Shanghai, situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta in East China, 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 most important cultural, commercial, financial, industrial and communications centers of China. Shanghai is the third largest financial center in the world, ranking after New York City and London, and the largest commercial city in the Far East. The weather in Shanghai is moderate (annual average temperature is about 15 degrees centigrade) and the seasons are not as distinct as in the North. Shanghai is characterized by a warm spring, hot summer, cool autumn and cold winter.
With well over 1.3 billion citizens, China is the world's most populous country and the third largest country in the world in terms of territory. China is undergoing rapid, profound economic and social change and development. Political power remains centralized in the Chinese Communist Party.
Bentley students will be joining other US and international students as a part of the Alliance for Global Education's program. This unique opportunity allows students to take Chinese language classes at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics while also studying Business, taught in English.
The Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE) is a multi-dimensional university with a core focus on applied economics and management and offering majors in law, philosophy, and humanities as well. SUFE is administered by the Chinese Ministry of Education and has recently been selected as one of the "21st Century's Key Universities in China."
Classes will be based at the International Cultural Exchange School (ICES) of the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. The School is devoted to the education of foreign students and aims to train students with a background in international economics or management. All students are required to take a Chinese language course and complete their course load with an elective or internship. Students' placement in the Chinese language course will be contingent upon the results of the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK), a national standardized exam for non-native speakers of Chinese.
Students select 9 credits of classes focused on their unique interests.
Option 1: enroll in an Alliance core course (3 credits) and non-intensive Chinese language (6 credits).
Option 2: enroll in an Alliance core course (3 credits) and a full-time internship (6 credits).
Option 3: enroll in the intensive Chinese language course (9 credits).
One of the distinctive features of this Alliance program is the chance to share a room with a Chinese student studying at SHUFE. This offers the opportunity for Alliance students to get to know Chinese students on campus quickly and to engage in language and cultural exchange with their new friends. Chinese roommates are invited to attend many of the organized activities.
Students will be housed in the Tonghe International Apartments facility near the university's north gate, and a 10-15 minute walk to classrooms. Each Alliance student will live in comfortable rooms with a Chinese roommate in every apartment. Apartments are furnished and include a kitchen and bathroom as well as bedrooms.
Most students eat in the new cafeteria on campus. Meals are inexpensive (about $1 per meal). Students should budget $5 per day for meals, which will allow them to eat some meals off campus at local restaurants if desired. There is also a kitchen in the dormitory, so students can cook meals for themselves or in groups.
All program students will participate in orientation before classes begin. This will be a prime opportunity to learn about China, its unique traditions, and its approach to higher education. Alliance staff in China will cover important safety information as well as offer guidance regarding academic policies and procedures. Throughout the summer, students are invited to take part in a full schedule of excursions, events and lectures -- all designed to enhance understanding of China and the historical and modern influences that impact its culture and people.
Students will visit the famous Yuyuan park, the historic Bund along the Huangpu river, and the former French concession. Activities 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.
To complement the international business curriculum at SUFE, the Alliance arranges a series of visits to Chinese, joint-venture, and foreign-owned enterprises, allowing students to better understand the local business environment.
The Alliance organizes a one-week field study trip for students. Students enrolled in the International Business program at SUFE will embark on a trip to Guangdong province to explore the business and economic development in the southern region, specifically Guangzhou and the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. (Trip destinations are subject to change.)
Field Study Trips allow students to gain a greater understanding of Chinese culture, society, and economic development. As part of their Capstone Projects, students will continue to investigate an area of particular interest during this trip. In addition to the week-long trip, a weekend trip to a nearby city may also be organized.