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  • Locations: Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: IFSA-Butler 
  • Restrictions: U of A applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year U of A Application Deadline U of A Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 04/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** If you are applying for an external program, please note the U of A application deadline listed may be different than the external program provider's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Advisor: Bumpers College: TBD, College of Architecture & Design: Brian Poepsel, College of Education & Health Professions: TBD, College of Engineering: Brian Poepsel, Fulbright College: Katie Sabo, Walton College: Megan Hull Program Type: External
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Credit Hours Available: Between 12-18 Credit Hours
Area of Study: Architecture, Asian Studies, Business (Accounting), Business (Economics), Business (Finance), Business (General), Business (International), Communication, Environmental Soil & Water Sci, Food, Human Nutrition & Hsptly, Graphic Design, History, Humanities, International Relations, Mandarin, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology Credit Type: Transfer Credit
Language of Instruction: English, Mandarin Open to non-U of A students?: No
Click here for a definition of this term Automatic Discounts: $2,000/semester Housing Options: Dorm
Program Description:
Summer in Shanghai
IFSA - SUMMER IN SHANGHAI
Geotag  Shanghai, China

WHY STUDY IN SHANGHAI
Shanghai has grown exponentially in the past hundred years—from an early trading port to a massive international metropolis with a population of 24 million. Known for its fast-paced businesses and cosmopolitan vibe, the city is intricately connected with the global flows of commodities and people. It also represents the enormous environmental, economic, and social challenges that are mirrored across China and around the world. Find your home in a vibrant, student-friendly neighborhood, with our program center just around the corner from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.  

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Spend your summer in China’s largest city and financial center while enriching your appreciation of Chinese culture. Whether you focus on your language skills with extensive Chinese language offerings or fulfill degree requirements in business or politics, Shanghai is the ideal destination to pursue your goals and deepen your understanding of China’s rise on the world stage. 

During your Summer in Shanghai, customize your study abroad experience by taking a single class during the four-week Session 1 or take a single class during the four-week Session 2. You can also extend your studies by enrolling in both Session 1 and Session 2. Combine study with an internship by enrolling in Summer in Shanghai (Session 1) followed by the eight-week Summer Internship in Shanghai (Session 2) program. 

Session 1 Classes
  • Sino-U.S. Relations
  • International Finance
  • Chinese Language
    • Beginning Chinese I
    • Beginning Chinese II
    • Intermediate Chinese I
    • Intermediate Chinese II
    • Advanced Chinese I
    • Advanced Chinese II
    • Advanced Chinese III
    • Advanced Chinese IV

Session 2 Classes
  • China: Economic Giant
  • City and Environment
  • Chinese Language
    • Beginning Chinese I
    • Beginning Chinese II
    • Intermediate Chinese I
    • Intermediate Chinese II
    • Advanced Chinese I
    • Advanced Chinese II
    • Advanced Chinese III
    • Advanced Chinese IV
Please visit Summer in Shanghai for complete class descriptions and syllabi. 

CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
Program activities are designed to enhance your intercultural competence by developing your understanding of the local culture and people. They are optional, but they are included in your total program fee. Activities vary each term based on availability, but previous events have included:
  • West Bank Gallery Walk: Learn how art fosters international exchange during a guided walk along the Cultural Corridor riverfront in West Bund, visiting art galleries featuring foreign and Chinese artists. The guided walk concludes at the lobby of the newly established West Bund x Pompidou Museum. 
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum: Traditional Chinese medicine has more than 3,000 years of history. Through this guided tour, you will be introduced to the basic traditional Chinese medicine theories, useful daily diagnostics, and treatment methods including acupuncture and moxibustion, Chinese herbs, dietary adjustment, acupressure, and cupping.
  • Chinese Culture Workshop: Participate in the Chinese Culture Workshop and learn how to write Chinese calligraphy, play Mahong, and make Chinese dumplings.
  • Urban Planning Museum: Wonder what Shanghai will look like in 10 or 20 years? Learn about the history of urban development in Shanghai and see models of future planning at the Urban Planning Museum. You will also use the metro to visit important city landmarks, see traditional Shanghai architecture, and get a little taste of its diverse food and culture.
IFSA excursions are included in your total program fee and though these are optional, most students choose to participate. Excursions vary each term based on availability.
  • Suzhou Day Trip: Located at the lower end of the Yangtze River, Suzhou is famous for its resplendent gardens and beautiful scenery in addition to the city being one of the country’s four major embroidery centers in the silk industry. You will the explore this ancient water town and the garden style Suzhou Museum, designed by world renowned architect IM Pei.
  • Huangpu River Cruise: Feast your eyes on magnificent views of building skylines and landmarks as you travel along both banks of the Huangpu River, allowing you to see the architectural diversity. In the evening, secure your spot on the deck to watch as the city lights up in dazzling lights and to get the best view of four of the most prominent high rises in Shanghai: Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, and Jin Mao Tower.
 
 
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WHAT’S INCLUDED IN MY IFSA PROGRAM?
  • Academic Support
  • Administrative Fees and Applications Fees
  • Airport Pickup
  • Activities and Excursions (including transportation and meals)
  • Guaranteed Housing
  • International Medical Insurance
  • Internet Access in Housing
  • Internship, Directed Research, and Volunteer Opportunities (on many programs)
  • Meals (on some programs)
  • Official Transcript with U.S. Credit Translation
  • On-site Orientation
  • On-site Staff Support (including in-person meetings and emergencies)
  • Pre-arrival Advising
  • Tuition

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