China: Shanghai Summer

CCIS Study Abroad in Shanghai, China

Program Overview

Students on this short term program study at Shanghai University (SHU) the largest municipal university in the city of Shanghai with more than 30,000 full-time students. SU is a comprehensive university with 58 colleges and schools that offers 58 undergraduate programs, 86 graduate programs, 20 Ph.D. programs, and 9 post-doctoral programs.  SHU has colleges in many disciplines including Liberal Arts, International Business, Fine Arts, Engineering, Computer Science, Law and many others.

Originally established in 1922, SHU was recently designated one of 100 key universities in China as part of the "211 Project" to receive special funding from the central government to develop the country's top institutions into world-class universities for the 21st century.  Shanghai , literally meaning “on the sea,” is one of the world’s largest seaports and a major industrial and commercial center in China .  Shanghai is China ’s largest city with a population of more than 17 million.

Both the institution and the program location in Shanghai provide students with an ideal site to study the current state of business in the rapidly changing Chinese economy, to learn and use the Chinese language, and to explore contemporary Chinese society.


Academic Profile

Shanghai University in Shanghai

Shanghai University (SHU) has three main campuses, the New Campus, the Yanchang Campus and the Jiading Campus. Students on this program study at either the Yanchang campus or the New Campus. The New Campus is located on Shangda Road , is SHU's newest and largest campus, and is on the outskirts of Shanghai to the northwest. The Yanchang Campus is on Yanchang Road , is an older campus with a large green lawn, and is the closest campus to the city center.

Faculty from the SHU College of International Business teaches the business course in this program. The College of International Exchange at SHU administers the program and its faculty teaches the Chinese courses and some cultural content. Since 1976, the College of International Exchange has enrolled more than 10,000 international students from over 76 countries.

Course Offerings

Summer students take a four-credit course that includes:

36 contact hours of Mandarin Chinese language instruction (Beginning or Intermediate)

20 hours of lectures on a host of topics covering contemporary Chinese Culture and Society

Many out-of-class field trips and cross-cultural activities

Academic Highlights

Summer students take a four-credit course that includes:

36 contact hours of Mandarin Chinese language instruction (Beginning or Intermediate)

20 hours of lectures on a host of topics covering contemporary Chinese society and culture

Chinese Language instruction at the beginning level.

Intermediate Chinese language levels and higher may be opened based on minimum enrollments.

Spoken Chinese & Conversation

Classroom Teaching – 36 hours. Delivered by leading Chinese language teachers in the College of International Exchange at Shanghai University.

Chinese Language Communication & Techniques

Out classroom Practice – 6 hours. Accompanied by Chinese students in groups

In addition, 20 hours of lectures address two broad topics:

Chinese Culture in the Context of Globalization


Cross Cultural Exchange: China’s Open Door, Open Shanghai.

The lectures are:


Chinese Culture

Chinese Tea Culture

Chinese Calligraphy Culture

International Metropolis – Shanghai

International Economic Center – Shanghai

International Cultural Center – Shanghai


The program has an active out-of-class component that puts students in touch with contemporary Chinese culture and society and allows a lot of interaction with the Chinese people.

There are Visits and Field Trips to the Shanghai Museum, the Museum of Chinese Martial Arts, the Shanghai Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Folk Culture Museum, the Confucius Temple in Jiading District, and the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. Also included is a visit to the highest structure in East Asia – the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and the district of Lujiazui. Students enjoy a Huangpu River Cruise, a tour of the beautiful and historic Yu Garden in the heart of the old city, and a fascinating chance to see a daring Acrobatic Show. Field trips to learn about business in contemporary China include a visit to the Bao Steel Corporation and to a large Coca Cola faculty. Field trips also lead students to explore the artistic and historic communities in the exciting areas of Tianzifang and Xintiandi.

“Field Investigations” which are Out-Of-Town Field Trips enable students to learn about the traditional culture in the area south of the Yangtze River in the ancient town of Zhujiajiao.

Students also see the many beautiful and historic gardens and sites of the two most famous and scenic cities in China, Suzhou and Hangzhou, which are said to be China’s Heaven on Earth”.

