There is no mistaking Shanghai’s skyline. From the soaring Oriental Pearl Tower to the sweeping Bund across the Huangpu River, Shanghai shimmers with possibility. We invite you to experience first-hand all that this exciting city has to offer.

Shanghai is an economic and cultural hub of more than 22 million people. You will learn and communicate in Mandarin and English, while being exposed to the local Shanghai dialect—just one example of the many unique languages and cultures that exist in different regions throughout the country.

While in Shanghai, study the diversity and impact that international influences from all over the globe have on Chinese culture. Witness how globalization affects Shanghai and develop a greater understanding of how China’s influence is increasingly affecting the world.

You have the opportunity to study on the campus of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), which is consistently ranked as one of the top five universities in China. SJTU is known for its academic rigor across more than 30 departments. You will take courses in English on the Xihui campus in subjects such as International Business and Relations, Political Science, Urban Studies, and more.

Shanghai will be your classroom. Discover the eclectic mix of Eastern and Western influences in the city’s architecture. Explore the Yuyuan Gardens in the Old City to get a sense of Shanghai’s past. Drink at one of the city’s many tea houses. Comparative course-related excursions to Tokyo (fall) or Hong Kong (spring) put the city’s powerful global and historical influence into context.

We want you to feel at home in China, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Shanghai. From relevant coursework to unique course-related excursions—including visits to businesses, NGOs, and research institutions—we help you explore Shanghai in its local, regional, and global contexts. As China’s financial powerhouse, Shanghai provides an environment for learning not only about China, but also about Asia and the world at large.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Shanghai
  • City: Shanghai
  • Country: China
  • Program Credits: minimum of 15 per semester (4 courses)
  • Language of Instruction: English, Chinese
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Fall 2018

September 4 - December 15

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

Spring 2019 - November 15, 2018


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.

We offer unique courses that explore Chinese language, history, and culture through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

You will take 15-18 credits per semester. You create your academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:

Chinese language course (required, 6 credits)

The required 6-credit Chinese language course, developed exclusively for IES Abroad students, is offered at varying language proficiency levels, from beginning to advanced levels.


  • IES Abroad elective courses (3 credits)
  • Fudan University courses (3 credits)

Academic highlights include:

  • Academic lectures will take place in Shanghai and the location of your course-related excursion (Fall: Singapore or Taipei, Spring: Hong Kong or Tokyo) and will provide an intercultural comparative analysis
  • Visits to the stock exchanges and key investment or economic development offices
  • Observations of elementary and secondary schools
  • Meetings with representatives of key political parties
  • Visits to active religious institutions and cultural areas of interest in Shanghai, and the location of your course-related excursion



Asian Studies

RL/AS/PH 120 - An Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy and Religion (Fall, Spring)


CM 373 - Intercultural Communications Competence (formerly CM 395 - Intercultural Communications Competence) (Fall, Spring)

Chinese Language

  • CN 101 - Chinese Language In Context: Novice Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • CN 201 - Chinese Language In Context: Novice Abroad Iii (Fall, Spring)
  • CN 301 - Chinese Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • CN 351 - Chinese Language In Context: Independent Abroad I (formerly CN 301/302 Advanced Intermediate Chinese I/II) (Fall, Spring)
  • CN 401 - Chinese Language In Context: Emerging Competent Abroad I (formerly CN 401 Advanced Chinese) (Fall, Spring)

Cultural Studies

CU/IB 371 - Business Culture in China (formerly IB 395 - Business Practice in China) (Fall, Spring)


EC/PO 325 - Chinese Economy and Politics: Transition and Development (Fall, Spring)

International Business

  • CU/IB 371 - Business Culture in China (formerly IB 395 - Business Practice in China) (Fall, Spring)
  • IB 365 - Global Supply Chain Management

International Relations

PO/IR 340 - International Politics in East Asia from a Chinese Perspective (Fall, Spring)


RL/AS/PH 120 - An Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy and Religion (Fall, Spring)

Political Science

  • EC/PO 325 - Chinese Economy and Politics: Transition and Development (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/IR 340 - International Politics in East Asia from a Chinese Perspective (Fall, Spring)

Religious Studies

RL/AS/PH 120 - An Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy and Religion (Fall, Spring)

