- Summer: March 1
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)
- 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 on a Chinese university campus or with a local homestay family and embrace into the daily rhythms of modern Shanghai communities
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Academics at Summer in Shanghai
- 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.
- 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.
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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.