The Shanghai Internship Program, hosted at Fudan University, offers students the opportunity to take Chinese language courses and experience the professional culture of China by participating in an internship determined by student’s interests and background. Students are housed in the Tonghe International Mansion, located on the northern side of campus. The internship program is offered in the fall and spring semesters. Internship areas include advertising, arts, business, hospitality, non-profit organization, and more. Chinese language courses are offered at all levels and no prior coursework in Chinese is required.

Fudan University, one of China’s leading universities, was founded in 1905. The word "Fudan," which means "heavenly light shines day after day," suggests inexhaustible self-reliance and industriousness. Fudan confers bachelor's degrees in 70 academic disciplines and graduate degrees in 225. There are also 25 research stations that offer postdoctoral fellowships. Fudan now has an enrollment of 27,000 full-time degree candidates and the second-largest foreign student population in China—some 2,800 students from around the world. Fudan boasts a qualified faculty of over 2,500 full-time professors and researchers. Visit the Fudan University website for more information.

Internship Areas

Please note these are examples of past internship placements only. While BU Study Abroad guarantees an internship to program participants, specific placements vary from semester to semester and may not always be available. Likewise, internship placements may be available in academic areas not listed.

  •  Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations
    • Work in companies or departments in public relations, marketing, or advertising on product development and promotion, branding, company and product launches, event planning, e-commerce and social media marketing, and specific advertising or public relations campaigns. Study marketing techniques and media and consumer behavior. Past internship placements have included Touchmedia, MSLGroup Asia, Adsmith China, Wieden + Kennedy, Ringier China Advertising, Collective Concepts, Ameson Foundation, Riviera Events, and Ogilvy PR.
  •  Arts/Arts Administration
    • Gain an overview and learn about funding bodies that support the arts or work in one of the city’s art galleries, museums, or local arts centers. Past internship placements have included World of Art Brut Culture, V Art Center, ArtHub Asia, Pearl Lam Galleries and Art Networking.
  •  Business/Economics/Finance
    • Work in various departments in Chinese or international firms and corporations. You may be placed with a small start-up, a larger state-owned enterprise, a private trading firm, a medium-sized consultancy, or a foreign or Chinese multinational corporation. You could work in computer programming and software engineering, e-commerce, accounting, digital consulting, trade, logistics, operations, finance and investment, marketing, HR, sales, and international business departments in a wide-range of industries. Past internship placements have included Bluestar AMG, Gaotime, Aexele, Ming Jian, Praxair China, Xindanwei, Mahota, E-heng Import and Export, Josie Chen Range, Allianz China, Marcum Bernstein & Pinchuk, Diageo, Talika Cosmetics, Arpin International Group, Xinyu Garments, Epermarket, Connect China, Caterer Goodman Partners, Pacific Asset Management, FrontCoding, CCP Games, and ACM Worldwide.
  •  Film/Radio/Television
    • Study communications and work in writing, research, and broadcasting for television stations or film and production companies. Past internship placements have included Shanghai Media Company; Sabre Works Film; Shanghai International Channel’s news, cultural, and documentary programming; P.I.G China.
  • Health/Human Services
    • Work for education programs, social service departments, or community care centers. Past internships have included Mifan Mama, Sunflower Education Program, Re'ai Family and Youth Center, Changhai Hospital, World of Art Brut Culture, Ameson Foundation, Essential Learning Group/Brain Train, and Optimum Health Care
  • Hospitality and Tourism
    • Intern in the hospitality and tourism industries in fields such as hotel or restaurant management. Past internship placements have included luxury and five-star properties like the Portman Ritz-Carlton, the Puli Hotel and Spa, Park Hyatt Shanghai, and Naked Retreats.
  • International Organizations/NGOs
    • Work in international organizations, social or environmental organizations, and various types of not-for-profit groups. Past internships have included the American and the Canadian Chambers of Commerce, British Council, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, the US Commercial Service of the Consulate General in Shanghai, Control Risks, Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation, Mifan Mama, Jane Goodall Institute, Roots and Shoots, World of Art Brut Culture, Sunflower Education Program for Migrant Children, and the Shanghai Yangzi Social Work Development Centre.
  • Journalism
    • Work in writing, copy editing, research, design, and production for print magazines and online publications. Past internship placements have included That’s Shanghai, City Weekend, and Shanghai Expat.
  • Politics/Comparative Law
    • Participate in the daily life of a Shanghai law firm or commercial legal department or work in an organization where you’ll be exposed to state regulations or political operations. Past placements have included the US Commercial Service of the Consulate General in Shanghai, Control Risks, and the American and the Canadian Chambers of Commerce; and law firms such as SG & CO Law, Dacheng Law, Ferrante Intellectual Property, RSA Consulting, and Luther Law Firm.

