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  • Locations: Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: Asian Studies, General Studies
Housing Options: Residence Hall Program Type: Faculty-Led Program
Program Description:
Shanghai Summer Program

"[The major highlight of this program was that] the ability to personally grow as an individual and learn about other countries aside from the U.S.A."
-Anonymous, Summer 2017

"[The major strengths of this program were that] all of the experiences were varied and appealed to the different interests of the group. In addition, there was a good blend of school and sight-seeing. The professors were interesting and kept us engaged during lectures. I also appreciated how safe I felt despite being in a foreign country."
-Carmina C., Summer 2016

Summer 2018 - Accepting Late Applications!
Course Dates: May 17 - June 30, 2018
Dates Abroad: June 2 - 16, 2018
Price: $2,190

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Join us for the exciting China Summer Program in Shanghai! Learn about Chinese history, culture and business practices in an exciting two-week program taught in English by SDSU professors and scholars from China.


The most populous city in China, Shanghai is at the forefront of China's rapid economic growth. It is the center of China's commercial and business activities. It is a modern and dynamic metropolis, rooted in an ancient civilization. Shanghai is also a transportation hub of China, allowing students to travel to other parts of China on their own before or after the program.

Most exciting of all, Shanghai was the site of a grand international gathering as it played host to the 2010 World Expo, the first registered World Exposition in a developing country! You will have chances to visit the Chinese pavilion and other pavilions which attracted millions of visitors during the Expo.


East China Normal University is one of China's top 20 research universities, with about 14,000 undergraduate, 12,000 graduate students and over 3000 international students. ENCU has a beautiful campus that provides first-rate facilities for international visitor, including first-rate housing and classroom amenities and a full support staff for visiting students.


The goal of the course is to increase your knowledge about the Chinese people, language, culture, history and business practices. Emphasis will be on the current issues facing China, Chinese history, ethnic minorities of China, Chinese contemporary cultural practices and philosophical traditions. Students will need to complete online work & assignments before and after the dates abroad.

All participants are required register for ONE of the following SDSU course(s), offered through the College of Extended Studies (CES):
  • ASIAN 490: Life, Culture, and Society in China (3 units)
  • GEN S 450: Life, Culture, and Society in China (3 units)
  • Guided campus tour
  • Red bus tour of Shanghai
  • Boat ride on the Bund
  • Day Trip to Suzhou, Lake Taihu with Guest Lecture at Zen Center
  • Visit Shang Xia and Tea Tasting
  • Shanghai Museum
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Center with Guest Lecture
  • Day Trip to Hangzhou, West Lake
  • China Arts Museum
  • Lujiazui Financial Center
  • Shanghai Birdy Golf Course
  • Yu Garden
  • Visit World of Coca-Cola Shanghai
  • Fabric Market
  • Silk Market
  • Day Trip to Zhouzhuang Watertown

Lois_OlsonSDSU Marketing Professor, Dr. Lois Olson, teaches internationally in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, South America, France, in Germany and other European sites for Siemens Global Marketing Program and for the Helsinki School of Economics. Olson has been a principle researcher on a grant funded jointly by the US-Israel Science and Technology Foundation. Since 1992, Olson has been visiting China at least three times annually to teach and to conduct research on consumer markets in several cities and provinces across the People's Republic of China. This experience has led to a research stream analyzing Chinese consumers and appropriate marketing strategies, especially understanding the impact of the "Little Emperors" on the buying behavior of Chinese families.

Beginning in Summer, 2009, Olson has been a principal instructor in Faculty-led Study-abroad SDSU classes to China through the Confucius Institute for a two- week in-country class and company and cultural visits. Beginning in January, 2015, in response to interest in China and the growing markets there, Olson led a class of SDSU students in International Entrepreneurship of 26 students.

Lily_ChengLi-Rong Lilly Cheng served as Professor in the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and Executive Director of Chinese Studies Institute at San Diego State University. She is the Managing Director of the Confucius Institute at SDSU. Professor Cheng served as a member of the board of trustees of the Campanile Foundation of San Diego State University. She is the past chair of the Multicultural Issues Board for the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and the chair of Education Committee for the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP). She is a Fellow of ASHA and received the Honors of ASHA.

Professor Cheng was the past President of the Phi Beta Delta Chapter at SDSU. She has received many awards from San Diego State University and professional organizations. She was selected as the outstanding alumnus of Michigan State University. She is also a Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Dr. Cheng is the recipient of the 1997 ASHA Award for special contributions to Multicultural Affairs and the recipient of the 2002 Diversity Award from the California Speech & Hearing Association. She is on the editorial board of several major professional journals. She has numerous professional publications and has lectured all over the world. In 2007, she received the best research article award from Council of Exceptional Children. She has taught Chinese to individuals across the life span in a multitude of settings. In 2010, she received the Humanitarian Award from the Asian Heritage Foundation. She received the 2012 Monty's Award from SDSU. She received the 2013 Diversity Award from CAPCSD. She served as consultant for the Sesame Street and Tiffany and Company.


Payment Schedule (Applications Before March 15):
$547       Deposit due to Extended Studies with application
$548       Second program payment due to Extended Studies by April 2, 2018
$1,095    Tuition due with course registration between April 15-25, 2018
$2,190    Total Program Fee

Payment Schedule (Applications After March 15):

$1,095    Deposit and second payment due to Extended Studies with application
$1,095    Tuition due with course registration between April 15-25, 2018
$2,190    Total Program Fee

Included in the Program Fee:
  • Double occupancy housing
  • Tuition
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation Insurance
  • Group airport transfer
  • Activities as listed above
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • Access to ENCU campus facilities
  • Internet access in dormitory
Not Included in the Program Fee:
  • International airfare
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Personal Expenses
  • Meals

Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
  • The application deposit is non-refundable for withdrawals after March 15, 2018*
  • For the second payment, no refunds will be issued for withdrawals after April 2, 2018
Course Tuition Refund: 
Refunds for course tuition follow the College of Extended Studies (CES) standard refund policy

*Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable.

Funding & Scholarship Information:
Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities and the general public
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.

Summer 2018: Apply by April 2!

NOTE: Programs close once the maximum capacity is reached, so don't wait to apply!
  1. Review the admission and prerequisite requirements and refund policies above. If you apply without meeting the pre-requisites, you will be withdrawn and are still subject to the same refund policies (see above).
  2. Click on the red "Apply Now" button below to access the College of Extended Studies (CES) online application. Make sure to read the instructions and click "Create A New Account" if you have never applied to a CES program. NOTE: Your SDSU WebPortal password will not work for this account.  If you have issues with the log in process, contact the CES Registration office during regular business hours at 619-594-5152.
  3. Follow the instructions to complete the online application.  Pay your program deposit, as listed in "Payment Schedule" above, during the last part of the online application. NOTE: Your spot in the program is only reserved after you successfully submit your payment online.
  4. An advisor in the CES Faculty-led Study Abroad office will then email you with further instructions within about a week at the address that you indicated in your online application, so make sure to check your inbox and spam mail folders!
  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Amanda Chamberlain, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:,  (619) 594-0540.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.