Study Abroad

CET Shanghai

  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English and Chinese
  • Class Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings

  • You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link, and read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.
  • CET requires all study abroad students to be fully vaccinated before they can participate in any CET program. 

Shanghai is the largest city of the People’s Republic of China and the eighth largest in the world. Widely regarded as the citadel of China’s modern economy, the city also serves as one of the nation’s most important cultural, commercial, financial, industrial and communications centers. CET’s Chinese Studies and Internship in Shanghai program is located on Donghua University’s main campus, home to almost half of Donghua’s twenty thousand students. This campus boasts active student organizations; countless student exhibitions, concerts and lectures (in both English and Chinese); a complete library; and an extensive range of indoor and outdoor athletic facilities. Donghua University was established in 1951 and soon became one of China’s first institutions of higher learning to confer Ph.D. degrees. Today Donghua is a top-100 Chinese university with 18 colleges, 24 doctoral programs, 48 master’s programs and 39 bachelor’s programs.


Fulfills the Haverford language requirement. Students planning to stay in China for more than six months are required to take an HIV test for entry into the country.

Academic Credit

No language prerequisite for this program. 15 credit hours equals a full course load. Students may not take a reduced load. Students can be from any language level and still participate in an internship. Students will intern at an organization or company that specializes in an area of particular interest to them.

Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


Students in the program take courses according to the following schedule.

Internship track – Open to all language levels

  • Internship – 10 hours/week
  • Internship: Bridging Theory & Practice – 3 credits
  • Chinese language – 6 credits
  • 2 area studies elective courses – 6 credits

General Track

  • Chinese Language – 6 credits 
  • 3 area studies elective courses – 9 credits
Course Highlights

Chinese language, Chinese studies

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

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3 day orientation

Number of Students

20-30 students

Housing/Meal Plans

CET students reside in Donghua’s Xi Tian You Guesthouse, which sits immediately across from the classroom building, the CET office and other campus resources. The dormitory is shared with other international students, most of who hail from other parts of Asia. Dorm rooms have been recently renovated and come equipped with two double beds, plenty of storage space, large private bathrooms, and full climate control, telephones and broadband Internet access. Building staff cleans rooms regularly. CET students share rooms with their Chinese roommates. Meals are not included in the program fee; however, Donghua University boasts several inexpensive cafeterias where students can eat meals with their Chinese roommates. Donghua University campus is surrounded by great local eateries; noodle shops, cafes, snack stands and upscale dining are all a short walk away. By sticking with local fare, students can anticipate spending about $7 per day on meals.

Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. 


Freeman-Asia Scholarship
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

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  • Semester
  • Fulfills Language Requirement


  • Semester I: Late August to mid-December
  • Semester II: Mid-February to early June

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: October 15

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