Quick Info

  • Shanghai, China
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Anthropology and Archaeology, East Asian Languages, Literature, and Studies, Economics, History, Less Commonly Taught Languages and Cultures, Linguistics, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Studies
  • : June 12, 2019 - August 11, 2019
  • : In-State: $6,799; Out-of-State: $6,999
  • : January 20, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


Students on the program will take 9-credits. They must do an internship as part of this program for 3-credits and they must also take a language course (3-credits). The students will choose an elective for their final 3-credits from the list below. 

Need to fulfill a general education requirement?  We've got courses for that!  Take a look below:

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences:

This program satisfies the 3 foreign culture requirements.  It also fulfills the non-Western foreign culture requirement. Students will take a language course, an elective course listed below and do an internship.

Using a historically- grounded but multi-disciplinary approach, this course seeks to give students on the Pitt in Shanghai program a fuller context in which to understand what they see, hear, and interact within contemporary China.

 It is common to hear the average Chinese person say “we have a huge country with a long history and lots of people” and to then discuss how the “humiliation” of the past 200 years is something contemporary Chinese must overcome. Indeed, history is a living, breathing, and malleable thing in China. Starting with the mid-1800s and using the rich backdrop that today’s Shanghai provides, this class will show students how past and present intersect on an daily basis and how that drives the popular view of what it means to be Chinese and what role China should play in the world. Topics included will be the Opium Wars and Boxer Rebellion, Western settlements and the “China Trade”, the founding and rise of the Chinese Communist Party, World War Two and its aftermath, the Maoist era and post-Mao “reform and opening”, the rise of urban China, and the downsides to staggering economic growth.

 The course will be highly experiential and will include guest speakers from various fields.   You can see the draft syllabus (subject to change) here:  HIST 1423 Draft Syllabus

Students will engage in a conversation-style course that is designed to improve their basic Mandarin skills. There will also be ample opportunity to practice conversational skills on campus and in the university neighborhood.

This course begins with a historical survey of imperial China (before 1912) and Republican China (1912-1949). After providing some historical background, the course then focuses on the politics of the People’s Republic of China, including the Mao era (1949-1978) and the reform era (after 1978). Special attention is paid to “Mao Zedong Thought,” Deng Xiaoping’s contributions and legacies, the organizational structure and operational dynamics of the current political system, modern state building, and the Communist Party’s strategies for survival. When examining these issues, students engage in some of the current debates of the field, mainly those over the features of China’s politico-economic transition and the prospect of democracy in China.You can see the draft syllabus (subject to change) here:  ARTSC 1403 Syllabus

This course is meant to provide an overview of Chinese economy and its impact on the rest of the world. The first part of the course gives a brief historical overview of China's economy, from Mao to Deng's reforms, and on to the 21st century challenges of transitioning from a manufacturing-based economy to a system more incorporated into the global framework. The second part focuses on China’s role in globalization and regional economic integration including the topics of uneven growth and development in China’s western regions and China’s rise from economic isolation. A special emphasis on US-China trade relations helps students evaluate and understand the economic pursuit of these two superpowers in East Asia. The third section of the course considers the unique challenges for multinational corporations to compete in the Chinese market. Students are exposed to the Chinese consumer–their culture and buying behavior. Throughout the course, students analyze the opportunities and risks of international businesses in China.  You can see the draft syllabus (subject to change) here:  ARTSC 1403 Syllabus

This course is intended for students who are interested in economics from a global perspective. It first introduces the emergence of international commerce in history and the establishment of modern capitalism. Theories of international trade and finance are included, and the emphasis is on the analyses of examples, cases, and latest events around the world. The course applies analytical tools including comparative advantage, global competition and technological change, balance of payments, and trade deficits. Finally, a special enquiry into the rise of the Chinese economy and its relations with the rest of the world is also provided.  You can see the draft syllabus (subject to change) here:  ARTSC 1403 Syllabus
Students must participate in an 8-week internship in various fields. For more information on field placements, contact the program manager.  You can see the draft syllabus (subject to change) here:  ARTSC 1901 Draft Syllabus

Coursework may count towards UCIS Asian Studies certificate

Experiential Learning

This program offers you the ability to participate on an 8 - week internship.  Internship placements are guaranteed.  Internships are available in all disciplines and interest areas.  No Chinese language is required for internships although it is extremely helpful.  Internship options are also available for advanced language speakers.

