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Sponsored Internship and Study Abroad in China

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Various Cities, China
Course # SA 30026
Duration Fall Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Fall 2014 05/08/14 to 12/22/14

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Program Leader

Name Liping Cai

Program Description

Spring 2014 - January-June

Fall 2013 - May-November

This hotel internship program is primarily geared toward HTM and CSR majors, however other majors will be considered.  Interested students must contact Professor Liping Cai at  This incomparable program provides students the opportunity to combine professional hospitality training, Chinese language instruction, and cultural experience in The People's Republic of China. Purdue continually looks for partnerships with hotels in additional cities.  The Class of 2012 saw students assigned to several locations that included the Shangri-La Hotels in Suzhou and Qingdao. The Class of 2013 will include those properties as well as the Shangri-La in Guangzhou and the Crowne Plaza in Shanghai.

Shangri-La Suzhou:

Built in 514 BC, Suzhou is an ancient city with 2500 years’ history, located in the center of the Yangtze Delta. The unique characteristics of the past are still retained in present-day Suzhou. It is renowned for the classic gardens, canals, silks, lakes, operas, legends and museums. From natural and man-made heritage to modern creations; from cultural gems to natural oases; from great arts to daily lives, nothing is missed.

Shangri-La Qingdao:

The unique combination of German and Chinese architecture in the waterfront metropolis of Qingdao boasts renowned sailing events, nightlife, museums, restaurants, and a naval base.

Shangri-La Guangzhou:

Guangzhou, known historically as Canton or Kwangchow — is the capital and largest city of the Guangdong province. Located on the Pearl River, about 75 mi north-northwest of Hong Kong and north-northeast of Macau, Guangzhou is a key national transportation hub and trading port.  It is the third largest city in China.

Crowne Plaza Shanghai Harbour City:

Crowne Plaza Shanghai Harbour City is sitting on the South Island of the scenic Dishuihu Lake, Harbour City, Pudong, and Shanghai. Designed by ATKINS which is the design house for the famous BurjAl-Arab, the hotel is stylish and elegant, looking just like a flower blooming in the water. As the only island hotel in Shanghai, Crowne Plaza Shanghai Harbour City owns 50,000 square meter garden area and green fields.

Shanghai is the largest city by population in the People's Republic of China, and the largest city proper by population in the world. It is one of the four province-level municipalities of the PRC, with a total population of over 23 million as of 2010. It is a global city, with influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology, and transport. It is a major financial center and the busiest container port in the world.

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