CIEE-Shanghai: Business, Language and Culture

Program Details

Program Location Shanghai, China
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31004
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Summer 2024 06/23/24 to 08/03/24
Summer 2024 05/12/24 to 08/03/24
Past Dates
Page Links
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Perched on the banks of the Huangpu River and the East China Sea, Shanghai is a global hub of culture, commerce, and finance. Shanghai has seen massive development over the last two decades. Its new financial district, Pudong, is home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world! Boasting the fastest-growing rapid transit system in the world, Shanghai’s urban centers are conveniently connected by the world’s first commercial high-speed Maglev train, 18 subway lines, and two of the world’s busiest airports. In Shanghai, 21st-century businesses have become increasingly interconnected through complex technological, political, social, and financial systems.

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


The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts] [Daniels School of Business]
Specifically from: SLC (CLA)

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

Students have the option to participate in one or both summer block sessions. All students must enroll in two credit-bearing CIEE courses per block.

Each course is a full semester in content, covered in a six-week block, so the pace is accelerated, and the workload is demanding. Courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. 

For more information about course offerings, click here


You can expect to participate in ample CIEE-organized activities and day trips to immerse you in Chinese culture and historical heritage.   

Excursions can include:   
  • Attending the Shanghai Film Museum 
  • Visiting the Shanghai Volkswagen 
  • Exploring the Jewish Museum 
  • Visiting the site of the First Communist Party Congress 
  • Stop by the Preserved Water Town in Shanghai  
  • Excursions to Hangzhou or Beijing


The campus residence hall is a five-story facility located on the north end of East China Normal University (ECNU) Putuo campus.

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.
Program and housing fee includes tuition for one block (6 credits), housing, orientation, airport greeting, excursions and activities.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2024

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $4,753.00
Study Abroad Fee $609.40
Housing $2,000.00
Insurance $197.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,300.00
Local Transportation $68.00
Visa $185.00
Books and Supplies $20.00
Meals $660.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $215.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

CIEE has scholarships available, more information can be found HERE.

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 (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure 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
Summer Feb 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