Immerse into Mandarin language in amazing Shanghai. Courses combine cultural activities and contact with native speakers, transforming the city of Shanghai into a living classroom. Students from beginning to advanced Chinese language levels will spend their time acquiring Chinese language skills to put into practice in their daily lives while living in China's biggest city. Courses meet daily and include a focus on listening comprehension, grammar, reading and writing Chinese characters.
Shanghai's ancient past is tucked just under the surface of its iconic, modern skyline. As a leading port town and China's "Gateway to the West," Shanghai is considered a golden land of opportunity by many 21st Century Chinese. Its young, trendsetting population is known for a fascination with everything hip and ultra-modern, but the city's colonial influences aren't hard to find; just explore its many green spaces, park bridges, and interlocking canals to catch a glimpse into Shanghai's rich history.
Shanghai provides a front-row seat from which to observe – and participate in – the shaping of China's dynamic future. Once based primarily on fishing and textiles, today the city's booming economy flourishes as gateway of commerce between East and West, as well as an international finance industry hub. Get to know China's culture and heritage through hands-on CEA activities like practicing early morning t'ai chi alongside locals, participating in a tea ceremony, sampling Hu Cai cuisine, or trying your hand at calligraphy.