IFSA - STUDY IN SHANGHAI: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
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
As China’s financial epicenter, Shanghai is a fascinating place to explore international business, economic development, marketing, finance, and more. Put theory into context with corporate visits and internships at Chinese and multi-national companies. These experiences not only give you a front row seat to this nation’s rapidly changing business environment—they also stand out on a resume.
Enhance your professional communication skills with an elective specially geared for business. Team up with a Chinese university student for a couple of hours of casual, social language practice each week.
The IFSA Study in Shanghai: International Business academic track offers unparalleled opportunities to examine China’s rapidly changing business environment and the global networks in which it plays an increasingly strategic role. Maximize your learning by tailoring classes to your academic focus, enrolling in the required core class and three to four elective classes, including an internship opportunity. You must have completed one business and one economics class prior to arrival, or two economics classes if business is not available at your school.
China: Economic Giant
The class provides an interpretative survey of China’s emergence as a global economic power. The phenomenal changes in the Chinese economy over recent decades are highlighted, and aspects of quantitative development are related to the radical reforms adopted since 1978. Students discuss major policy issues encountered by the Chinese government in sustaining high-speed economic growth without instability. Students also explore China’s pursuit of full integration into the global free trade system. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
Customize your semester based on your personal interests and degree requirements, choosing from electives from the IFSA Study in Shanghai: International Business academic track as well as our IFSA Study in Shanghai: Social Sciences
and IFSA Study in Shanghai: Public Health
academic tracks. All elective classes are taught in English.
- China as a Global Market
- Exploring Community & Culture in a Global Context
- International Internship Seminar
- International Money and Finance
- International Trade: A Chinese Perspective
- Managing Enterprises in China
- Operations and Supply Chain Management
Developing skills in a foreign language can profoundly impact your life personally and professionally. Though language study (other than Essential Chinese) is not required, students frequently report their Chinese language class as one of their favorites and the one they applied most outside of the classroom.
If you’ve never studied Chinese before, and you decide not to take an elective language class, you’ll take this introductory seminar to contemporary Chinese language and culture taught intensively during the first weeks of the program. (1 U.S. semester credit hour)
No prior language study is required. A placement exam during on-site orientation determines each student’s appropriate language level. (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
- Beginning Chinese I
- Beginning Chinese II
- Intermediate Chinese I
- Intermediate Chinese II
- Advanced Chinese I
- Advanced Chinese II
- Advanced Chinese III
- Advanced Chinese IV
- Advanced Readings in Chinese
- Business Chinese
Program activities are designed to enhance your intercultural competence by developing your understanding of the local culture and people. Activities are optional, but they are included in your total program fee. Activities vary each term based on availability, but may include:
- Art Tour of West Bund Cultural Corridor
- Visit to Manufacturing Plant
- Food and Local Culture
- Tai Chi and Calligraphy
IFSA excursions are included in your total program fee and though these are optional, most students choose to participate. They vary each term based on availability, but excursions may include:
- Water Town Trip
- Local Community Visit
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- 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