Required Courses

Students choose one of the following courses. Each course carries either four or eight credits.

Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

  • CAS LC 111/112 Beginning Intensive Chinese (8 credits)
    • Essentials of structure, oral practice, introduction to the writing system. Recommended for students with no previous coursework in Chinese.
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  • CAS LC 211/212 Intermediate Intensive Chinese (8)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LC 112 Second-Semester Chinese, or the equivalent.
    • Review of structure and grammar, practice in conversation and writing, introduction to reading.
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  • CAS LC 311/312 Advanced Intensive Chinese (8)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LC 212 Fourth-Semester Chinese, or the equivalent.
    • Readings in modern Chinese. Readings and discussion in Chinese of selected nonliterary and literary materials, including newspaper articles, short stories, and essays. Regular compositions required.
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  • CAS LC 111 1st Semester Chinese (4)
  • CAS LC 112 2nd Semester Chinese (4)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LC 111 First-Semester Chinese, or the equivalent.
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  • CAS LC 211 3rd Semester Chinese (4)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LC 112 Second-Semester Chinese, or the equivalent.
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  • CAS LC 212 4th Semester Chinese (4)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LC 211 Third-Semester Chinese, or the equivalent.
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  • CAS LC 311 3rd Year Modern Chinese I (4)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LC 212 Fourth-Semester Chinese, or the equivalent.
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  • CAS LC 312 Third-Year Modern Chinese II (4)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LC 311 Third-Year Modern Chinese, or the equivalent.
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  • CAS LC 312 3rd Year Modern Chinese II (4)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LC 311 3rd Year Modern Chinese I, or the equivalent.
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  • CAS LC 411 4th Year Modern Chinese I (4)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LC 312 3rd Year Modern Chinese II, or the equivalent.
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  • CAS LC 412 4th Year Modern Chinese II (4)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LC 411 4th Year Modern Chinese I, or the equivalent.
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  • CAS LC 421 Topics in Chinese Language and Culture (4)
    • Near-native fluency required.
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Elective Courses

Students choose one or two of the following courses, all of which are taught in English. The schedule and course offerings vary each semester. Students will receive further information on the elective courses upon arrival in Shanghai.

