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.

Imagine being in the heart of one of the world’s largest international trade centers learning about the global supply chain and the culture of a global city’s work environment, both in the classroom and at your internship site.

The Global Business Institute is a certificate program, in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration (an AACSB accredited institution), offering you business-focused courses and an internship placement where you can personalize your experience to best fit your interests. A Certificate of Study in Global Business and a transcript from the University of Pittsburgh is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

Note: Previous academic experience in business is required. Chat with an admissions advisor today at 800.793.0334 to find out if this program is right for you.

Arrival: February 19, 2021
Departure: May 29, 2021
Program Fee: $14,695
Application Deadline November 24, 2020
All prices, dates, and deadlines are subject to change.

The Shanghai Experience



Explore the diversity of cosmopolitan Shanghai with our My Global City events: discover Shanghai’s hidden 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 or in shared apartments within commuting distance to campus. Practice your Mandarin skills when you opt to room with a Chinese student! Plus, CAPA offers students Health & Wellness support.


The required curriculum includes four business courses, or three business courses plus an internship, and one elective in the humanities.


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 Shanghai Program Inclusions


CAPA program fees are comprehensive and include tuition, housing, excursions, My Global City events and activities, 24/7 emergency support, insurance, and more!

Courses & Credit

Each Global Business Institute course is worth 3 credits. To receive a Certificate of Study in Global Business, you must complete a total of 15 credits.


You will live at East China Normal University (ECNU)’s international dormitories. Through our Language Partner Program, you can opt to room with a Chinese student, which is a great way to enhance your Mandarin language skills (this option incurs an additional fee).

Local Transit Pass

A local transit pass for Shanghai metro and buses is included.

Excursions & Activities

Enjoy a three-day excursion to Beijing, a full-day excursion to Suzhou, and an overnight weekend excursion to Hangzhou. Social events include an arrival reception at a traditional Chinese restaurant and a farewell ceremony.

Intern & Volunteer

Participate in a part-time internship opportunity, earn 3 credits, and gain valuable skills. Placements are available in English language. Note: Although most placements involve working within the hours of 9am and 6pm, in some positions working later in the evening (with a later start) may be a regular element and occasional weekend work may be required.

My Global City

Some events may include: visiting a huge 3D scale model at the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, discovering the art scene at Tianzifang Arts and Crafts, enjoying a delicious Sichuan hotpot dining experience, exploring the architecture in the Old French Concession, relaxing in an oasis of calm in the Yu Garden, taking in the enchanting multimedia display at the famous China Pavilion from the Shanghai World Expo, or visiting historic temples.

Comprehensive, 24/7 Support

CAPA provides comprehensive support services for students to utilize during their time in Shanghai. The team is available throughout the duration of the program to assist and support students 24/7 with any emergency situations. Students will also have access to the Guardian study abroad safety app which includes emergency assistance and other support resources.



As a student in our program, you’ll receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.

Safety, Health & Wellness 

CAPA is committed to the health and wellness of our students while they are studying abroad in Shanghai. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan to ensure a safe and productive learning experience, and provide a variety of health and wellness tools and resources.


Spring Courses

Cross-Cultural Communication  

This course will introduce the basics of cross-cultural communication, including key theories of culture. Students will examine the effect of verbal and nonverbal language, and cultural identity on communication; explore the ways in which people adjust to different cultures, their acculturation stages and strategy; develop an understanding of how Chinese and foreigners can communicate effectively across their respective cultural barriers; analyze case studies; participate in games and role-playing activities; and watch films related to cross-cultural communication.



Elementary Chinese (3 Credits)  

This course, designed for students without previous knowledge of the Chinese language, will introduce the fundamentals of pronunciation, oral expression, reading, comprehension, and writing, with the greatest focus on spoken Mandarin. Students will develop basic Mandarin skills to communicate simple expressions in conversation with native speakers; skilfully use Pinyin; develop an understanding of elementary grammar and structures; and explore Chinese culture and society while learning the language, with opportunities to practice in class as well as in real life situations.



Global Internship Course, Shanghai (3 Credits)  

The Global Internship Course is designed to be completed alongside an internship placement, allowing students to earn academic credit. Students will attend weekly, discussion-led sessions that include educational support and mentoring in a classroom environment; develop personal and professional skills; contextualize their internship experience socially and culturally; and employ the use of Globally Networked Learning technology to conduct a comparative global analysis with other CAPA students. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through CAPA Masterclasses led by professionals in a diverse range of fields.



Global Workforce Management  

This course is not running in spring 2020. It is next scheduled to run in spring 2021. This course will explore the business and legal challenges associated with effective workforce management around the world. Students will develop an understanding of the obstacles managers face as they navigate work practices across country settings; examine how international labor markets compare in terms of labor costs, labor supply, workplace culture, and employment law; and analyze the complex environment that multinational firms face in such areas as talent management, performance management, offshore outsourcing, downsizing, and industrial relations.



Globalization and Urbanization  

This course will analyze China’s rapid urban transformation over the past six decades. Students will develop a critical understanding of China’s urbanization, social-spatial restructuring and the associated processes, forces, uniqueness, global impact, and complications, such as migration, citizenship and assimilation, urban land and housing issues, urban inequality and social discontent, and environmental issues; as well as assess the impact of socialist ideology, institutions, and globalization on Chinese urbanization.



International Finance  

This course will explore the topic of international finance and the fact that, in a globally integrated world, it has become imperative to trade, invest, and conduct business operations internationally. Students will analyze opportunities and risks associated with international finance; examine theoretical concepts of finance and their adaptation to the international context; develop an understanding of historical perspectives and foundations of international finance, foreign exchange markets, exposure management, and financial management of a multinational firm; and investigate the impact of current economic and political developments on international finance.



International Marketing  

This course is not running in spring 2020. It is next scheduled to run spring 2021. This course will explore terms, concepts, and theories of marketing in the international context, as well as its scope and challenges. Students will examine how global dimensions technology, research, capital, investment, and production impact marketing, distribution, and communication networks; gain insight into the increasingly interdependent global economic and physical environment and its impact on international marketing; analyze current international marketing issues and their implications; and develop an understanding of how companies create competitive strategic plans that enable them to survive and succeed in global markets.



Managing Global Supply Chains  

This course will focus on issues within operations that are of relevance to a firm’s ability to remain competitive in a global economy. Students will explore legal, ethical, operational, venture risk, and reliability factors in addition to specialized topics in supply chain management within a global environment; investigate various ways analytical methods, tools, and technology are used within supply chain management; evaluate key decision criteria for sourcing and outsourcing in the supply chain; and develop a strategy for sustainability in the supply chain.



The Experience of a Lifetime Awaits

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