CET Shanghai Chinese Studies and Internship Program

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


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.

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  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition and room to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program.

  • Requirements

    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. The application requirements can be found on the CET website.

    Academic Credit

    No language prerequisite for this program. 16 credit hours equals a full course load. Students may not take a reduced load. Students with at least three semesters of previous Chinese language study are eligible for the program’s Internship Track, where they 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.

    General Track – Open to all students:

    • Chinese Language – 11 hours/week
    • History of Shanghai in the Modern Era – 3 hours/week
    • Area Studies Elective – 3 hours/week
    • Area Studies Elective – 3 hours/week (optional)

    Internship Track – Intermediate and Advanced Students only (at least 3 semesters of previous Chinese study):

    • Chinese Language – 11 hours/week
    • History of Shanghai in the Modern Era – 3 hours/week
    • Issues of the Chinese Workplace (Internship Course) – 1 hour/week
    • Internship – 4-8 hours/week
    • Area Studies Elective – 3 hours/week (optional)
    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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    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. 


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  • Semester/Year
  • Fulfills Language Requirement
  • Semester I: Late August to mid-December
  • Semester II: Mid-February to mid-June
  • Year: Late August to mid-June
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: October 1
  • Year: March 1
Faculty Contact

Shize Huang

  • Associate Professor of Chinese and Linguistics and CV Starr Professor of Asian Studies
  • Stokes 118A1
  • shuang@haverford.edu
  • (610) 896-1262

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