“Exchange and Experience” activities enable students the opportunity to meet and interact with Chinese students and Chinese people. These activities include: Two Cross Culture Exchange Meetings, Cross cultural exchange activity in Daning International Community, and a visit to a school for disabled students in Zhabei District.


Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

Students eat meals in on campus student cafeterias and off campus at nearby cafes.  SHU clubs, activities, and sports are open to all students and they are encouraged to join.


Housing is in foreign student dormitories on campus.  On the Yanchang Campus, students have single dorm rooms with a private bath room in a building adjoining the classroom building.  Dorm rooms are equipped with an air conditioner, heater, television, and desk and lamp for studying.

Alumni Feedback

“I have benefited from this study abroad experience academically and personally.  I have improved my Mandarin language skills and have a better understanding of the business and new developments in contemporary China.  In terms of personal gain, since this is my first time studying abroad and living in a dormitory, I felt especially excited.  It was a good chance for me to expand my horizon and learned to get along with other people.”
- Betty Leung Ting Cheng, Baruch College/CUNY

“This was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life.  I learned a whole new culture first hand, which enabled me to see Chinese people in a different light.  Shanghai is a lovely city and one of the safest.  One just needs to be vigilant as always”
- Evancia Imbert, Medgar Evers College/CUNY

“I had an amazing time on this program and now see myself there again and perhaps long term.  The program overall was good.”
- Kira Sigal, Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY

“I learned that it is important to travel: only then will one get first hand knowledge of people and their culture.  It was very worthwhile.  I was studying, but I was also exploring.  I would definitely recommend the program to other students because it will broaden their horizons, but students must acquaint themselves with the language before travel.”
- Natlee Hall, Medgar Evers College/CUNY

"I had an amazing time on this program and know that it was definitely worthwhile.  Having a chance to explore a new and beautiful city, while learning about the nation, was a wonderful experience that I would recommend whole-heartedly to others who want to see new things and start with an open-mind.  I know that I gained more than I realize – I am more appreciative of Chinese culture and learned that there is much more than a one-sided American view of things.”
- Jeanne Hwang, Cornell University


Shanghai, China Summer Program Details


Summer: July 17 - August 14, 2016

Application Deadline(s)

March 15 - Extended to April 15

Late applications accepted on a space available basis

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Official transcripts
  • 1 academic reference for Summer
  • Statement of purpose
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age
  • Minimum class standing - students must have completed at least one semester (minimum 12 semester credit hours) of college-level coursework at the time of application.


Students at CCIS Member Institutions:

For Summer 2016:  $2,990

Students at Non-CCIS Member Intuitions pay an additional $400 fee.

Students registering at the College of Staten Island as Visiting Students or at a School of Record may have to pay additional costs based on residency and matriculation status.  Please contact the College of Staten Island for more information.

Course offering, dates, and costs subject to change. 


Costs Included

Tuition, Housing (single room with private bath), pre-departure and on-site orientations, field trips, administrative fees, sickness & accident insurance, and airport ground transfer.


Costs Not Included

Airfare ($1,000-1,400), meals ($350-600), books ($35), personal costs ($450-$900), dorm security damage fee (100 Chinese Yuan, refundable), visa if needed (U.S. citizens - $140), and school of record fee-Non CUNY/CCIS if applicable.


All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

Related Links


Your Adventure in China Begins Here

Submit Application Materials To:

Russell Davis

College of Staten Island/CUNY
Center for International Service
Building 2A, Room 206
2800 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10314
718-982-2108 (Fax)

How do I apply?

Start the CCIS Study Abroad application process by downloading the forms. To download, right click on the application or recommendation form and click "save as", then save the form to your desktop or downloads. Once you have completed your form, SAVE IT FIRST!!!! DO NOT CLICK "SUBMIT" until you have SAVED your form or the recipient will receive a BLANK form. Once you have saved it, click "submit" and THEN email your completed form as an attachment to the contact email address associated with the program in which you are applying. If for some reason you do not see the email address pop up when you click "submit", then email the application to the program sponsor listed here on this page.


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All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.