Shanghai Internship Program

Location: Shanghai , China
Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences


Trip Dates:
June 21 – August 2, 2014
*June 20 departure
Orientation Dates: TBA



With the globalization trend, competent communication in diversified environments has become one of the most important qualities at workplaces as well as in social lives. 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 which gives students an opportunity to study and intern in one of the most economically important and culturally enriched cities in the world: Shanghai, China.

The program has two main components and is designed for students students focusing on Business, Communication, Economics, and/or Honors:

  1. 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.

  2. Coursework
    Students choose between Transitions of China's Economy -or- Intercultural Communication in China.

    Students are required to take a total of six-credits (two courses). All students are also required to take a “Survival Chinese Language” training.


Students interested in language learning may want to check out the Intensive Chinese Language & Culture summer program !

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.

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.

Cultural Immersion Tour: The final ten days of the program brings the internship program and Chinese language program together. It starts from Shanghai to Taishan, Shangdong Province. The group will visit Qufu and Qingdao in Shandong. The tour then continues to Beijing and visits to the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, the Great aWall, and Ming Tombs. Both traditional Chinese cultural sites (e.g. a Confucious temple) in Qufu and modern Chinese economy sites (e.g. Qingdao Beer Co.) will be included in the tour.

Visa Information

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.

Payment Information

Applications are due no later than March 1, 2014; the non-refundable commitment fee of $450 is due upon receipt of acceptance letter. Final payment due prior to the departure of program.

Total: $7,500
Includes tuition, shared double room on the campus of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Chinese breakfast each morning, orientation and city tour, cultural excursions, internet, student visa, transportation pass, and receptions. Students are required to have a cell phone in China. Faculty Program Coordinators will assist in obtaining this on-site. Options are available for obtaining a cell phone prior to departure. 

Cost does not include airfare or lunch & dinner. An optional (highly recommended) group flight will be available to interested students. Faculty Program Coordinators will work with students to obtain the required Chinese Student Visa.



Students will stay share rooms with one other student (double rooms), located on Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. Chinese breakfast and internet access is included within housing. Students are responsible for their own meals.

2014 Internship Program Itinerary

June 21: Depart USA
June 22: Arrive Shanghai, China
June 24 - Juluy 23: Orientation, coursework, internship placements, excursions
July 24 - August 2: China Cultural Immersion Tour
August 2: Depart Beijing/Arrive Philadelphia