  • CAS HI 365/IR 371 Shanghai: The Key to Modern China (4 credits)
    • Formerly CAS HI 387.
    • The social, cultural, political, and economic history of Shanghai is used as a lens to understand the making of modern China. Themes include the role of city's colonial past in shaping its history. Students visit significant historical sights and museums.
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  • Questrom MK 467 International Marketing (4)
    • Prerequisite: Questrom MK 323 Marketing Management.
    • Develops a critical appreciation of both the opportunities and challenges associated with the increasing globalization of markets. Students learn about the key environmental forces shaping the needs and preferences of the global consumer and the impact of foreign, political, and economic factors on the marketing mix.
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  • Questrom OM 467 Global Sourcing and Supply Chain Management (4)
    • Prerequisite: Questrom OM 323 Operations Management.
    • This course introduces global sourcing and supply chain management in China. The course is structured to look at procurement and manufacturing, distribution and logistics, the information technology that supports the process, innovations in the supply chain that fuel China’s growth, as well as the integrated administration of the entire process.
  • Introduction to Chinese Society and Culture (4)
    • Addresses the history of Shanghai in a national context, its renaissance as a global city as a result of state strategy from the 1990s onward, issues of urban planning and urban social space, and Chinese culture and religion.
  • The Chinese Marketplace: Globalization and Local Transformations (4)
    • This course addresses major themes focusing on the dynamics of China’s unprecedented socioeconomic transformations. Topics include the implications of globalization for everyday life in local contexts, the rise of consumerism in contemporary China, and important state policies and various emerging markets.
  • Chinese Diplomacy (4)
    • This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to contemporary Chinese diplomacy and foreign policy, as well as their theoretical and historical background. This course also investigates the decision-making process of Chinese foreign policy; China‘s bilateral relations with major powers; China’s multilateral relations with its neighboring countries, developing countries, and international organizations.
  • The Transitional Chinese Society (4)
    • China has become a country with a low population-growth rate and the largest elderly population, while unprecedented economic reform has lifted China to the ranks of middle-income countries. This course not only introduces various demographic events and socioeconomic reforms but also explores the linkages between population change and socioeconomic development.
  • Contemporary Chinese Film (4)
    • This course is intended to offer insights into the political, social, and cultural changes in contemporary China and the impact of modernization and globalization on its cultural redefinition and identity reforming. Using primarily a selection of films directed by the internationally acclaimed Chinese Fifth- and Sixth-Generation directors, the course focuses on developing critical-thinking skills to appraise the cultural narratives of each selected film and the aesthetic presentation produced by each film director.
  • Chinese Culture and Religion (4)
    • This course focuses on the sociological study of religion in Chinese societies, and the basic sociology of major religions in Chinese societies. The purpose of the course is to help students investigate different perspectives in understanding the significant role of Chinese religion in both the traditional and contemporary China, and develop intellectual dialogue and mutual understanding between China and the West.

Internship Course

Students enroll in a four-credit internship placement. Course numbers depend on the field of specialization in which the students complete their internships. Placements are contingent upon the students' past experiences, professional interests, and relevant academic history, as well as the availability of opportunities in any given semester; flexibility is essential.

  • CAS AH 505 Internship in Arts/Architecture/Arts Administration
  • CAS EC 497 Internship in Business/Economics
  • CAS HU 425 Practicum in the Arts
  • CAS PO 403 Internship in Comparative Law
  • CAS PO 405 /IR 455: Internship in International Organizations
  • CAS PS 495 Internship in Health/Human Services
  • COM CM 471 Internship in Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations
  • COM FT 493 /494: Internship in Film/Radio/Television
  • COM JO 411 Internship in Journalism
  • COM JO 413 Internship in Broadcast Journalism
  • SHA HF 390 Field Placement in Hospitality Administration

Internship Components

  • Internship portfolio consisting of weekly reports, field research, and analysis
  • Participation in seminar meetings
  • A supervisor's evaluation

The Global Learning Experience: An Online Course

Students in all Fall and Spring programs have the opportunity to enroll in The Global Learning Experience at no additional cost.

  • CAS IP101 The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)
    • All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living and studying in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.
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Apartment Style Residence

  • Individual bedrooms in 2–3 bedroom suites; 1.5-2 bathrooms per suite; bedroom and suite doors lock
  • Kitchen in each suite, not fully stocked;
  • Board is not included; no stipend is provided
  • Students can eat at Fudan’s dining hall at an additional cost
  • Each unit has Ethernet connections (wifi routers provided as well); AC/heater unit; washer; dryer on each floor;
  • Gyms available at Fudan
  • Fall Semester: late August to mid December
    • Spring Semester: early February to mid June
    • Fall Semester: March 15
    • Spring Semester: October 1