Promoting health and wellness for 1.3 billion Chinese citizens, while considering a rapidly aging population and increasing rural-to-urban migration, is no easy feat. Ground-breaking studies, government ministries, and international diplomacy shape key public health policies and practices as Shanghai buzzes with innovation. This program examines how public health policy is shaped by social, economic, and political currents and ultimately put into practice in the world’s most populous country. Students also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in public health and related fields by enrolling in an internship or pursuing a directed research project.
|Program Terms||Fall Semester, Spring Semester|
|Subjects Offered||Chinese, Environmental Studies, Nutrition, Political Science, Public Health, Traditional Medicine|
|Field Components||Directed Research, Internships|
|Housing||Shared Apartments with Chinese Roommates|
|Excursions||Week-Long Field Study Trip|
|Application Deadlines||April 15 (Fall), November 1 (Spring)|
All students are encouraged to consider studying abroad for multiple terms to deepen their knowledge of Shanghai and China as a whole.
The Public Health Policy and Practice program invites you to examine how public health policy is shaped by social, economic, and political currents and ultimately put into practice in the world’s most populous country. The 16-credit semester is comprised of a required core course and Chinese language plus three electives, including opportunities for internships and directed research.
Public health policy in China has been shaped by rapid and profound economic, social, and political currents. This course examines those developments and their implications for public health practice. Contemporary issues in health policy at national and local levels will be explored within the context of the health system. Topics include the former One Child Policy and family planning, caring for an aging population, child and maternal health, health literacy, and regional and urban/rural variations in health.
Chinese Language (4 credits)
No prior language study is required. A placement exam during on-site orientation determines each student's appropriate language level.
CHIN 100 Beginning Chinese I
CHIN 101 Beginning Chinese II
CHIN 200 Intermediate Chinese I
CHIN 201 Intermediate Chinese II
CHIN 300 Advanced Chinese I
CHIN 301 Advanced Chinese II
CHIN 400 Advanced Chinese III
CHIN 401 Advanced Chinese IV
CHIN 600 Advanced Readings in Chinese
All area studies courses are taught in English. Not all electives may be offered in a given semester depending on enrollment and faculty availability.
DIRR 380 Directed Research (3 credits)
Students may conduct research in the areas of policy studies, global and public health, human and consumer behavior, education, gerontology, recreational management, psychology, and the social sciences. Guided readings and one-on-one meetings with faculty guides provide instruction pertaining to the development of articulate and comprehensive research that remains respectful to the sensitivities of local culture. The course culminates a specific pilot study in the field.
INTS 380 Internship (3 credits)
Interns are placed in Chinese or international non-profits, corporations, consulting firms, or think-tanks focused on promoting public and environmental health. Placements are highly competitive, and other foreign languages and professional skills assist in the placement process as well. Interns spend approximately 10 hours per week at the internship site and complete a final academic paper with an accompanying oral presentation. Internships are supervised by a faculty advisor who meets with students at least twice individually and three times as a group.
PUBH 350 / ENVI 350 Environmental Health (3 credits)
Environmental health concerns in China, particularly surrounding air and water pollution, are well documented and widely acknowledged on the international stage. Rapid growth in China’s industry and economy have led to increasing health hazards for Chinese people in their communities, homes, schools, and even workplaces. In this course, students explore the various issues policy makers consider when undertaking risk assessment and developing regulatory policies to reduce these negative impacts while maintaining a trajectory of economic growth.
PUBH 330 Nutrition, Food Safety and Security (3 credits)
With the recent development of the China Food and Drug Administration, as well as public demand for improvement in the management of food safety risks, issues of nutrition and food security permeate many Chinese policy agendas. China’s cultural and political landscapes provide an ideal context for exploring these complex and interconnected topics. This course allows students to examine how China’s regional diversity, uneven economic development, and varied dietary consumption patterns impact policy decisions and regulatory standards.
