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  • Locations: Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Auburn University Internship/Externship College/School: College of Liberal Arts
Department: Foreign Languages and Literatures Language of Instruction: Chinese, English
Click here for a definition of this term AU Faculty Leader(s): Carolyn Fitzgerald, Click here for a definition of this term Student Level: JR-Junior, SO-Sophomore, SR-Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Undergraduate GPA Requirement: 2.25 (Undergraduates) Applicant Requirement: AU & Non-AU students may apply
Attendance Requirement: 100% Attendance Is Required
Program Description:

Chinese Language, Culture and
Internship Program in Shanghai, China


Auburn University is offering an intensive two-month academic language, culture, and internship program in Shanghai, China, for students of Chinese. No previous knowledge of Chinese is required, and it may be possible to fulfill your CLA one-year language requirement while abroad. The program offers classes at the beginning and intermediate level, along with an internship in Chinese or English, and optional courses on Chinese culture and business.

The main objectives of the program are to provide Auburn students an opportunity to increase their competence in the Chinese language, and to offer them a firsthand introduction to China’s rich cultural heritage and to the unique development of modern culture and society.

Extensive walking, cobblestone streets, stairs, taxi/bus/metro/train, uneven walkways.



Space is limited and students must file formal applications as soon as they know for sure they are participating. Complete the Auburn Abroad online application and wait for confirmation from the Program Director. Non-Auburn University students must also be accepted as transient students by AU (additional $50 application fee) and will be asked to complete additional requirements.


Payment and Withdrawal Dates

  • March 1: First ½ of program fee due to eBill.
  • March 15: Withdrawal with $1000 penalty.
  • April 5: Second ½ of program fee due to eBill.
  • April 19: No refund after this date.

Other Key Dates for Summer 2020

  • February 1: Suggested early application deadline.
  • February 15: FINAL application deadline for program. Late applications will be considered on a space available basis only.
  • March 8: You must have your PASSPORT in your hands and have your visa application processed through CAPA.
  • June 12: Program Start Date.
  • August 1: Program End Date.


Students may earn 9 semester hours. Students must attend at least 90% of the classes to receive credit. This program offers you the opportunity to begin learning Mandarin Chinese, or to advance your existing Mandarin language skills rapidly, in an intensive environment. You can also expand your historical and cultural understanding of this fast developing country so crucial to the Western world through courses taught in English. It also helps students better understand the development and role of Shanghai as an emerging global city and the reform, current state, and future prospects for the Chinese economy in a cutting edge curriculum that involves trips to local businesses in Shanghai.

Students must also complete a part-time internship supported by a Learning Through Internships seminar. Internships in a host of disciplines are open to you at all levels of language ability and include businesses, nonprofits, and nongovernmental organizations. This combination is strongly recommended for business, economics, and other students looking to enhance their marketability by becoming "China smart".


Select the following document to find information about pre-approved courses offered at this program location: Shanghai.PreApproved.Courses.2019.pdf

Students may also obtain approval to take courses that are not pre-approved. Please contact the Faculty Director for more information regarding course options.


For approximate program costs, download a copy of the LA.FLL.Shanghai.Budget.2020

*NOTE: Auburn University reserves the right to modify the program cost and/or content as necessitated by changes in the economic situation.


Students live at the international student residence at East China Normal University. At ECNU, you’ll live in one of the on-campus international dormitories, giving you the chance to meet students from across the globe. You’ll live in double rooms that include an en-suite bathroom, Internet access, a TV, a small refrigerator, and a desk. There’s also access to laundry in the building. Each student will receive a pre-paid travel pass that provides access to the Shanghai metro and buses.


Shanghai, China

Shanghai (literally "the city on the way to the sea") is situated in the middle of China's eastern coastline, at the mouth of the Yangtze River at the heart of the Yangtze River Delta - China's key economic and business region. Designated as China's international finance, insurance and world cruise center, and now China's largest container port, Shanghai is also growing into China's future movie animation and fashion capital to supplement its industrial base - now heavily focused on innovation - developed since Shanghai Pudong was established as a Special Economic Zone in 1990. This stunning 24 hour city of 23 million people has a long history of engagement with foreign nations and is home to the largest domestic migrant worker population and international community on the mainland, giving a unique culture that combines West with East. 


If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.


  • U.S. Citizens will need a visa to enter China. Instructions on obtaining a Chinese visa will be given by CAPA.
  • Non-US Citizens must check on visa requirements for visits of any duration in China.


Contact the Faculty Director listed at the top of the page with any program specific questions.

This program is currently not accepting applications.