The Fall 2015 Union in Shanghai pilot program through CET Academic Programs, a student abroad organization based in Washington, DC that has been designing and administering innovative educational programs abroad since 1982. This program will take place at the CET center in Shanghai. The program has been designed to engage Union College students through coursework, cultural activities and internships. Students will take a Chinese language course, one-on-one Chinese language practice sessions, and one elective course. Students can elect to participate in a CET-arranged internship with the accompanying Issues in the Chinese Workplace course. The program also leads students and their Chinese roommates on several excursions around the region.
Course of Study
The Chinese Language Studied Abroad (CHN 204T, CHN 205T)
This is an intensive course in the Chinese language. Small classes and one-on-one practice sessions provide exceptional levels of individual instruction.
Elective Course (taught in English by CET faculty)
Elective course choices may include economics, business, history and political science. Possible elective course syllabi include the following:
SH220 Entrepreneurship in China
SH230 The Chinese Economy
SH240 Politics and Governance
SH250 History of Shanghai in the Modern Era
Students may participate in an internship and the list of possible placements is long. Students also take Issues in the Chinese Workplace, a course that contextualizes on-the-job experiences and provides an opportunity for reflection and discussion. The internship can be up to 15 hours per week.
CET Shanghai courses are taught by seasoned faculty who use their connections in the field to give students an insider’s view of Shanghai. Students might watch a panel of prominent economic journalists debate the role of globalization as a cultural force, attend a social entrepreneurship business competition for local MBA students, enjoy a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the famous Zikawei Library, or visit a local solar panel producer for a Q&A with the head of international sales.
Outside of academics, CET Shanghai takes students on a trip to a rural area to take a breather from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai. Students come face-to-face with the vastly different lives of people living in the Yangtze Delta region, and observe firsthand some of China’s most pressing issues: floating population, family separation, aging population and environmental degradation. You will also experience the fresh air and hospitality of the Chinese countryside. Many students fall in love with a new side of China on this trip.
Students also explore Shanghai on occasional day trips. The city comes alive as students visit local government offices, secret Chinese gardens, think tanks, the propaganda poster arts center, the oriental pearl TV tower, the Confucian temple (with its second-hand book market), small start-ups, and many historical sites.
Students share rooms with local roommates in Donghua University’s international student dormitory. Dorm rooms are basic, with private bathrooms, TVs, refrigerators and internet access. Shared kitchens and laundry rooms are located on every floor. The dorm is immediately across from the CET center. Excellent public transportation is a short walk away.
Calendar (For specific dates, contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor.)
January: Application deadline is the third Friday of winter term.
- Mid-March: Application extension for program
- Spring term: Orientation meetings
- Late August: Arrival in Shanghai and orientation meetings
- September: Classes begin
- Mied-December: Program ends