Xing Wei College: Shanghai - Semester or Summer in China

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

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Stand out among your peers and become part of an experiment in the first liberal arts college in China! Xing Wei College is located in the Nanhui region (college town) of Shanghai. The college was founded by Harvard grad Weiming Chen as an e... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.5
Based on 8 Reviews
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It was worth it. I learned so much about chinese culture and history! - SUNY - Binghamton View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IEM Study Abroad: Shanghai - Semester or Summer in China
I plan to go back to China, and live there for a few years. I absolutely adored being in China. - University of California - Riverside View Entire Review
I came into this program not knowing what to expect. As a 26 year old, I felt i've experienced enough in my life to realize what is wrong, what is right, what is real, what is important, and so on. I've never travelled outside the country before so I knew whatever I experienced from that point on will be something I cannot jud... - Oakwood University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IEM Study Abroad: Shanghai - Semester or Summer in China
I feel like I have become a stronger more independent person becuase of my study abroad experience! I noticed I am also more open minded and motivated to learn about other cultures and travel to different countries! - University of California - San Diego View Entire Review
i truly found an appreciation for Chinese culture. I found appreciation in all the things that my parents taught me when I was younger and genuinely embraced it during my stay in Shanghai. I have decided to minor in Chinese Language or Asian studies, or both! - University of California - Riverside View Entire Review
I gained many, many qualities and understandings from this study abroad program. Not only has the language courses helped me, the mentors taught me more which overall boosted my Chinese greatly. I learned how the culture works in terms of living arrangements, or simply how Chinese business works. Leaving the country has incre... - California State University - Long Beach View Entire Review
I definitely grew from this. I was homesick at first but making new friends and having the staff there really helped. After 4 months, I didn't even want to go home and thought about doing the internship program with IEM. I understand there will always be little issues but it's good that they address them with us and not try to ... - University of California - San Diego View Entire Review

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Stand out among your peers and become part of an experiment in the first liberal arts college in China!



Xing
Wei College is located in the Nanhui region (college town) of Shanghai. The college was
founded by Harvard grad Weiming Chen as an experiment to see how an
American liberal arts style college would function within China. As such, Xing
Wei is the first liberal arts college of its kind in China. The classes are
taught in English by PhD holding professors from the U.S.. Local Chinese
students and American students are immersed into the same classes, to encourage
cultural exchange.

Liberal arts is a bit of a radical idea in China, as most
higher level education is very dictatorial, with the professors constantly
experiencing censorship and coercion in terms of their curricula. Xing Wei is
trying to redefined that, by allowing professors complete control over the
courses and concepts they decide to teach and also allowing students to have a
very open conversation with their professors. Another issue that comes up with
colleges in China is that the student : professor ratio is unfortunately high.
At Xing Wei, the class size is kept small and some classes are taught by two
professors to encourage a flow of ideas back and forth across the classroom.
Student voices are heard and valued highly. Especially since it is so new, the
campus of Xing Wei is ultra-modern, with the dorms comparable to suites at a
4-star hotel
and the classrooms being very state-of-the-art. There is a lot of green space
and one of the very old, very beautiful canals of Nanhui also crosses the
campus – a great spot for a picnic by the water or studying outside. This is
also very different than many of the very under-funded colleges in China, where
dorm rooms are a bit shabby and classrooms are characterized by harsh lighting
and uncomfortable seats.

 

Xing Wei really is the first of its kind and choosing to
study abroad there is choosing to become an active part of a project and a
change in the educational landscape of China. To offer students the opportunity
to be even more of an active participant in the experiment that is Xing Wei,
the school is offering on-campus summer internships in the marketing of the
school as well as in the building of partnerships between it and other schools
in China/U.S. As the founder of the school has very strong connections with
CELAP (Chinese Executive Leadership Academy of Pudong), study abroad students
will also have the chance to visit the academy and sit in on lectures there, as
well as work there as research assistant to foreign ministers in training. This
opportunity is a bit like the combination of a White House internship and
classes at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. The academy is where
governments of multiple countries send their ministers to be trained with the
Chinese concept of leadership. This internship can offer a tremendous insight
into how future leaders of China are trained, and a great opportunity to
compare/contrast this with how this is done in the U.S.  



No longer a “future superpower” in the world, China has already boomed, grown, expanded and continues to “wow” the rest of the world. You now have a chance to live and be a part of China’s biggest and most dynamic city, Shanghai. It has a rare combination of deep-rooted history, with thousand year old architecture, paired with modern designs and skyscrapers. Once you experience China and you may not want to leave.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Internship
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
  • Chinese - Mandarin
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Social Sciences
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Chinese Studies
Year Founded:
2011
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