Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Shanghai, China: CET Chinese Studies and Internship



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


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

Please see "Costs, Financies & Scholarships" for current information.

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.