Shanghai is a cosmopolitan city with something for everyone—from China newbies to those with years of experience under their belt. Dig into China with a wide selection of English-taught electives, including an option to explore a career abroad with a custom internship placement. And whether you only know nĭ hăo or can already hold a conversation, a Chinese language class and local roommate help you make the most of your study abroad experience in Shanghai.
You combine three 3-credit electives with one 6-credit Chinese language course to meet a total of 15 recommended credits.
You choose three of these 3-credit, English-taught courses:
You are placed into one of these 6-credit comprehensive language courses:
Advance your Chinese. Small class sizes, weekly one-on-ones, and passionate instructors help you establish or grow your Chinese language skills, while language practica get you using your Chinese beyond the classroom where it really counts.
Local Roommates. Your roommate is a CET-selected student from our host institution, Donghua University. Want to learn where to get the best shengjianbao (fried breakfast buns)? Where to study off campus? Sharing a room with a local student gives you instant insider’s access to the city. But more importantly, it gives you someone to share the city with. Learn more about living with a local roommate.
Eating in Shanghai. For meals, do as the local students do and eat at the budget-friendly campus cafeterias, try nearby food stalls, or find your favorite neighborhood restaurant. Feeling a home-cooked meal? Have a night in with your roommate and trade cooking tips as you prepare dinner together in the dorm’s shared kitchen. Learn more about accommodating your dietary needs in Shanghai.
Note: In light of China’s COVID restrictions, the local roommates component of the program may not resume right away. CET will make every effort to make local students a part of the program, likely serving as language exchange partners and cultural resources.
CET Shanghai study abroad students enjoy the perks of living in a city that is both cosmopolitan and culturally rich—plenty of modern amenities, diverse communities, and a history worth exploring. Take a stroll in the French Concession to see where East meets West. Chat with shop owners. Line up at Shanghai’s famous hole-in-the-wall noodle spots. Start your international network in the city’s buzzing business scene. There’s something for everyone in Shanghai.
A Weekend Away. Take a breather from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai with a program-led weekend trip to the rural Yangtze Delta region. Contextualize class discussions on regional migration and the urban/rural divide. Soak up the fresh air and hospitality of the Chinese countryside. All you have to do is pack your bags—we take care of everything else.
Program Development Specialist
Allison Rottmann, Ph.D.
Internship Program Manager
All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.
We arrange for you to live in a dormitory with a local roommate. Your program fees go toward rent, furnishing, and other management costs.
If you choose to intern while in Shanghai, we help you land the internship and make sure you’re prepared. And after you get started, we stay in close touch with your host organization to provide support all semester long.
From pre-departure to orientation, from on site to re-entry, CET provides you with the support you need every step of the way.
You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan through GeoBlue that even includes medical evacuation coverage.
The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!
We guide you step-by-step through the visa process. You’ll need to do the legwork, but we pay the consular fees if you obtain your visa through the service we recommend.
Your textbooks and course supplies are covered and waiting for you on site.
You receive an official transcript jointly issued by CET and Donghua University at the end of the term. You also have the option to request a School of Record transcript from the University of Minnesota for an additional fee if necessary.
Local Cost of Living. Day-to-day cost of living in Shanghai is generally cheaper than the United States. Meals and transit are cheaper, but western comforts (restaurants, coffee, etc.) cost about the same or more than they do in the US.
Estimated out-of-pocket expenses:
Please note that programs in Mainland China have not operated since Fall 2019 due to COVID-19. We remain optimistic that students will be able to study on the Mainland soon and will update applicants with the latest information as we receive it.
Complete the application through your online CET account. This is a brief form that asks for basic information and has a few short answer questions about why you want to study abroad.
Upload a scan of your passport to your online CET account. This should be a single scan that includes the signed signature page and the photo/personal details page. Don’t have a passport yet? Let us know and we can help advise you.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your previous instructors.
This is an online form that your study abroad office completes to let us know you meet the requirements to study abroad. To send the electronic form request, simply enter the name and email address of your study abroad advisor in the designated fields of your online account.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
CET reserves the right to increase quoted charges at any time without prior notification, based on increased instruction costs, exchange rate fluctuation or other cost increases beyond CET’s control.
This program provides access to hundred of internship opportunities, and these are just a few of the organizations with which you might intern. Internship projects are determined by your mentor within the host organization.
Get an extensive list of possible internship placements in Shanghai.