The CAPA Shanghai program is housed at East China Normal University's (ECNU) downtown campus, known as a “Garden University” for its beautiful campus scenes with gardens, canals, bridges, and lots of open space. In the Putuo District, the campus is centrally located, so you’ll enjoy walking to the many shops and restaurants in the area or you can opt to spend time at Zhongshan Park –a beautiful place to relax and watch the locals. Additionally, two metro lines serve the campus so you can easily access the rest of the city.
Shanghai is an exhilarating, fast-growing, and culturally rich Global City. With more than 24 million people, 40% of those being foreign-born, Shanghai is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. You can enjoy both traditional and foreign cuisine at the many eateries in the city and take part in annual celebrations such as the Wuzhen International Theater Festival.
This six-week program gives you insight into the significant ways in which Shanghai has been imagined, invented, and transformed by globalization. Earn 6-9 credits.
Courses and Internships
The CAPA Shanghai program includes contextual courses taught in English and Mandarin language courses offered by ECNU. Note: you are required to take a non-credit survival Mandarin course if you are not competent in the language. Courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted. A full listing of CAPA's current course offerings can be found on the CAPA Shanghai Courses section of the website.
Internships: Earn 3 or 6 credits with an optional part-time or full-time internship in a variety of organizations in one of the world’s largest economies. Most internships are English-language placements. Mandarin-language placements are an option for students who meet the language fluency requirements. Students taking an internship follow the same application process but will indicate that they are interested in an internship when prompted during the application process. Contact the program coordinator for more program-specific about the internship option.
The Language Partner Program
If learning Mandarin is a priority for you, you can opt to live with a Chinese roommate. What a great way to improve your Mandarin skills! The CAPA Language Partner Program is available in Spring and Fall only and an additional fee applies. For more information, please contact the Program Specialist (listed at top of brochure).
Housing and Meals
You will live in on-campus housing in an international dormitory or in off-campus, hotel-style housing depending on availability, within a 30-minute commute from campus. This gives students the opportunity to be immersed in campus life as well as meet students from across the globe. Participants will live in double rooms, with two desks, Internet access, and air conditioning. Like many US residence halls, there are communal bathrooms on every floor, kitchens, common rooms, and laundry facilities in all dormitories.
Included in this program are: Local Transportation: A local transit pass for Shanghai metro and buses is included.
Excursions: Enjoy a full-day excursion to Suzhou.
Student Events: Social events include an arrival reception at a traditional Chinese restaurant and a farewell ceremony.
Student Safety & Support: The CAPA Shanghai team is available throughout your program to assist and support you 24/7 with any urgent situations. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan to ensure you have a safe and productive learning experience.
My Global City Program
CAPA’s My Global City unique learning immersion program blends local culture and top-notch academics into the experience of a lifetime for our students. A proven education program that combines theme-based learning with unique cultural experiences turning Shanghai into your classroom.
Some events may include: visiting a huge 3D scale model at the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, discovering the art scene at Tianzifang Arts and Crafts, enjoying a delicious Sichuan hotpot dining experience, exploring the architecture in the Old French Concession, relaxing in an oasis of calm in the Yu Garden, taking in the enchanting multimedia display at the famous China Pavilion from the Shanghai World Expo, or visiting historic temples.
Students will have the opportunity to be matched with another student going on their CAPA program during the application process. This a great way to meet new people prior to arrival have additional support through the support of a “pal” and just another way to get involved in the CAPA Community! You will just need to complete a brief survey about your interests and lifestyle so the CAPA team can find your best match in the cohort! Whether you are a first-time or seasoned traveler, looking to make friends earlier than arrival, or just want a support system to help you as you navigate the process of preparing for living abroad - this program is great for all students!
Visa information will be provided directly by CAPA The Global Education Network. If you would like to learn more about the visa information process, click here.
Students make their own flight arrangements to Shanghai's international airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Students then take a taxi or other form of transportation to CAPA's designated arrival location. Closer to the departure date you will be informed of the official meeting place from CAPA.
Costs (budget sheet)
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Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study and in some cases may have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Those interested in financial aid for this program should contact the financial aid office on their home campus.
Apart from completing the SUNY Oswego study abroad application, students applying for a CAPA: The Global Education Network Program need to also complete the CAPA application at the following link: https://go.capa.org/oswego/. Any questions related to this application process should be addressed directly to the CAPA Coordinator, Rachel Long <email@example.com>. Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis. Please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
A non-refundable deposit of $250, applicable to the program cost, must be paid within 14 days of acceptance to the program in order to secure program participation. Any deviation from program requirements must be requested in writing and authorized by the Director of International Education and Programs before the final payment date.