This commanding city on the sea beckoned you with its reputation as one of the world’s most powerful financial centers. Now that you’re walking along the Bund and navigating the extensive subway system, you are witnessing first-hand the impressive growth that Shanghai has achieved over recent decades. You have learned in your course on Exploring the Global City that Shanghai was once full of European trading settlements, namely from Britain and France. Their imprint on the city is apparent, as you saw during your MyEducation visit to the French Concession neighborhood, where Catholic churches stand tall and bread is more plentiful than rice. But despite the longstanding connection with the West and the ever-growing number of international residents and companies, Shanghai is distinctly a Chinese metropolis. It is the destination for millions of rural Chinese who aspire to be part of the new Chinese dream. Yet it is also a place of tradition, from the snack streets filled with dumplings and sweet buns to the markets selling silk and pearls. Shanghai delivers simultaneously on reverence for history and eagerness for what’s ahead.
In response to student demand to study in the economic capital of China, the world's 2nd largest economy, CAPA proudly offers this timely and innovative summer program. Shanghai (literally "the city on the way to the sea") is situated in the middle of China's eastern coastline, at the mouth of the Yangtze River at the heart of the Yangtze River Delta - China's key economic and business region. Designated as China's international finance, insurance and world cruise center, and now China's largest container port, Shanghai is also growing into China's future movie animation and fashion capital to supplement its industrial base - now heavily focused on innovation - developed since Shanghai Pudong was established as a Special Economic Zone in 1990.
This stunning 24 hour city of 23 million people has a long history of engagement with foreign nations and is home to the largest domestic migrant worker population and international community on the mainland, giving a unique culture that combines West with East. Therefore, Shanghai is the perfect location for the newest CAPA Global Cities endeavor. The Shanghai Global Business Program is a survey of the past and a look into the future in Asia's Century, which combines two academic courses, Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: Shanghai and Doing Business in China, with the rich MyEducation cultural program.
This 6-week summer program includes housing at Shanghai International Studies University, a weekly meal stipend, a transportation pass for the metro and buses, a full-day excursion to Suzhou, and overnight weekend excursion to Hangzhou, company visits and CAPA's MyEducation Program.
A message from Colin Speakman, Director of China Programs
There has never been a more important time to learn about China, and the CAPA Shanghai Program has been designed to give you a very personal and exciting opportunity to understand just why.
We as we journey through 2012, China’s auspicious “Year of the Dragon”, the world is facing many challenges including economic difficulties across the planet. Conversely, China has achieved a remarkable 32 years of near double digit growth since reform and opening-up to the West in 1978. This year the Chinese economy is expected to grow by 7.5% and may well contribute to over half of world growth. Shanghai is the economic capital of the world’s fastest growing economy and commercially has become one of the most influential global megacities in the world. Students studying with CAPA in Shanghai are able to learn first-hand about the city’s growth and importance through Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: Shanghai and Doing Business in China courses offered each summer.
A recent survey of citizens in China and the U.S. showed that 60% of Chinese believe that their country will become the leading global power in the future. Notably 42% of U.S. citizens also think the same about China! President Obama has said that “the U.S.’s relationship with China is the most important of the 21st Century,” and his administration has established a goal to see 100,000 Americans studying in China over the next four years.
China and its global importance are not easy to fully grasp. Its production and exportation of many of the world’s goods, rapidly expanding economy, growing consumption of natural resources, and entanglements with the global financial system create a complex love-hate relationship that western media loves to sensationalize. To understand China and truly appreciate this importance, it is necessary to see it, breathe it and live it!
The CAPA Shanghai Program does not require you to have prior knowledge of Mandarin as our courses are in English and designed for students wishing to study China through relevant accessible courses. We do offer a non-credit survival Mandarain component in the CAPA MyEducation program to give a gentle introduction to this important language.
CAPA’s specialized course on Shanghai as a Global City is uniquely designed to help you explore and analyze Shanghai as a global player representing China’s international financial center, world cruise hub, leading world cargo port and innovation center. This is achieved by getting you out of the classroom and into the city to understand how Shanghai fits into the global scene. One of the other ways CAPA helps you engage with the local culture is through our innovative MyEducation initiative. Students get a calendar of events that they can choose how they want to learn about Shanghai and China. This is done in many ways including guest lectures on relevant topics, guided excursions, and opportunities to engage with the local culture throughout Shanghai. In addition, the program includes excursions to Suzhou and Hangzhou as a way of exploring other key cities in China!
