Why Pre-College in
Spend your summer diving into world abroad through a lens of your own choosing. Using China as a springboard, you can examine the working world on a global scale, the role of Shanghai in modern day China, or unpack Chinese governance over the years. Then study conversational Chinese, live on a university campus, and explore a vibrant, global city as you earn college credits and embark on a hands-on summer abroad.
Coursework & Syllabi
Your core course focuses on studying China through a particular lens, while your conversational Chinese class gives you a crash course in the language you need for daily life in Shanghai.
Select one of these as your 3-credit core course:
- HIST 139 Shanghai: Past and Present
3 credits | 45 hours
This course focuses on the social, political, and cultural history of Shanghai, emphasizing the 19th and 20th centuries when it was among the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. You examine the forces that shaped its history, such as commercialism, colonialism, revolution, and nationalism. Field classes at significant historical sights and exhibits show the centrality of Shanghai to Chinese modernity, both past and present.
- POLI 137 Governing China
3 credits | 45 hours
As perhaps the most powerful authoritarian regime in the world today, China’s global economic and diplomatic presence is challenging the earlier dominance by the Western powers. This course aims to unpack the “red machine” as you survey Chinese politics in its revolutionary periods and learn how it is governed today. Reviewing international media coverage allows you to analyze the complexities and challenges of understanding Chinese politics.
- SOCI 138 Work, Occupations, and Entrepreneurship in a Global Context
3 credits | 45 hours
This course is a sociological examination of how the nature of work, including occupations and entrepreneurship, shapes career aspirations, lifestyles, and professional development paths. Class discussions explore why and how occupational opportunities are socially constructed by factors such as race, gender, class, religion, and age. Theory meets practice through class interaction with local entrepreneurs and professionals.
This course provides a basic introduction to Mandarin Chinese and is more of a “Survival Chinese” course. It is not expected to replace any level of college-level Chinese—rather it is meant to give you a taste of the language and support you in your daily life in Shanghai. Class sessions stick to the basics, but also include some vocabulary words that are relevant to your core course.
- LANG 105 Beginning Conversational Chinese
1 credit | 15 hours
- LANG 205 Intermediate Conversational Chinese
1 credit | 15 hours
- LANG 305 Advanced Conversational Chinese
1 credit | 15 hours
Do you have previous language experience? We can accommodate you! Additional levels can be provided depending on your background with the language.
Global City, Global View
As a historically international city, Shanghai offers unparalleled opportunities for exploring diverse interests. Learn about the sociological complexities of the workforce. Dig into how Shanghai has influenced China’s global presence. Or examine Chinese politics over time. No matter what you choose to study, your classes emphasize hands-on learning in a one of the world’s most important global cities.
After your morning classes, spend afternoons in hands-on activities and excursions. Depending on what course you choose, you might:
You share a furnished room and a private bathroom with another CET student. A group leader or resident advisor lives on the same floor with pre-college students and facilitates regular activities and outings. Classrooms are just a two-minute walk from your housing and the university cafeteria. And when it’s time to head off campus for site visits or exploring the city, the subway station is just across the street from the university gate.
Experience Campus Life
Learning to share a space with new people and live without the comforts of home is a big adjustment. And on top of tackling college coursework, a foreign culture, and a new language…you’re in for a summer of learning. But with round-the-clock support from on-site staff and your new community abroad, you’ll go home ready to take on any challenge that comes your way.
Eating in Shanghai
In the mornings, take a short walk from your dorm to grab breakfast at the cafeteria before heading to the classrooms. Then eat lunches with your classmates, trying out the many different dishes offered on campus. Enjoy dinner out in small groups within the perimeter to try local eateries and restaurants. Since all your meals are included with your program fee, off-campus meals are paid with a food stipend.
There’s no better place to start exploring China than Shanghai. 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. From learning about Chinese innovation to taking a cooking class or even just bonding with classmates at a good karaoke session, there’s something for everyone in Shanghai.
Shop for souvenirs at the market and get your name engraved on a traditional stamp. Get to know local high school students during language buddy activities on and off campus. Learn the art of dumpling wrapping with Donghua University’s chef. On-site staff organize activities each week that give you plenty of stories to tell your friends back home when they ask what you did this summer.
YOUR SHANGHAI Itinerary
Summers with CET are packed with classes, activities around the city, and even regional travel. These are a few weekly highlights from the various Global Perspectives tracks to give you a better idea of what your summer could look like.
Summer 2020 Fees
Summer 2020 Fees: $6,950
All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.
All of your meals are included with your tuition. For off-campus meals, we provide you with a food stipend.
We arrange for you to live with other CET students in a Beijing Union University dorm suite. On-site staff live on the same floor for round-the-clock support.
We are your support network. From pre-departure questions to academic support to emergency management, we’ve got your back.
You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan through GeoBlue. It even includes evacuation coverage for individual medical emergencies.
The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!
You’ll receive an official transcript from Dickinson College at the end of the program… the icing on the cake for your college applications.
For CET high school and pre-college programs, you must:
- Be between ages 15-18
- Be a rising junior or senior in high school, or a recent graduate not yet enrolled in a college or university degree program
Competitive applicants are motivated high school students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. However, admission decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are still encouraged to apply.
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.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your current or previous instructors.
Questions? Get in touch!
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.