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  • Locations: Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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The spring 2020 program has been suspended due to disruptions from the coronavirus outbreak. While the program is still accepting applications for summer 2020, the GEC is monitoring the situation closely in partnership with CET Academic Programs, the program partner. Learn more from the Department of State Travel Advisory for China.  
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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.

Scholarships/Travel Grants

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

Connect with the GEC, global engagement alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal! 

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!

Local Travel and Tourism

China Rail Travel

Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

Chinese Embassy in D.C.

U.S. Embassy in Beijing

U.S. Consulate in Shanghai

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I feel like I have more confidence in what I want my life to become.
     — Elizabeth McKie, Summer 2013
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Dates / Deadlines:
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/13/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: October 8 to 11:59 p.m., November 14. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by December 3 and GEC Access Scholarship support by January.

Revision Period begins December 3. Students that applied Early Action and are assigned the status "revise and resubmit" or are waitlisted may revise and resubmit their application, submit a change form in Global Commons 360 to switch into an open program, or defer their application to the spring term.

Rolling Period: December 6 to 11:59 p.m., February 13. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by February 13 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by March.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, April 9. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.