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 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 six credit hours of Chinese language courses to help facilitate their stay within the city the classes are clustered according to level and include group and one-on-one practice.
On the general study abroad track, students in Shanghai are required to take one or two of 5 electives including The Chinese Economy, Politics and Governance, Shanghai: Key to Modern China?. International Marketing, and International Economics.
Students on the internship track participate in an internship which can have more than eight hours of work experience a week, their choice of one of the 7 elective classes, as well as an additional course Internship in which students gain a multi-layered understanding of their organization and the contexts in which it operates. 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. View more information about internships.
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.
View course listings for this program.
Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available through the GEC website (Elon password required).
General Program Dates
Summer – mid-June to mid-August (eight weeks)
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 Summer Budget Sheet.
GEC Access Scholarships are designed to help provide access for all undergraduate students to participate in an Elon-approved Global Engagement (study abroad or Study USA) program. The application for a GEC Access Scholarship is a questionnaire embedded in the outgoing program application--there is no external application. Please see the GEC Access Scholarship brochure for information on eligibility, conditions, and notification.
For additional information on scholarships or other funding for global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.
Students can apply for summer financial aid through Elon University in person in the Office of Financial Planning in the spring semester. Summer financial aid applications are due May 1.
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 global engagement 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 Donghua 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 summer 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 and summer 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.
View the pre-departure orientation schedule for semester and summer programs.
Additional Information and Links
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Contact Global Ambassadors to learn more from global engagement alumni. Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad or Study USA programs and have been trained to help you prepare for your own global engagement. They are looking forward to hearing from you!
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