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 a beautiful nearby "water town," called Tongli, as part of your orientation, which is included in your program fee.