The importance of understanding China as a boost to your career cannot be overstated. Its importance on the global scene is only going to increase. For a more detailed look at how China’s relationship with the West has developed, see my recent article in the China English national newspaper China Daily – and look for more each month.
The CAPA China team is looking forward to welcoming you to Shanghai and giving you what could be a truly life-changing experience. An opportunity like this does not come along that often, and we hope you will choose to be part of it.
See you soon!
Director of China Programs
CAPA International Education
The CAPA Shanghai Program is housed at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU). Students from around the world come to SISU to study, and CAPA students will have the chance to interact with many different student groups during their time abroad.
Founded in 1949, the same year as the People's Republic of China, Shanghai International Studies University is one of China's "key universities for the 21st Century", an internationally recognized, prestigious academic institution distinctive for its multidisciplinary and globalized nature.
SISU offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral, programs and is actively involved in research. The CAPA Shanghai Program is offered in cooperation with university's School of International Finance and Trade, located on its historic downtown campus opposite Luxun Park and Hongkou Stadium.
Shanghai International Studies University
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Luxun Park is a beautiful resource with a lake, outdoor badminton and exercise machines, a tea house, and is a great place to see locals at rest and play. The Hongkou Stadium is home to the famous Shanghai Shenhua soccer team. The SISU campus is served by 2 metro lines and is an ideal location for international students.
Students will stay on campus in the international dormitory in twin-bedded rooms, with separate study desks, a TV, internet router, air-conditioning and en-suite bathroom. Small kitchens are available on many floors, together with self-service laundry rooms at modest cost to use the machines. The 350rmb a week included meal stipend can be spent in the cafeteria and at nearby restaurants in the streets outside the campus.
Through academic courses and experiential learning opportunities, Shanghai becomes your classroom!
Click here to see our Shanghai courses. Course offerings are subject to change.
The CAPA Shanghai Global Business Program offers a comprehensive learning abroad experience. As China emerges as a powerful economic force, its stature is too significant to be ignored. Shanghai is a global city, with influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology, and transport. It is a major financial center and the busiest container port in the world. The combination of relevant contextual courses, business site visits, and a rich cultural program creates an invaluable academic and practical experience for students.
Click on a course name below for a brief description and example syllabus.
What is MyEducation?
MyEducation offers intentionally defined pathways through the city: means of engaging with the urban environment in ways that are relevant to your studies and interests. The intention is to empower you to make specific connections between classroom theory and the outside world.
CAPA developed our MyEducation program to help you select cultural experiences that are relevant to your academic courses and personal learning goals abroad. Events, activities, and reflective sessions are identified and designed around significant themes such as Community and People, Government and Power, Landscape and Time, Diversity and Identity, and Arts and Culture. Participation in these activities will give you an intelligent, well-rounded, and in-depth perspective on the global city where you are studying.
You will have the opportunity to choose from a range of activities with varying styles of presentation. This allows you to pick a session that speaks to you and your way of learning.
Some examples of MyEducation sessions offered in Shanghai:
• A visit to the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
• Explore the art scene in Tianzifang
• Visit the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street
• Guest lecture on Shanghai as an International Financial Center
• Walking tour of the former French Concession Area
The CAPA Shanghai Program also includes visits to Suzhou and Hangzhou, 70 and 110 miles respectively from Shanghai. Both are historically famous for silk industry and are known as China’s "paradises on earth". Suzhou, the 2nd city of Jiangsu Province, is an important high-tech IT business hub and a somewhat lower cost location for businesses expanding from Shanghai. It is set alongside waterways and students will take a canal boat ride as part of exploring this city. In the downtown section, the beautiful Humble Administrator’s Garden will be visited along with the extensive pedestrian shopping streets.
