As part of the CET Shanghai: International Student Program, you enroll in English-taught courses, satisfy distribution requirements at your university, and choose coursework that suits your major. And because this program is pre-approved by your home school, you can stay on track to graduate, take in-person coursework, and select a part-time internship–all while being a part of a cohort of peers from your own university and students from other top-tier US institutions.
You enroll in English-taught courses to meet a total of 12 to 15 recommended credits. Choose from CET courses, CIP courses, and–if your school provides the option–online courses with your home institution.
These courses are conducted in English using US-style teaching methods. Each of the following courses is worth 3 credits and 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted. Course syllabi will be available through your online CET account.
The course increases awareness of the importance of language and communication in the business and management contexts. By applying core communication, sociolinguistic, and stakeholder management theories, students develop an in-depth understanding of internal communication systems (interpersonal and cross-cultural communications) and of external communication systems (public relations, marketing, political communication, and the media). Class topics also include communicating corporate values such as image and identity, globalization and electronic communications, and language and gender.
This course provides a shared introductory experience in college-level thinking and writing. It is a launching point for developing the advanced writing skills that students will continue to practice and enhance throughout their college careers. The course develops students’ skills in reading with understanding, summarizing and synthesizing information accurately, and writing correct and reasoned prose. Students advance their abilities to construct arguments, synthesize diverse materials, and fundamentals of research.
Development is one of the most important topics of our time. During the last four decades, China has transformed from a centrally-planned economy to one that is more market-based. In the process, it has achieved an historically unprecedented duration of sustained economic growth and lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. China’s experience challenges established theories of economic development in several ways. Its success is often oversimplified as due to strong leadership atop a highly centralized and interventionist state. This course tackles the big questions and theories in development using China as a case study. Topics include comparison with Latin America
and Africa; foreign aid practices, and China and the Global South in international organizations.
This course uses a blend of approaches from the humanities and social sciences to introduce the histories, societies, and cultures of East Asia. Its goal is to build a broad understanding of the modern historical development of China, Korea, and Japan. Students first study the pre-modern legacies that shaped each of these civilizations and intertwined their societies. Then the course will turn to the crises of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the quests for resolution, and the pursuit of national identities in a rapidly emerging and often violent modern world order. Sources for study are primary historical sources, fiction, and memoirs along with academic readings. Historical themes include imperial domination and revolutionary resistance, nationalism, communism, democracy, feminism, and the wars of the 20th century (WWI, WWII, and the Cold War). In addition, students analyze the role of historical memory in relation to topics such as wartime sexual slavery, the Nanjing Massacre, and Hiroshima bombing. This class fulfills the requirements for a writing-intensive course.
This is an upper-level course on the Chinese economy and its impact not only on Chinese people but also the rest of the world. The course begins with a historical review of China’s economy from the Mao Years to the Deng Xiaoping reform era to the 21st-century challenge of transitioning from a manufacturing-based economy to a system more incorporated into the global framework. The second part focuses on China’s role in regional economic integration and globalization, including the topics of unbalanced growth and development in China’s western regions and other issues specific to the nation. A special emphasis on US-China trade relations helps students evaluate and understand the economic pursuit of these two superpowers in East Asia. The third section of the course considers the challenges that international businesses encounter competing in the Chinese market. The course concludes with a discussion on the future of the Chinese economy.
The increasing economic power of 1.4 billion Chinese consumers, 1.2 billion Indians, and the third of the world living in middle-income countries is remaking the patterns of world consumption and national economies. This multidisciplinary course examines the role of the consumer and consumption in the context of the rise of new economies, with close attention to China and other emerging countries. It analyzes diverse aspects of how these consumption patterns are impacting the global economy and will continue to in the coming decades. Class materials reflect multiple perspectives including cultural studies, ethnography, and marketing psychology. Themes shaping the course include the role of nationalism, little emperors, how ethics shape consumption, regional integration, copycat China, and the influence of consumer tribes.
