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Program Location Shanghai, China
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31004
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2022 06/12/22 to 08/06/22
Summer 2022 05/15/22 to 08/06/22
Summer 2022 05/15/22 to 07/11/22

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Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Shanghai is a commercial giant, a financial and cultural hub, and home to the largest container port on Earth. Examine the rapidly changing nature of global business in Shanghai and prepare for a career in international business through exposure to core concepts, important theories, and case studies, as well as site visits to Chinese companies and discussions with leading practitioners. Courses are taught in English at CIEE Shanghai and complemented with co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

There may be no better city in the world to examine the rapidly changing nature of global business than in Shanghai.  The Summer Business and Culture program provides students with vital insight into the causes behind and the challenges of China's rapid economic development and the country's emerging role on the world stage.

Participants will spend the summer engaged in a combination of coursework,  cultural activities and excursions. CIEE offers multiple summer sessions, and Purdue students must complete at least 2 sessions. Choose from Sessions I & II, II & III or stay for all three sessions. Each session is 4 weeks long, and students enroll in one 3-credit course per session.

With a population of 23 million, Shanghai has seen massive development over the past two decades.  The various urban centers are connected by light rail lines and the fastest-growing public transportation system in the world.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:CIEE.



There is no language prerequisite, though one semester of college-level coursework in Chinese studies is recommended.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 0 - 3 Sem Chinese

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts][Krannert School of Management]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Participants choose between various combinations of Mandarin Chinese language courses and business courses. Students should visit the CIEE website to explore which courses are offered in which session, and will take one course per session. Students must participate in two sessions (3 credits each) but can add a third session if they would like to earn additional credits.

CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. Each course is a full semester in content, so the pace is accelerated, and the workload is demanding. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel away from Shanghai when classes are in session.

Classes taught at the CIEE Global Institute are for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday, and attendance is strictly enforced for both classes and required co-curricular excursions. The class typically features a combination of traditional lecture, discussion, and co-curricular activities.


Due to COVID-19, excursions are subject to change.

The program will offer several excursions, which may be day or overnight trips and may vary year-to-year. Some examples include:

  • Go on weekly visits to local markets, museums, temples, and other cultural sites in Shanghai.
  • Try traditional Chinese dumpling-making.
  • Take free extracurricular classes in Chinese cooking, calligraphy, martial arts, music, and mahjong.

Please see the CIEE website for more details.


Students may choose to stay in a hotel-style dorm or in a residence hall located on the East China Normal University campus. Meals are not included.

Estimated Program Costs
Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The costs below are for two 4-week sessions. Students interested in participating in three session should speak with their study abroad advisor about the additional expenses and fees.

The program fee includes tuition, orientation, and excursions.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2022

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$6,324.00
Study Abroad Fee$609.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,300.00
Local Transportation$200.00
Books and Supplies$30.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$315.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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