Study Abroad in Shanghai
Symbolic of the entire country perched on the edge of incredible change, Shanghai is the epicentre of the China’s growth and development making this an ideal destination to study abroad. Don’t think it’s all business, though. Shanghai also boasts some of China’s most exciting dining experiences, a thrilling nightlife, great galleries and shopping and opportunities for exploration around every corner. Study abroad in Shanghai and experience the excitement of China's most dynamic city.
Shanghai Program Highlights
Study abroad at Fudan University, one of the top four universities in China, with local Chinese students
Due to a unique academic structure, students take classes taught in English with local Chinese and other international students
Undertake an internship for two days per week with a Chinese or international company
Live with Chinese students and other program participants in our high-quality off-campus apartments for a more integrated experience
Experience the lifestyle of China's most dynamic city
While studying abroad in Shanghai, Chinese language instruction available for all skill levels
Comprehensive five-day orientation program in Beijing including a Great Wall hike and other cultural activities
Excursion to Inner Mongolia included in program
Don’t Leave Shanghai Without...
Savoring the skyline from the Bund side of the Huangpu River
Taking in the madness at the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone and Shanghai Stock Exchange
Exploring the Gallery-filled alleys of the French Concession
Finding a bargain at the many stalls of Yu Yuan Garden
Checking out Renmin Square (People’s Park) for a bit of peace and quiet
Giving your credit cards some exercise in some of Asia’s finest stores on East Nanjing Road
See What Our Alumni Have to Say...
I've been dreaming of coming to Beijing for what feels like ages, and it still sometimes feels unreal that I'm actually here. Although I've had a fantastic time doing exceptional things like going to Inner Mongolia, attending design festivals, visiting art districts, and exploring Beijing, my favorite thing about studying abroad has been savoring the quotidian aspects of life. I love grocery shopping here and trying to figure out what half the products are, going to the vegetable market and trying to make conversation with the vendors, biking to class everyday through the stunning Tsinghua University campus.
Even riding the subway here is sort of thrilling because I see what kind of things are advertised in the stations, how the stations are designed, what a normal commute looks like. I get packed into cars with the rest of the city, like I belong here with everyone else. That, to me, will always be more valuable than being able to hit up myriad tourist sites. I love living an average life in China, and negotiating the particularities of Beijing. Part of being able to do this has been the apartments that TEAN provides, which offer a much more immersive experience than living in the dorms would.
I'm also very happy with TEAN for the academic opportunities I have. Probably my other favorite thing about studying in Beijing is the academics. I've had the opportunity to study Sino-Latin American relations, which is a fledgling field with a lot of room for growth and exploration. Most importantly, though, TEAN uniquely has access to post-graduate classes, so I've been able to learn about my favorite topic, architecture, from one of the most impressive architecture departments in the country, taught by practicing architects who do phenomenal work. I have been incredibly fortunate in being able to study abroad in China for the entire academic year, and I'm glad I picked TEAN for my studies. Beijing is everything I had hoped it would be, and I anticipate returning many times in the future.
Kate M., DePaul University (currently abroad)
Going to China was one of the best choices I had ever made. While I had a limited knowledge of Chinese, TEAN really did their best in terms of assuring I had a fantastic experience. I was nervous at first to have a Chinese roommate because I was afraid there would be a language barrier or that they wouldn't get along with me, however, this was not the case. The way that TEAN facilitates all of your needs from within the country is astonishing. If I ever had a problem, I was able to utilize my Chinese roommates knowledge of the language and the culture to help in any given situation.
The staff in the country also helped considerably. TEAN goes above and beyond when accommodating students in the apartments. They have Western amenities as well as some Chinese culture within them. All of the apartments were conveniently located near a subway stop and near campus. My study abroad changed me for the better and, thanks to TEAN, I am now pursuing a minor in Chinese and I am looking to China for future employment opportunities. I highly recommend TEAN as the program of choice for those who wish to study abroad. I was friends with a few of their competitors students and TEAN is the Cadillac of the Chinese study abroad programs.
Devon K., Lewis University (Fall 2013)
Shanghai is a truly wonderful city that bridges a fast paced global economy with over a thousand years of culture and tradition. TEAN did an amazing job managing the process of getting settled into our new home, and offered support every step of the way. This provided the perfect staging ground to take advantage of the vibrant and unique culture China offers. Being immersed in such a contrasting culture offers plenty of adventures and allows you to learn and experience things through a fresh, exciting perspective.
Devon M., University of Cincinnati (Spring 2013)
"Studying abroad in Shanghai was eye-opening, sometimes challenging, fulfilling, and definitely fun. Going to China is not your ordinary study abroad location. Most people go to Europe, although I feel like the tide is certainly changing. Going to such an extraordinary country like China, the biggest in the world where industrialization is still occurring, really stands out. Whether it be on a resume or just in conversation - it is something different. Before studying abroad I put lots of time deciding where to go and then which program to pick. From the onset I knew I wanted to go to a BRIC country. At the beginning I was stuck between Brazil and China. What ultimately made me pick China was that it is the USA’s biggest competitor, it is likely to outrun the US in terms of overall GDP in the next one or two decades, and probably most importantly that China’s education system is far superior to that of Brazil. It was very important to me to attend a renown university--which brought me to Fudan.
I knew I would rather be in Shanghai than Beijing. I had heard amazing things about Shanghai, how it was a blend of cultures and the largest city in China. Once realizing I wanted to go to Shanghai, I did research on top schools - obviously being Fudan. Fudan is the third-highest ranking school in all of China. It is top notch and highly competitive for Chinese students. I wanted to be with the best and brightest.
So then what led me to TEAN? Many things. The fact that the orientation was in Beijing was one. I also liked the fact there was an excursion trip during the semester. Other major factors were the price and the fact that I got to live in an apartment, rather than a home stay or a dorm. I also liked that language was not a huge component - I didn’t want to do a language intensive program. Also the fact that TEAN coordinated internships was another huge determining factor. Students from other programs were living in tiny dorms or maybe had to take Mandarin every day for a few hours. It was really easy for me to ultimately choose TEAN. The fact that the orientation is in Beijing really differentiates the program. Also the nice apartments with a native roommate. And - the internship aspect. Doing an internship in Shanghai has really boosted my resume and given a competitive edge."
Laurence B., Emmanuel College
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