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  • Locations: Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CET Academic Programs 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 11/15/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.
Program Description:

CET Shanghai

Shanghai internship
This is a study abroad program for resume builders. Pursue an internship at a company or organization in Shanghai. Study Chinese language. Take electives in a variety of disciplines such as business, economics, history or political science. CET Shanghai introduces students of all majors and Chinese language levels to the challenges and rewards of working abroad.

Explore China Your Way 

  • Internships at corporations, businesses, not-for-profits, retail enterprises, hotels, start-ups
  • 6-credit Chinese language classes
  • Electives in: business, economics, history, political science, area studies, film 
  • Local roommates
  • No language prerequisite
Visit the CET website to apply and learn more about this program.


CET:  China's Globalization in Shanghai

Internships and Coursework Targeting China's Role in the World

This semester or summer program provides students with a general foundation in Chinese language and modern Chinese history, while targeting the specific areas of economics, politics and international relations through specialized classes, internships, activities and field trips.

The program's capstone course, History of Shanghai in the Modern Era, grounds students in their environment and gives them the tools to research and understand their new surroundings. Electives in economics, international relations and political science further students' learning about China's role in globalization. Courses are taught in Chinese and English.

Starting summer 2009, there will no longer be a language prerequisite for the Internship Track.
Students of any language ability level are welcome to apply to the program's Internship Track, where they will intern at an organization or company that specializes in an area of particular interest to them. CET's well-known Chinese language classes and innovative activities round out this exciting new program!


Shanghai

There is no place in the world like Shanghai. China's largest, most dynamic city, Shanghai has come to symbolize everything that is remarkable about 21st Century China. Since the middle of the nineteenth century, Shanghai has played host to would-be European, Japanese, and American colonists, served as the primary trading port for China's heartland, and set the stage for China's earliest communist movements. But today Shanghai is a city that has deliberately shaken off its history, rising like its skyscrapers to become China's most important, modern center of international trade. Indeed, in just twenty years, Shanghai has transformed itself from a city with a glorious past to a city of the future.


Donghua North Gate

Donghua University is one of the few large university campuses located in the downtown part of the city. CET students will enjoy this central location and the university's close proximity to a metro stop and numerous bus lines.

Students who enroll in CET's Shanghai program will have the unique opportunity to view the challenges, problems, and successes of this transformation first-hand. Designed to immerse students in local student life and focus their academic attention on Shanghai's development, China's Globalization in Shanghai program offers both unique opportunities for immersion -- including opportunities to live with Chinese roommates and pursue internships -- and exceptionally rich academic content.

Steps to Apply to this Program:

  1. Come into the advising center to meet with a peer counselor and set up an appointment with a program advisor. The advising center is located in 455 Hills South and is open from 10-4 Monday through Friday.
  2. Please note that since this is a partner program, you are required to complete two applications - the program specific application found on their website, and the UMass online application which can be started here .  Don't forget to check on the specific deadlines for this program as they will differ from the deadlines for your UMass application. 
  3. Remember, only UMass Amherst applicants can apply to this program.


Campus
Donghua University was established in 1951 and soon became one of China's first institutions of higher learning to confer Ph.D. degrees. Today Donghua is a top-100 Chinese university with 18 colleges, 24 doctoral programs, 48 master's programs and 39 bachelor's programs. CET's Globalization in Shanghai program is located on Donghua's main campus, home to almost half of Donghua's twenty-thousand students. This campus boasts active student organizations; countless student exhibitions, concerts and lectures (in both English and Chinese); a complete library; and an extensive range of indoor and outdoor athletic facilities.

Curriculum Overview
CETs China's Globalization in Shanghai program provides students with a general foundation in Chinese language and modern Chinese history, while targeting the specific areas of economics, politics and international relations through specialized classes, internships, activities and field trips. The program's capstone course, History of Shanghai in the Modern Era, grounds students in their environment and gives them the tools to research and understand their new surroundings. Chinese language classes help students further that understanding and electives in economics, international relations and political science target learning about China's role in globalization. All Chinese language courses are taught in Chinese. History of Shanghai in the Modern Era and all electives are taught in English.   Chinese language courses meet for 11 hours per week.