History is the only laboratory to test the thought of our great thinkers. With that credo as a guide, this course offers an overview of the historical evolution of economic theory, with a comparative approach that adds thinkers and philosophies from outside the western tradition. Students in this class gain an understanding of the interrelationship between historical context and economic theory and how economic theory and policy evolve in response to changes in technology, market institutions, and political structures. The topics we examine remain relevant in the present day, including how classic western economic thought gave birth to, interacted with, or was radically changed into dependency theory in Latin America, import substitution in India, and the autocratic capitalism of China.
Prerequisite: Prior coursework in microeconomics and macroeconomics recommended
This is an upper-level course in international economics that covers important theories in the analysis of international trade, finance, and macroeconomics. It first discusses various models that are used to investigate the patterns of international trade and its welfare and policy implications. New trade theory based on heterogenous firms is also included. The course next examines main issues in open economy macroeconomics, including foreign exchange markets, balance of payments, international capital flows, global financial crisis, and international policy coordination and growth. Finally, it undertakes a special enquiry into the transformation of the Chinese economy and its economic relations with the rest of the world. Throughout, the theoretical background is used as a basis to solve problems, understand events in world economy, discuss policy issues, and prepare students for advanced studies in the field of economics.
The course introduces students to the nature and scope of macroeconomic behavior and policy. Starting with basic macroeconomic concepts and notations, the course then discusses important macroeconomic topics such as long-run economic growth, short-run economic fluctuations, fiscal policies, and monetary policies. It develops the analytical frameworks needed to design, analyze, and evaluate policies aimed at achieving macroeconomic objectives. The course enables students to understand the economic arguments that underlie different views and to evaluate popular arguments. It supplements theory with empirical analysis of the global economies.
Pre-requisite: Introductory Statistics, Introductory Economics
This course consists of statistical and mathematical techniques that are of immediate use in economics, finance, and other social science studies. For the statistics part, it covers various distributions of random variables, statistical analysis, estimation, hypothesis testing of different purpose (e.g., mean, difference in mean, variance, difference in variance, contingence table, ANOVA, and so on). For the mathematics part, it covers basic matrix algebra, optimization (constrained and unconstrained), integration, and difference equations (economic dynamics), which are all directly related with applications in economic modelling and analysis. Class meetings will contain applications of methods that are fundamentals of careers in economics or finance, equipping students to analyze and solve practical problems encounter in these professions. The course also offers theoretical background in statistics and higher-level mathematics essential to graduate studies that require advanced methodologies in economic and financial analysis.
In this pioneering course, students evaluate, both politically and aesthetically, the way Nordic films convey their social and cultural values and commitments. Given the belief in film’s historical and social significance, it is the particular purpose of this course to look at Nordic films from 1945 to the present and analyze how they perceived and conjured up the social and cultural landscape of this region. The course also examines some of the major political events and social and cultural trends that dominated recent decades and left their mark on its films. To achieve these goals, we will examine three different areas more closely: state control and support of film production; film cultural characteristics, both those that seem to point in the direction of a unity in Nordic contexts and those that define each country respectively; and Nordic cinema in transition in times of transnationalism and globalization.
The city of Shanghai has had multiple and changing historical representations. Historically, the city has been the empire’s cotton capital, a leading colonial-era treaty port, the location of Chinese urban modernity, a national center of things from finance to publishing, an exotic space that attracted and repelled, a home to new ideas and public activism, and the country’s industrial powerhouse. This course examines the social, political, economic, and cultural history of Shanghai and uses it to analyze if and how the city’s history provides keys to understanding the making of modern China. After a critical examination of concepts of tradition and modernity and approaches that have been used to understand Shanghai history, the class explores the city during the late imperial, Republican, and People’s Republic periods. Throughout, it contends with the contemporary return of Shanghai to urban preeminence and how this process intersects with the city’s history. Themes include commercialism, modernity, how the city’s “semi-colonial” past has shaped its history, migration, and whether Shanghai is somehow unique or representative of what we know as modern China. The course takes advantage of its location with field classes at significant historical sites and exhibits. This class fulfills the requirements for a writing-intensive course.
