Why CET Shanghai: Summer?
A summer 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.
Curriculum & Syllabi
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)
You are placed into one of these comprehensive language courses for 3 credits:
Choose one or two of these 3-credit, English-taught elective courses, according to your curriculum choice.
- SH/BUSN 310 Corporate Communication
- SH/DEVS 333 Political Economy of Development: China and the World
- SH/EAST 352 The Making of Modern East Asia
- SH/ECON 310 International Economics
- SH/ECON 330 The Chinese Economy
- SH/ECON 335 The Chinese Consumer: Remaking the World Economy
- SH/ECON 355 Comparative History of Economic Thought
- SH/FILM 370 Contemporary Chinese Cinema
- SH/HIST 350 Shanghai: Key to Modern China
- SH/INTR 333 Political Economy Of Development
- SH/INTS 350 Internship: Bridging Theory and Practice (150 hours. 3 credits.)
- SH/ITEC 320 Business Analytics
- SH/LITR 380 Chinese Literature Today: Cannibals, Consumption, and Global Capitalism
- SH/MGMT 353 Management And Organizational Behavior
- SH/MKTG 360 International Marketing
- SH/POLI 340 Politics and Governance in China
- SH/URBN 353 Globalization and the Chinese City
- Non-Credit Internship (only available to 6-credit curriculum students)
Abundant Elective Options
Housing & Meals
You either live with one student in a double room or two students in a triple suite. No matter if you live in the dormitory or the guesthouse, your housing is furnished and each room/suite has its own bathroom. You also have access to a shared kitchen space, a study room, and a common space with sofas for lounging, and classrooms and the cafeteria are just 2-minute walk away. And when it’s time to explore the city or have dinner with friends, the subway station is just across the street from the university gate.
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.
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. And don’t forget to try all the xiaolongbao (steamed soup dumplings) and shengjianbao (pan-fried pork buns) that you can—you’re living in Shanghai after all.
Life 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. Head to People’s Park on the weekend to see the bustling marriage market. Try all the different styles of huoguo (hot pot) with friends and roommates. Enjoy the city’s busy calendar of summer events.
Activities & Excursions
Each term, the program offers different extra-curricular activities that allow you to explore Shanghai and Chinese culture. Explore both modern and traditional Chinese art. Practice your language skills and enjoy lunch with your teachers, local roommates, and peers at the weekly Chinese table. Take on Shanghai’s food scene downtown under the guidance of a local foodie. And there’s even more to see on your own—spend Saturday people watching at the marriage market, visit Disneyland, or explore the architecture in Old Town.
A Rural Excursion
Take a breather from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai with a program-led weekend trip to the rural Yangtze Delta region. Visit smaller towns and learn about the lives of the people who live there. Contextualize class discussions on regional migration, generational change, and the urban/rural divide in public welfare programs. 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
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 either a local roommate or a CET student. Your program fees go toward rent, furnishing, and other management costs.
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 with 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.
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.
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.
- 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 preferred, but admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis; lower GPAs still encouraged to apply
- Open to all levels of Chinese, from absolute beginner to advanced
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.
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.
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.