HLSC 300 / TCNM 300 Traditional Chinese Medicine (3 credits)
Over 3,000 years, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has formed a unique system for diagnosing and treating disease as well as cultivating life-long health. A combination of classroom sessions and hands-on TCM practica provides a lens through which students can better understand the Chinese cultural context in which today’s public health policy is implemented. This course introduces basic TCM theories, useful daily diagnostics, and treatment methods including acupressure, Chinese herbs, dietary adjustments, cupping, reflexology, acupuncture, and exercises such as tai chi.
In addition to required and elective courses, Alliance students may participate in an exciting online course with a global cohort from IFSA-Butler locations around the world. Enrolling in this course brings your course load to, or above, 18 U.S. semester credit hours and requires approval from your study abroad advisor.
Through a creative online format, this course facilitates active engagement with your host community, exploration of cultural identity and examination of diversity in the context of political, economic and sociocultural structures. Students cover topics such as intercultural communication skills, intercultural learning theories, tools for intercultural analysis and the development of personal strategies for engaging with differences of any kind following the study abroad experience. This course is ideal for students who seek transferable skills and specific competencies for successful work in the global marketplace. The asynchronous course format allows you to take part in online discussions, post responses, review peer contributions, submit your assignments, read materials and watch instructor videos at the time of day (or night) that best suits your personal schedule.
The Public Health Policy and Practice program offers a unique opportunity for undergraduates to delve deeply into meaningful research projects of their own design in the capital of the world’s most populous country. Students conceptualize, conduct, and present a substantial piece of research relevant to the burgeoning field of public health. Each research project takes place within the practical context of a local organization and provides opportunities for community engagement.
Students have regular meetings with faculty guides in their subject area to discuss the formation and execution of their research plans. This inquiry process is supported by the Alliance’s network of local experts, including social activists, health educators, doctors, business leaders, and policymakers – as well as our team of faculty advisors. All directed research projects are subject to the interest and availability of faculty and may require prior relevant coursework.
A detailed syllabus for the Directed Research course is forthcoming. Please check back soon!
Potential SHANGHAI research areas
- The Effectiveness of Acupuncture in Treating Arthritis and Chronic Pain
- Birth Control Policy and Women's Social Status in China
- The Legacy of China’s One-Child Policy and its Consequences for Elderly Welfare
- Chinese Perceptions of Stem Cell Research
- Increasing Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes in Chinese Adults
- Organ Donation Culture Within China
- Disability Accommodation in China: Perception Versus Reality
- How NGOs Engage with Communities, Governments and One Another in a Chinese Context
- Expectations of Chinese Female University Students about Primary Health Care
- HIV Stigma and Discrimination in China
- Networks and Services Available to Female Migrant Workers
- Measuring Parent-Child Relationships Within the People's Republic of China
In Shanghai, students have the opportunity to participate in an unpaid, credit-bearing internship at sites that may include Chinese or international non-profits, corporations, or think-tanks focused on promoting public and environmental health. Students will spend 10-12 hours per week in their placement and will be expected to complete the academic requirements to receive credit.
Students are not required to have experience in Chinese language but will find that a lack of language proficiency may limit placement opportunities. The Alliance makes every effort to place student interns at companies that match the organization’s needs with a student’s skills, experience, and goals, including but not limited to the student’s Chinese language level and communication skills, prior professional experience, and work competencies. Students should not independently seek out organizations; although if a student has an existing personal contact for a specific, preferred placement they may communicate this to Alliance staff who will investigate whether it may be arranged in accordance with Alliance academic policies. The placement process begins with the submission of the Field Component Form upon acceptance into the program, and placements are typically finalized after an in-person interview in China.
Potential SHANGHAI Internship placements
Although the Alliance makes every effort to accommodate student preferences during the placement process, applicants are also encouraged to be flexible. Certain fields and industry sectors may limit the types of work available to undergraduate interns. The internship field in China’s large cities is highly competitive and the number of available placements is limited.
- A humanitarian organization assisting victims of war and violence
- A local non-profit helping mentally challenged individuals learn basic life skills
- A strategic communications and public affairs consulting firm working in public health and related areas
- A conservation union addressing health issues affecting the natural environment and human interactions
- A marketing and sales team for traditional and Western medicine and medical instruments
- A think-tank servicing multinational corporations and organizations
A study abroad experience is first and foremost an academic experience. All Alliance for Global Education courses have undergone a faculty review and approval process, and are transcripted by Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. While in most cases students who have received approval from their home institution to study on an Alliance program can be assured of credits transferring, it is each student’s responsibility to work with the home school study abroad advisor and faculty or academic departments to ensure credit transfer for specific courses.
Credits and Accreditation
Credits granted for Alliance courses are identified in course listings on the Curriculum page for each program, and appear on the official transcript issued at the completion of a student's term. Credit is issued in U.S. semester hours, ensuring that students continue to make progress toward their degrees and verifying the full-time course load they completed while abroad.
All Alliance courses have been reviewed and approved by Butler University’s Undergraduate Academic Programs Committee. Butler University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Programs approved by the Butler University College of Business—which include the Alliance’s International Business in China Program—are accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Students receive a letter grade on a scale from A to F for every course taken while enrolled on an Alliance program. Withdrawals may be granted due to exceptional circumstances. Although policies at students' home institutions may differ, the Alliance does not permit students to take courses on a credit/no credit or pass/fail basis. Student grades are determined by criteria set forth in course syllabi. The grading scale used in determining letter grades is as follows:
At the conclusion of a program, an official transcript is sent to the participant's home campus and to the student's permanent address. Please use this form if the Alliance has accepted you into a program and you have changed your home, school or billing address. Federal regulations require official documentation and a signature for address changes.
Because timelines for final evaluation may vary due to respective program calendars or administrative structures of partner universities abroad, transcripts may take longer to issue than they do at U.S. institutions. While the timeline varies by program, a general timeline for issuing transcripts is:
- Fall programs - transcript issued in late February
- Spring and Summer programs - transcript issued in late September
Transcripts are not released for students with an outstanding balance of program fees or other charge incurred while on the program. Students enrolling in consecutive terms with the Alliance do not receive their first term transcript until their second term fees are paid in full.
Students in Alliance programs from Summer 2014 and beyond can request additional transcripts of their transcripts online at any time from Butler University's online transcript ordering service provided by the National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit organization serving the higher education community.
For all Alliance programs through Spring 2014, transcripts were issued by Arcadia University. Students enrolled during that time can request additional copies of transcripts online or in writing from the Arcadia University Registrar's Office.
If you have a question about the transcripting process or timeline, please contact your Academic Records Coordinator.
Academic Record Appeal
The Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University (IFSA-Butler) can assist you with your academic record appeal for any IFSA-Butler or Alliance program by contacting the host institution you attended and/or program instructor as well as our staff abroad for further information.
Academic record appeals can be varied in nature, including grade appeals, credit appeals, courses missing from the transcript, course title, etc.
Students may appeal the content of their academic records according to the official procedures set by the host university and/or program. All appeals must be submitted to IFSA-Butler promptly after receipt of the Butler University transcript via our online Academic Record Appeal Form. IFSA-Butler allows students one year from the program end date to submit appeals, however it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of and meet the deadlines set by the host university and/or program attended. The earliest deadline takes precedence.
No appeals will be undertaken for those students who have taken early examinations, have arranged to submit any course work outside the scheduled dates, have a financial hold on their account or have been accused of academic dishonesty for the course in question.
The appeals process may be lengthy due to differences between universities abroad and the U.S. academic systems and calendars. Therefore, you should expect that an appeal may take three weeks to three months to resolve.
What constitutes a valid academic record appeal?
You must have reason to believe that an error has been made in calculating your grades or credits (i.e. submitted work was not received; an error may have been made in marking your final exam, etc.) or that you were exempt from a portion of the coursework due to a documented medical or personal emergency.
The following arguments, on their own, are insufficient reason for an appeal:
- “My home university requires a higher grade for transfer of credit.”
