IFSA 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: April 1
Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

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

The IFSA 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 study abroad experience this summer by choosing which of our three Shanghai program options are the best fit for your personal, academic, and professional goals.

Option 1—Pair Chinese language study with a contemporary exploration of economics, social issues, or healthcare in China Option 2—Focus on intensive language study and make rapid gains in your ability to communicate with 1 billion Chinese Speakers Option 3—Pursue a full-time internship with a Chinese or international company supported by a professional skill-building seminar series

All students will take Essential ChineseThis 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)
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 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 faculty members.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects 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
Accounting Advertising Architecture and Design Arts Administration/Management Asian Studies Botany/Plant Science Business Chinese Communications Computer/Software Engineering Cultural Studies Economics Education Studies Entrepreneurship and Innovation Environmental Science/Studies Fashion Marketing and Merchandising Finance Graphic Design Health Administration/Management Health Education Health Promotion Health Studies Hospitality & Tourism Human Resources Human Rights Human and Child Development Information Technology International Business International Studies/Affairs/Relations Journalism Kinesiology/Exercise Science Management Marketing Policy Studies/Public Policy Political Science Psychology Public/Global Health Social Work Sociology Sports and Recreation Management Statistics Teaching English as a Second Language Telecommunications Urban Studies

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, international student apartments on the SUFE campus offer an ideal environment for getting to know fellow Chinese and international students and engaging 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 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!

Resident Director

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Christopher Van Velzer

Resident Director, Shanghai

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Dates and Fees

Summer 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
June 15, 2020
Program End Date
August 8, 2020

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs