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.
A day trip to Tongli is included in the program fee, with the exception of personal expenses.
You also have a few 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.
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. Nine hundred years of history can be seen by admiring houses built during the Ming and Qing dynasties, complete with courtyards.
The course-related excursions serve as an extension of classroom learning and provide comparative contrast between Shanghai and Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei, or Tokyo. The cost of this extended trip is included in the program fee.
TAIPEI OR SINGAPORE
5-7 DAYS | FALL
- In Taiwan’s capital city of Taipei, you’ll visit political party headquarters and other local sites of interest. You’ll also take a tour of National Taiwan University, and receive guest lectures by NTU faculty on international relations, the economy, and Taiwanese relationships with China.
- In the city-state of Singapore, your visits will be to a local school, historic sites, and government agencies. You will interact with Singapore Management University students and attend a short lecture series covering topics such as business leadership and global economy. You will also have some free time to explore.
HONG KONG OR TOKYO
5-7 DAYS | SPRING
Visit one of these Asian destinations, with their bustling streets and impressive high rises.
- While in picturesque Japan, your Tokyo trip will include visits to businesses, a factory tour, a visit to the Imperial Palace, and lectures on Japanese business and international relations.
- If Hong Kong becomes your destination you’ll head to 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.
Xi'an Field Trip (optional)
Join your classmates on a field trip to Xi'an to explore more of what China has to offer. Located in the Shaanxi Province in Central China, Xi’an boasts an impressive historical repertoire as a former home to the Zhou, Qin, Han, and Tang dynasties. In Xi’an you will rent bikes and coast on top of the ancient city wall, take a visit to the Terracotta Army, and have the opportunity to explore the Shaanxi History Museum. This trip carries an additional fee.
NOTE: IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.