Study Abroad & Intern inShanghai


Please note that we are not currently offering programs in Shanghai. Please contact us if you have any questions about our current program offerings, or view our list of 2021 programs.

Study abroad and intern in this fast-paced global megacity. Shanghai offers something for everyone: go up high over the clouds at the Shanghai Tower (the world’s second tallest building), savor the flavors found in street food throughout the city, dance with the locals in People’s Square, 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.

I’ve explored another part of the world through the eyes of others; and now through CAPA’s classes and my own experiences, I am more knowledgeable than before.

Imani Wilson

Hood College

Quick Facts:

  • Is one of the world’s largest cities, with a population of over 26 million
  • Locals speak Shanghainese, but all students take English classes
  • Has the world’s fastest train, the Shanghai Maglev
  • More than 1,000 high-rise buildings and the world’s second tallest
  • 40% of residents are not born in Shanghai 
  • Chinese New Year is the most important holiday and lasts about 15 days

  • Average temperatures: 39°F (Jan) - 84°F (July)
  • Currency: Chinese Renminbi
  • Population: 25.6 million

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Explore the diversity of cosmopolitan Shanghai with our My Global City 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.


You’ll live at ECNU’s international dormitories. Practice your Mandarin skills when you opt to room with a Chinese student! Plus, CAPA offers students Health & Wellness support.


Choose from a range of program options in spring, fall, and summer, with courses covering just about any major.


During your internship, you'll acquire useful professional skills for your future career, enhance your classroom experience, connect with locals, and improve your resume. Learn More

CAPA's Shanghai Center Location

  • Putuo, Zhongshan N Road,
  • Shanghai,
  • China

From our Resident Director

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 healthcare 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”! 

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