- Summer: April 1
About Summer in Shanghai
Spend your summer in China's biggest city and financial center! Whether you focus on your language skills, fulfill degree requirements, or complete a full-time internship—Shanghai is the ideal destination to pursue your goals and deepen your understanding of China's rise on the world stage.
Summer in Shanghai Benefits
- Impress future employers with your ability to communicate with one of the most important economies in the world
- Find your home in a vibrant, student-friendly neighborhood, where our program center sits just around the corner from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE)
- Develop your intercultural and professional skills with an exciting internship designed for you in this fast-paced global metropolis.
- Make rapid gains in your Chinese language skills and complete coursework toward your degree during a condensed summer term
- Enrich your understanding of this diverse urban center through excursions to historically and culturally significant sites around Shanghai
- Live in Chinese university dorms or with a local homestay family and embrace into the daily rhythms of modern Shanghai communities
What our students say
Black Man in China
Building a Network Outside the Classroom: Interning Abroad
Taking a Semester Off of Pre-Med to Study Abroad
Studying Abroad in China as a Second Generation Chinese American
Exotification in China
My Summer in China
IFSA Interview Series: International Business in China
Tips and Tricks for the First Few Weeks in China
APP-y Hour: Four Mobile Apps + One Card You Need When Studying Abroad in Shanghai
ROTC: Future Officers and Studying Abroad
Going Home to China
The IFSA Difference
Academics at Summer in Shanghai
Option 1—Pair Chinese language study with a contemporary exploration of economics, social issues, or healthcare in China
- China: Economic Giant (3 U.S. semester credit hours) This course provides an interpretative survey of China's emergence as a global economic power and major policy issues encountered by the Chinese government in sustaining high-speed economic growth.
- Chinese Society in the 21st Century (3 U.S. semester credit hours) This course examines the transformation in Chinese society since the founding of the People's Republic of China, with emphasis on the changes brought about in the wake of the economic reforms of the 1980s and 1990s.
- Public Health Policy and Practice in China (3 U.S. semester credit hours) This course examines China's rapid developments in economic social, and political currents and their implications for public health practice at national and local levels.
- Chinese Language (6 U.S. semester credit hours) No prior language study is required. A placement exam during on-site orientation determines each student's appropriate language level.
- Intensive Chinese Language (9 U.S. semester credit hours) Two semesters of prior Chinese language study are required. A placement exam during on-site orientation determines each student's appropriate language level.
All students will take Essential Chinese, This exclusive IFSA opportunity is a required, 1 U.S. Semester Credit Hour language and culture course taught intensively during the first weeks of the program. By introducing key words and phrases in the classroom—and venturing out into the city to practice them—this class also provides insights into local customs and daily life. Right from the start, you'll gain essential skills to communicate effectively and navigate in a new culture.
Internship and Methodology Seminar (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
Housing & Meals
The IFSA Team
IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!