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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement: CHIN 101 Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Chinese (Mandarin), English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Type of Program: Free Standing Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Young-Min Park
Academic Focus: Business and Entrepreneurship, Language Focused, No or Minimal Language Requirement
Program Description:
Program Overview | Eligibility | Academics | Program Calendar | Housing | Visa | Cost & Financial Aid 

Drexel in China: CIEE Shanghai Business, Language, and Culture

Shanghai Aerial View

Program Overview

Perched on the banks of the Huangpu River and the East China Sea, Shanghai is China’s largest city by population, boasting more than 23 million residents, and a global axis of culture, commerce, and finance. The city has seen massive redevelopment over the past 20 years, and the new financial district of Pudong is home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. You’ll find the fastest-growing rapid-transit systems in the world. Shanghai’s urban centers are connected by elevated light rails, the world’s first commercial high-speed Maglev train, and 16 subway lines.
There’s a reason the Chinese are so successful in international business – they’ve been excelling at it since the days of Marco Polo and the Silk Road. There’s no better city to examine the rapidly changing nature of global business than Shanghai. On CIEE’s Business, Language, and Culture program, you’ll learn the causes behind, and challenges of, China’s rapid economic development and emergence on the world stage through coursework at East China Normal University, networking with corporate leaders, an internship, and more. More information on the program can be found on the CIEE program page.


  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • CHIN 101 requirement
  • Business majors or minors, Global Studies majors or minors, or Chinese minors only
  • Pre-junior, junior, or senior (must have 3 or more terms of college-level microeconomics or macroeconomics, accounting, finance, management, or marketing)


Course Availability
Course descriptions can be found on the CIEE Syllabi Site. All participants are required to take two courses Business courses and a Chinese language class at the appropriate level. In addition, students may choose one business or elective class.
Advanced Chinese speakers have the option to take Business Chinese or Classical Chinese and an additional course in lieu of the intensive Chinese language course. The pre-requisite for this option is CHIN 203 or CHIN 310.
Example courses include:
Business courses Chinese Language Courses Elective Courses
  • Changing Nature of Business in China
  • China's Macroeconomic Impact
  • International Business Law: Policy, Decision Making and Law
  • Intercultural Communication and Negotiation
  • Managing Sustainability in Transnational Business
  • Marketing Management and Methods in East Asia and Emerging Markets
  • Beginning
  • Intermediate
  • Heritage learners
  • Advanced
  • Superior
  • Business Chinese
  • Classical Chinese
  • China's Economic Reforms
  • Modern Chinese History
  • China's International Relations
  • Issues in Chinese Society
  • Chinese Film and Society
  • Global Issues in China
  • Organizational Internship
  • Political Development in Modern China
Course Approvals
Students will need to get courses approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take while abroad.  For example, if you want to take a Marketing course for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the Marketing Department at Drexel.
Chinese Language Course Approval
Students must get course approvals from the Chinese language representative in Modern Languages department for the Chinese language classes taken on this program. The language courses meet for longer credit hours than the business or elective courses (excluding Business Chinese and Classical Chinese), so students are responsible for getting the Chinese language courses approved as a CHIN language class at Drexel and a CHIN Special Topics course.

Participants take classes with other CIEE students only. Chinese language courses are taught and graded by East China Normal University faculty or the CIEE language director and CIEE assigns U.S. letter grade equivalents. Students earn Drexel grades and credit and for the courses taken through the CIEE Program. Review the Study Abroad Grading Scale.

Program Calendar

Fall term
Program Start Early September
Program End Mid December
Spring Term
Program Start Late February
Program End Mid June
Program dates are subject to change. Students participating on this program will need to leave their co-op early to be able to arrive in China on time for the start of the program.
Drexel students will need to work closely with the Study Abroad Office, their academic advisor and SCDC (Co-op) to determine how best plan their study abroad experience.  The study abroad office urges you to begin planning 12-18 months in advance


This study abroad program fosters a Chinese language-only environment. In order to support students to maximize Chinese language proficiency gains, all participants on this program live with Chinese host families, Chinese roommates, or CIEE roommates on the ECNU campus. Participants select one of two housing options prior to arrival. More information about the two housing options can be found on the CIEE program page.


Most students will need to apply for a Chinese visa to participate in this program. CIEE will assist with visa applications.

Cost and Financial Aid

Program Fee
Fall 2020: $2,470

Included in the Program Fee: Not included in the Program Fee:
  • On-site airport meet and greet
  • On-site staff
  • Housing
  • Orientation
  • Cultural & social activities
  • A week-long academic field trip
  • Peer language tutors
  • Chinese Language Clinic
  • Mandatory Drexel emergency medical & evacuation insurance
  • Visa Fees
  • Airfare
  • Local transportation costs
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses

Estimated Program Costs

Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.

Tuition & Financial Aid

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.

Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).

Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.

  • CIEE GAIN Travel Grant:- $750 - $2,000 toward airfare is GUARANTEED for all Pell-eligible students.
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant: $1,000 toward semester programs. Qualified applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship are GUARANTEED a CIEE Gilman Go Global grant.
  • Review the CIEE Scholarship page for additional opportunities.
  • For Language minors only. The College of Arts and Sciences offers Critical Languages Abroad Grants to support study abroad for Drexel University’s minors in critical and less commonly-taught languages: Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and German. Awardees will receive support towards travel and housing while studying abroad to advance their language minor in critical or less commonly taught languages. Grants up to $2,500 will be awarded to eligible students. The amount will vary depending on factors such as country, length of stay, financial aid, and travel costs. Learn More.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 02/16/2020
03/12/2020 TBA TBA
Spring 2021 09/01/2020 10/01/2020 TBA TBA

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