Rollins 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). 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.

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.

The Rollins in Shanghai curriculum was designed in partnership with the Alliance for Global Education for Rollins students pursuing an Asian Studies major or minor but is also popular with other students in many disciplines. The Rollins in Shanghai program offers students the unparalleled opportunity to study Chinese language, culture, international business, and economic development in Asia’s financial center. Students participate in carefully designed activities and experiential study trips that provide a first-hand encounter with China’s rapidly changing environments. The goal of the semester is to introduce students to all aspects China and Chinese life from the urban centers to the rural countryside.  A new feature of the program is an option for an academic internship during the time in Shanghai. The Alliance for Global Education core mission is “to develop and promote innovative programs in vibrant, dynamic Asian countries that are of ever-increasing scholarly, political, and economic interest.”

Location: The Rollins in Shanghai program is located on Shanghai University of Finance Economics' (SUFE) Zhongshan Bei Yi Lu campus in the heart of the densely populated residential streets of Shanghai's Hongkou District, 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 and subway station and numerous bus lines serving all parts of the city. 

One rail stop away is Hongkou Football Stadium station−another bustling area of shops, historic streets, beautiful older homes, and Lu Xun Park and memorial−a 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) 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.

Host University: The Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE), founded in 1917, is a top-ranked, world-renowned research 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, 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.

Costs: The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester. For 2013-2014, this is $27,210.

  • Includes: tuition and administration, visa, housing, airport pickup, internet access, Chinese language books, cell phone, full medical and emergency insurance, orientation, and excursions and activities.
  • Does not include: airport transfers in the US, airport transfer at end of program, travel/property insurance, personal expenses, course materials for non-language courses, and on-site transportation.
  • Credit on Student Account: In July, students will receive a credit on the Student Account for airfare (average commercial price) and meals.  This credit will be applied against the balance on the account. Students with significant financial aid may end up with a positive balance on the Student Account which can then be requested as a refund. Rollins College does not book flights for this program so students must make arrangements to pay for the airfare themselves. 

Estimated Additional Costs Not Included in the Comprehensive Program Fee:

  • Airport transfers in the US: Costs will vary
  • Travel/Property insurance: Costs will vary
  • Personal expenses, on-site transportation and course materials: Estimated at $800
  • Souvenirs, entertainment, and independent travel: Costs will vary but are estimated at $750-$2000

Asian Studies at Rollins:

The Asian Studies major & minor that provides students the opportunity to study in depth one of the most important regions in the world. The importance of Asia derives from its large population, long history, complex and diverse societies and cultures, and rising economic significance. As the peoples and nations of the world become increasingly interconnected, successful leaders will benefit from a mastery of this key region.

The Asian Studies major & minor combine courses in history, culture and politics with those from modern languages and an array of electives from other disciplines. Students are expected to do the following:

• develop an understanding of the historical, cultural, political and economic forces that have shaped modern Asia
• master the rudiments of an Asian language
• experience cultural immersion through study abroad in at least one Asian country

With course pre-approval on a semester program, majors can transfer up to (4) courses and minors can transfer courses as determined by the Asian Studies department.

Admission Requirements:

  • Sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Good college standing
  • Good record with Community Standards
  • Good references
  • Professional Application
  • Some business/economics courses offered by Alliance require prerequisites

Background in Mandarin encouraged

Additional Requirements for Internship track:

  • Juniors and seniors
  • A full year of college level Chinese
  • Must have completed INB300 and have Junior standing to earn INB internship credit
  • Required Panel Interview
  • Internship Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Rollins Advising Session
  • Shanghai - Mandatory Resume & Cover Letter Workshop

Fall 2014 Calendar

  • Aug 26: Depart US
  • Aug 27: Arrive Shanghai
  • Dec 20: Students may depart
  • Dec 22: Last day to move out of housing (by 12 pm)

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