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Program Location Shanghai, China
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31004
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Fall 2022 09/03/22 to 12/17/22
Past Dates
Spring 2022 02/19/22 to 06/04/22

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Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources

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


The sponsor of these programs is the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), a 330-member academic consortium. Purdue has been a member of CIEE since 1972.

Shanghai is China's financial and industrial capital.  The past decade has seen massive development in the city of 18 million people: construction of hundreds of skyscrapers, infrastructure and 21st-century public transportation systems.  Meanwhile, those in search of Old Shanghai can still find remnants of the city's magnificent past.

The CIEE Study Center in Shanghai is hosted by East China Normal University, nationally known for its Chinese language and literature program. ECNU enrolls more than 16,000 students, 1,000 of them from outside China. Participants have access to the university library, playing fields, recreation center, small shops and local restaurants.

Students can pick from two different program options:

China in a Global Context Program

Business, Language and Culture Program

For more program information, please visit the program sponsor's website (CIEE).



There are no pre-requisites for China in a Global Context.  However, it is recommended that students interested in this program complete one college-level course in Chinese area studies before enrolling in this program.

Applicants for the business program must have completed three or more semesters of college-level microeconomics, macroeconomics, accounting, finance, management or marketing before the start of the program.

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 in China in a Global Context complete 16 credit hours as follows:

  • Mandarin Chinese language course, 6 credit hours
  • Chinese language and culture practicum, 1 credit hour
  • Global Studies course, 3 credit hours
  • one global studies elective, 3 credit hours
  • one area studies elective, 3 credit hours

Participants in Business, Language and Culture complete 15 credit hours. A full course load is four to five courses.

  • one Chinese language course, 3 credit hours
  • two business courses, 6 credit hours
  • two electives, 6 credit hours
  • internships are available for either 3 or 6 credits


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

The program will offer several excursions, which may be day or overnight trips. Please see the CIEE website for more details.

A variety of field trips complement classroom work, including visits to local Chinese companies and factories, government agencies, and media groups. Group cultural activities include an acrobatics show, a river cruise along the Bund, a bike ride through the French Concession, a Chinese and CIEE student talent show, international student sporting events, and group meals with Chinese roommates and families.

To expose students to locations outside of Shanghai, the program includes weekend and week-long field trips.  Details of these trips can be found on the CIEE program website.


Participants have three housing options:

  • residence hall room with a CIEE roommate
  • residence hall room with a Chinese roommate
  • home stay (limited number available)

Meals are not included with residence hall rooms; home stays include two meals per day.

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.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2023

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$16,096.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.10

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,300.00
Local Transportation$300.00
Books and Supplies$10.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$600.00
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.

After paying the study abroad deposit, participants will need to complete an on-line CIEE application. Students will be notified directly by CIEE about their acceptance into the program.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

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

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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