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Shanghai Summer - Intensive Language

Why Shanghai?

Beginning in Summer 2018, the Beijing Summer - Language Intensive Program will be held in Shanghai.

Immerse yourself in the language and culture of the largest city in China when you study abroad in Shanghai. In eight weeks, rapidly improve your language skills in the classroom and in your daily activities as you interact with Shanghai residents from all over China and around the world. The IES Abroad Shanghai summer program provides intensive beginner, intermediate, advanced intermediate, and advanced level Chinese language courses.

What You'll Study

Designed to help you acquire or improve Chinese language skills through intensive language instruction, an entire year of college-level Chinese is covered during this program. Small class sizes and one-on-one instruction with Chinese language faculty make this program perfect for vastly improving your language skills. You will study with IES Abroad Shanghai faculty and follow a Center-wide language pledge to maximize language learning.

Daily Life

IES Abroad’s Shanghai Summer study abroad program offers enrollment in IES Abroad courses, housing in either apartments or homestays with Chinese families, cultural activities in Shanghai, and a field trip to Beijing. Discover what it’s like to live in China’s largest business center, and gain a deeper knowledge of what it means to be a citizen of the world.

$5 Million in Scholarships & Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our scholarship and aid programs.


Students in the program will complete 8 credits of Chinese language. Each week, you will engage in 12 hours of classroom instruction and 4 hours of private tutorials with Chinese language faculty. Chinese language courses are offered from beginning through advanced levels.
You can also take a 2-credit elective course, Understanding China.
Please note - Additional upper-level language courses will be made available for advanced students.


This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.

Asian Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/AS/HS 201 - Understanding China Summer English 2
Chinese Language
Course Name Term Language Credits
CN 102I - Chinese Language in Context: Novice Abroad II Summer English 8
CN 203I - Chinese Language in Context: Novice Abroad IV Summer Chinese 8
CN 301I - Chinese Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I Summer Chinese 8
CN 351I - Chinese Language in Context: Independent Abroad I Summer Chinese 8
CN 353I - Chinese Language in Context: Independent Abroad II Summer Chinese 8
CN 403I - Chinese Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad II Summer Chinese
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/AS/HS 201 - Understanding China Summer English 2
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/AS/HS 201 - Understanding China Summer English 2

Field Trips & Events

To complement classroom instruction, IES Abroad Shanghai arranges a three-day mobile learning field trip led by language instructors and Center staff to discover the magnificent monuments of Beijing’s capital. Contemplate Chinese history by visiting the Forbidden City followed by Tiananmen Square. Explore Beijing's ancient alleyways (called hutongs). You will also take a day trip to the Great Wall of China. In addition, there will be also an optional weekend excursions and cultural events offered.

Daily Life

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 the field trips that take 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.


Upon arrival, IES Abroad provides you with a two-day orientation full of information about Shanghai and Chinese culture, as well as basic language instruction. The Resident Assistant helps you adjust to the city and make the most of living in China. Additional noteworthy activities include a welcome banquet and a session on navigating Chinese culture.


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.

Campus hotel- Live in a double room with an IES Abroad roommate in the Xitianyou Hotel on Donghua University campus in west Shanghai.

This option does not include a meal plan, but you can eat inexpensively in the 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.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Shanghai through our cultural activities, such as:

  • Joining student clubs
  • Volunteering for community service
  • Watching professional soccer, baseball, and basketball teams
  • Boating on the Huangpo River
  • Visiting local museums and historic sites

Get to Know Your New City

Enjoy Local Festivals

Immerse yourself in Chinese customs and traditions at the Lantern Festival in the spring semester or the Shanghai Tourism Festival in the fall.

Eat & Shop in Xintiandi

Explore Xintiandi’s North and South Blocks, where the past meets present in this chic shopping and dining district.

Go on a Huangpu River Night Cruise

Take a boat ride around the Bund to see the beauty of Shanghai architecture in all its glory!

Visit Yuyuan Garden & City God Temple Bazaar

See the extensive Chinese garden with its classic architecture, beautiful sculptures and carvings, then walk the photogenic Nine-Bend Bridge that connects the two to shop and dine at the Bazaar.

Visit Shanghai Disneyland

It is a small world after all! Plan a trip to the famous Disney theme park, filled with attractions you know and love, and new ones, too.

Program Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Term: Summer 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2019 $5,040 $1,075 $135 $6,250

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Summer Need-Based Financial Aid
Up to $1,000

Open to students who apply to and attend an IES Abroad or IES Internships summer program.

Criteria reviewed to determine award:

  • Level of financial need as determined from infromation provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
  • IES Abroad program location.
  • IES Abroad membership status of home campus

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Scholarships & Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our scholarship and aid programs.

Our 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:

  • Staff offices
  • WiFi and printer access
  • Student study space

Our Staff

Qinbo "James" Gao

Center Director


Qinbo "James" Gao has been involved in international education for many years. Prior to joining IES Abroad Shanghai as the Center Director, he was the Director of the International Affairs Office (IAO) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU)-Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF). He joined SAIF in 2009 as a founding member for the institution, which is a collaboration between the Shanghai Municipal Government (SMG) and SJTU.

Before joining SAIF, James worked at the Chinese Europe International Business School (CEIBS) as Accreditations & International Programs Manager. He started his career as an English lecturer at Tongji University, where he received “Junior Teacher Awards” in 1998 and 1999, based upon student voting and academic reviews.

James received his bachelor’s degree from the International Studies University in Xi’an, and his M.A. in Tourism Administration from The George Washington University School of Business. He is a candidate for the Doctorate of Education at the University of Nottingham (China Campus), focusing on practical research in higher education.

IES Abroad Staff

IES Abroad Staff

Lihong YANG
Assistant Director

Yun GE
Program Assistant

Shuo HAN
Academic Coordinator and Chinese Instruction Coordinator

Angela LIU

Internship Coordinator and Student Activity Manager