• About this Program
    • Program Overview
    • On Location in Shanghai
  • Academics
    • Summer Curriculum
    • Credits, Grades, and Transcripts
  • Internships
    • Internships in Shanghai
  • Calendar and Fees
    • Academic Calendar
    • Program Fees
  • Daily Life
    • Student Housing
    • Chinese Roommates
    • Food and Meals
  • Activities and Excursions
    • Local Activities
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Summer Internship Program

Program Overview

Launching in Summer 2014, the 9-credit curriculum includes a full-time internship (6 credits) and an Alliance core course (3 credits). Internships are supervised by a faculty advisor and designed to accommodate a variety of language levels and academic or professional interests, though placements may vary according to each student’s Chinese language proficiency.

Placements may include Chinese, foreign-owned, or joint-venture companies, research and government organizations, NGOs, or media and art studios. Students also participate in an internship seminar that requires a paper and oral presentation.


  • 3.0 GPA minimum
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at an accredited U.S. institution

Although no prior study of Chinese is required, students’ Chinese language proficiency may affect their internship placements. The internship field in China’s large cities is highly competitive and the number of available placements is limited.

Academic Structure

For a total 9 credits in the summer term, students take the following curriculum. All classes are offered exclusively for Alliance students.

  • English-taught core course
  • Full-time internship

On Location in Shanghai

Shanghai offers students an unparalleled opportunity to experience China in a city undergoing economic rebirth and revitalization. Shanghai is the place to be to witness the economic and socio-cultural transformations of modern China (as well as to observe the disparities that remain). Shanghai has traditionally been one of the most important financial and business centers of Asia, and is becoming known as "the Wall Street of the East". After the Second World War and the establishment of the People's Republic of China, foreign investment was discouraged. Today, however, Shanghai is again a multinational hub of finance and business and one of the world's major financial centers.

Check out this interactive map of the Alliance's resources across Shanghai:

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Shanghai is a remarkable phenomenon in the evolution of global metropolises today. There is no place like this once sleepy fishing town which has become the largest city in China and the country's most important commercial, financial, and industrial center. One must experience Shanghai to begin to comprehend this diverse and constantly changing nation. Pudong (in eastern Shanghai) was the site of the 2010 World Expo. The entire city is still buzzing with excitement about welcoming 73 million domestic and international visitors.


The Alliance's International Business program is located on Shanghai University of Finance Economics' (SUFE) Zhongshan Bei Yi Lu campus (中山北一路校区) in the heart of the densely populated residential streets of Shanghai's Hongkou District (虹口区), characterized by walkable neighborhoods with an array of small shops, food markets, and other amenities. Students are conveniently close to Chi Feng Road Light Rail Station (赤峰路站) and numerous bus lines serving all parts of the city. 

One rail stop away lies Hongkou Football Stadium station (虹口足球场)another bustling area of shops, historic streets, beautiful older homes, and Lu Xun Park and memoriala great place for early morning exercise with the locals. Traces of early 20th Century history are still evident in this part of the city but for those lured by the neighborhood's modern comforts, Hongkou's busy shopping district is nearby stretching from Sichuan Bei Lu (Sichuan North Road 四川北路) all the way to Suzhou Creek and the city center. It is a great place to spend an afternoon, people watch, and find just about anything you need.

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. Alliance classes are based at SUFE’s International Cultural Exchange School (ICES). ICES is devoted to the education of foreign students and aims to train students with a background in international economics or management.


Summer Curriculum

Launching in Summer 2014, the 9-credit curriculum includes a full-time internship (6 credits) and an Alliance core course (3 credits). Internships are supervised by a faculty advisor and designed to accommodate a variety of language levels and academic or professional interests, though placements may vary according to each student’s Chinese language proficiency. Students also participate in an internship seminar that requires a paper and oral presentation.


  • Full-time internship course (6 credits)
  • China: Economic Giant (3 credits) or Chinese Society in the 21st Century (3 credits)


INTS380 Internship (required, 30+ hours/week, 6 credits)

Students participate in a 6-credit full-time internship throughout the summer. Interns are placed in Chinese, joint-venture, or foreign-owned companies, research and government organizations, NGOs, or media and art studios. Interns work full-time at the internship site and complete a research project that includes a 3-5,000 word paper and oral presentation. Internships are supervised by faculty advisor who meets regularly with each student both in groups and individually. Although no prior study of Chinese is required, students’ Chinese language proficiency may affect their internship placements.

ECON360 China: Economic Giant (3 class hours/week, 3 credits)

The course provides an interpretative survey of China's emergence as a global economic power. The phenomenal changes in the Chinese economy over recent decades are highlighted against the background of the pre-reform era. Aspects of quantitative development are related to the radical reforms adopted since 1978. Students discuss major policy issues encountered by the Chinese government in sustaining high-speed economic growth without instability. Students also explore China’s pursuit of full integration into the global free trade system. Particular emphasis is placed on the contributions of Shanghai and the Yangtze River delta, the single most important economic and financial hub of China.