Hangzhou is another economic powerhouse as the capital of Zhejiang Province with a focus on high-tech research and import/export industries. It is also home to the famous Oolong tea and students will visit the Dragon Well tea plantation. Historically as a former capital of China, Hangzhou boasts what is regarded as the most beautiful lake in China – the West Lake where students can enjoy a traditional tea house atmosphere. Students will also visit the Ling Yin Buddhist Temple, a leading center for research into Chinese Buddhist culture, which is set in beautiful grounds next to the Fei Lai Feng limestone mountain.
This style of learning is a unique and valuable opportunity to make the most out of your time studying in another country.
How does it work?
When students arrive in Shanghai, they are presented with a MyEducation calendar. The MyEducation calendar is designed for you by local staff and faculty as a way of helping you get the most out of your time in your study abroad destination. MyEducation brings theory to life and offers a unique and valuable opportunity to make the most out of your time studying in another country.
MyEducation activities are either staff-led or self-directed. Every week, one item will be selected as the MyEducation Event of the Week, and further information will be given on this highlighted event in hand-outs and in a weekly email, delivered directly to your inbox!
Some CAPA professors integrate MyEducation activities into their courses and assessment, so that you may have an opportunity to reflect upon, write about, and present your experiences. MyEducation is also an excellent mechanism to develop areas of interest that may be extended into an application for the CAPA Record of Achievement.
Do you have questions? Are ready to start an application? The CAPA Admissions team is ready to help! Submit an inquiry form or give us a call at 1-800-793-0334 and one of our outstanding Student Advisors will answer any question you have. The Student Advisors will be able to answer any questions you may have on our programs, explain the application process and help you start preparing for your exciting international experience!
Our Student Advisor is:
Once you start an application, you will be introduced to your Student Admissions Counselor that will work with you throughout the application process. Your Student Admissions Counselor will track your application and will ensure you meet all deadlines. CAPA’s online enrollment is easy-to-use and paper free! However, only students applying directly through CAPA and not through your home institution should apply online. If your institution has a customized CAPA program, please enroll in your program through your study abroad office.
Your Student Admissions Counselors are:
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Here are the steps for submitting your application:
- Fill out your online application
- Send CAPA the additional paper work to complete your application (see the application instructions).
- Once CAPA has submitted your full application, you will hear about your acceptance within 48 hours.
- If you are accepted, you will receive instructions about how to secure your space on the program.
The Admission’s team will walk you through how to personalize your CAPA program starting from the initial stages of filling out your application. In addition you will find helpful information to help you budget for your program fees and personal expenses while abroad as well as opportunities to apply for scholarships to help fund your experience. To learn more directly from students who have attended a CAPA program, visit the CAPA Ambassador and testimonials sections.
CAPA is here to help every step of the way! Please give us a call today if you have any questions! 1.800.793.0334
CAPA delivers academic excellence along with a complete cultural experience at an affordable price. The following is included in the summer program fee for the CAPA Shanghai Program:
The summer program is worth 6 credits - 3 credits for each content course. Credit comes from the State University of New York at Oswego, the School of Record in Shanghai.
Housing and Meals
Students live at the international student Guest House at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU). Each twin-bedded room has an en-suite bathroom and Internet access (for a modest extra fee). The residence has laundry rooms on each residence floor, and a small convenience store on the entrance level. Nearby on campus is a gymnasium, cafe and dining hall. Students will receive a weekly RMB 350 meal stipend to help cover the cost of meals. In the streets bordering the campus, students will find many inexpensive local Chinese restaurants.
Each student will receive a pre-paid travel pass that provides access to the Shanghai metro and buses.
A guided full-day excursion to Suzhou and an overnight weekend excursion to Hangzhou. There will also be several company visits to complement in-class work.
Social events including an arrival reception and a farewell ceremony.
MyEducation is CAPA’s unique learning immersion program, which blends local culture and top-notch academics into the experience of a lifetime for our students. A proven education program that combines theme based learning with unique cultural experiences turning Shanghai into your classroom.
All CAPA students receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.
CAPA Services and Support
The CAPA Shanghai team is available throughout your program to assist and support you. Students can also contact the 24 hour emergency cell phone for any urgent situations outside of office hours.