This program is designed for students who have a strong commitment to acquiring and developing their Chinese language skills. Classes for all levels, from beginning to advanced, meet daily and are taught entirely in Chinese. You'll further enhance your spoken language skills and understanding of local culture through cultural activities and contact with native speakers.
Shanghai's ancient past is tucked just under the surface of its iconic, modern skyline. As a leading port town and China's "Gateway to the West," Shanghai is considered a golden land of opportunity by many 21st Century Chinese. Its young, trendsetting population is known for a fascination with everything hip and ultra-modern, but the city's colonial influences aren't hard to find; just explore its many green spaces, park bridges, and interlocking canals to catch a glimpse into Shanghai's rich history.
Shanghai provides a front-row seat from which to observe – and participate in – the shaping of China's dynamic future. Once based primarily on fishing and textiles, today the city's booming economy flourishes as gateway of commerce between East and West, as well as an international finance industry hub. Get to know China's culture and heritage through hands-on CEA activities like practicing early morning t'ai chi alongside locals, participating in a tea ceremony, sampling Hu Cai cuisine, or trying your hand at calligraphy.