Location: Shanghai , China - Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) & Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Trip Dates: June 26 – August 13, 2013
Orientation Dates: TBA
APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 1, 2013 - APPLY NOW!
To meet the demand of a growing global marketplace, future employers, and the needs of our students, Villanova University has set up a fantastic program in one of world’s fastest growing economies.
The program has two main components:
- Internship: Villanova University has partnered with the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) in order to offer internships in a variety of disciplines. Students will participate in internship placements over five-weeks of the program, for 150 hours total. Placements depend on availability and student background and skills. Because internships involve a third party, internships may be quite competitive and placements cannot be guaranteed. Final internship decisions are made in Shanghai based on placement availability and interviews on site. The program will make its best effort to arrange internships for Villanova students in Shanghai. **Once you are accepted into the program, you will be required to submit additional documentation via IES's online procedure.
*In the event that an internship is not available to a student, the student will take MGT3305 - International Studies Practicum (3 credits). This course involves morning lectures various topics ranging from the financial markets of China, the economic reforms and international trade; afternoons include corporate visits to various companies. The past visits included Bank of American, Johnson and Johnson, KPMG, etc.
- Students participating in an internship placement are required to take Transitions of China's Economy (VU course ECO4200 or ECO3108), as well as participating in the three lectures related to the program.
All students are also required to take a “Survival Chinese Language” training.
Students are required to take a total of six-credits (two courses).
Additional Academic Requirements
- Minimum 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
- Only available to undergraduates.
- No language proficiency is required.
Upon arrival, students will go through an orientation which will be in conjunction with IES. The orientation shall include: Comprehensive information on health and safety, culture, and living in Shanghai. Students will be provided with an information packet during orientation which includes a detailed student handbook, local area information, and a program schedule. Also included in the orientation is a Huangpu River Boat tour and visit to the Shanghai Planning Museum, a welcome reception, and admission to the Shanghai Circus Acrobatic show. Students will also participate in a Shanghai walkabout tour with student helpers in the People's Square and Nanjing Road.
Additional excursions include:
Day trip: Caoyang Community Field trip will include round-trip transportation, visit to Caoyang Activity Center and local market, lunch, socialization with families, and a visit to a home for the elderly.
Two Week Cultural Excursion: this is during the last two weeks of the program. It starts from Shanghai. First we will tour Shandong provice, and visit a confucius Temple, Mount Tai, Qingdao (famous for beer), Yantai (vineyard) and Penglai Island (for Taoist culture). We will end the tour in Beijing and visit the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, the Great Wall of China, Ming Tombs, and Chengde Summer Resort.
Student Service Support
Fully-Trained Local Staff. The IES Abroad Center is a fully-staffed local office ready to respond quickly and professionally to student and faculty needs. An on-site Customized Programs coordinator will be designated specifically as the point of contact for students and faculty on the program. This on-site coordinator, in partnership with other IES Abroad Center staff, helps to oversee the academic quality for IES Abroad taught courses and to manage logistics including accommodations, field trips, cultural activities, and day-to-day administration. This coordinator will also handle on-site emergencies and manage student academic, health, and discipline issues in conjunction with the IES Abroad Dean of Students Office in Chicago. IES Abroad will provide information to the School’s students concerning cultural activities and available local resources, such as libraries and athletic centers, in the program location.
24/7 Emergency Support. IES Abroad will provide 24/7 emergency support, including emergency protocols & evacuation plans, for students and accompanying faculty member pursuant to its customary policies and procedures.
Students will be required to obtain a Chinese visa. If you are applying to the Shanghai internship program, please ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after the program 'end date.' Please renew immediately if passport is expired, or will not be valid for at least six months following the completion of the program.
Upon acceptance, students will be required to submit their actual passport to the Office of International Studies. Dr. Wen Mao will work with students to obtain the Chinese visa, which will be available to students towards the commencement of the program. More information on the visa will be provided once the group has been confirmed.