This course serves as an introduction to the prominent themes and analytical frameworks that guide the study of modern international relations. Its goal is to teach students basic concepts that are useful for making sense of contemporary challenges and debates in international politics, such as the canonical theories of Realism, Liberalism, and Marxism and the relatively new and increasingly influential theory of constructivism. Majors topics surveyed include international cooperation, security and conflict, trade, and international law and human rights. By the end of the class, students will have a basis from which to appreciate the major issue areas of contemporary international relations and a strong foundation for further study in international politics.
Note: Any student seeking to participate in the internship program must register to take this course. CET will not offer non-credit internships during the Fall 2020 term.
Internships offer the potential to bring together the best of academic and experiential learning abroad. Through immersion in a professional context and hands-on engagement with the work of an organization, students are able to test out the theories they have learned in the classroom and gain a more nuanced, sophisticated understanding of the local, regional, and global contexts in which they are studying and working. This course engages students with their organization on three levels:
- Academic: students bring an academic focus to their internship—both to better contextualize it and pursue specific research questions;
- Professional: through their work at the internship site, students gain new skills and develop professionally;
- Experiential: students are encouraged to be self-aware and reflective as they observe and interact within their internship—identifying cultural and other dynamics at play, and situating the experience within their own individual, intellectual, and professional narratives.
From this multi-layered experience, students are to emerge with a deeper, more complex understanding of their organization’s place within the world, and themselves as thinkers, actors, and future professionals.
Analytics is the process of transforming data into insight for making better decisions. It involves specifying a question, problem, or decision and finding the right answers using data. The process begins with identifying the appropriate data sources (internal and/or external, structured and/or unstructured), and the appropriate models, tools, and methods for analysis. Two areas of analytics are covered in this course: descriptive analytics examines historical data and identifies and reports historical patterns and trends, while predictive analytics predicts future trends and outcomes and discovers new relationships. Students are introduced to models, tools, and methods that are commonly used in each area of analytics. They develop skills in analytics that allow them to present data-driven solutions to problems in different business disciplines and functions. The course emphasizes model development and use of software tools to manage, report, and analyze data to achieve the best outcomes for a business.
Operations management (OM) refers to the management of all activities and processes that transform inputs such as materials, people, capital, and other resources, into outputs in the form of goods and services. This course introduces the basic elements of OM with applications in supply chains and services. The course covers capacity management and planning, process analysis and improvement, managing delays, inventory management, and quality management. Considerable emphasis is placed on use of operational data, quantitative models, and analytical tools to improve decision making in supply chain management and service operations.
This course provides a broad framework and skills for managers in a variety of contexts, including organizational goals and responsibilities, models, decision theory, planning, control, motivation, leadership, group behavior, team skills intensive, conflict, and organizational change.
This interdisciplinary course incorporates study of demographic groups in the workplace and their unique experiences by describing the patterns of thought or practices of historically marginalized peoples. In this regard, there is a focus on workforce development, including the practices needed to foster inclusion and exploit human differences in the workforce given organizational contextual and environmental factors. The course also examines how legacies or experiences of oppression and responses to them shape contemporary realities or conditions by exploring how bias occurs in human perception and attributions and workforce decisions and by examining how structural inequalities shape social categories of human difference and how these constructions influence inequalities. Finally, the course evaluates and reflects on the values, policies, and practices needed to develop a more equitable society.
What is marketing? Simply put, effective marketing satisfies consumer needs and creates consumer value while allowing business firms to achieve their objectives. This course introduces students to the concepts and skills needed to create and critique effective marketing. Businesspeople in all areas need a solid understanding of marketing to succeed. As international marketing practitioners and researchers confront a significant opportunity and challenge in the rise of the Chinese economy, corporations, and consumers, this course covers the essentials of international marketing and includes a focus on China. Discussion will include decisions related to product, price, promotion, and place (i.e. the marketing mix) to profitably meet the needs of the target market.
