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 hub 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 centre 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.
IFSA program at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
Bentley students will be joining other US and international students as a part of the IFSA 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. All students are required to take a Chinese language course (for 6 credits) and complete their course load with electives in Chinese culture and business courses. 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.
- ECON 360 China: Economic Giant (3 credits Econ A/S)
- Chinese Language (6 credits)
- + 2 electives
- Internships available for academic credit
- See IFSA website for available electives
All program participants are required to take China: Economic Giant (3-credits) and the appropriate Chinese language class (6-credits, intensive).
One of the distinctive features of this IFSA program is the chance to share a room with a Chinese student studying at SUFE. This offers the opportunity for IFSA 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 IFSA'S 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. 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 $2 per meal). Students should budget $10 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.
All program students will participate in a mandatory one-week 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 semester, students are invited to take part in a full schedule of excursions, events and lectures-all designed to enhance their understanding of China and the historical and modern influences that impact its culture and people.
To complement the international business curriculum at SUFE, IFSA arranges a series of visits to Chinese, joint-venture, and foreign-owned enterprises, allowing students to better understand the local business environment.
IFSA organizes a one-week field study trip for students during the spring term. 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, such as 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 is also organized during the semester.