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

Shanghai: Fall & Spring Academic Requirements

Students may participate in an internship. Internships are a program highlight, and the list of possible placements is long. Students also take Issues in the Chinese Workplace, a course that contextualizes on-the-job experiences and provides an opportunity for reflection and discussion. Internship: typically 8 to 15 hours/week. Course: 21 total hours. 3 recommended credits for internship and course combined.

All students enroll in Chinese language classes. Small classes and one-on-one practice sessions provide exceptional levels of individual instruction. 154 total hours. 10 recommended credits.

Students enroll in one elective. Choices include economics, business, history and political science. The economics course, in particular, is a program favorite, and students frequently comment that it is “the best course they have ever taken.” Taught in English. 45 total hours. 3 recommended credits.

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Shanghai: Summer Academic Requirements

Students may participate in an internship. Internships are a program highlight, and the list of possible placements is long. Students also take Issues in the Chinese Workplace, a course that contextualizes on-the-job experiences and provides an opportunity for reflection and discussion. Internship: typically 8 to 13 hours/week. Course: 12 total hours. 2 recommended credits for internship and course combined.

All students enroll in Chinese language classes. Small classes and one-on-one practice sessions provide exceptional levels of individual instruction. 88 total hours. 5 recommended credits.

Students choose one elective. Choices include economics, business, history and political science. Due to the time demands of an internship, students who participate in a summer internship may opt for a mini-elective that meets for significantly fewer hours. Taught in English. Regular electives are 45 total hours for 3 recommended credits. The mini-elective is 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 student’s application materials, including a letter of recommendation from language faculty, and the results of a placement exam taken on site. Adjustments are made during the first week of classes in consultation with academic staff.

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.

CET Shanghai makes every attempt to match students with placements of their choice. But positions are subject to the ebbs and flows of the market, and specific tasks are always up to the host. In this way, students can be sure that their work is truly contributing to the organization.

The list of internship possibilities in Shanghai is long. Here are just some of the possibilities:
American Consulate General, Architect@Work International, Celanese Corporation, China Greentech Initiative, Compassion for Migrant Children, Daedalum Films, DuPont Danisco, Ernst & Young, Gap, Habitat for Humanity China, Heinz Global Procurement, Le Royal Méridien, Morgan Stanley, ParkwayHealth China, Qast Software Group, Shanghai Association for Science and Technology, Shanghai Repertory Theater Company, The Global Supply Chain Council, Toyhouse, Turner Broadcasting, Xinshiji Primary School, Zhonglun W&D Law Firm

Academic Excursions

CET Shanghai are taught by seasoned faculty who use their connections in the field to give students an insider’s view of Shanghai. Students might watch a panel of prominent economic journalists debate the role of globalization as a cultural force, attend a social entrepreneurship business competition for local MBA students, enjoy a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the famous Zikawei Library, or visit a local solar panel producer for a Q&A with the head of international sales.

Day & Overnight Trips

Each term, CET Shanghai takes students on a trip to a rural area to take a breather from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai. Students come face-to-face with the vastly different lives of people living in the Yangtze Delta region, and observe firsthand some of 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.

Students also explore Shanghai on occasional day trips. The city comes alive as students visit local government offices, secret Chinese gardens, think tanks, the propaganda poster arts center, the oriental pearl TV tower, the Confucian temple (with its second-hand book market), small start-ups, and many historical sites.