IFSA/Alliance: Shanghai - 21st Century City
Study abroad with the Institute for Study Abroad in Shanghai, China! Examine urban planning, green technology, and environmental issues through 15 credits of coursework in a 21st century mega-city that is both a laboratory and model of urbanizatio... read more
I learned a lot about myself and the world's great diversity and gained a global understanding and increased self-confidence. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Must hold intercultural competence A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
While I learned a lot about Shanghainese culture and improved my Chinese, I also learned that I'm not the biggest fan of the great trend of globalization that has overtaken Shanghai. Katy K - Trinity University View Entire Review
I gained a huge amount of confidence, as well as an appreciation for and awareness of cultural differences. Plus, my Chinese is so much better! A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Chinese speaking. Independence. Daniel D - Trinity University View Entire Review
Language improved dramatically, made incredible friends from all over the world including local Chinese. Definitely worthwhile and encourage every student interested in Shanghai to participate with Alliance. A student - Boston College View Entire Review
I gained so much knowledge on a culture that I hadn't previously experienced. I learned a lot of Mandarin and I met some amazing people. It was very worthwhile. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about independent travel, Chinese culture, and globalization. Because of this experience, I am very excited for my next opportunity to study abroad. Alexa M - Bryant University View Entire Review
Excellent academics and presenting of culture and society. The advancement in my language level has really helped me with my studies at my university. Maria Jose T - Trinity University View Entire Review
definitely! i learned a new language, and learned hidden life facts that i would need after college graduation Takako E - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained an entirely new perspective on life. I had never been outside of the USA before this study abroad program, and it completely opened my eyes to not only a new culture, but to the world in general. Some of my greatest experiences came from the traveling that was included in the program. I'll never forget the weekend trip ... Jessica W - Oklahoma State University - Stillwater View Entire Review
My language improved dramatically, I met some incredible people who have shown me how many different life paths there are, I gained a huge appreciation for Chinese culture, and I visited some places I likely will never travel to again. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Even though I had been to China twice before and volunteered teaching English there, I gained a much deeper knowledge of Chinese culture and my language skills improved beyond recognition. Phyllis G - Austin College View Entire Review
I learned everything. From the outside and inside of the classroom. I learned about the Chinese culture, I learn how to deal in certain ways with different experiences. Alyssa C - University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign View Entire Review
I've learned so many things about me, about my strengths and weaknesses. I was able to learn everything that I wanted to learn about the Chinese culture and more. Everything from bad to good was worthwhile. I would definitely do this program all over again. I met some of the greatest friends. Katreena C - University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign View Entire Review
I learned all about China. It was a wonderful experience. A student - Villanova View Entire Review
I learned SO much chinese, the rest of the classes were a joke. I= A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I found myself. I was the best thing that I have ever done in my life. I would do it over and over and over again if I could with the same people. Allie C - Trinity University View Entire Review
Yes, I absolutely loved it, and I hope to go back after I graduate. Elizabeth Madison Y - University of Memphis View Entire Review
Yes. I am more aware of being accepting of different things. Wing Shan Stephenie C - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Yes, I was able to improve my understanding of simplified Chinese and made friends that will last a life time. An-chi T - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Study abroad with the Institute for Study Abroad in Shanghai, China!
- Examine urban planning, green technology, and environmental issues through 15 credits of coursework in a 21st century mega-city that is both a laboratory and model of urbanization.
- Enrich your study of Chinese language and urban culture by living with a Chinese roommate.
- Complete a capstone research project that you can leverage for future career or academic goals.
- Complement and contextualize your understanding of China's largest metropolis through a field study trip that explores China's social, economic, and geographic diversity.
Visit our website for more information about our 21st Century City program, including previous course syllabi, housing arrangements, co-curricular activities, and field study trips.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- Academic Year
- Chinese - Mandarin
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Chinese Language, Literature
- East Asian Studies
- International Relations
- Asian Studies
- Urban Studies
WebsiteTake me there!
Any student applying to an IFSA-Butler program can apply for our general scholarship awards, which are $500 for a summer program, $1,500 for semester study, and $2,000 for the full year. We also offer special opportunities such as First Generation College Student scholarships and a Fill the GAP study abroad savings program that matches contributions up to $1,000. Plus, any student attending a public institution or an MSI (minority serving institution) is automatically eligible for either the IFSA State School Grant or the IFSA MSI Grant. Both are worth $2,000 off the program price.