is a great adventure. While still applying, the IES team in Chicago will give you an advisor who will help you and answer all your questions regarding the program and everything you need to prepare. Classes offerings
will be available on their website but you may want to be flexible because they are still subject to change until the program starts. In terms of accommodation, the program gives the option between living in an apartment with other students from the program and a homestay. If you want to maximize your learning goals when it comes to learning Mandarin, I would advise homestay. My experience has been wonderful and gave me a lot more than I ever expected. The families are super nice and of course, an RA will be available to assist you in questions related to housing, health issues, or really anything. One of my favorite activities is to walk on the Bund, bring a book and read while facing Shanghai’s signature monument and look at people passing. That, of course is just one among many others. If you are a traveler, Shanghai’s location is on your side. There are many beautiful places full of history and rich in culture close by that you can access easily by train. The program also organizes optional and mandatory trips to help you make the most out of your time abroad. Some of the destinations include Beijing, Hangzhou, and Taiwan. If you are looking for a blast abroad and live an experience that will impact your life forever, IES Abroad in Shanghai can give you what you are looking for.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- The gift of Studying Abroad01/31/20
Shanghai, China is one of the most beautiful cities in the entire world. Being able to travel there is a great opportunity, but being able to live there and study there through IES Abroad, was so much more. It was a gift. This program is very different
from the many others that I've seen in the sense of living location. IES placed all of it's apartment living students in an apartment that was in the middle of this wonderful city. There was a famous food street a 2 minute walk away where you could find a lot of Shanghai delicacies, the bund was only 15 minutes by foot, to see the beautiful skyline which includes the Pearl Tower and the Shanghai Tower. On the other hand, attending classes was a bit of commute being 45 minutes by metro to Fudan University and 20 by metro to Jiaotong University, but at the end of the program, my fellow classmates (also studying abroad on same program) and I agreed that was worth it, completely! I felt like I had many more opportunities to experience the daily life culture of Shanghai living in New Harbour Service Apartments than I would've having a dorm on on the campuses. I attended Chinese class twice a week with a local Chinese teacher, Hanshuo I believe that Hanshuo, my chinese language and business chinese teacher, really helped me to improve my language skills and from time to time, she would take us outside of the classroom to learn which gave me yet another opportunity to interact with the Chinese culture. I'm extremely pleased with my experience with IES Shanghai and I'm so happy that for 3 months, I got to call Shanghai my home.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- You go to China to LEARN01/28/20
Living in China is becoming a more influential resume builder as China becomes an international player. Immersion in China is difficult for any foreigner, and traveling around the country isn't meant for noncitizens. However, IES Abroad staff are quite
helpful in guiding students to helpful resources in order to facilitate travel. The best part of living in China as a part of the IES Abroad program is the abundant opportunities to learn. The classes IES allows you to take partnering with Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Fudan University are topical, and give a student unique insight into Chinese education and the Chinese economy. The IES professors are extremely knowledgable and incredibly helpful throughout the semester. I learned more about Chinese economics, culture, and language in this one semester than I learned in my four semesters before it combined. Making lasting Chinese friends is not for the faint of heart, and cultural immersion is difficult living in an apartment (but the Western toilet is a lifesaver).read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Being the only Blonde03/26/14
Shanghai is a fascinating city where modern meets old. Her you get to experience China while still having access to many of the things you would at home. There is a lot to explore in and around the City plus travel is pretty easy in general. The IES program
facilitated some amazing trips and most learning happened outside the classroom. My semester abroad was definitely a rewarding experience as I came away with new friendships and great stories!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend