IFSA/Alliance: Shanghai - International Business in China
Study abroad with the Alliance in Shanghai, China! Pursue your academic interests and earn 15 credits in international business and economic development at the heart of China's commercial and finance center.Complement your coursework with visits t... read more
I learned I can live in a foreign place away from family and thrive, and I am good at languages. Very worthwhile. Noah M - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I got better at Chinese A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
My Chinese improved extremely fast. I know that I will certainly work in Shanghai sometime in the future. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned the Chinese culture and language, to live in Shanghai, to learn how to enjoy the little things, and to have fun. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Going abroad forced me to become more independent. I feel more confident in exploring a new city. The improvement in my language skills are also invaluable. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Learned a lot of chinese and about the prospects of moving to SE Asia after college to work. it was 100% worthwile. A better investment than any of my semesters at Brandeis. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
study abroad is a great experience, regardless of what program you go with. at the end of the day it is what you make out of it! A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
My Chinese improved immensely. I learned a lot about myself and China. Made a lot of good friends. Robin T - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned so much about both life in China and life in a big city. I loved the fact that I could experience big city life and still gain an intimate understanding of Chinese culture at the same time! Amy B - University of Puget Sound View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself who I am as a person and a friend. Getting thrown into an experience and learning how to be self-reliant was important for my personal development. It was worthwhile and while the classes were not the most intensive. I learned so much from my abroad experience and many of the memories I made help me ... A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
My experience abroad was more than anything I could have expected. Never had I been more uncomfortable before, as I was in a country where I could neither understand the language fully, nor could I express myself accurately. It was as frustrating as it was immensely humbling. Alliance made my experience in Shanghai was it was, a... A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile A student - The College of New Jersey View Entire Review
The experience was absolutely worthwhile. The people you meet from not only the US and China but from all over the world allow you to see into all cultures. The greatest thing I took from the program was adopted some of the traditional thinking that many Chinese hold which I believe has made me into a better overall person. Joe W - Shanghai University of Finance and Economics View Entire Review
My chinese improved a lot. Gained a memorable experiences. also made good chinese and american friends. Good foods and cultures. I learned so many things that i can't learn in my school or home country. It's definitely worthwhile, if i have any chance in the future, i would like to do it again. Ji Hun J - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Study abroad taught me to be comfortable in my own skin, it taught me to be kind and patient and be my own person. A student - Rollins College View Entire Review
Academically, I learned about China's business culture and economic state. Personally, I gained a love for traveling, appreciation for independence, am more accepting, and love meeting new people! It was so worthwhile. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
International Work Experience, Cultural Competency, New Friends- Best decision of my life Jonathan Tan - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Yes, worthwhile. Learned culture of China in general, and how it has been transitioning under different reforms of a communist regime. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Staying smart while traveling by myself and budget. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Don't go abroad if you want to study. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned that no matter how much you learn about a culture or a country, nothing compares to actually being able to experiencing it first hand. I am also amazed at how our similarities and differences unite us in such way that without realizing it, you feel like you could belong anywhere, and that our understanding of one anoth... Houda E - Kenyon College View Entire Review
I learned to travel independently in China. It was definitely worthwhile. The experience is encouraging to know because that will help me on my future travels A student - Smith College View Entire Review
My experience was definitely comprehensively worthwhile. I got to meet many amazing people, and got to live truly independently for the first time. I explored and adventured, and grew up a lot. But there were components of my program that really weren't worthwhile. Most of the academics were boring and pointless, yet took up eno... A student - Trinity University View Entire Review
I gained friendships, ability to acclimate to uncomfortable situations and environment, growth in language capabilities, more knowledge of China and its culture and economy. Zachary S - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned Chinese. I learned how to adapt and understand a culture very different from mine. It was very worthwhile A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Study abroad with the Alliance in Shanghai, China!
- Pursue your academic interests and earn 15 credits in international business and economic development at the heart of China's commercial and finance center.
- Complement your coursework with visits to Chinese and multi-national enterprises, plus a capstone research project that allows you to meaningfully explore a topic of interest.
- Build your resume with an internship at a Chinese or multi-national company or NGO focusing on areas such as economic development, health education, software development, real estate, the arts, and publishing.
- Enrich your understanding of China's role in the global marketplace through a targeted field study trip to Hong Kong, Macau, and Guangdong Province.
Visit our website for more information about our International Business in China program, including course syllabi, co-curricular activities, student housing, and previous internship placements.
Contact a program graduate to learn about the Alliance experience through a student's eyes!
Apply now! One business course and one economics course - or two economics courses, if your school does not offer business courses - are required prior to arrival in China. Submit an application for one of the Alliance's need-based scholarships at the same time as you apply for your study abroad program.
Consider extending your semester abroad on our Summer in Shanghai program!
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- Academic Year
- Chinese - Mandarin
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Asian Studies
- East Asian Studies
- Chinese Language, Literature
- International Relations
- Business Administration and Management
- Entrepreneurial and Small Business
- Finance, Financial Services
- International Business
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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.