SOCI260 Chinese Society in the 21st Century (6 class hours/week, 3 credits)

This course examines the transformation in Chinese society since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 with emphasis on the changes brought about in the wake of the economic reforms of the 1980s and 1990s. Topics include the developments in urban and rural social transformation introduced by the reforms, the changing relationship between the individual and society, the urban/rural divide, and population control and the one child policy. Students explore the social consequences of China's rapid integration into the global economy.

Credits, Grades, and Transcripts

Credits, Grades, and Transcripts

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 an accredited U.S. university. For all Alliance programs through Spring 2014, transcripts are issued by Arcadia University. For Summer 2014 programs and beyond, transcripts are issued by Butler University.   

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 a student’s responsibility to work with their study abroad or academic advisor and home school 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 or Arcadia University’s Undergraduate Academic Programs Committee. Arcadia University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. 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 Program in Shanghai—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 they take while enrolled on an Alliance program. Withdrawals (W) 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 for Alliance courses is as follows:


At the conclusion of a program, an official transcript is sent to the participant's home school, with an unofficial copy forwarded to the participant. 

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.

Participants in Alliance programs through Spring 2014 can request additional copies of transcripts online or in writing at any time from the Arcadia University Registrar's Office.

Participants in Alliance programs beginning Summer 2014 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. 

If you have a question about the transcripting process or timeline, please feel free to contact your Student Services Manager.

Internships in Shanghai

Internships are supervised by a faculty advisor and designed to accommodate a variety of language levels. Placements may include Chinese, foreign-owned, or joint-venture companies, research and government organizations, NGOs, or media and art studios.

The Alliance makes every effort to place student interns at companies or organizations that match their interests as closely as possible. The placements depend on the employers’ needs, what each student can bring to the company/organization, each student’s background, prior experience, performance during interview, and skill sets, including but not limited to the student’s Chinese language level and communication skills. The placement process begins with the submission of the Internship Intent Form during the program application process, and placements are typically finalized after an in-person interview in China. 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.

Sample of Past Student Internships:

  • Shanghai Tonghe Industrial & Trade Development Co., Ltd, the not-for-profiteconomic development bureau of Baoshan District Government
  • Chi Heng Foundation, a Hong Kong based NGO that focuses its work on supporting education and training for children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS
  • Pactera (formerly VanceInfo Technologies Inc.), an IT and software development firm consulting for finance, technology, telecommunications, transportation, manufacturing and retail
  • Image Tunnel, a studio located in Shanghai’s Contemporary Arts District that is devoted to recording the changes in the city and promoting the culture in Shanghai
  • Merck Chemicals China, global chemical company offering specialty products for electronics, printing, coatings, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and biotech industries
  • Forte, Inc., a residential real estate subsidiary of Fosun, Inc., Shanghai’s largest privately owned company
  • CITS, New Shanghai International Travel Service Co., Ltd, China’s largest travel services agency
  • City Weekend Magazine, a print and online magazine under Ringier, a Swiss-based multinational media company


Internship placements will vary by each student’s Chinese language ability. Students must apply for the internship course when completing the Course Selection Form and submit a copy of their resume.


The internship course is worth 6 credits. Credit is awarded for the academic component of the internship. Interns will complete a research project, including a final word paper (in English). The work is supervised throughout the term by a faculty advisor, who will meet with the student individually. Interns work full-time at their internship site in addition to attending on weekly course during the summer.

Academic Calendar

Summer 2014 term: June 18 - August 18

The Alliance Orientation is MANDATORY. You should make your travel plans accordingly. More details can be found in the Accepted Students: Travel Arrangements 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 term. Please encourage family and/or friends to visit AFTER the program has ended.

2014 Summer Shanghai Program Calendar

  • Suggested flight departure: June 17
  • Arrival in Shanghai: June 18
  • Orientation: June 19-22
  • Classes begin: June 23
  • Final exams: August 11-15
  • Students must move out of housing (by 12 noon): August 18

Program Fees

Summer 2014 Program   $ 7,100


The program cost includes tuition and fees, pre-departure materials, guidance with applying for a visa, orientation, housing, weekly activities, all textbooks, the services of a full-time Resident Director, medical and evacuation insurance, and a one-week Field Study Trip and a weekend trip in the fall and spring semesters and a five-day Field Study Trip in the summer term. 

The program price does not include airfare to China, meals, passport and visa fees, independent travel, and other items not mentioned as included. Students who opt to live with a Chinese host family must pay an additional fee. 

Our breakdown of summer 2014 program fees includes an itemized list of additional expenses students may encounter abroad.


