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CIEE: Shanghai, Business, Language and Culture
Shanghai, China
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Dormitory, Homestay
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
 Courses Offered:
Asian Studies, Business, Business/Management/Finance, Chinese, Culture, Economics, Film Studies, Gender Studies, History, International Relations, Marketing, Political Science, Research
 Type of Program:
Study Center
 Language of Instruction:
English, Mandarin
 Language Requirement:
0 - 4 semesters
 Education Abroad Adviser:
Elizabeth Shuman
 Internship Available:
 Non-Penn State Students:
 Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Program Description:

This program offers a courses in business, Chinese culture, economics, history, international relations, Mandarin language, and social and community development. You will take 4 - 5 courses, including two business classes and 3 elective courses taught in English or Chinese. An organizational internship for 3 credits is also available in place of an elective course. Students who have not completed one semester of college-level Chinese will also be required to take a 3-credit Communicative Chinese elective. Information about the range of courses for this program can be found at the CIEE website. Field trips and volunteer opportunities are also offered as part of this program.

Week-long study tours are offered throughout the semester to various locations including Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Silk Road (Fall semster) and Tea and Horse Road (Spring semester). Each tour explores a specific theme related to the learning goals of each program.

In addition, students are able to participate on company visits with top companies in Shanghai, such as Polva Electronic Technology Inc., Shenzhen HYT Science & Technology Co., and General Motors. During special networking trips, you'll meet with and hear from these leaders, giving you an exclusive look into the management of some of the most successful businesses and corporations in Shanghai.

Citizenship Eligibility

Students who are citizens of the People's Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan ROC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau are welcome to apply but should contact the CIEE Study Abroad Advisor about special entry requirements.


3 Shanghai SunriseSemesters of college-level micro or macroeconomics, accounting, finance, management, or marketing

Education Abroad Credits
You will receive 15 - 18 credits (22.5 - 27 Quarter Hours) for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis. 1 Quarter Hour = 0.3 PSU credit.

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the CIEE Shanghai Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad.  To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. To learn how the courses on this program can fit into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.

Housing and Meals
Your housing will be arranged by CIEE. You will live either in a homestay, where some meals may be provided, or in a dormitory or off-campus housing, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals.

Program Costs
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates above may vary depending on major and class standing.    

Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships, including the Whole World Scholarship. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please see Funding Study Abroad.

Calligraphy in stoneFor More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.

To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Elizabeth Shuman, the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page. You must complete the following materials in your application:

  • Education Abroad Questionnaire
  • 1 or 2 academic recommendation(s)
  • Signature documents

Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with CIEE as a part of your Penn State application. Applications open approximately one year before the program term begins.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2014 09/15/2013 
Rolling Admission 02/23/2014 06/08/2014
Academic Year 2014-2015 01/20/2014 
03/15/2014 TBA TBA
Fall 2014 01/20/2014 
03/15/2014 08/31/2014 12/14/2014
Spring 2015 05/01/2014 06/30/2014 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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