Office of International Programs

China: Rollins in Shanghai

The Rollins in Shanghai program, offered through the Alliance on Global Education, introduces students to China and its complex language and culture.

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The Rollins in Shanghai program offers students the unparalleled opportunity to study Chinese language, Chinese culture, Asian studies, Global Health, International Business, International Relations, Sociology, Urban Planning, and Economics. Students live with Chinese roommates and participate in program activities and excursions that provide a first-hand encounter with China’s rapidly changing environments. This program is only offered in the fall.

Application Information

Requirements for Admission

  • Sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

Additional Requirements for Internship

  • Juniors and seniors
  • 1 yr of College-level Chinese is recommended but not required
  • Strong resume and cover letter, and successful internship interview
  • Some majors have specific course pre-requisites for the internship; contact your faculty advisor or International Programs for more information.


  • Spring 2019 Deadline: October 1, 2018
  • Fall 2019 Deadline: March 1, 2019

How to Apply

Program Calendar

Fall 2018

  • Aug 22: Arrival Date
  • Aug 23 - 26: Orientation
  • Aug 27: First Day of Classes
  • Sept 22 - 29: Alliance Field Study Trip
  • Oct 13 - 15: Rollins Excursion
  • Nov 10 - 17: Independent Travel Period
  • Dec 10 - 14: Exam Period
  • Dec 15: Program End Date

Getting There


Students are responsible for booking their own flights. Round-trip airfare from Orlando is estimated at $1600.  Alliance will provide students with specific arrival information so that students can take advantage of the arranged airport pick-up.


Rollins students will participate in a two or three day orientation with other Alliance program participants that includes: an introduction to the program, meeting your Chinese language and area studies professors, an overview of the academic program and expectations, a Chinese language placement test for students who have previously studied Chinese, information about program policies (academic, student conduct), health, safety and security tips and information, individual meetings with your Resident Director, information about experiencing and coping with cultural shock, tours of the campus, neighborhood and city; a cultural performance, and a meeting with your Chinese roommates and language partners.


A visa is required for US citizens.  Alliance will provide students with instructions for the visa process, which is generally done through a visa processing agent.  For more information about the visa process and visas for non-US citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page.

Academic Information

Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE)

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.

The program uses classrooms at SUFE and students have access to the campus facilities and services. The courses are not SUFE courses but rather these are designed for the students in the abroad program. Chinese language courses are held near the Alliance office, rather than on the SUFE campus. 


Chinese Language Courses: In general, students will take 6 credits of Chinese language on this program.  However, students with no background in Chinese language may opt to take a less-intensive Chinese language course for 4 credits. Those doing the public health track will take the 4 credit course. 

Students may also opt to do the Chinese language intensive program, which requires two prior semesters of Chinese and is an entirely language-focused program (students must sign a language pledge to only use Chinese during the time abroad). 

Alliance Courses: In addition to the Chinese language course students will also choose one of the following Alliance core courses depending on their chosen track:

Students will then choose their additional courses from the array of other Alliance courses.  See below for links to course titles, descriptions and full syllabi.  All courses are three credits; however, INB majors who wish to enroll in the internship for major credit may opt to do a 4-credit internship.

Students on the program will take Chinese language, one of the two Alliance core courses, and at least one other Alliance courses for a total of 12-17 credits.  IP recommend that students interested in and qualified for the internship course take a lower number of total credits in order to accommodate the hours spent at and commuting to/from the internship site. 

Transfer of Credit

Courses taught by Rollins faculty members are Rollins courses and will appear on the Rollins transcript as such. Chinese language, content and internship courses taught through Alliance will be transcripted through Butler University. Students participating on this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete this program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from Butler University. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.

Faculty and Staff

Alliance Shanghai staff includes a Resident Director, Student Services Manager and Program Assistant-plus a Language Director and several language instructors- all based at their Program Center. Program faculty come from various universities across Shanghai to teach exclusively for Alliance students. Student support and program logistics are organized by Alliance staff members, who are available to assist with any student issues or concerns on-site.

Housing & Meals


Students are housed in Tonghe International Apartments down the street from the Wudong Road gate of the university and a 10-15 minute walk from area studies course classrooms. The Alliance offices and language classrooms are right next door.  The two bedroom apartments are shared by one program student and one local university student, while three bedroom apartments are shared by two program students and one local university student. The apartments include a bathroom, kitchen, and a furnished bedroom with desk, desk lamp, closet space, and a remote control heating/air-conditioning unit. The bedrooms also include sheets, pillows, and a comforter. Towels are not provided.  The furnished common areas include a TV, filtered water dispenser, refrigerator, and stove-top gas burners or a hotplate in the kitchen. Some apartments also have a small washing machine. Filtered water is replenished at student expense (12 RMB/$1.80 per tank) with the help of the Tonghe front desk staff.  Please note that no kitchen utensils or other supplies are provided.

Chinese Roommates

All students will have one 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.


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. Students can choose to cook meals in the apartment kitchens or eat out. There are a variety of inexpensive restaurants near the housing, including some just outside the housing complex. There are also Western style restaurants and bars in just a 10-15 minute walk from the housing. 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!).

Student Activities


The Rollins in Shanghai program includes an option to join one of the two nine-day excursions offered by Alliance.  One excursion (for students taking the business/economics core course) is to Guangdong province, Hong Kong and Macau.  The other excursion (geared towards students taking the Chinese society core course) may vary year to year but usually includes Yunnan or Qinghai province with the aim of exposing students to China’s social, economic, and geographic diversity.  In addition, Rollins students also enjoy one weekend excursion. Past destinations include Shaoxing, Xinchang and Hangzhou, Suzhou and Nanjing, and Xian. There is at least one full-day excursion as well (for example to a nearby water town).


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”.  Company visits during the semester for Business students may include Baosteel, textiles factories in Shaoxing City, and the Sigma Group.  Other potential field visits may include cultural performances, museum visits, special lectures, visits to artists' studios, architectural walking tours, and many opportunities to meet locals, including students from other campuses. 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.


Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, and room for one semester. 

  • Tuition: $24,880.0
  • Room: $4,250.0


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

  • Airfare from Orlando: $1,000 (estimate)
  • Visa fee: $260 (interns pay an additional $170) (all costs are estimates)
  • Cost for all meals: $1,870 (estimate) 
  • Personal expenses and course materials: $800 (estimate)
  • Souvenirs, entertainment and independent travel: Costs will vary but an average estimate is $800 - $1,600
  • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary

Need-Based Scholarships

scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad.  Students apply for scholarships through the normal program application.


Advising is offered on a walk-in basis: Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm - 2pm during the normal semester. If you are unable to make it at these times, email, call or stop by to set up an appointment. We can also put you in touch with student program alumni who would be happy to share their experience with you. You may also want to review our blog site to see what past students have said about their adventures on this program.

Please Note: This program has a required advising session (30 mins) as part of the application process. Please email Becky Johnson ( to schedule an appointment. Walk-in advising is for informational purposes only.