The Alliance encourages students to enroll for more than one term and to consider studying with more than one Alliance program. Some students choose to spend fall term in one location and spring term in another. Others continue in our summer term after completing spring.

Students who continue into a second term with the Alliance receive a $500 discount on the program fee for the second term. All combinations (two semesters, semester plus summer, two semesters plus summer) are possible.

Student Housing

Students are housed in the student dormitory located near the center of campus and very close to Alliance classrooms. This building houses international students and a small number of local undergraduate and professional degree students.  Each Alliance student will share a double room with a Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE) university student. Rooms include two single beds, two desks, desk lamps, two thermoses for boiled water (available on first floor of dormitory), closet space with a lockbox for each student, remote control heater/air-conditioner, bathroom with shower, and a balcony. Hot water is available 45 minutes after turning on the hot water heater located in the bathroom. The water heater holds approximately 15 minutes worth of hot water. Sheets, pillows and a comforter are provided; towels are not. Filtered water is replenished at student expense (10 RMB/$1.45 per tank), with the help of the dormitory’s front desk staff.  During Alliance SUFE orientation all students are required to pay a 200 RMB (approximately $30 US dollars) housing deposit.  If there is no damage to the room at the end of the program, the deposit is refunded in full.

Chinese Roommates

A distinct feature of the International Business program is the chance to share a double room with a Chinese student studying at SUFE. This offers the opportunity for Alliance students to get to know Chinese students on campus quickly and to engage in language and cultural exchange with their new friends. Chinese roommates are invited to attend many of the organized activities. Former Alliance students consistently rate this experience as one of their favorite program features.

Food and Meals

Meals are not included in the Alliance program fee.  Many students eat in the new cafeteria on campus. Meals are inexpensive (about $1-3 per meal). Many students also eat in local restaurants, especially those on the street adjacent to the campus. Students should budget $10 per day for meals, which will allow them to eat some meals off campus at local restaurants if desired.

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.

Local Activities

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.

Extra-Curricular Classes

The Alliance arranges extra-curricular classes which may include Chinese painting, calligraphy, cooking, Taiji or other martial arts, seal carving, or paper cutting. These classes offer a wonderful opportunity to learn more about traditional Chinese culture.

In and Around Shanghai

Students visit the famous sites of Shanghai including Yuyuan Park, the historic Bund along the Huangpu River, and the former French concession. Activities may also include cultural performances, museum visits, special lectures, visits to artists' studios, architectural walking tours, and opportunities to meet locals, including students from other campuses. To complement the international business curriculum, the Alliance arranges a series of visits to Chinese, joint-venture, and foreign-owned enterprises, allowing students to better understand the local business environment. Below is a sampling of activities from previous semesters. Specific activities for future terms are subject to change:

Company Visit to Sigma Group in Baoshan District

Sigma's aluminum alloy exports represent 50% of China's total aluminum alloy exports, and 40% of China's aluminum alloy exports to Japan. With the rapid development of China's automobile market, Sigma's domestic sales have also increased at a rapid pace. Sigma has the highest domestic sales volume out of China's secondary aluminum smelters. Students visited the company and each were given a copy of the New Yorker magazine article in which Sigma Group and its CEO Tony Huang were prominently featured. Tony personally hosted the excursion, led students on a tour of the processing facility and shared his insights in a Q&A session.

Weekend Trip to Shaoxing City

Students on the Shaoxing City trip have the opportunity to visit two textile factories and Asia's largest textile market. Students also paddle down one of Shaoxing's historical canals, visited Lu Xun's boyhood home and school, and picked tea at a tea farm.

Propaganda Poster Art Centre

Founder and owner Mr. Yang Peiming hosted the tour of the facilities and provided an introduction to his poster collection. Participants of this activity included SUFE students and their Chinese roommates. For more information on the Propaganda Poster Art Centre, please visit

Visit to Baosteel in Baoshan District

Students participated in a site visit to the largest iron and steel conglomerate in China. Baosteel is the sixth-largest steel producer in the world with revenues of $21.5 billion.

Lecture/Discussion titled "Adapting to China's Business and Financial Practices"

The engaging lecture and Q&A session was led by Daniel Drescher, Alliance alum and 2008 graduate of University of Florida; Li Qi, Managing Director, Prosperity Assets Management Company and former Assistant Vice President, Golden Brilliant Investment Holding Company; and Wang Xumin, former Investment Director, Prosperity Assets Management, Ltd.

Documentary/Discussion: "Art, Economics, and Shanghai's Urban Redevelopment Politics"

The artist, and voice behind the M50 (Moganshan Lu) Studio and Contemporary Art Gallery District, presented her documentary on the making of the M50 district; an exploration of contemporary art, urban redevelopment, and social transformation.

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