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 22 million people. You will learn and communicate in Mandarin and English, 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.
You have the opportunity to study on the campus of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), which is consistently ranked as one of the top five universities in China. SJTU is known for its academic rigor across more than 30 departments. You will take courses in English on the Xihui campus in subjects such as International Business and Relations, Political Science, Urban Studies, and more.
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 course-related excursions to Tokyo (fall) or Hong Kong (spring) put the city’s powerful global and historical influence into context.
We want you to feel at home in China, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Shanghai. From relevant coursework to unique course-related excursions—including visits to businesses, NGOs, and research institutions—we 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**
**All students NOT participating in the pre-semester Tibet trip must arrive in Shanghai on this date. Students participating in the Tibet trip must also arrive in Shanghai (from Beijing) by this date.**
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 must take a minimum of 15 credits per semester. Students are required to enroll in:
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.
PH/AS/RL120 - An Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy and Religion
AS/ES3XX - China's Development and Environmental Challenges
AS/US350 - Globalization and the Chinese City
CM395 - Intercultural Communications Competence
AS/ES3XX - China's Development and Environmental Challenges
IB/MK 345 - Chinese Market and its Integration into Global Economy
IB/ID365 - Global Supply Chain Management
IB395 - Business Culture in China
RL315 - Religion in Contemporary Chinese Society
The following are potential course options at Fudan University:
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. Beginning in Summer 2015, we will partner with SJTU’s Engineering school to offer engineering options as well.
Founded in 1905, Fudan University is ranked one of the top three universities in mainland China. The university offers undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. programs, with strengths in Arts, Sciences, and Business, and is a member of Universitas 21. The main Handan campus is located within walking distance of the IES Abroad Shanghai Center. Easily accessible by Shanghai’s extensive subway system, the university enrolls 45,000 students, of which 3,600 are international students. Fudan’s campus has unique architecture that reflects traditional Chinese-style buildings, gates, European-influenced structures, and the very modern Guanhua Twin Towers. Chinese students admitted to Fudan University are considered among the best in China.
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.
Apartments - Live in an apartment with other IES Abroad students at the modern New Harbor Service Apartments (where the IES Abroad Shanghai Center is located). It is five subway stops from the main campus of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
The standard, fully furnished apartment has two or three bedrooms with one or two bathrooms and one kitchen. You may share a double bedroom with another IES Abroad student or have a single room.
This option does not include a meal plan, but you can cook for yourself, eat in a campus cafeteria, or at nearby restaurants.
Homestays – Homestays offer the ideal environment for learning about China and improving your Chinese. While living in a local home may require an initial adjustment period, 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) five days a week while the program is in session.
PLEASE NOTE: Homestay opportunities are extremely limited.
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 orientation 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 and Re-entry Experience, 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. Additional cross-cultural and re-entry information and support is provided throughout the semester.
You also take a field trip to either Zhouzhuang (“Water Town”) 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:
Even though your adventure starts in Shanghai, our field trips and excursions take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. The cost of this extended trip is included in the program fee.
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 make plans to travel independently to other 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.
The course-related excursions serve as an extension of classroom learning and provide comparative contrast between Shanghai and Hong Kong, Singapore, or Tokyo. 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
Compare your knowledge of Shanghai to another powerful Asian economic metropolis with a trip to the Japanese capital. Through lectures and classroom meetings, you will learn the Japanese perspective on international relations in East Asia and about the present and future of the world’s third largest economy.
Up to 7 Days | Spring
During the week-long 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 free time to explore.
NOTE: IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.
Optional Tibet Field Trip (Pre-Fall Semester)8-10 Days
An optional trip to Tibet is offered to all Shanghai students before the fall semester. No academic credit is awarded for this trip.
For the optional Tibet trip, you travel to Lhasa, learn about Tibetan Buddhism, hike high mountain passes, and visit the Jokhang Temple and various monasteries, including the Sera Monastery to observe a debate ritual. Lodging is provided either in local hostels or camping, and most meals and all local transportation are provided as part of the additional fee.
The destination of this optional pre-semester trip is subject to change or cancellation 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.
**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.**
About the Center
The IES Abroad Shanghai Center is located in New Harbor Service Apartments - the same building as the Economy, Business & Society student apartments - in the heart of central Shanghai. You can easily access all parts of Shanghai from the Center, via an extensive subway and bus system.
Features of the IES Abroad Shanghai Center include:
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
Lihong YANGStudent Affairs Coordinator and Customized Program Coordinator
Yuying YANGProgram Assistant
Shuo HANAcademic Coordinator and Chinese Instruction Coordinator
Wei ZHANGChinese language Instructor
Haiyan ZHOUChinese Language Instructor