Gap at CET Shanghai students get top-tier Chinese language instruction and take on an internship with a local organization. Explore a career abroad, enjoy the perks of living in a city that is both cosmopolitan and culturally rich, and start building an international network in the city’s buzzing business scene.
Your language course lets you start learning Chinese for the first time or continue at one of seven levels offered. With small class sizes, weekly one-on-ones, and passionate instructors, you are challenged on campus, while language practica also get you using your Chinese beyond the classroom. Interview locals on current events, dine with roommates and teachers at the no-English Chinese Table, and try your hand at Chinese calligraphy. While Chinese skills aren’t always necessary in an international city like Shanghai, learning the language helps you access local communities and opportunities, and make the most of your time in the city.
In the non-credit internship component of the program, we take your interests, background, and language abilities and match them with the needs of an organization in Shanghai. With our robust local network, you have access to hundreds of potential internship opportunities that allow you to build your résumé, learn new skills, and navigate an international workplace with professionalism.
Activities & Excursions
Each term, the program offers different extra-curricular activities that allow you to explore Shanghai and Chinese culture. Follow a local expert on a food tour of the historical city center. Compete in a dumpling-making competition with the campus chef. Get to know Chinese Buddhist culture with a visit to a local temple. The program also includes a weekend trip to the rural Yangtze Delta region. Visit smaller towns and learn about the lives of the people who live there, while you soak up the fresh air and hospitality of the Chinese countryside.
The Gap Experience
You and other Gap at CET students from all over the world also meet virtually each week to explore topics and issues unique to gap students. This not-for-credit course is taught in English and creates a space for facilitated reflection and discussion. You learn about your personal strengths and learning styles, establish and track goals, and participate in activities that help you explore potential careers and college majors and build skills for the future.
Cost and Session Information
Fall 2021: 8/25/2021 - 12/12/2021
Program Fee: $14,990
Application Deadline: May 1, 2021
This program has optional college credit from University of Minnesota.
CET is committed to increasing access to study abroad for gap students. CET has a financial assistance pool for students who demonstrate family financial need.