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  • Locations: Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
To call Shanghai a global business hub may understate the city's role in the global economy. Shanghai is home to one of the busiest seaports in the world, and is China's leading industrial and manufacturing center. All sorts of goods and commodities from steel, heavy machinery and automobiles to chemicals and textiles to consumer goods such as watches and cameras are produced in the city and surrounding areas. Shanghai is an emerging global financial center and hosts one of the world's most important stock exchanges.

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"The Shanghai study abroad program through the Martha & Spencer Love School of Business is the absolute best thing I have done for my personal and professional development while in college. As a young professional, competition in job and internship markets is incredibly high. I have been personally told that my internship experience in China has distinguished my resume and application for a multitude of reasons. When people read that someone spent four months working, studying, and living abroad in a growing global super power like China, they see that a person is willing to step out of their comfort zone, take a risk, and be courageous. My internship abroad has turned into a second internship where my managers view me favorably after such a unique experience. I bring a global perspective to The Timken Company that has proved valuable to me and my contributions. I will be pursuing a full-time position with the company for post-graduation." - Carson White '20



About the Location


  To call Shanghai a global business hub may understate the city's role in the global economy.  Shanghai is home to one of the busiest seaports in the world, and is China's leading industrial and manufacturing center.  All sorts of goods and commodities from steel, heavy machinery and automobiles to chemicals and textiles to consumer goods such as watches and cameras are produced in the city and surrounding areas.  Shanghai is an emerging global financial center and hosts one of the world's most important stock exchanges.  

The city itself is regarded as one of the most pleasant places to live in China.  In recent years the government has made large investments in improving environmental quality, and the city is home to a growing number of parks and recreation centers.  The new financial district of Pudong is home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. Shanghai's urban centers are conveniently connected by elevated light rails, the world's first commerical high-speed Maglev train, and the fastest-growing rapid transit system in the world.  With a history that stretches back well over 1,000 years, there are a number of important cultural and religious sites in the city including the Yuyuan Garden and the Temple of Confucius. Shanghai has the distinction of being the most populous city in the world's most populous country.

As a whole, China offers a rich comparative experience for students of business and economics.  China's economy is destined to be the largest in the world by total GDP and expanded a remarkable 1500% since 1990.  China's many tensions, both within itself - state control vs. market economies, growth vs. environmental impact, human rights vs. development, among many - and among its neighbors and the U.S. create fabulous opportunities for students to gain real insight into the world as it will become in the next century.

Academics

Who is this program right for?

This program is right for students with business majors or minors who want to distinguish themselves from other business majors.  This program features the opportunity to do a business internship and requires no prior experience with Chinese language.  This program may not be the best opportunity for students who have studying Chinese language as a primary objective, but those students should speak to the program manager about how this program might work for them.

What is this program like?

This program begins with a two-week course (Business in China) designed to help students gain a foothold in Shanghai.  After that course, students will take two or three additional courses and do a business internship.  The course selection is designed to balance the LSB core curriculum with courses that will help students gain insight into modern China.  Students who take the standard load of two courses plus internship can expect to have about 28 hours' worth of class and internship commitments during the week.  There is no class on Friday except during the Business in China course, but students may need to spend time in their internship placements on Fridays.

Students on this program live with other U.S. and international students in a residence hall on the campus of East China Normal University, a very pleasant space with easy access to downtown Shanghai via the subway.  Classes are held on campus at ECNU.
 

Program Structure - Fall Semester

Students on the program will take three four-credit courses, a three-credit internship and a one-credit seminar.  The program is seventeen weeks long and will be broken into two phases.  The first phase will be orientation and the intensive Business in China course. After the Business in China course ends, the regular term will begin with students participating in two courses plus internship for a total of 16 credits.  Students who wish to take an extra course for a total of 20 credits will be able to.

Students will have two breaks over the course of the term.  The first, typically in late September or early October, is for the Chinese national holiday of Golden Week.  During this time students will participate in an included excursion.  In late October or early November, students will have another week-long break and will participate in an included study tour within China.  A visual representation of the program structure follows.

Shanghai Fall Pgm Structure
 

For more information on specific course offerings, please continue to the 'course offerings' heading below.

Internship

All students on this program will participate in an internship. Internships are designed to help students gain insight on the differences and challenges on doing business in China.  Students may also have placements that relate directly to their post-graduation interests, but these cannot always be guaranteed.  

After being accepted into the program, students will submit a résumé and statement of interest detailing workplace preferences.  These preferences will be accounted for but cannot be guaranteed.  Placements, which vary each term depending on participating organizations and available positions, may include local Chinese companies and multinational companies, as well as international small- and medium-sized enterprises and nonprofit organizations.

Study Tour

This program features a one-week study tour designed to offer students a comparative experience and the opportunity to gain greater understanding of Chinese culture. 

Course Offerings - Fall Semester

The fall semester program features courses that fit the core curriculum of all business majors.  Students on this program will earn 20 credits.

Students on this program are required to take the following courses for a total of eight credits:

  • Business in China: Culture & Language Practicum (four credits - see brief description below)
  • Internship & Internship Seminar (three credits)
  • Shanghai Seminar (one credit)
For their required course during the second phase of the program, students on this program will choose at least one of the four offered LSB core courses to comprise eight credits:
  • MKT 311 - Principles of Marketing
  • MGT 323 - Principles of Management
  • BUS 326 - Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • A course taught by an LSB faculty member that may vary by term
    • Fall 2019: FIN 343 - Principles of Finance
For their elective course during the second phase of the program, students will choose either a second course from the LSB core courses listed above or one elective offered by the partner organization (CIEE - courses change each term) to comprise four credits.

