CET Shanghai

Discover China Your Way

Dive into electives.
Get international work experience.
Study Chinese language.
  • Electives taught in English 
  • Internships + an internship course 
  • Chinese language courses
  • Out-of-classroom learning 



Recommended Credits

Choose Your China Adventure

There is no right way to discover China. If you like jumping into things head first and learning as you go, you might enjoy the hands-on experience of an internship. Or if you prefer to see the bigger picture by piecing together topics within business, area studies, and humanities, maybe a course load of electives suits you best. No matter how you choose to proceed, you’ll leave with improved Chinese language skills, a nuanced understanding of Shanghai and China, and full access to the much-loved CET China Alumni Job Board.


Any internship can help build your résumé. But what separates a good experience from a great one is fit. With our local network, there’s no such thing as slotting you into an existing partnership. Even before you depart, we’re pounding the pavement to find a perfect match for your interests and skills. We check in with you (and your host) continually throughout the semester. The result? Our students love their internships. You will, too.

Endless Internship Possibilities

This program is known for its hundreds of internship opportunities, and these are just some of the sites where you might intern. The projects you complete at work are determined by your host.

  • Ernst & Young
  • Niu Technologies
  • Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
  • Habitat for Humanity China
  • Han Kun Law Offices
  • Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
  • Stepping Stones International
  • TimeOut Shanghai
  • Tongji Biomimetic Design Lab

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Shanghai Internship Packet Request

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Electives for Every Major

Fulfill your major requirements, or try something entirely new. Our electives, offered in English, are the perfect way to round out your semester and give you a 360° view of China. Take Politics and Governance and learn about how China’s government functions at national and local levels. Interested in business? Choose International Marketing or The Chinese Consumer: Remaking the World Economy. Or enroll in Shanghai: Key to Modern China and visit cultural and historical sites across the city. What class will you be writing home about?

Learn Chinese, Access the City

This program is the perfect balance of language learning and hands-on discovery. You’ll take 6 hours/week of Chinese with expert instructors. Between debates, one-on-one sessions, and team projects, your Chinese is sure to improve quickly. Then head out the door, where Chinese is your key to the city. Stroll through an art gallery. Buy a chop with your name engraved on it, or feiyue (martial arts shoes made in Shanghai since the 1920s) for friends back home. Chat with the fruit vendor as you pick up fresh pomelos and lychees. Who said practicing Chinese can’t be fun?

Curriculum & Syllabi

Are you a CET student from Fall 2018 or prior? You can find your syllabi here.


If you choose to participate in an internship, you take this course. Your class and work hours will add up to a minimum total of 150 hours.

SH/INTS 350 Internship: Bridging Theory & Practice

3 credits for course + placement


You choose two of these courses (or three if you decide to opt out of an internship) to meet a recommended 15 total credits:


Course Availability

Our goal is to offer every single 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 any one particular course, please contact us! We’ll try our best to get you the course you need.