IFSA/Alliance Summer in Shanghai

Shanghai, China
Language of Instruction

Chinese, English

Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Summer: March 1 — EXTENDED to March 15!
Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About Summer in Shanghai

Spend your summer in China's biggest city and financial center! Over eight weeks you will improve your Chinese language skills and gain a deeper understanding of China's economy, society, and modern worldview. Your Chinese roommate or host family will help you discover all that cosmopolitan Shanghai has to offer.

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)
  • Live with local Chinese roommates or homestay families who serve as excellent resources to make deeper connections within the local community
  • 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

The IFSA-Butler Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Summer in Shanghai

Customize your academic experience for 9 credit hours: immerse yourself in intensive Chinese language study, or pair language study with an exploration of economics, social issues or health care in China.
  • China: Economic Giant (3 U.S. semester credit hours) The course provides an interpretative survey of China's emergence as a global economic power. The phenomenal changes in the Chinese economy over recent decades are highlighted, and aspects of quantitative development are related to the radical reforms adopted since 1978. Students discuss major policy issues encountered by the Chinese government in sustaining high-speed economic growth without instability. Students also explore China's pursuit of full integration into the global free trade system.
  • 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. Topics include urban and rural social transformation, the changing relationship between individual and society, and population control and the one child policy. Students explore the social consequences of China's rapid integration into the global economy.
  • Public Health Policy and Practice in China (3 U.S. semester credit hours) Public health policy in China has been shaped by rapid and profound economic, social, and political currents. This course examines those developments and their implications for public health practice. Contemporary issues in health policy at national and local levels will be explored within the context of the health system. Topics include the former One Child Policy and family planning, caring for an aging population, child and maternal health, health literacy, and regional and urban/rural variations in health.
  • 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.
Course Restrictions
Two semesters of prior Chinese language study are required for Intensive Chinese Language courses.
Language classes are taught by native Chinese instructors selected, trained, and overseen by the IFSA/Alliance on-site language director. All courses conducted in English are taught by faculty from various higher education and professional institutions, who combine theoretical and practical expertise in their chosen subject area. Field-based learning components such as Internships and Directed Research, if available on your program, have a significant academic framework that is also facilitated by IFSA/Alliance faculty members.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA/Alliance will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at Summer in Shanghai
Asian Studies Business Chinese Communications Cultural Studies Economics Environmental Science/Studies Finance Health Studies International Business International Studies/Affairs/Relations Management Marketing Public/Global Health Sociology

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Apartment/Flat, Host Family
Most meals included
For students who choose Intensive Chinese Language, homestays provide an excellent opportunity to develop a more intimate understanding of Chinese culture and language. Breakfast and dinner are provided on weekdays by the Chinese host family; students are responsible for their own lunches and weekend meals.   For students who choose other course offerings, apartments will be shared with Chinese roommates who attend local universities. This offers the opportunity for students to get to know Chinese students on campus quickly and to engage in informal language and cultural exchange. Meals are not included. Students should budget an average of $11-$13 (75-90 RMB) per day based on eating typical meals near campus.

The IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team and staff who are here to help every student prepare and be ready to achieve their goals at every step of the way.

Program Advisor

Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Christopher Van Velzer

Resident Director, Shanghai

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Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees


Summer 1

Program start date
June 18, 2018
Program end date
August 14, 2018
Personal Cost Estimates