Make Shanghai Your Classroom

Explore and thrive in this electrifying, fast-paced global megacity. Shanghai offers something for everyone - go up high over the clouds at the Oriental Pearl Tower, savor the flavors found in  streets through the city, and much more!

The CAPA Shanghai Center is hosted at East China Normal University (ECNU), a world-renowned research university known for its beautiful campus gardens.

Quick Facts:

  • 24 million inhabitants
  • Locals speak Shanghainese
  • Shanghai means "Upon-the-Sea"
  • Called "the city of experiment"
  • "Chicken of the fields" is not chicken!
  • 40% of residents are foreign-born

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I did the CAPA London intership program during the summer of 2016. Not to be cheesy or cliche but it was hands-down the best experience of my life. CAPA ensured we got our paperwork squared away and sent out weekly emails with group activities such as afternoon tea or a Wimbledon outing. There were also suggestions of what to do in London on the weekends or evenings. 

We took a British Life and Culture class and our professor was easiest the favorite professor I've ever had. He took us on so many fieldtrips around the city allowing is to explore and learn about places we would have never had the chance to otherwise.

The Shanghai Experience

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Explore the diversity of cosmopolitan Shanghai with our My Global Education events: discover Shanghai’s SoHo full of craft shops and cafes, marvel at the architecture in the Old French Concession, or go people watching at Nanjing Road pedestrian street.

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You’ll live at ECNU’s international dormitories. Enhance your Mandarin skills and opt to room with a Chinese student!

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Choose from a range of program options -Spring, Fall, Summer and short-term, with courses covering just about any major.

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During your internship you'll acquire real-world professional skills. This is a great way to enhance your classroom experience and your resume!

Program Inclusions

  • HousingYou’ll live at ECNU’s international dormitories. Through our Language Partner program you can opt to room with a Chinese student - a great way to enhance your Mandarin language skills! This program incurs an additional fee.
  • Local Transit PasssA local transit pass for Shanghai metro and buses.
  • ActivitiesSocial events including an arrival reception, mid-term dinner and a farewell ceremony.
  • InternshipParticipate in a part-time internship opportunity, earn 3-6 credits and gain valuable skills. Placements are available in English language. Note: 6 credit internship requires you to intern on evenings and weekends.
  • My Global EducationThis program offers a variety of immersive social experiences throughout your program such as visiting the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, or exploring the art scene at Tianzifang Arts and Crafts.
  • ExcursionA 3-day excursion to Beijing, a full-day excursion to Suzhou, and an overnight weekend excursion to Hangzhou.
  • 24/7 Emergency SupportWe maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan to ensure you have a safe and productive learning experience.
  • InsuranceAs a student in our program, you’ll receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.
  • SupportThe CAPA Shanghai team is available throughout your program to assist and support you 24/7 with any urgent situations.
and so much more

Choose Your Term

CAPA's Shanghai Center

  • Shanghai,
  • China

CAPA's Shanghai Center

Colin Speakman

CAPA Shanghai Resident Director

If you are future-focused, would enjoy the challenge of living like a local among 25 million people in a mega city that is a mover and shaker in the areas of global economy, eco-friendly environmental development, innovation in health care and much more, then China's "City of Experiment" is for you. Join me as a long established "Western local" who loves helping American students truly engage with Shanghai and sharing the secrets of how to do it! See you here in “The Paris of the East”!