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Elias is a student coming from Munich, Germany. He’s the last one to share about his Shanghai Summer School experience before application period closes down. Before joining summer school Elias didn’t know what to expect. The experience opened his horizons and helped him to get a job at a Swiss multinational. He’s now doing his best to be able to move back to Shanghai.   1: What made you apply for Shanghai Summer School? I didn’t plan on applying for Shanghai Summer School. I

Hidden Shanghai Stories Cities in their essence are the interweaving of aspirations, dreams and memories. Its buildings, its parks, its statues, etc., are memorials of its past and present efforts. As such, cities are more than just a population of people but are in fact the stories of its people engraved into the landscape itself. Mass tourism, in this aspect, misses the essence of travelling and offers nothing more than a superficial visit of top tourist sites. Shanghai Summer School was

Eva from Austria is the next Global Family member to share about her experience at Shanghai Summer School. When Eva joined Shanghai Summer School, she was only a freshman at the university. Now she’s about to graduate with a masters in tourism management. Eva plans to travel Asia for a year after she’s done and number one on her list is, of course, China. ;) Read on to find out why she plans to return again and again!    1. So Eva,

Winter is over, the days are getting longer and warmer, and everything is starting to buzz with life and activity. Already thinking about what to do for the upcoming summer? We might have just the thing for you. There are countless reasons why you should spend this summer with us at Shanghai Summer School, but here are 8 of the best ones! Experience Shanghai, the city that doesn’t even sit down. The legendary Chinese metropolis of Shanghai is the most dynamic

Continuing our series of interviews with Shanghai Summer School Global Family members, we took a two-hour ride to Hangzhou, where Andrea from Italy is now doing his semester abroad.   So Andrea,  how do you like Hangzhou so far? Marco Polo called it “The finest and most splendid city in the world”! I like it, though not as much as I like Shanghai. Hangzhou is also a big city, with about 10 million people I think. It is a very green city with a

In this new series of interviews, we catch up with Shanghai Summer School Global Family members to see what they have been up to since they attended Shanghai Summer School. First up, we have Emiel, an ambitious young student from the Netherlands, whose time at Shanghai Summer School kick-started his love affair with China and Shanghai. Craving for more after the summer school, he returned to China soon after for a language exchange. When we contacted Emiel for a chat,

Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, has more than 4,000 years of history. It is the grandest and the most important annual event for Chinese people. February 16th marks the beginning of Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year. It is one of the most celebrated events in the world. It is an occasion for families to gather and celebrate. It is known for being highly colourful, with people lighting fireworks and watching traditional lion

Written by Matic Pilko, our friend and 2016 Shanghai Summer School Alumni As they say, change is the only constant. In my humble opinion, the best way to live is to embrace change and make the most of it. And which country knows about change better than China? China has opened its doors to the world and experienced exponential economic growth, grown from rural villages to mega-cities pulsating with energy, made a move from its long reliance of coal as an

Based on the article originally published on TopUniversities.com.    Studying abroad may be one of the most beneficial experiences for a college student. By studying abroad, students have the opportunity to study in a foreign nation and take in the allure and culture of a new land.  Not only will living and studying abroad enrich your understanding of different people and customs, you will also gain a broader context for understanding today’s most pressing global issues. From your peers to your professors, learning in an international

The first questions my friends ask when I tell them about how I spent my summer in China as a participant of the Shanghai Summer School and travelling around China are often not about what I saw and did, but “How did you travel around China without speaking a word of Mandarin? Is it even possible?”, followed by a comment along the lines of how extraordinary and brave I was to attempt to do so. Well yes, and thank you