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GLOBAL CITIES

SPRING SEMESTER IN SHANGHAI

Go Beyond!

Experience Shanghai like the locals do. 

Shanghai is an exhilarating, fast-growing, and culturally rich Global City. With more than 24 million people, 40% of those being foreign-born, Shanghai is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. You can enjoy both traditional and foreign cuisine at the many eateries in the city and take part in annual celebrations such as the Wuzhen International Theater Festival.

This immersive study abroad program gives you insight into the significant ways in which Shanghai has been imagined, invented, and transformed by globalization. Earn 12-15 credits. 

 

Arrival: February 14, 2020
Departure: May 30, 2020
Program Fee: $14,695
Application Deadline Extended to December 4, 2019
All prices, dates, and deadlines are subject to change.

The Shanghai Experience

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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.
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live

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.
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learn

Take contextual courses taught in English or in Mandarin. Note: you are required to take a non-credit survival Mandarin course if you are not competent in the language.
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intern

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

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!

Courses & Credit

Earn 12-15 credits per semester (courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted; internships are 3-6 credits). Credits are issued by State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego.

Housing

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 3-6 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

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.

24/7 Emergency Support

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

Insurance

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

Support

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

Spring Courses

Advanced Chinese (3 Credits)  

This course is designed for students who already have completed an intermediate level of Chinese language and can communicate in Mandarin about most daily topics without much difficulty. Students will continue to improve their Mandarin levels in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in a collaborative learning environment to master the strategy of communication and expression; develop a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and society; and have opportunities to practice their language skills both in class and in real life situations.

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SHGH CHIN 3310

Advanced Chinese (6 Credits)  

This course is designed for students who already have completed an intermediate level of Chinese language and can communicate in Mandarin about most daily topics without much difficulty. Students will continue to improve their Mandarin levels in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in a collaborative learning environment to master the strategy of communication and expression; develop a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and society; and have opportunities to practice their language skills both in class and in real life situations.

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SHGH CHIN 3311

Contemporary Chinese Literature  

This course is not running in spring 2020. It is next scheduled to run in spring 2021. This course will introduce contemporary Chinese literature produced after 1949, and particularly after the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), focusing on literary works that are not widely taught outside China and that depict, and directly affect, life in China today. Students will examine the cultural, social, and environmental concerns of the remarkably transformative period of the last 40 years through the country’s literature; and analyze and understand literature not just as an art, but as an expression of social change.

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SHGH LITR 3311

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.

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SHGH COMM 3350

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.

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SHGH CHIN 1110

Elementary Chinese (6 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.

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SHGH CHIN 1111

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.

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SHGH INTP 3347

Global Internship Course, Shanghai (6 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.

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SHGH INTP 3348

Global Workforce Management  

This course is not running in spring 2020. It is next scheduled to run in spring 2021. 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.

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SHGH BUSN 3378

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.

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SHGH URBS 3345

Intermediate Chinese (3 Credits)  

This course is designed for students who already have completed an elementary level of Chinese language and can have basic daily conversations in Mandarin. Students will continue to improve their Mandarin levels in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in a collaborative learning environment; deepen their ability to communicate on topics surrounding daily life; gain insight into the historical and contextual background of the language; develop a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and society; and have opportunities to practice their language skills both in class and in real life situations.

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SHGH CHIN 2210

Intermediate Chinese (6 Credits)  

This course is designed for students who already have completed an elementary level of Chinese language and can have basic daily conversations in Mandarin. Students will continue to improve their Mandarin levels in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in a collaborative learning environment; deepen their ability to communicate on topics surrounding daily life; gain insight into the historical and contextual background of the language; develop a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and society; and have opportunities to practice their language skills both in class and in real life situations.

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SHGH CHIN 2211

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.

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SHGH BUSN 3373

International Marketing  

This course is not running in spring 2020. It is next scheduled to run spring 2021. 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.

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SHGH BUSN 3372

International Marketing: China Focus  

The course assesses the parameters of marketing strategy and success in the context of prevailing Chinese cultural norms and expectations in a rapidly developing consumer culture wherein social mobility, rapid change, technological sophistication and the growing incursion of foreign mass media and popular culture are the conditions of the day. The course lays out the underlying cultural logic that informs management and considers how these matters impact product development strategies, market research, and approaches to customer and public relations. Likewise, the course examines marketing questions with reference to common product, price, place, and promotion strategies in China. This course will include case studies from successful Western firms in China such as Apple and KFC and Asian firms like Toyota, Haier and Alibaba.

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SHGH BUSN 3371

Introduction to Chinese Civilization  

This course will introduce multiple sociocultural aspects of China as an old civilized country undergoing a critical economic and political transition. Students will examine the roles of both tradition and modernity in China, and build links between the two through comparisons and connections; develop a diversified vision of China’s development; explore key topics concerning China's change in both ideological and material spheres; and gain greater insight into the country’s history, people, society, culture, political structure, urbanization, and a variety of current issues.

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SHGH HIST/ANTH 2258

Issues in Contemporary Chinese Society  

This course will examine issues in contemporary Chinese society. Students will explore common topics such as guanxi and face, collectivism, and family-centered culture, as well as others most likely associated with the enormous social change of the past three decades, such as the emerging civil society, ongoing sexual revolution, and increasing social polarization; critically analyze change and continuity in contemporary China in relation to local factors and global forces; and develop a deeper understanding of the complexity of Chinese society, historical changes, and cultural diversity.

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SHGH SOCY 3365

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.

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SHGH BUSN 3380

Modern Chinese History  

This course will introduce the history of Modern China from the Qing Dynasty to the present. Students will develop an understanding of the continuities and changes that help shape Chinese society and the Chinese nation today and explore the history of Modern China, segmented into three main topics: the Qing Dynasty and the final collapse of the old empire; the Chinese Revolution in both the Nationalist and Communist phases; and the legacies of the Chinese Revolution post 1949.

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SHGH HIST 3356

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