Our goal is to offer every course every term, but sometimes factors like faculty availability and program enrollment keep us from reaching that goal. If you’re concerned about needing to enroll in one particular course, please contact us!
A summer of study abroad in Shanghai offers both China novices and experts the perfect opportunity to develop a better understanding of how the country is shaping and shaped by global systems. With a highly customized curriculum, English-taught electives for diverse interests, and emphasis on learning beyond the classroom, you’ll leave with improved language skills, marketable international experience, and a nuanced understanding of Shanghai and China.
Choose between two different curriculum options to tailor your summer and meet a total 6 to 9 recommended credits.
Chinese language + 1 elective
Chinese + 2 electives (may include internship elective)
Choose one or two of these 3-credit, English-taught elective courses, according to your curriculum choice.
You are placed into one of these comprehensive language courses for 3 credits:
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.
Intern in Shanghai. If you elect to intern while in Shanghai, we take your interests and skills and match them to the needs of a host organization. And you’re never without support—we check in with you (and your host) continually throughout the summer to help you get the most out of your internship.
Local Roommates. You have the option to live with a local roommate or simply live with other CET students. Sharing a dorm with a Chinese student can give you insider access to the campus community and an overall invaluable resource for life in China, while living with an American student partners you with someone who is also discovering Shanghai with fresh eyes. Both housing arrangements offer their own advantages and allow you to tailor your summer experience one step further. 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.
Enjoy the perks of cosmopolitan city life—plenty of modern amenities, great public transit systems, and diversity in the food scene, industries, and communities. Wake up before the sun to see older city residents practice taijiquan (Chinese martial art form) along the Bund. Try all the different styles of huoguo (hot pot) with friends and roommates. Enjoy the city’s busy calendar of summer events.
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.
Director of Shanghai Programs
Allison Rottmann, Ph.D.
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 or fellow CET student. 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’ll receive an official transcript jointly issued by CET and Donghua University. If your home institution requires a School of Record transcript, CET is able to provide one through the University of Minnesota.
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:
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.
This is an online form that your current or most recent language instructor completes to help us get an idea of your language level. Use the link in your online account to send the recommendation request.
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.
Over the years, we’ve built a strong network of locally-based faculty that we’re proud to call our peers. These faculty make up our Academic Consultation Board—a select group of local voices and thought leaders that help advise and shape components of the CET Jordan program.
Board members support the program in many ways, including but not limited to:
Get a list of internship possibilities in Shanghai.