Study Abroad in China: Chinese Studies & Internship in Shanghai – Academics

Shanghai: Fall & Spring Academic Requirements

All students enroll in Chinese language classes. Classes include group and one-on-one practice. 154 total hours. 10 recommended credits.

Students may participate in an internship. Internships include the course, Issues in the Chinese Workplace. This course contextualizes on-the-job experiences and provides an opportunity for group reflection and discussion. Internship: typically 8 to 15 hours/week. Course: 21 total hours. 3 recommended credits for internship and course combined.

Students enroll in one elective. Academic disciplines include: economics, history, political science. Students who opt out of an internship take an additional elective. Taught in English. 45 total hours. 3 recommended credits.

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Shanghai: Summer Academic Requirements

All students enroll in Chinese language classes. Classes include group and one-on-one practice. 88 total hours. 5 recommended credits.

Students may participate in an internship. Internships include the course, Issues in the Chinese Workplace. This course contextualizes on-the-job experiences and provides an opportunity for group reflection and discussion. Internship: typically 8 to 13 hours/week. Course: 12 total hours. 2 recommended credits for internship and course combined.

Students choose one elective. Academic disciplines include: economics, history, political science. Electives are either 1 or 3 recommended credits. Students who opt out of an internship must select a 3-credit elective. Students who participate in an internship may select a 1-credit or 3-credit elective. Taught in English. 45 total hours for 3 recommended credits. 16 total hours for 1 recommended credit.

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Classroom Matters

Prerequisites

There is no language prerequisite for this program. Students of all Chinese language levels are welcome, including beginners and heritage learners.

Language Class Placement

Chinese language class placement is determined by:

  • The results of a placement exam taken upon arrival in Shanghai.
  • The student’s transcripts.
  • The student’s Chinese language ability as demonstrated in the application.

Adjustments to placements are made during the first week of classes.

Academic Rigor

CET Shanghai is a study abroad program for serious students. Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday. Students can expect at least one hour of prep time for every hour of class time. Internships can require lengthy time commitments. Participation in classes and all excursions is mandatory.

Heritage Learners

Every term, this program welcomes students who have acquired some Chinese language (usually speaking skills) from their home environment. CET has many ways to accommodate these students. In the past, we have arranged one-on-one character-writing tutorials or special group classes for learners with similar needs. Bottom line: CET’s language curriculum is flexible and can be tailored to meet the needs of every student.

Outside the Classroom

Internships

Participating in an internship is a sure-fire way to build your résumé and try on a career for size. But it is also a chance to strengthen your Chinese and get an insider’s view of a Chinese work environment.

Internships come in all shapes and sizes: business, communications, science and technology, journalism, art and design, health care. CET Shanghai makes every attempt to place students in internships that are linguistically or culturally immersive, and that match their interests and goals. But internship positions are subject to the ebbs and flows of the market, so flexibility is a must!

Students submit an internship application. They may do one or more phone interviews before being offered a position. Tasks assigned are based on the needs of the host organization. The list of internship possibilities is long, and sample past placements have included:

  • Zhonglun W&D Law Firm
  • Architect@Work
  • Shanghai Sikorsky Aircraft Company
  • MaryChing
  • Heinz
  • Shanghai Repertory Theater
  • International Paper
  • Daedalum Films
  • Foreign Language Education Research Press
  • Spring Airlines
  • FTI Consulting
  • Dupont Danisco
  • China Economic Review
  • Pureman Public Relations Company
  • Fudan University Department of History
  • Essential Learning Group
  • China Greentech Initiative
  • Shanghai Association for Science and Technology

…The project I’d been looking for all semester fell in my lap one day. I was asked to design a public speaking course in ten days and then teach it for the next month. I’d had experience teaching ESL before, but I’d never been in charge of a class from its inception. It was my chance to shine and contribute to Byron meaningfully. It’s definitely been one of my favorite experiences as far as résumé points are concerned. – Madeline Lafuse, Tulane University, Shanghai Spring 2013

Faculty-Led Academic Excursions

Faculty use their expertise and insider connections to show students a side of Shanghai they might not be able to see on their own. Past students have:

  • Watched a panel of prominent economic journalists debate the role of globalization as a cultural force.
  • Attended the final round of a social entrepreneurship business competition for local Chinese MBA students.
  • Enjoyed a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the famous Zikawei Library, styled after the Vatican Library, including a glimpse of a 500-year-old Latin-Chinese copy of the Confucian Analects.
  • Visited a local solar panel producer for a tour and open Q&A with the head of international sales.

Overnight Academic Excursion

Each term, CET Shanghai students venture on a three-day excursion. Visits to smaller cities and the countryside bring students face-to-face with the vastly different lives of people living in the Yangtze Delta region. Students observe China’s most pressing issues: floating population, family separation, aging population and environmental degradation. They also experience the fresh air and hospitality of the Chinese countryside. Many students fall in love with a new side of China on this trip.

One-Day Academic Excursions in Shanghai

Occasional one-day excursions around Shanghai expose students to the city’s nuclei: local government offices, small businesses, joint ventures, foreign-owned enterprises, manufacturing, think tanks, policy-making bodies and philanthropic organizations.