Overview

Immerse yourself in the Silicon Valley of the East.

For students with an entrepreneurial spirit, Shanghai is a leading-edge city offering opportunities of a lifetime. China’s financial capital is fast becoming a global innovation hub as well, with many calling it the next Silicon Valley. More and more institutions in Shanghai have been investing in entrepreneurship, cultivating talent with academic institutes and government-supported incubators. Science, tech and digital media are just the beginning. Here you’ll be smack in the center of the innovation scene. Catch the pulse of the megacity on a walking tour of the ultra-modern Pudong New Area. Visit the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, Shanghai Stock Exchange and World Financial Center, then climb up the famous Oriental Pearl Tower to get a bird’s-eye view of futuristic skyscrapers along the skyline. Other tours and excursions take you behind the scenes of media and tech operations, from Ubisoft’s gaming studios to Shanghai TV. Back in the classroom, you’ll practice solving problems, developing solutions and marketing them to the world. You’ll collaborate to apply design-thinking skills to topics such as: sustainable development, social entrepreneurship, ideation and innovation, and leadership and business design. During interactive Mandarin classes, you’ll study the language at the level that works best for you: Conversational Chinese for beginners, or Business Chinese for those already studying the language. You’ll live in a dorm with other international students, do volunteer service work, and get to know the sights, sounds and amazing food and culture all around. You’ll come home with expanded Mandarin language skills, a Global Entrepreneurship certificate for your resume, and the confidence to succeed in whatever comes next.

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