Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

China, CET - Chinese Studies and Internship in Shanghai



Program Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: Spring and Fall
Program Information and Dates

Flights should be not be booked based on the dates above. It is recommended to wait until the program has issued specific arrival information.

Map courtesy of CIA World Factbook


Program Overview

China has 3,000 years of richly-documented social, political and cultural history; today, it is home to one of the world's fastest growing economies. Shanghai is China's largest and most dynamic city. Since the middle of the 19th 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 movement.

CET's Chinese Studies and Internship in Shanghai program is located on Donghua University's main campus. The campus boasts active student organizations; a complete library, concerts and lectures, student exhibits and extensive in-door and out-door athletic facilities. Donghua University is one of the few large university campuses in the downtown part of the city, and students will enjoy the central location and close proximity to a metro stop and numerous bus lines. Students will participate in several excursions and day trips as part of the program.

In Shanghai, CET students reside in Donghua's Xi Tian a guesthouse on the campus and share rooms with Chinese roommates. Donghua University boasts several inexpensive cafeterias, and the campus is surrounded by many inexpensive and terrific eateries. By sticking with local fare, students can anticipate spending about US $10 per day on food.

Clark Credit

Participating students receive the equivalent of four Clark units per semester (16 credits), provided all coursework is completed, all required exams are taken, and final papers are submitted. All courses receive letter grades, which show on the Clark transcript and are factored into the overall GPA. The program is divided into two parts—the January Term and the Spring Semester. The January Term is an intensive month involving 20-30 hours per week of language and culture instruction, with a mix of tutorials and excursions. Students will then continue on to the Spring Semester, which focuses on providing a general foundation in Chinese language and modern history. Please check with the Study Abroad Office to ensure transferability of credit.


All applicants must fulfill Clark University's eligibility requirements and the requirements for the CET Chinese Studies and Internship in Shanghai program. Applications may be rejected for any number of reasons by the overseas program.

Program Costs

Your student account will be billed for Clark tuition each semester that you are abroad. There is a one-time $1000 study abroad fee that will appear on your Clark tuition bill. Clark will pay your tuition/academic fees to CET. These include mandatory insurance and visa processing fees. You will be billed by CET directly for your housing, and you will need to provide for your own meals (i.e. cooking or purchasing meals) if they are not provided. Books, non-academic fees, and travel expenses are your responsibility. You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and for your pocket money while abroad. Remember that here might be a whole array of fees in Beijing/Shanghai for using the gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.

Studying off-campus always generates additional and unexpected expenses. If you are a financial aid recipient, you should continue to receive financial aid. However, be sure to check with the Office of Financial Assistance to see if there will be any changes in your financial aid package. You will not be able to receive Work-Study money while you are abroad. International Scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs.

You will receive an invoice from Clark's Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-July for the fall and mid-December for the spring. The exact due date will appear on your bill. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in your withdrawal from the program. Failure to satisfy your financial obligations to your host institution may result in no transcript being issued for your participation in their program.

Under NO circumstances will Clark University be responsible for independent travel you choose to participate in, which is not an official part of the Clark program. Clark will not assist in any personal travel arrangements.

Approximate additional costs per semester for 2016-17

  • Housing - $2900
  • Meals - $1350
  • *Personal Expenses - $1450
  • Airfare - $1750
  • Books and Supplies - $300
  • Residence permit - $185
  • Study Abroad/Away Admin. Fee - $1000

NOTE: These costs are estimates based on exchange rates at time of publication, and are subject to change.

*Personal expenses are based on student feedback, and vary dramatically based on individual spending habits. Estimated personal expenses include items such as food, personal travel, clothing, etc.

Application Deadlines

In addition to Clark approval to study abroad, students must fill out the program specific application. Students should begin both processes at the same time.

1. Submit your CET application through their website.
2. Select the desired program and click on the "Apply Now" tab
3. Create a login and password (you do not need to submit the application fee)

Program applications should be submitted by the following Clark deadlines:
Fall semester application deadline - February 15
Spring semester application deadline - September 15

Additional Resources

CDC Travel Information
100,000 Strong Foundation Scholarship Information
Xinhia News

CET LGBTQ Resources


For more information about this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office at (508) 793-7363 or via e-mail.