Beginning summer 2009, there will no longer be a language prerequisite for the Internship Track. Students of any language ability level are welcome to apply to the program's Internship Track, where they will intern at an organization or company that specializes in an area of particular interest to them.

Living Arrangements


CET students reside in Donghua's Xi Tian You Guesthouse which sits immediately across from the classroom building, the CET office and other campus resources. The dormitory is shared with other international students, most of whom hail from other parts of Asia. Dorm rooms have been recently renovated and come equipped with two double beds, plenty of storage space, large private bathrooms, full climate control, telephones and broadband Internet access. Rooms are cleaned regularly by building staff. CET students share rooms with their Chinese roommates.

Meals are not included in the program fee; however, Donghua University boasts several inexpensive cafeterias where students can eat meals with their Chinese roommates. What's more, the Donghua University campus is surrounded by great local eateries, noodle shops, cafes, snack stands and upscale dining are all a short walk away. By sticking with local fare, students can anticipate spending about $10 US per day on meals.

Student dorm room

Internship Track

Starting Summer 2009, all students are eligible to apply for the program's Internship Track. Students will intern at an organization or company that specializes in an area of particular interest to them. Students participate in internships for four to eight hours per week and attend an internship course, Issues of the Chinese Workplace, which provides them a forum to discuss the observations they are making at their internship placements.

CET asks Internship Track students to provide information about the kind of internship that they would prefer. However, students must realize that placing students in internships is an intricate process that relies on many factors outside of CETs control, such as location, work schedule, availability of supervisor, overall work environment, etc. Therefore, final internship placement is determined by the program staff.

CET encourages Internship Track students to approach their internship opportunities with an open mind and understand that the ultimate goal of the internship is not merely gaining work experience but also learning about Chinese culture vis-à-vis typical Chinese work environments. With ten years of experience implementing internship programs in China, CET believes that often the most important discoveries are those which go against the student's preconceived notions of what he or she will find.

The following kinds of internships may be available:

Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise/Joint Venture (WFOE/JV) internship -- Students intern at a western company based in Shanghai. Students can expect to speak comparatively more English with their colleagues and will typically engage in more traditional clerical work--running errands, making copies, etc.

Special skills internship -- Typically the most successful type of internship, students are placed at organizations where they can put into practice their specialized knowledge or skills. These internships are generally suitable for students with unique talents, including speaking a third language fluently, using programming or website skills, performing, cooking or working in the arts.

NGO/NPO/Charity/Volunteer Organization internship -- There are ever increasing numbers of organizations in this category, some of which might be similar to the WFOE/JV category above as they are run and managed by Western personnel. In these types of organizations, students can expect to speak more English with their colleagues and engage in traditional clerical work related to the organization's mission. In locally run organizations, students would likely find themselves doing tasks like basic translation, English polishing, and grant-proposal writing.

Service industry internship -- Students take an entry-level position at a restaurant, a hair salon, a department store or the like, in an effort to better understand the lives of the people who typically engage in such work. This category of internship is challenging, but ultimately extremely rewarding and enlightening.

Embassy or consulate internship -- This category of internship is highly competitive and available only to outstanding applicants with strong resumes.

Public sector internship -- These internships include placements at orphanages, schools, hospitals or public offices. Internships such as these are rare and difficult to arrange, but do become available on occasion.

Connection-based internship -- For this kind of internship placement, the student comes to the program with an internship site selected and initial arrangements made, usually via personal or family connections. CET will vet the site on the student's behalf and provide a final stamp of approval.

Steps to Apply to this Program:

  1. Come into the advising center to meet with a peer counselor and set up an appointment with a program advisor. The advising center is located in 455 Hills South and is open from 10-4 Monday through Friday.
  2. Please note that since this is a partner program, you are required to complete two applications - the program specific application found on their website, and the UMass online application which can be started here .  Don't forget to check on the specific deadlines for this program as they will differ from the deadlines for your UMass application. 
  3. Remember, only UMass Amherst applicants can apply to this program.