*Internships are unfortunately not available for PRC nationals due to Chinese residency regulations.*

On-Site Faculty And Staff

You won't have Pitt faculty on the ground with you for this program.  However, CET Academic Programs, the partner organization we work with on this program will provide academic, intern, and emergency support for you! In addition, CET Academic programs has a full-time staff on site in Shanghai. Academic staff ensure that you and your classes are a good fit. They direct the curriculum, manage the faculty, and monitor courses. Programming staff help you get the most out of the program. They handle housing, excursions, and day-to-day logistics, and are trained in emergency prevention and management.

Courses will be taught by local faculty members identified by our partner in China, CET Academic Programs. Chinese studies faculty teach your electives. They typically hold, or are working towards, a PhD in their field, and have experience either teaching or researching in the United States.Chinese language instructors are seasoned teachers, hand-picked by CET from the host university. Most instructors have graduate degrees in Chinese or Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language and experience teaching US students.



Students will be staying in on-campus dorms at Donghua University in central Shanghai.  The dorms are double occupancy with en-suite Western style bathrooms, air conditioning, and 24 hour controlled building access.  Classes will be held on the same campus which is conveniently located close to a major subway stop.  

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2019 Pricing & Dates:

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$6,799 $6,999
Arrive in Shanghai Depart Shanghai
6/12/2019 8/11/2019

Keep in mind that pricing and dates may change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

Other Important Dates: 
Please Note: All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and next steps.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 1, 2019 at TBD in TBD. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your Shanghai program fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Tuition for nine credits
  • Housing for the duration of the program
  • International travel health insurance
  • Course related activities
  • Cultural activities including Chinese movie nights and walking tours
  • Weekend excursion to Chinese countryside

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Pitt Study Abroad Administrative Fee $300
  • Roundtrip International Airfare (~$2000)
  • Chinese Visa (~$160)
  • Residents fee (Internship students) $185
  • Passport fees if needed (~$120)
  • Meals and personal expenses ($1000 - $2000 depending on length of stay and spending habits)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

  • Shanghai is a major center for international trade and commerce in China and so Shanghainese are very accustomed to dealing with foreigners. It is still challenging and Chinese language skills are extremely helpful
  • While a working knowledge of Chinese is helpful, there is no language requirement for the internship program.  The companies are looking for native English speakers for their internships.
  • Course (with the exception of language courses) are taught in English
    Due to the nature of the program, the schedule is subject to change. There may be instances where a guest speaker or visit needs to be rescheduled. We ask for your patience and understanding in advance.
  • Remember that this is an academic program and that you should expect to invest the same amount of time and effort on your courses abroad as you would on a course at Pitt. 
  • There are required excursions and activities outside of normal scheduled classes.
  • Independent travel cannot conflict with any scheduled or rescheduled events/activities
  • It will be hot and humid. The beginning of the program takes place during Shanghai's rainy season.
  • *Internships are unfortunately not available for PRC nationals due to Chinese residency regulations.*

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Tim Crawford

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, a Program Manager here in the Study Abroad Office. I’m proud to be from a small town in Central PA but now love calling Pittsburgh home. My study abroad experience includes a semester in France during my sophomore year, Spring Break in London during Grad School and Summer in Italy as a Program Assistant. My experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure whether it’s exploring a new city or new neighborhood in PGH. I fully embrace the yinzer way of life and plan my schedule accordingly around every Pens, Bucs and Stillers game. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study abroad programs and answer any of your questions. Please reach me at TSC29@pitt.edu or 412-648-2156.