About the Location
Shanghai is one of China's largest and liveliest cities. It has had a long and storied history as one of China's premier port towns, and chosen as a colonization site for the British and Japanese empires in the 19th and 20th centuries. Host of the recent 2010 World Expo, and many great universities and cultural sites, Shanghai has an interesting and deep significance for the Middle Kingdom. Shanghai is the cultural and business capital of China and also has important historical significance as it was the main port when China opened to the world. As one of the most metropolitan cities in China, students have access to both local and international businesses. And, as it is centrally located, excursions to see the rest of China's important landmarks are easily done. This study abroad location is well-suited for a wide variety of majors, from business or political science to art or history.
All students on the program are required to take eight credit hours of Chinese language courses to help facilitate their stay within the city. On the general study abroad track, students in Shanghai are required to take both of the two core curriculum classes, History of Shanghai in the Modern Era and The Chinese Economy and Asian Economic Integration. Students on the internship track participate in an internship which can have more than eight hours of work experience a week, as well as an additional Issues in the Chinese Workplace course and one of the two core curriculum classes.
Available internships can be within the following sectors: international business, special skills, volunteer/NGO, service industry, public sector, embassy or consulate, or a privately-placed internship of the student's choice. More information about internships can be found here.
Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
To see course listings for this semester program, click here.
Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available through the GEC website (Elon password required).
General Program Dates
Fall program – late August to mid-December
Spring semester – mid-February to early June (students can do WT on Elon's campus)
Additional January option: CET also offers an intensive Chinese language program in January for students who have completed 3 semesters of college-level Chinese. Students going to Shanghai in the spring semester could take advantage of this program. If students are interested in this option, they should contact the China programs advisor in the Isabella Cannon International Centre.
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.
For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:
Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC. For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
CET offers scholarships to students studying abroad on CET programs. Information is available on the CET website.
All students live with a Chinese roommate in Donhua University's international dormitory. The rooms are double-occupancy and come with telephones, refrigerators, private bathrooms and broadband internet access. Chinese roommates are selected for cultural openness but are not typically fluent in English, so communication in a mix of Chinese and English is likely. The dormitory is located near the university campus as well as several restaurants and grocery stores.
Additional Eligibility Notes
No prior Chinese language experience is required; however, students are highly encouraged to take at least one Chinese language class prior to their semester in China.
Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.
Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by CET Academic Programs.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.
Click here for the semester and summer programs pre-departure orientation schedule.
Additional Information and Links
Want more information about the program? Chat with alumni and other prospective students on the Global Education Center Facebook page
Study Abroad Student Ambassadors (SASAs) are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current SASAs via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!
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