- “I feel I deserve a better grade.”
- “I was over my head in this class.”
- “I worked hard and spent a lot of time, effort and money on this class.”
Complete the IFSA-Butler Academic Record Appeal form, clearly describing the nature of your academic record appeal. Upload any supporting documentation. You must be polite, specific, and when appropriate, substantiate your well-written logical appeal by providing relevant documentation. Upon receiving a response from your host institution and/or program instructor, your academic records coordinator will notify you of the results as soon as they are available.
All decisions made by the host university and/or program instructor are final. An academic record appeal may result in a higher or lower grade. IFSA-Butler reserves the right to withhold the submission of those appeals that do not meet the above criteria and to issue a final decision.
Click here for the academic record appeal form.
- Spring 2018 term: January 17 – May 12
- Fall 2017 term: August 23 – December 16
The Alliance orientation is mandatory. You should make your travel plans accordingly. More details can be found in the Pre-Departure Information section.
Given the program’s busy academic schedule, weekly local activities and excursions, and field study trips, the Alliance strongly discourages students from hosting visitors until the end of the semester. Please encourage family and/or friends to visit after the program has ended.
2018 Spring SHANGHAI PROGRAM CALENDAR
- Suggested flight departure: January 16
- Arrival in Shanghai: January 17
- Orientation: January 18-20
- Classes begin: January 22
- Field Study Trip*: TBD
- Independent Travel*: TBD
- Final exams: May 7-11
- Program ends (students must depart by 12:00pm): May 12
2017 Fall Shanghai Program Calendar
- Suggested flight departure: August 22
- Arrival in Shanghai: August 23
- Orientation: August 24-27
- Classes begin: August 28
- Field Study Trip*: September 23-30
- Independent Travel*: November 11-18
- Final exams: December 11-15
- Program ends (students must depart by 12:00pm): December 16
* Organized trip dates are subject to change at any time.
Students are housed in Tonghe International Apartments adjacent to the Alliance program center and university and a 10-15 minute walk from area studies course classrooms. The two bedroom apartments are shared by one Alliance student and one local university student, while three bedroom apartments are shared by two Alliance students and one local university student.
The apartments include a bathroom, kitchen, and a furnished bedroom with desk, desk lamp, closet space, and a remote control heating/air-conditioning unit. The bedrooms also include sheets, pillows, and a comforter. Towels are not provided. The furnished common areas include a TV, filtered water dispenser, refrigerator, and stove-top gas burners or a hotplate in the kitchen. Some apartments also have a small washing machine. Filtered water is replenished at student expense (12 RMB/$1.80 per tank) with the help of the Tonghe front desk staff. No kitchen utensils or other supplies are provided. During orientation all students are required to pay a 500 RMB (approximately $74 US dollars) housing deposit. If there is no damage to the room at the end of the program, this deposit will be refunded in full. Internet is available in each apartment for purchase (89 RMB/$14 per month) via the Tonghe front desk.
Meals are not included in the Alliance program fee. Students should budget an average of $11-$13 (75-90rmb) per day based on eating typical meals near campus. Additional costs will be associated with beverages such as coffee or boba tea.
Food costs in Shanghai may vary widely depending on individual preferences and dietary needs. There are several local Chinese options available throughout the area immediately surrounding the program center, and eating there or at the SUFE campus cafeteria provide the most inexpensive options. There are also a number of Western or non-Chinese cuisine restaurants on the nearby Daxue Lu (University Road) that are likely to be more expensive, and in some cases, comparably priced to restaurants in the U.S. Vegetables and fresh produce for home cooking can be purchased relatively inexpensively from local wet markets, but organic produce from grocers tends to be more expensive.
Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more information on estimated out-of-pocket expenses in Shanghai, including meals and other essentials.
Vegetarians will find that good food is available in China. Most restaurants serve lots of vegetables, tofu dishes, and staples such as rice, noodles, or dumplings. Note that some restaurants may use animal fat in preparing dishes, and many vegetable dishes are prepared cooked in oil – instead of being served raw or steamed.
