The “open and reform” economic policies introduced 30 years ago have now fully entrenched China as a global economic superpower. With its recent entry into the World Trade Organization and successful hosting of the 2008 Summer Olympics, China’s economic and political influence in the international community is certain to expand in the 21st century. For today’s students and working professionals, an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture and language, political trends, economic policies, and business practices is an essential prerequisite for success in tomorrow’s global political economy.
The Rollins in Shanghai curriculum was designed in partnership with EducAsian for Rollins students pursuing an Asian Studies minor but is also popular with other students in many disciplines because it allows them to make optimum use of their time in the "Middle Kingdom" through special courses that include numerous field trips and excursions to places of historical and cultural interest. 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 program is managed and administered by EducAsian, a study abroad organization with 15 years of experience developing and implementing high-quality rigorous academic programs in China. Rollins College has partnered with EducAsian to develop this unique study abroad program. EducAsian also partners with other US colleges and universities to host a range of students on the semester program in Shanghai so program participants will study, live and experience China with their peers from Rollins and other institutions. Through EducAsian, students experience the benefits of studying on the campus of host institution, Shanghai Jiao Yong University, with access to all campus facilities and activities, as well as the support of a full time Program Director and local staff.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Founded in 1896, Shanghai Jiao Tong University is one of China’s premier institutions of higher education and research consistently ranking in the top 4 universities in China. It has six different campuses in the Shanghai area and over 30,000 total students. The Rollins in Shanghai program is hosted at the “main” campus in downtown Shanghai’s Xu Jia Hui district, a bustling vibrant area with easy access to public transportation (subways, buses, etc.), restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and all that Shanghai has to offer.
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.
Estimated Additional Costs Not Included in the Comprehensive Program Fee:
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