This course is a foundational one for the major and anyone interested in politics or world events. It introduces the concepts, principles, and methodological tools of comparative analysis, with an examination of politics and government in selected countries. Students will learn to think comparatively within political science about the big puzzles in the real world that call for some kind of explanation. By the end of this course, students should develop a stronger understanding of fundamental differences between different regime types, the relationship between politics and economic outcomes, causes for political conflict, and the role of identity in politics.
How are Chinese cities changing under the forces of globalization, urbanization, marketization, and political decentralization? How does urban life differ for city residents and the migrant population? This course examines these topics and the dynamics of China’s urban transformation and contemporary city life. Using interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives, it explores the distinctive characteristics of China’s urban development in the context of globalization. The course also addresses the issue of whether the concepts and theories born out of the post-industrial Western urban experience are applicable to urban China. It finally identifies and explains the opportunities and challenges that Chinese cities face, given their current urban development strategies and trajectories. The course includes at least two field-based classes to explore how Shanghai is reshaping its past and designing its future.
Donghua University Center of International Programs (CIP)
Through the Center of International Programs, Donghua University offers English-taught coursework in the following academic disciplines:
- Business Administration
- Economics & International Trade
These courses meet for 45 contact hours and are instructed by Donghua University faculty. View a list of CIP courses available for the fall semester.
Select universities have options for enrolling in online coursework that complements the in-person coursework offered at CET and Donghua CIP. Online courses are administered by US universities, and are not included in the CET Shanghai program transcript. Please check with your university for more information.
CET Shanghai’s classroom environment and course expectations are similar to courses taken on US university campuses. You and your classmates participate in seminar-style classes with active discussions and assignments that encourage analysis and critical thinking. And because these courses fulfill credits at your home school, you can take in-person classes in China, strengthen your English proficiency, and stay on track to graduate on time.
Shanghai as your Classroom
Interning in Shanghai
HOUSING & ACTIVITIES
Your semester starts off with a three-day orientation to help you get settled for the fall. Two days are dedicated to student introductions, cohort-building, and an overview of CET policies on academics, student conduct, and health and safety. The third day focuses on campus resources and student registration.
Connecting on Campus
You might not be at your home university, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the social aspects of on-campus life. The program offers many opportunities and resources for you and your cohort (students from your home institution, alongside those of other US universities) to get acquainted. Take classes together this fall, and when US schools are once again open for in-person learning, return to campus with both academic credits and new friends.
Who is CET?
CET Academic Programs is a study abroad organization that has been developing and operating innovative educational programs abroad since 1982. Originally “China Educational Tours,” CET began operations in Beijing, later expanding to other locations around the world. Today, CET offers a varied portfolio of semester, summer, and customized programs around the world for college, high school, pre-college, and gap year students.
Your CET courses are taught by passionate instructors with experience studying or teaching (or both!) abroad. Faculty are selected and trained by the program’s academic director, and have instructed US university students for CET over multiple terms.
Internship Program Manager
Program Development Specialist
All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.
We arrange for you to live in an on-campus dormitory. Your program fees go toward rent, furnishing, and other management costs.
From pre-program preparation to orientation, and on site to re-entry, CET provides you with the support you need every step of the way.
The extra-curricular activities that we arrange are included in your program fee.
If you choose to intern for credit 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.
Your textbooks and course supplies are covered and waiting for you on site.
- Start an application with your home university.
This is generally done through the study abroad office, though it may differ from school to school.
- Click “Enroll Now” below to open your CET online account.
In the online portal, complete the forms and submit required materials.
This is an online form that your study abroad office or international student services office completes. To send the electronic form request, simply enter the name and email address of your advisor in the designated fields of your online account.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
Complete and electronically sign this document through your online CET account.
Your online CET account contains other components to complete your enrollment (e.g., forms for housing, emergency contact information, course preferences, etc.)
*Your school might have its own internal deadline, check with your home institution to confirm.