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Our Story

You write your life story by the choices you make.

Organizing Shanghai Summer School is an endless process. We like to say that our school is a living organism that is constantly evolving and growing, and we grow together with it!

Every day new ideas are being created to make each installation of Shanghai Summer School a better one than the previous one.

Every year we strive to have at least one participant of the past Shanghai Summer Schools join us as part of the team, and with his/her youthful energy, help us continue the Shanghai Summer School story.

Who knows, maybe it’s you who will get the chance to join us next year. 🙂


Our story

Some of us have lived in China, some have studied there, and others have forged a career there. In doing so, we have created memories and experiences that will forever link us with China.

Like all good stories, our story began quite unusually… Co-founders Gregor and Vid became friends by chance when they met in Shanghai a few years ago, and bonded over their enthusiasm for all things Chinese! Little did they know then, that just a year later, they would be working together to take some international students around Shanghai in the summer.

Half a year later, during a business trip to Hong Kong, Gregor came up with the idea of starting their very own summer school. The fact that there was a 6 hour time difference between Hong Kong and Europe did not cross Gregor’s mind when he called and woke Vid up with the idea. Despite being woken up in the middle of the night, Vid heart raced at the idea. He sat up wide awake instantly and said “Let’s do it!”.

A few days later, they sat together and made a list of the most important things they needed to do in order to set up their own summer school. At the top of this list was finding and partnering a reputable university in Shanghai. After nearly 300 emails exchanges and making good use of their guanxi skills, they managed to come to a partnership agreement with the top university of their choice – the prestigious Donghua University.

That’s how in less than 3 weeks after the morning call from Gregor that threw Vid out of bed, Shanghai Summer School was born.


Contact us

Do you have any ideas or feedback that you think would improve the Shanghai Summer School programme? Do you want to get to know us better? Or do you have a Shanghai Summer School related query? Whatever it is, write to us!

You can reach us via email, or even better, through a Facebook messenger.

Gregor Strnad

Co-founder, Project Coordinator - Gregor is an ambitious young entrepreneur and connoisseur of the Chinese business culture. His connection with China goes way back to his younger years and has been reinforced over time. During the time he has spent studying in Shanghai, and after numerous visits to China, Gregor knows Shanghai just like a local. He now uses his experience in various projects, some of which have grown into young companies.

Vid Skvarča

Co-founder, Head of Programme - Vid is a great appreciator of the Chinese culture and language, and also knows Shanghai very well. His first encounter with Shanghai was in 2014, when he participated in a summer school. Since then, nothing was the same. Soon after he completed summer school, he returned to Shanghai, where he undertook his masters' study at the esteemed Tongji University. While in China, Vid took the opportunity to improve his knowledge of the Chinese language. On top of being Head of Programme at the Shanghai Summer School, Vid is currently employed at a successful biotechnical company.

Yumei Foong

Head of International Community

Judy Ji

International Coordinator, Donghua University

Andrej Dobnikar

Head of experience in Shanghai

Aljaz Blazun

Field Organizer

Darja Pangric

Field Organizer

Programme of Shanghai Summer School 2019 will be announced on 1st of December.
Applications close on 31st of May. APPLY HERE