Excursions & Activities
- Join classmates for a thrilling acrobat show, a river cruise, group meals, and more.
- Explore Chinese history and arts with visits to museums, art exhibitions, and plays.
- Step back in time with visits to traditional water towns like Wuzhen and Zhujiajiao, lined with narrow cobbled lanes, stone bridges, canals, and rich history.
- Travel overnight to nearby beautiful historic cities like Suzhou – called Venice of the East for its many canals and famous for its classical gardens and silk industry – or Hangzhou, known for the natural beauty of its mountains and its textile and high-tech industries.
- Get hands-on cultural experience by learning Chinese cooking, calligraphy, martial arts, music, or mahjong.
- Venture off for a weekend to explore the Forbidden City in Beijing, or the Ming Mausoleum in Nanjing.
- Choose from three cultural excursions for an in-depth look at the China tourists never see.
- Silk Road Trade Route – fall. This famous pre-modern route enabled the exchange of merchandise, as well as religious, cultural, and artistic ideas. Students travel from the head of the northern route in Xi’an to Dunhuang, the City of Sands, a desert oasis at the junction of the northern and southern trade routes. Ideal for humanities and social science students majoring in Chinese language and culture, literature, history, religion, anthropology, and geography.
- Tea and Horse Road – spring. This ancient network of mountain paths connected the tea-growing regions of southwestern China to Burma and India by mule caravan through the mountains and valleys of Yunnan and Sichuan provinces and Tibet. Students may travel to Lijiang and Shangri-La, seat of a Tibetan autonomous prefecture near the border of Tibet. Ideal for humanities and social science students majoring in Chinese language and culture, literature, history, religion, anthropology, and geography.
- Hong Kong. Explore one of the world's leading international financial centers and see how Hong Kong retains different political and economic systems from mainland China, with a diverse international population. Students visit companies and attend lectures on business development and industry, take a city tour, cruise Victoria Harbor at night, and visit a local Daoist temple known for fortune telling. Ideal for students majoring in international business, finance, and economics.
- Taiwan. You’ll find some of the most traditional forms of Chinese culture preserved on the island of Taiwan, which maintains a thriving civil society with a democratic political system and capitalist economy. See why Taiwanese culture is described as a blend of Chinese and Japanese cultures, with traditional Confucian beliefs and contemporary Western values. Visit the National Palace Museum, Taipei 101, aboriginal communities, the port city of Kaoshiung, the night markets of Keelung, and more. Ideal for social science students majoring in international affairs, political science, and economics.
Teach or volunteer:
Get hands-on experience and connect with people in the community by helping part-time at a school or nonprofit organization. You might teach in migrant elementary school in Shanghai or help with a community project in a rural area.
Kick your Chinese language skills into high gear:
- Peer language tutors. Join a qualified ECNU student for one-on-one tutorials of at least one hour, twice a week.
- Chinese language clinic. Professional Chinese language instructors lend a hand with unique problems in your study with 90-minute sessions, offered four times a week.
- Target language activities. Join CIEE teachers, peer tutors, and center staff in an informal setting that encourages students to use their Chinese language skills.
Intern to gain professional experience, credit, and get a close look at how Chinese businesses tick. Support data collection efforts at a large multinational company, help manage projects at a Shanghai start-up, and more!
Study abroad students participating in the Organizational Internship course will be assigned to an internship project with a company in Shanghai. The internship sponsors, which vary each term depending on participating organizations and available positions, may include local Chinese companies and multinational companies, as well as international small- and medium-sized enterprises and nonprofit organizations. Course curriculum includes class introduction, placement interview, coached work, and final presentation to earn three academic credits. See the courses section for more detail. Students enrolling in the internship course/program are required by Chinese law to change his/her issued student visa to a “Residence Permit” once on site, in order to legally pursue an internship in China. The application process for a residence permit includes: approval from Chinese host institution, East China Normal University, a physical exam at a designated clinic in Shanghai, and a visa-change application to the Chinese authorities. Fees associated with this process are estimated to be $150 USD. Students pursuing the internship are responsible for paying this fee.