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Want to use international experience to build an amazing résumé? CET Shanghai students get to understand the rewards and challenges of working abroad. There are hundreds of placements available, and we help you find an organization that's the perfect match for your interests and skills. You'll undertake coursework that provides an academic context for your internship and take Chinese language classes as well. Choose an elective that meets a major requirement, like International Marketing, or one that's distinctly Chinese, like Foundations of Chinese Design: Fashion, Music and the Visual Arts. Life with a Chinese roommate provides the opportunity to engage with Chinese culture. A highlight of the program is a weekend trip to the Yangtze Delta. This program is open to students of all majors and all language levels.

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Donghua University, which is located in the inner ring of Shanghai. It's a couple miles from the French Concession, definitely biking distance, and just a bus ride from the Bund. Though it does take some time to get most places, it's pretty much the closest university to the central/commercial districts of Shanghai. There's also a bus stop and subway station right across the street from the campus...
I'm estimating that the average commute is ~40 minutes -- it may sound like a lot, but it's important to note that this is very reasonable within the massive metropolis that is Shanghai. Also, public transportation is reliable and convenient. The subway station is a five-minute walk from campus, and there are multiple bus stops at the school entrance.

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  • Academics 8.3
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.4
  • Housing 8.9
  • Safety 9.8
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Maddy
8/10

Worth the Effort

Chinese is hard, and I knew that going in. I wanted a program where I could really work on my language skills, and I got exactly what I asked for. I'm a good student with pretty decent time management skills, but I still had to wake up at 6:30 every morning and study the thirty-odd characters I would be quizzed on at 9. After lunch I'd run to my internship, and then I'd be back home for dinner and more studying. This kind of jam-packed day was rough, but it brings you close to everyone in your program. We were all very different people, but from the start we could count on each other for anything. It was a fantastic environment to grow in, and in China, you either grow or get run over.

Another thing that begs to be mentioned are the roommates. They put us to shame every day with how much they cared, taking friendship to a new level. I still feel shallow in comparison to Fujie, who translated carry-out menus and circled good options for my vegetarian friends without even being asked!

China is very, very different from America. We were all homesick at one time or another. But now that I'm back doing my regular college thing, I miss Shanghai a lot. I miss discovering new things, challenging and reinventing myself. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

How can this program be improved?
We had a tough time with the history teacher. She was very knowledgeable, but I have never been in a more boring class. She had no idea how to keep us engaged. It worked out as we got to know her better though.

I also wish we had more free time. There's so much in Shanghai that it felt like a waste going to work every day.
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CET Academic Programs is a study abroad organization that has been developing and delivering innovative educational programs abroad since 1982. Originally “China Educational Tours,” CET began operations in Beijing, and today offers a varied portfolio...