Earn a Certificate in Global Business

Imagine being in the heart of one of the world’s largest international trade centers learning about 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. See if this program is right for you, chat with an Admissions Advisor at 800.793.0334 today!

February 14, 2020
thru May 31, 2020
Program Fee: $14,695
Application Deadline November 15, 2019

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. Enhance your Mandarin skills and opt to room with a Chinese student! Plus, CAPA offers students Health & Wellness support.


Required curriculum: four Business Courses or three Business Courses plus an Internship, and one elective in the humanities.


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

Learn About Studying with CAPA in Shanghai


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


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 — 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.

Excursions & Activities

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.

Internship & Volunteer

Participate 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 City

Some events may include: visiting a huge 3-D scale model at the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall; discovering the art scene at Tianzifang Arts and Crafts; enjoying a deli-cious 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.

24/7 Emergency Support

We maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan to ensure you have a safe and productive learning experience.


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


The CAPA Shanghai team is available throughout your program to assist and support you 24/7 with any urgent situations.

spring Courses

Elementary Chinese 3 Credit  

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 Credit  

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 provides an integrative framework for understanding the business and legal challenges that are associated with effective workforce management around the world. As more and more companies try to leverage the benefits of a global labour market, it is critical to understand the challenges that managers must deal with as they try to coordinate work practices across country settings and prepare individuals for global assignments. Toward that end, we will examine how international labour markets compare in terms of labour costs, labour supply, workplace culture, and employment law.



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 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 develop strategic plans that are competitive to survive and succeed in global markets.



The Experience of a Lifetime Awaits

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