Effective Fall 2014, the Shanghai - Business in China Program will merge with the Shanghai - 21st Century China Program to create one cohesive curriculum that will retain the name 21st Century China. Several changes will be implemented to enhance students' academic and cultural experiences.
New Partner University
The program will now be based at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). Established in 1896 and consistently ranked as one of the top five universities in China, SJTU is known for its leadership in engineering, business, and international affairs, among other disciplines.
With updated IES Abroad course offerings in international affairs, business, and Chinese studies, you will gain an in-depth view of dynamic contemporary China.
New Housing Option
In addition to homestays, you will also have the option of living in a centrally located apartment building near the SJTU campus. The facility has a health club and swimming pool.
There is no mistaking Shanghai’s skyline. From the soaring Oriental Pearl Tower to the sweeping Bund across the Huangpu River, Shanghai shimmers with possibility. We invite you to experience first-hand all that this exciting city has to offer.
Shanghai is an economic and cultural hub of more than 18 million people. You will have the opportunity to learn and communicate in Mandarin, while being exposed to the local Shanghai dialect—just one example of the many unique languages and cultures that exist in different regions throughout the country.
While in Shanghai, study the diversity and impact that international influences from all over the globe have on Chinese culture. Witness how globalization affects Shanghai and develop a greater understanding of how China’s influence is increasingly affecting the world.
Shanghai will be your classroom. Discover the eclectic mix of Eastern and Western influences in the city’s architecture. Explore the Yuyuan Gardens in the Old City to get a sense of Shanghai’s past. Drink at one of the city’s many tea houses. Comparative field study trips to Taiwan (spring) or Hong Kong (fall) put into context the city’s powerful global and historical influence. Everything you do will be part of your learning experience.
We want you to feel at home in China, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Shanghai. From partner university courses to unique field study trips, we will help you explore Shanghai in its local, regional, and global contexts. As China’s financial powerhouse, Shanghai provides an environment for learning not only about China, but also about Asia and the world at large.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
**IF PARTICIPATING IN THE PRE-SEMESTER TIBET TRIP. THE TRIP BEGINS AND ENDS IN BEIJING. PLAN YOUR TRAVEL ACCORDINGLY**
**If NOT participating in the pre-semester tibet trip
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible— which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
We offer unique courses that explore Chinese Language, History, and Culture through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.
You are required to enroll in a 6-credit Chinese language course, developed exclusively for IES Abroad students, offered at varying language proficiency levels, from beginning to advanced levels.
In addition to the language course, you also take a combination of the following:
Course highlights may include:
This is a list of potential course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.
To learn more about IES Abroad’s innovative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to teaching language abroad, refer to the IES Abroad MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication.
AS/ES3XX - China's Development and Environmental Challenges - (Pending Curriculum Committee Approval)
AS/US351 - Globalization and the Chinese City - (Syllabus Coming Soon)
CM3XX - Intercultural Communications Competence - (Pending Curriculum Committee Approval)
EC/PO3XX - Chinese Economy and Politics Transition and Development - (Pending Curriculum Committee Approval)
IB/ID365 - Global Supply Chain Management
IB399 - Business Practice in China
IR/IB331 - Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice - (Syllabus Coming Soon)
IR/PO3XX - Cooperation and Conflict: International Politics in East Asia from a Chinese Perspective - (Pending Curriculum Committee Approval)
MK3XX - The Chinese Market and its Integration into Global Economy - (Pending Curriculum Committee Approval)
PH/RL/SO315 - An Introduction to Chinese Religion and Philosophy
Shanghai Jiao Tong Universityen.sjtu.edu.cn
Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) is one of the top universities in China.
SJTU was ranked as the 5th best university in China in 2013. The IES
program will be located on the Xuhui campus of SJTU, about 4.5 miles from
the Nanjing Road pedestrian mall. We are the only American program on
this campus. This brings our program much closer to the central part of
Shanghai. Juniors and seniors can take partner university courses at SJTU
in the Master’s degree program in International public affairs which are
offered in English. In the future, we will partner with SJTU’s Engineering
school to offer engineering options as well.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Shanghai, it will feel like home.
Homestays – Homestays offer the ideal environment for learning about China and improving your Chinese. While living in a local home may involve making some sacrifices of privacy and personal freedom, our Chinese homestay families are eager to get to know you and share their ideas, language, and culture.
You have a private bedroom, and are provided two meals a day by your host family (breakfast and dinner), seven days a week, while the program is in session. Homestay opportunities may be limited.
Apartments - Apartments have two or three bedrooms and typically house three to five students. The building is very centrally located, 0.5 kilometers away from Huaihai Road and five stops by subway from the SJTU campus. The facility has a health club and swimming pool. Each apartment is also equipped with an air purifier.
Part of making you feel at home in Shanghai is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or a field trip that takes you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
The program begins with a specially-designed, five-day program introducing you to the IES Abroad staff, your fellow students, health and safety procedures, the current social and political conditions in China, the expectations of you as a student in a Chinese institution, and the city of Shanghai.
CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation program, includes detailed information on academics, housing, transportation, cultural adjustment, health and safety, and other important topics.
Classroom sessions are combined with several ventures into the city, such as a scavenger hunt, designed to help you feel at home in your new environment. Practical Chinese lessons are combined with activities designed to help you learn your way around campus and how to use key facilities. Approved internship placements are also finalized on-site, normally following an interview. Additional cross-cultural and re-entry information and support is provided throughout the semester.
You also take a field trip to either Zhouzhuang or Tongli as part of your orientation, which is included in your program fee.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Shanghai through our cultural activities, such as:
University Clubs & Events
While in Shanghai, you can take advantage of available on-campus activities. Clubs are student run and provide an excellent opportunity for increased campus integration. Past clubs have included:
Orientation trips to Zhouzhuang or Tongli are included in the program fee, with the exception of personal expenses.
You also have one or two long weekends to travel independently to other great cities in China to provide contrast and context for what you’re learning in Shanghai.
Marvel at the sights of this ancient town flowing with lakes and rivers. Nine hundred years of history can be seen by admiring houses built during the Ming and Qing dynasties, complete with courtyards.
Explore the town often referred to as “Chinese Venice,” where 15 small, crisscrossing river lanes are spanned by nearly 50 bridges. These bridges are regarded as sacred architecture by the local people.
Field Study Trips
The field study trips serve as an extension of classroom learning and provide comparative contrast between Shanghai and Taiwan or Hong kong. The cost of this extended trip is included in the program fee.
Up to 7 Days | Fall
Visit local sites such as the Hong Kong Museum of History, the famed Night Market, and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and Legislative Council. Trek around Lamma Island, famous for its seafood and enormous Buddha, and learn about U.S. business in Southeast Asia and religion in Hong Kong from local business leaders and professors.
Up to 7 Days | Spring
During the weeklong trip, students will have four lectures selected from the following six topics at Singapore Management University: From Third World to First World;Next Lap, New Paradigm, Leadership Succession; Education, Skills & Human Resources Development; Economic Restructuring & Diversification in Regional & Globalised Contexts; SWOT Analysis & Competitiveness Going Forward; Singapore in ASEAN & Asia Pacific. Students will also visit a local school, historic sites, government agencies, and interact with SMU students. Students will also have some freetime to explore.
Optional Tibet Field Trip (Pre-Fall Semester)
An optional pre-semester 8-10-day trip to Tibet is offered to all Fall IES Abroad Shanghai students. No academic credit is awarded for this trip. IES Abroad staff and a team of professional Tibetan guides will take you from the markets and temples of Lhasa to high mountain passes and camping by the shores of alpine lakes.
We will visit sites including the Potala Palace, once the home of the Dalai Lamas; Jokhang Temple, the holiest site in Tibetan Buddhism; and the Sera Monastery where we will watch the monks participate in their daily debate ritual. Lodging will be in local hostels or sometimes camping in tents under the stars.
The destination of this optional pre-semester trip is subject to change or
cancelation at any time. You are fully responsible for all costs associated with
this optional trip. Contact IES Abroad staff for information on pricing and schedule. Most meals and all local transportation during the trip is provided.
**This trip begins and ends in Beijing, so book your arrival flights accordingly. Students are responsible for transportation from Beijing to Shanghai at the end of this trip. Students are also responsible for interim lodging and meals between the end of the trip and the start of their program. The itinerary is subject to change or cancelation depending upon the political situation in Tibet.**
The IES Abroad Shanghai Center is located in the same building as the student apartments and is 5 subway stops from Shanghai Jiao Tong University campus. You can easily access all parts of Shanghai from the Center, via an extensive subway and bus system.
• Staff offices
• High-speed Internet and printer access
• Student study space
Dr. Xiaojun LIIES Abroad Director
Since 2008, Dr. Xiaojun Li has been the Center Director in Shanghai. He grew up in Inner Mongolia, China. Dr. Li worked with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as the Senior Scientist and Chief Scientist of TNC’s International Programs for more than 11 years, conducting conservation projects and training programs in the United States, the Latin American region, the Pacific region, and China. He started and ran TNC’s Beijing office for three years. Dr. Li joined IES Abroad from The Mountain Institute, where he was the in-country manager for the Institute’s work at three field sites. he received his undergraduate degree from Inner Mongolia University, his Master’s degree of Ecology from Lanzhou University in China, and his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences. He taught undergraduate courses in Beijing Forestry University before he went to Michigan Technological University in the United States for his Ph.D. research that focused on forestry ecology. Dr. Li’s interests include biodiversity conservation, environmental protection, and sustainable development in developing countries.
IES Abroad Staff
Shuo HANChinese Language Coordinator
Lihong YANGStudent Affairs Coordinator
Yuying YANGAccountant, Center Assistant