The following are potential course options at Fudan University:

  • Introduction to Chinese Society and Culture
  • The Transitional Chinese society
  • Marketing Placement in China
  • Global Sourcing and Supply Chain Management in China
  • China through Contemporary Chinese Film
  • Chinese Diplomacy
  • International Marketing
  • Political Economy in China
  • Doing Business in China
  • Religion in Chinese Society
  • Psychology and Life

Partner Institution(s)

Fudan University

Founded in 1905, Fudan University is ranked one of the top three universities in mainland China. The university offers undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. programs, with strengths in Arts, Sciences, and Business, and is a member of Universitas 21. Fudan’s campus has unique architecture that reflects traditional Chinese-style buildings, gates, European-influenced structures, and the very modern Guanhua Twin Towers, and the main Handan campus is easily accessible by Shanghai’s extensive subway system. The university enrolls 45,000 students, of which 3,600 are international students. Chinese students admitted to Fudan University are considered among the best in China.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) is one of the top universities in China. SJTU was ranked as the 5th best university in China in 2013. The IES program will be located on the Xuhui campus of SJTU, about 4.5 miles from the Nanjing Road pedestrian mall. We are the only American program on this campus. This brings our program much closer to the central part of Shanghai.


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Shanghai, it will feel like home.

Apartments - Live in an apartment with other IES Abroad students at the modern New Harbor Service Apartments (where the IES Abroad Shanghai Center is located). It is five subway stops from the main campus of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

The standard, fully furnished apartment has two or three bedrooms with one or two bathrooms and one kitchen. You may share a double bedroom with another IES Abroad student or have a single room.

This option does not include a meal plan, but you can cook for yourself, eat in a campus cafeteria, or at nearby restaurants.

Homestays – Homestays offer the ideal environment for learning about China and improving your Chinese. While living in a local home may require an initial adjustment period, our Chinese homestay families are eager to get to know you and share their ideas, language, and culture.

You have a private bedroom and are provided two meals a day by your host family (breakfast and dinner) five days a week while the program is in session.

PLEASE NOTE: Homestay opportunities are extremely limited.

Student Life


The program begins with a specially designed, five-day orientation introducing you to the IES Abroad staff, your fellow students, health and safety procedures, the current social and political conditions in China, the expectations of you as a student in a Chinese institution, and the city of Shanghai.

CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation and Re-entry Experience, includes detailed information on academics, housing, transportation, cultural adjustment, health and safety, and other important topics.

Classroom sessions are combined with several ventures into the city, such as a scavenger hunt, designed to help you feel at home in your new environment. Practical Chinese lessons are combined with activities designed to help you learn your way around campus and how to use key facilities. Additional cross-cultural and re-entry information and support is provided throughout the semester.

You also take a field trip to a beautiful nearby "water town," called Tongli, as part of your orientation, which is included in your program fee.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Shanghai through our cultural activities, such as:

  • Joining student clubs
  • Volunteering for community service
  • Watching professional soccer, baseball, and basketball teams
  • Boating on the Huangpo River
  • Visiting local museums and historic sites

University Clubs & Events

While in Shanghai, you can take advantage of available on-campus activities. Clubs are student run and provide an excellent opportunity for increased campus integration. Past clubs have included:

  • Explorer Volunteers Association (Provides assistance to disadvantaged groups in rural areas)
  • Air & Health (Environmental Protection Association)
  • Management Association
  • Modern Dance (Reggea, hiphop, jazz, tap)
  • Shaolong Kungfu
  • Sports (Badmintin, tennis, vollyball, baseball, cycling, and more)
  • Music PlayGround
  • Photography Association
  • Drama Club
  • Taichi

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.75 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing when program begins
  • Some local university courses may not be available to students of sophomore standing
  • No previous Chinese language study required

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required.

A student visa is required to enter China. Upon admission, you will receive more information about the application process and any related fees. The visa application process for non-U.S. citizens can be extremely lengthy, please contact us for more information.


Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $11,955
  • Housing: $3,320
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $15,505

Academic Year

  • Tuition: $21,505
  • Housing: $6,640
  • Insurance: $455
  • Total: $28,600

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Program taught in:
  • English
  • Chinese
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