Throughout the term, students are invited to take part in a full schedule of excursions, events and lectures designed to enhance their understanding of China and the historical and modern influences that impact its culture and people. Students explore the famous sites of Shanghai including Yuyuan Park, the historic Bund along the Huangpu River, and the former French concession. Field visits may include cultural performances, museum visits, special lectures, visits to artists' studios, architectural walking tours, and many opportunities to meet locals, including students from other campuses. Below is a sampling of activities from previous semesters. Specific activities for future terms are subject to change.
The Chinese Lantern Festival marks the end of Spring Festival (Chinese New Year). Students celebrated in the traditional Chinese fashion with colorful lanterns, dumplings (tang yuan) and riddles.
Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center
The art center exhibits selected propaganda posters displayed across China from 1949 to 1979. Students were given a tour of the facilities and poster collection by founder and owner Mr. Yang Peiming. For more information on the Propaganda Poster Art Centre, please visit http://www.shanghaipropagandaart.com/.
Visit Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center
To grasp Shanghai’s history and development, as well as its ambitious plans for the future, students visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center.
Yueju (Shaoxing) Opera Performance
Students were treated to a special performance of Yueju, a type of opera with a history of about 800 years and derived from a kind of story-singing. At first, it was performed with a small drum and hardwood clappers for rhythm, and choral and orchestral accompaniment was later added.
Visit to Xintiandi and the Chinese Communist Party Museum
The excursion to Xintiandi and the Chinese Communist Party Museum was led by the instructors of the "Issues in Contemporary Society and Culture" and "Contemporary Chinese Politics" courses. Students were encouraged to consider questions about tradition, modernization, and history and to pay attention to the ironies of their setting. Students are also asked to situate "Chinese culture" into a historical context of encountering the west.
World AIDS Day Discussion
Shao Jing, author of a very powerful academic article on the politics of HIV / AIDS and the value of bodies under a neoliberal regime, spoke to the Society and Culture class on World Aids Day. Shao Jing completed his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago and is now a professor at Nanjing University. Simon Tang, Office Director of the Chi Heng Foundation, also spoke about the Foundation’s work with children affected by AIDS in China.
"My Shanghai," Migrant Students’ Photography Exhibit
Students viewed “My Shanghai,” an exhibit showcasing photographs taken by sixth grade students from Jin Hu Primary School.
Acrobatics Show: Pu Jiang Qing
During orientation, students have the opportunity to see the breathtaking stunts of an acrobatics show, a form of performing arts that has existed in China for more than two thousand years.
Visit to the Shouchun Migrant School in Pudong
Students visited classrooms in small groups and communicate with migrant students in Chinese to understand their experiences in Shanghai--- and to teach them some basic English words.
Visit to Shanghai Roots and Shoots
Participants of this activity got a detailed picture of how an environmental NGO works in Shanghai. Student interested in environmental studies may have the opportunity to volunteer for Roots and Shoots programs.
The Alliance arranges extra-curricular classes which may include Chinese painting, calligraphy, cooking, taiji or other martial arts, pottery, seal carving, or paper cutting. These classes offer a wonderful opportunity to learn more about traditional Chinese culture.
The program price includes tuition and fees, housing, pre-departure materials and advising, student visa authorization documents, orientation, organized activities, field study trips, course materials and basic stationery supplies, phone and internet set-up assistance, the services of a full-time resident staff, and medical/evacuation insurance.
what's not included
The program price does not include airfare to China, the cost of your student visa, meals, transportation, phone and internet, deposits required for local services, independent travel, and other items not mentioned as included.
out of pocket expenses
When making your budget, think about your spending habits – are you a “Just the Essentials” Traveler, happy to eat all meals at the campus canteen and exploring the city on foot? Or are you more of the “Everything Extra” Traveler, who wants to experience everything – nights out at the clubs, shopping at boutiques, and traveling every weekend?