The list of elective courses can be found under the 'Academics' heading here: The standard load during the second phase of the program is two courses plus internship; students who are interested in taking three courses plus internship during the second phase of the program will choose an additional course from the CIEE listings.

Course Offerings - Spring Semester

The spring semester program features courses that fit the core curriculum of all business majors.  Students on this program will earn 20 credits.

Students on this program are required to take the organizational internship course for four credits.

For their required course during the second phase of the program, students on this program will choose at least one of the two offered LSB core courses to comprise up to eight credits:
  • MKT 311 - Principles of Marketing
  • BUS 326 - Operations and Supply Chain Management
For their elective courses students will choose either a second course from the LSB core courses listed above or one elective offered by the partner organization (CIEE - courses change each term) to comprise four credits. Electives will typically be available in the following areas:
  • ECO micro or macro elective
  • MKT elective
  • MGT elective
  • BUS elective
  • Elon Core Curriculum Elective (Civilization, Society, Advanced Study)
  • Communicative Chinese (100-level Chinese elective)
The standard load during the program is three courses plus internship; students who are interested in taking four courses plus internship during the second phase of the program will choose an additional course from the CIEE listings.

The list of elective courses can be found under the 'Academics' heading here: Note to Students Interested in Studying Chinese Language

Due to scheduling conflicts, it is not usually possible for students to take courses equivalent to Elon's CHN 121, 122, 221, or 222.  However students with little or no prior Chinese language experience may take Communicative Chinese and participate in supplemental tutoring in order to gain the necessary competencies to be successful in the next level of Chinese on campus.  Students should work with the program manager and the coordinator of Elon's Chinese Language Department to ensure this path is right for their individual situation.

Students who have studied Chinese for more than one semester may participate in non-credit private language tutoring in order to gain the necessary competencies to be successful in the next level of Chinese on campus.  For instance, a student who has completed Chinese 122 on campus may not take the equivalent to Chinese 221 on this program.  However, tutoring that follows the Chinese 221 syllabus may be arranged; following the semester, the student may take the placement test, participate in an interview, or both to ensure that the student has the necessary foundation in order to enter Chinese 222 upon return to campus. Students should work with the program manager and the coordinator of Elon's Chinese Language Department to ensure this path is right for their individual situation.

Brief Course Descriptions

  • Business in China: Introduction to Culture & Language - this course will introduce students to China and Chinese culture and language through the lens of the workplace.  This course will serve as an introduction to China in general and Shanghai in particular.
  • Internship & Internship Seminar - this course will help students make the most of the study abroad and internship experiences by providing structured activities to observe cultural differences and workplace culture during the program.
  • Shanghai Seminar - this course, taught by the Elon faculty in residence, will help students make sense of the experience through reflection on case studies and daily experiences.

Faculty in Residence

Each semester, provided the program meets minimum enrollment, an Elon faculty member will accompany this program as the faculty member in residence. The faculty member will teach one of the LSB core courses and the internship seminar.  The faculty member will also accompany the group on all included excursions and will serve as a resource for students on the program.

Fall 2015 faculty in residence: Dr. Rosey Bao, Assistant Professor in Strategic Management
Fall 2016 faculty in residence: Dr. Susan Anderson, Professor of Accounting
Fall 2017 faculty in residence: Dr. Scott Buechler, Associate Dean of the LSB and Associate Professor of Business Communications
Fall 2018 faculty in residence: Dr. Ifeoma Udeh, Assistant Professor of Accounting
Fall 2019 faculty in residence: Dr. Lin Zhao, Assistant Professor of Finance

Academic Notes

  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.
  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.

General Program Dates

  • Fall: Early September to mid-December


Cost

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 view the budget sheets:


Scholarships/Travel Grants

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.


Housing & Meals

Students will stay in residence hall accommodations at East China Normal University.  Rooms are typically shared with other Elon students but may be shared with students from other U.S. universities.  Bathrooms are hall-style, and students have access to a kitchen.  The ECNU campus also features soccer fields and basketball courts.  

The residence hall is a very short walk from the CIEE study center, and is convenient to light rail and other public transportation.

Ten meals per week in an on-campus cafeteria are included on this program.  Convenient to the campus are numerous restaurants and street vendors.  Chinese-style meals can be purchased very cheaply (many for less than $3).  Students who crave the comforts of home can find western-style restaurants at the Global Harbor shopping mall, about a twenty minute walk from campus.


Eligibility

This program is available to students of all majors and minors, but will have a very strong business orientation.

In order to be eligible for this program, students must have a 2.75 GPA and have completed at least three courses in business or associated disciplines such as management, marketing, economics, finance, accounting, or statistics.  

Students must not be in a disciplinary standing that prohibits participation in study abroad.

Applications

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 year in advance.


Orientations

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, will be fully the responsibility of the student.

Once the orientation schedule is set, students will be notified by e-mail of the times, dates and locations.

View the pre-departure orientation schedule.

Additional Information and Links

Want to know more? Join the Global Education Center Facebook page to connect with alumni and other prospective students. 

Global Ambassadors 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 Global Ambassadors via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources  
 
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/18/2018
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Rolling Admission 02/24/2019 06/08/2019
Fall 2019 02/14/2019
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Rolling Admission 08/18/2019 12/14/2019
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: October 9 to 11:59 p.m., November 15. 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 4 and GEC Access Scholarship support by January.

Rolling Period: December 4 to 11:59 p.m., February 14. 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 14 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by April.

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.

Spring 2020 09/12/2019
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Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: April 2 to 11:59 p.m., May 2. 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 May 21 and GEC Access Scholarship support by early summer.

Rolling Period: May 21 to 11:59 p.m., September 12. 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 September 12 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by October.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, November 7. 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.