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Overview of Study Abroad Programs in China

Shift your world view by studying abroad in China. This vast and fascinating country will challenge your assumptions about the world and broaden your global perspective. From the language of Mandarin Chinese to the Chinese script, studying here will immerse you in a new culture.

You will be surprised to discover that China, one of the largest and most populated countries in the world, has many national parks and awe-inspiring national attractions like the non-touristy sections of the Great Wall to the waterfalls of Jiuzhaigou to the Huashan mountain. There are easy day trips into nature near most of the cities.

Immerse yourself in a world with deeply rooted traditions, where a culture that has developed over 3 000 years is still very much a way of life. Taste a world with very little Western influence, aided by the ‘Great Firewall’ where all social media (like Instagram and YouTube) are blocked, and learn to navigate native social networks like WeChat and Renren.

WHY STUDY IN CHINA

China is a country like no other. Studying here will allow you to see the world from a uniquely different perspective and shed many of your Western assumptions. This broadening of your global perspective will reflect well in the development of your resume. Nurture your global network as you make connections with local and international fellow students.

Mandarin Chinese is the second most spoken language in the world, so developing a basic understanding of this unique language will stand you in good stead as you venture into the world of work. Balance the high tech, orderly systems of modern cities like Beijing and Shanghai with the organic beauty of China’s national parks, while absorbing the deeply-rooted cultural practices of the Chinese people. Learn from global experts while in class, and grow your personal and intercultural competencies when outside of class exploring this intriguing country.

HIGHLIGHTS OF STUDYING IN CHINA

Here are just a few of the best things about studying in China:

  • Getting around China is affordable and easy, with a high speed rail network and easily accessible taxi services
  • As internal tourism within China is thriving, you can explore China’s tourist attractions and must-see sites without being surrounded by Western tourists
  • Exploring China is safe and you will always find locals happy to meet and chat to visitors (often using a translator app)
  • Savor the Chinese tea culture and food by sampling the many different teas and dishes from each region

Our Study Abroad Programs

Browse all of our opportunities to study in China below. If you can’t find a suitable program, check out our main program finder to continue your study abroad search beyond China.

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Study in China (Shanghai University)

Study in Shanghai’s modern metropolis and immerse yourself in the language, culture and economy of China

Study in China (Shanghai University)

Scattered with multinational corporations and the largest stock exchange in China, Shanghai offers glimpses into the inner workings of a global economic force. Study at Shanghai University, which has been ranked in the top 100 universities in Asia.

Location

About Shanghai

Situated on the Central East coast of China, sits Shanghai, China’s most advanced and populous city. With a moderate climate, breathtaking cityscapes, booming international business, and plenty of exploration opportunities, Shanghai offers a perfect introduction into modern China’s way of life. Shanghai University is located in the heart of the city, in a suburban neighborhood with plenty of culinary, cultural, and natural attractions nearby. Among the futuristic sky-scrapers, historical temples, and art deco architecture, you’ll feel as though you’re living in a fantastical neo-noir movie set.

Dates & costs

Our study abroad programs dates vary based on the particular university you’ll be placed in and the costs vary based on how long you intend to study as well as what your course load will be.

To learn more about the costs and dates available, please select an individual study abroad program from the list above, or Request a Call and one of our team members will get in contact with you.

Eligibility

  • World Endeavors study abroad participants should be 18 years or older (in most cases).
  • Have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the start of their program.
  • Keep in mind that all countries have different visa restrictions for varying types of passports.
  • Must have completed high school (or equivalent)
  • While some programs have minimum GPA requirements and require that applicants be currently enrolled in a college or university, others are open to all participants regardless of age or student status.

See individual study abroad program pages for more details, or contact a World Endeavors advisor.

Housing

There are dormitory buildings exclusively for international students. All rooms are well furnished and equipped with TV, air-conditioner, internet. Each room will either be a single or double with one or two single beds, a desk, closet, air-conditioner and bathroom with a basin, western toilet and shower. On each floor of the buildings there is a shared kitchen and a laundry area with washing machines. The Residence Hall provides housing to students from all over the world. A variety of cafeterias provide delicious food, and supermarkets, convenience stores and open markets can be easily reached. Our staff member at each building provides 24-hour services for security and consultation. The laundry service is available at the laundry room.

For more details on accommodation, please review the university website: http://shu.ciss.org.cn/Accommodation

Semester Study in China (Shanghai University) | $12,600

Every World Endeavors Study Abroad Program Includes

Our study abroad programs are as unique as our destinations, but there are program features that unify all of our study experiences.