Estimated Out of Pocket Expenses for One Semester
|Roundtrip airfare to China||$ 1,500|
|Visa application in U.S.||$ 275|
|Visa application in China (required for internships)||$ 200|
|Local transportation (varies by distance)||$ 825|
|Phone usage (varies with data plan)||$ 80|
|Internet usage||$ 50|
|Incidentals and personal care items||$ 50|
|Independent travel (weekends and travel week)||$ 800|
|Estimated Total||$ 5,630|
*Estimated in-country expenses based on 1.00 US Dollar = 6.5 Yuan Renminbi
FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Remember to check in with your home university and visit our Finances pages to learn more about financial aid and study abroad scholarships.
The Alliance encourages students to consider studying abroad with more than one Alliance program. The Alliances offers a $500 scholarship to repeat students who choose to study on our programs a second (or third!) time to help you get there faster!
The first program can be any Alliance opportunity, and your participation can be in non-consecutive terms. The scholarship does not apply to semester students who choose to extend to a year-long program, as a discount is already included in our full-year program fees.
Our Shanghai program center sits just around the corner from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE), within the center of Shanghai’s university district. Meet our on-site staff!
The Shanghai programs are located just outside of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics’ (SUFE) main campus within the center of Shanghai’s university district. The neighborhood is lined with numerous small shops and restaurants to serve the transient student population. Within two blocks of student housing, you can find many small shops and cafes as well as the cuisines of Xinjiang, Hunan, Sichuan, Korea, Japan, Mexico, the U.S.A., and more. Several parks and recreational facilities located on campus just blocks from students’ dorms serve as great places for Chinese and international students alike to study, relax, or play frisbee.
Just a short distance from campus is Wujiaochang (五角场), a long-standing commercial node that has undergone a dramatic makeover in recent years. Today you will find two large shopping malls with scores of shops and restaurants of all kinds, including electronics, books, clothing, a movie theater, KTV, numerous bakeries, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Watson’s, and a Shanghai No. 1 Food Mart. You’ll also find H&M, Haagen Daz, and Sephora all in a row, as well as The Bank of China, ICBC, and ATM machines for China Construction Bank, Merchants Bank, and others. You can explore beyond this area’s student hangouts and cultural activities by easily catching metro line 10 downtown at Wujiaochang to experience the rest of what this exciting metropolis has to offer.
Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
The Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (上海财经大学), founded in 1917, is a multi-dimensional university with a core focus on applied economics and management and offering majors in law, philosophy, as well as humanities. SUFE, home to 24,000 students on two campuses, is administered by the Chinese Ministry of Education and has recently been selected as one of the "21st Century's Key Universities in China." It is the number one ranked finance and economics university in China.
Check out this interactive map of the Alliance's resources across Shanghai:
View Alliance On Location: Shanghai in a larger map.
The Alliance organizes a one-week field study trip for students during the fall and spring semesters and a long weekend field study trip during the summer term. Destinations may vary but usually include Yunnan or Qinghai province. Through exposure to China’s social, economic, and geographic diversity, as well as regional and ethnic inflections to the Chinese language that has been a focus of their studies, students gain a richly textured sense of the many realities that exist within China.
Yunnan province in southwestern China offers China's most diverse ethnic minority population, stunning scenery, and a rich history. Students gain deep insight into Yunnan's local culture and artistic heritage. They have the opportunity to experience urban life in Kunming, visit small Yi and Miao minority villages, and hike in the gorgeous, mountainous areas of this province. Participants of the trip may also explore the great natural beauty of the Stone Forest, the rain forest of Xishuangbanna, or participate in an extensive encounter with the Bai minority culture in the ancient town of Dali.
Located on the Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai is considered one of the most beautiful regions in China. Students may visit Ta'er Monastery, one of the six most famous Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world, travel to Qinghai Lake, the largest salt water lake in China and one of China’s best bird watching sites, or explore the ancient tombs of Liuwan. Students behold the breathtaking scenery, witness the contrast in development in the region versus the coast, and gain a deeper understanding of Qinghai’s minority nationalities.