CET Shanghai Chinese Studies & Internship Program
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About the Program
Based in the exciting international metropolis of Shanghai, this program allows students to explore their interest in China's economic, political, and business spheres through specialized classes, internships, activities, and field trips. Students choose from one of two required core courses to help ground them in their environment and give them the tools to research and understand their new surroundings. Electives in economics, history, and political science further students' learning about China's role in globalization. Internships at local organizations or companies are selected specifically to meet student interests and career goals and top off a rewarding and eye-opening experience. Your courseload will be rounded out by a Chinese language class, to ensure you have the linguistic ability to make navigate daily life.
There is no place in the world like Shanghai. China's largest, most dynamic city, Shanghai has come to symbolize everything that is remarkable about 21st century China. Since the middle of the nineteenth century, Shanghai has played host to would-be European, Japanese and American colonists, served as the primary trading port for China's heartland, and set the stage for China's earliest communist movements. But today Shanghai is a city that has deliberately shaken off its history, rising like its skyscrapers to become China's most important, modern center of international trade. Indeed, in just twenty years, Shanghai has transformed itself from a city with a glorious past to a city of the future.
- 3.0 CGPA
- Completion of the equivalent of 4 semesters of Chinese language study with a B average or higher
- Prior coursework in Asian Studies is recommended
Courses on this program are taught by local Chinese faculty in English, in which you will be studying alongside other visiting American students. Regardless of whether you decide to pursue an internship, this program is designed to provide students with a basic foundation in the study of China while also allowing you to pursue a deeper understanding of specific areas of interest. All students take Chinese language class (students receive 8 Tulane credits for the Chinese Language course) and one of two core courses: History of Shanghai in the Modern Era or The Chinese Economy and Asian Economic Integration (students receive 3 credits for the other two courses). Students also take an elective and are highly encouraged to do an internship in the field of their choice. Fall and spring semester language courses meet 11 hours a week and electives meet 3 hours a week. Chinese language classes are taught in Chinese and all other courses are taught in English.
Most students select the program's internship track and intern at a local organization or company that specializes in an area of particular interest to them. Students participate in internships for 8-10 hours a week and attend an internship course, Issues of the Chinese Workplace, which provides them a forum to discuss issues relating to their internships and working in China. Past interns have worked with the following organizations: American Consulate General, PepsiCo, Morgan Stanley, and TimeOut Shanghai.
Fields of Study
Asian Studies, Chinese Language, History, Economics, Political Science. Qualified students may also have the option of an internship.
Students on the CET program are immersed in daily Chinese student life. This immersion is achieved through living with a Chinese roommate from Donghua university, and by navigating daily life in Chinese as you interact with local shopkeepers, vendors and citizens of Shanghai. The program is based at Donghua’s downtown campus, meaning that your experience will be rooted in city life. Through the internship experience, you will develop relationships with your colleagues and engage in social and professional activities in your organization and around the city.
ll CET students share rooms with Chinese roommates, Donghua University undergraduates who are selected to participate based on their suitability and enthusiasm for cultural reciprocity.
Students live in double-occupancy rooms in Donghua University's newly-renovated international student dormitory. Dorm rooms come equipped with two beds, desks, private bathrooms, telephones, refrigerators, and broadband internet access. A laundry room is located on every other floor. The dorm, located near the CET office and classrooms, is located very close to the West Yan'an Road metro stop and several bus stops.
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