YOUR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM

  • Top accredited universities
  • Flexible durations – 2 to 4 weeks to a full academic year
  • Expansive destination options
  • English instruction offered in all locations

ACCOMMODATION

  • Vetted campus accommodations selected with quality and safety in mind
  • Friendly community of peers from local host country and around the world

TEAM OF EXPERTS

  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator

PREPARATION AND SUPPORT

  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support
  • Activities and cultural engagement
  • On-campus social events, clubs and sports

ACADEMIC CREDIT

  • Professional assistance and collaboration with home institution on course approvals and credit transfers
  • Transcript received directly from university abroad

PEACE OF MIND

  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance

HEALTH & SAFETY

When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.

WHAT TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME IN CHINA

Here are some activities you might consider for your spare time in China:

  • Visit the Great Wall: Whether you choose the restored sections like Badaling or wilder parts like Jiankou, the Great Wall is a must-see.
  • Taste Local Cuisine: From Peking duck in Beijing to dim sum in Hong Kong, hot pot in Chongqing, and dumplings in Shanghai, the food is diverse and delicious.
  • Go to Temples & Monasteries: Visit sacred sites like the Lama Temple in Beijing or the Hanging Monastery in Datong.
  • Try Tea Tasting: Visit a traditional teahouse or tea markets like those in Hangzhou and Kunming.

How to choose the best Study Abroad program

Selecting the perfect study abroad program can be easy! Follow these steps to find the program that will help you achieve your goals.

Earn Credit Toward Your Degree

Studying abroad offers a great opportunity to explore your academic interests in an international context! Use our Program Finder tool to search by field of study and take classes toward your major.

Choose Your Dream Destination 

Combine education and exploration of your dream destination! Evaluate which program countries align with your interests and academic objectives.

Improve your Language Skills

Immersing yourself in a language-rich environment is the ultimate method for developing fluency. If language-learning is your goal, favor destinations that use your language of choice.

Fit Your Budget

Explore scholarships and financial aid to determine if these may impact your destination options. Consider the overall cost of the program and cost of living in-country to identify the optimal match.

The Time is Right

Explore programs offered in just the right window of opportunity. We offer semesters in the fall or spring, full academic year programs, or shorter summer study programs.

Try our program finder to filter based on your choices.

SEARCH

Academic Credit

World Endeavors study abroad programs take place at top accredited universities and schools around the world. World Endeavors program advisors assist students with the process of credit approvals, transcripts, and credit transfers. We work with students’ academic advisors and universities to ensure that the process goes smoothly, allowing students to focus on the cultural and academic experience of studying abroad.

Have a specific course or requirement to fill? Contact a World Endeavors advisor to see what programs will be the best fit.

ACADEMIC CREDIT INFORMATION

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China FAQs

Where is China located?

China is located in East Asia and is the world’s third-largest country by area, bordered by 14 nations, more than any other country globally. To the north, it shares borders with Mongolia and Russia, and to the northeast, bordered by North Korea. To the west, it has borders with Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan. To the south, China shares borders with Myanmar (Burma), Laos, and Vietnam. Additionally, China has a long eastern coastline along the Yellow Sea, East China Sea, and the South China Sea.

What is the capital of China?

The capital of China is Beijing.

What is the population of China?

China’s estimated population was over 1.4 billion people, making it the most populous country in the world. However, populations are continuously changing due to births, deaths, and other factors.

What is the currency in China?

The official currency of China is the Renminbi (RMB), often referred to as the Yuan. Its symbol is “¥” and its ISO code is “CNY”. The word “Renminbi” translates to “People’s Currency,” while “Yuan” is the unit of the currency, similar to “dollar” or “euro” in English. When doing business or discussing prices, people in China commonly use the term “Yuan.”

What kind of government does China have?

China is a one-party socialist republic led by the Communist Party of China (CPC). While there are other parties, they operate under the CPC’s leadership. The President is the head of state, and the Premier is the head of government, but major decisions are typically made by the Politburo Standing Committee, a top body within the CPC.

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Our Top Study Abroad Destinations

World Endeavors offers study abroad programs in several destinations in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Our programs are located in a variety of sites, including urban and rural, English-speaking and non-English speaking. Semester, year-long, and summer programs are all available. Our wide range of options means you can find the program which is just right for you.

How to apply for a Study Abroad Program

You’ve decided to study abroad – congratulations! Applying for your World Endeavors program is easy and stress-free. Get ready to CHANGE YOUR WORLD!

STEP 1
EXPLORE & ASK

Research and compare. If you can’t decide on a program, we can guide you toward the best fit.

STEP 2
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Fill out our online application form to share all your relevant details with our team.

STEP 3
ENROLL & PREPARE

Receive your official acceptance and enroll. We’ll give you all the info you need to get ready!

STEP 4
START YOUR ADVENTURE!

You’ve researched, planned and saved. Now you’re ready to study and explore like never before!