Housing: Students are housed in the student dormitory on the Zhongshan campus. The Alliance office, classrooms, dining hall and gym are all within a ten minute walk. Rooms include two single beds, two desks, color TV, two thermoses for boiled water (available on first floor of dormitory), and closet space with a lockbox for each student, remote control heater/air-conditioner, bathroom with shower, and a balcony. Hot water is available 45 minutes after turning on the hot water heater located in the bathroom. The water heater holds approximately 15 minutes worth of hot water. Sheets, pillows and a comforter are provided; towels are not. Filtered water is replenished at student expense (10 RMB/$1.45 per tank), with the help of the dormitory’s front desk staff. Internet is included and there is a landline phone in each room.
Chinese Roommates: All students will have a Chinese roommate who is an undergraduate student at SUFE. The Chinese roommates have been an incredibly successful part of the Alliance programs in Shanghai and many Chinese and US students have created lasting friendships, plus, many of the Chinese roommates have such positive experiences that they continue to be a part of the Alliance program and look forward to meeting their next US roommate. Coin-operated washing machines are available on the first floor of the dormitory.
Meals: There is no meal plan provided on this program. Students receive a meal credit equivalent to the cost of meals in Shanghai, NOT equivalent to a meal plan at Rollins. The SUFE dining hall is spacious, clean and bright, plus it’s less than five minutes from the dorm. Meals at the dining hall are very inexpensive ($1-$3 per meal) but students can also eat at local restaurants around campus. As part of the orientation program, students are introduced to some of the local restaurants and learn how to order in a Chinese restaurant (including key terms for reading menus!). There is also a shared kitchen on the first floor of the dorm with basic cooking facilities.
Orientation: Rollins students will have their own one day orientation which includes a campus and neighborhood tour, introduction to life in Shanghai, and overview of health and safety. After the Rollins-specific orientation, Rollins students will then participate in an additional two or three day orientation with other Alliance program participants that includes:
Field Trips and Excursions: The Rollins in Shanghai program includes a nine-day excursion to Guangdong province, Hong Kong and Macau and also, a three day weekend excursion. Past destinations include Shaoxing, Xinchang and Hangzhou, or Suzhou and Nanjing. The program offers activities on most Saturdays and typically there is at least one full-day excursion as well (for example to a nearby water town). Company visits during the semester may include Baosteel, textiles factories in Shaoxing City, and the Sigma Group. The 9-day excursion also incorporates business visits. Cultural activities during the semester may include visits to Yuyuan Gardens, a guided tour of the Propaganda Poster Art Centre, a Huangpu river cruise, a walking tour of the Bund, etc. During the week, the Alliance arranges extra-curricular classes which may include Chinese painting, calligraphy, cooking, Taiji or other martial arts, seal carving, or paper cutting. Alliance also organizes special lectures on a range of topics. Past examples include “Adapting to China’s Business and Financial Practices” and “Art, Economics, and Shanghai’s Urban Redevelopment Politics”.
Life in Shanghai: Always a bustling commercial hub and a romantic city, Shanghai today is a thriving metropolis complete with towering skyscrapers in Pudong and glitzy malls along Nanjing Road. Home to many international companies' branch offices, Shanghai is the economic and financial capital of China. Shanghai is also the birthplace of many of China's political leaders from Jiang Zemin to Zhu Rongji. The city remains an important seat of government, and Chinese leaders look to Shanghai to spearhead China's economic growth. Shanghai is, however, not all modern glitz; it is also home to a number of significant cultural and historical sights. The new Shanghai museum houses one of the most impressive collections of art in China. From the museum's architecture to the excellent format of the exhibits, this museum is definitely not to be missed. Whether wandering through the narrow alleys of French Town, strolling along the Bund at night, gazing at the view from the Oriental Pearl TV tower, lighting incense at the Jade Buddha Temple, or shopping in the Yu Gardens Bazaar, Shanghai clearly has all the charms of China's past and the promise of China's future.
Public transportation: The Zhongshan campus is located next to the Chifeng Light Railway station. It is a 10 minute walk from the campus to the nearest subway stop on the No. 3 line (Chifeng Rd). There are also several bus lines that run nearby and Alliance provides students with a list of the most convenient/often used by students as well as a map of the stops. The other SUFE campus where the other Alliance program is based is two stops up on the No. 3 line—probably a 25 minute trip door-to-door. Students can also travel by taxi quite safety and cheaply (especially when sharing taxis with other students).
Campus activities: Students have access to all SUFE campus activities and student organizations and are encouraged to get involved. The Chinese roommates and the Alliance Resident Director can help students find out about activities and clubs.
Gym/Athletics: The SUFE gym is located less than a five-minute walk from the dormitory. It has very basic weightlifting and cardio facilities but the cost is only approximately $65 for the semester. Alliance also provides students with information about other nearby gyms and swimming facilities at local universities (all very inexpensive). Some students join private gyms and Alliance staff can assist students in finding these options as well. Some of the SUFE student organizations are athletics organizations so this is also an option for students.