IFSA/Alliance: Shanghai - International Business in China

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  • Location(s): Shanghai, China
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Internship

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Study abroad with the Institute for Study Abroad 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 course... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.4
Based on 23 Reviews
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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 - 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... - 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. - 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 - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I believe this was definitely one of the best experiences of my life. I learned so much about a unique culture and engaged in a completely different environment. I thought culture shock would affect me negatively, but on the contrary, I loved the experience. - Rollins College View Entire Review
I gained perspective, practical skills, and understanding. I learned more about myself than I could have ever imagined and it was absolutely positively worthwhile. - The College of New Jersey View Entire Review
Past Review Worth It
I learned a lot about myself and about the Chinese culture. It was definitely worthwhile to have the insight because you can only really understand it once you're immersed in it. - Mount Holyoke College View Entire Review
Past Review Shanghai 2014
It was very worthwhile, I learned a lot about myself and a completely different culture. It taught me I can overcome anything I set my mind to - Mount Holyoke College View Entire Review
I can speak decent chinese, I feel so confident in traveling. So worthwhile. - Trinity University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Alliance for Global Education: Shanghai - International Business in China
I gained a lot from my experience abroad. My understanding of the world as well as myself were the two biggest aspects. Living in a city like Shanghai is wonderful because with over 20 million people, there's always something new that you've never seen in your life going on. Freshman year is a big part to college because we fin... - Trinity University View Entire Review
Gained new language skills, a degree of independence and sufficiency. It was one of the best experiences I've had. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how to be independent and survive in a completely foreign environment. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot of Mandarin, experienced China, and made some lifelong friends. It was definitely a worthwhile experience. - Bentley University 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 ... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Shanghai Spring
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... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile - 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. - Shanghai University of Finance and Economics View Entire Review
Everything about traveling abroad is useful, even the negative parts. I learned so much about other Americans, Chinese people, and myself. Alliance was an excellent program and facilitated my personal growth in so many ways. - University of Massachusetts Amherst / UMass View Entire Review
Past Review Adventurous
Learning to accept and adapt to a foreign culture - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned how to be independent and adapt to any situation that is thrown my way. I am more confident in myself as a person now, and it is definitely due to my amazing experience. - Mount Holyoke College View Entire Review
I gained so much knowledge about the world because I saw so many new places and things. I tried new food and activities. I gained new friends. I met people from all over the world. I got to have an internship over the summer in Shanghai because I studied abroad there. It was so worthwhile and I can't wait to visit again. - Mount Holyoke College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Alliance for Global Education: Shanghai - International Business in China
I learned a lot about myself & how far I was willing to push myself outside of my comfort zone. - Shanghai University of Finance and Economics View Entire Review
Improved my speaking, reading, and writing abilities significantly; introduced me to the local culture like I've seen it before; had an amazing time traveling the country and Asia. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and being independent. Most of all I achieved my goal of improving my Chinese proficiency and integrating into the culture. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Language skills Better understanding of Chinese culture Made new friends Traveled in East Asia - Brandeis University View Entire Review

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Study abroad with the Institute for Study Abroad 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.

In the last century, Shanghai has experienced exponential growth from its origins as a colonial trading port to a bustling international metropolis and global financial hub. Today, the home of China's first free trade zone attracts an international population with its fast-paced industry and cosmopolitan vibe. With rapidly expanding industrial, commercial, and service sectors, Shanghai serves as an ideal field of study for students wishing to explore China's rapidly changing business environment and the global networks in which it plays an ever more strategic role.

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.


Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Internship
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
  • Chinese - Mandarin
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Asian Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Chinese Language, Literature
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business
  • Finance, Financial Services
  • International Business
  • Marketing
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Year Founded:
2007
Website
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IFSA Scholarships

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.

$2,000

Deadlines:
Coincides with program deadlines

Guidelines/Requirements:
Any student who applies for an IFSA-Butler program may apply for a scholarship by completing a scholarship application. This is separate from the general IFSA-Butler program application.

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