CET Shanghai: Summer Study Abroad

CET Shanghai: Summer At-a-Glance

Diverse English-taught electives
Unmatched internship opportunities
Chinese language courses for every level
Live with a Chinese student or peer
Out-of-class learning and assignments
Weekend excursion to the Yangtze Delta region
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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. 

Academics in Shanghai


Curriculum & Syllabi

Choose between two different curriculum options to tailor your summer and meet a total 6 to 9 recommended credits.

6-credit curriculum:
Chinese language  + 1 elective

If you choose the 6-credit curriculum, you have the option of adding a non-credit internship placement, in addition to your one elective course. 

9-credit curriculum:
Chinese + 2 electives (may include internship elective)

If you choose the 9-credit curriculum, you can choose a for-credit internship (SH/INTS 350) as one of your electives. Non-credit internships may not be added to a 9-credit course load.
Professor lectures to a class of students at CET Shanghai

Choose your adventure in Shanghai

Electives in English. Get a 360° view of China with electives that embrace field-based learning and match the academic rigor of your home university. Fulfill your major or minor requirements, or try something entirely new—the choice is yours.

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.

Learn more about

Housing and Meals

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Living Like a Local

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.

CET Shanghai summer study abroad student and her roommate play a board game in their room

Life in Shanghai

CET Shanghai students take a selfie on the Bund

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. 

Experience Shanghai with CET

Around the City. Each term, the program offers different extra-curricular activities that allow you to explore the city and Chinese culture. Visit a Buddhist temple. Take a food tour of dumpling shops. See contemporary art at the MoCA Shanghai.  And there’s even more to see on your own.

A Weekend Away. Take a breather from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai with a program-led weekend trip to Ninghai—a place known for its ancient villages and beautiful nature. Bike around Dongqian Lake. Take in the stunning mountain scenery during a group hike, then relax at the hot springs. And of course, enjoy local snacks and cuisine.  Soak up the fresh air and hospitality of the Chinese countryside. 

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Student Resources

"My economics class was so unique and interesting. It was about more than just economic principles—I learned analytical skills as well as real life concepts that I can apply in the real world, which is more than what I am used to learning in class."

— Elise George,
Washington & Lee University
"Every class taught me something that I could almost always use or see outside of the classroom and it helped me gain a stronger understanding of China and its culture."

— Sophia Vedvik,
University of Minnesota
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On-site Staff

Jeremy Friedlein
Director of Shanghai Programs

Qu Zheng

Qu Zheng
Academic Director

Jenny He
Internships Director

Li Yun
Office Manager

Program Fees



What's Included

All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.

We arrange for you to live in a shared apartment 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’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.

More on finances

CET Shanghai students and local roommates at a restaurant
Program Fee Breakdown. Of the total program fee, $6,790 goes to tuition and fees, and $2,000 goes to housing and other student life fees.

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: 

How to Apply

We are excited to announce that our mainland China programs have reopened! Hear from current students on the Student Voices blog

•  Pre-requisites: None. Open to students of any Chinese level, including absolute beginners
•  Must be 18 or older at the time of program participation.
•  Open to students from any US college or university
•  GPA: 3.0 or higher is recommended, students with lower GPAs will be asked for a faculty recommendation to supplement their application

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.


March 1

Price Subject to Change:

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.

Course Availability

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

Endless Internship Possibilities

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.

CET Jordan: Academic Consultation Board

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:

Academic Consultation Board Members

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where will you intern?

Get a list of internship possibilities in Shanghai.