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Out of the many universities in Shanghai offering Chinese-language programs, Shanghai Summer School’s university partner, Donghua University (DHU), stood out above the rest with its Chinese teaching expertise, its openness to international students, its excellent location, and its complete campus facilities. Shanghai Summer School offers two programs in partnership with Donghua University – the Classic Four-Week Experience, as well as the Intensive Two-Week Experience. The expertise of Donghua University’s Chinese language program, combined with Shanghai Summer School’s activity-packed program makes

  “I don’t see any cultural differences between the Chinese and us!” Quite the opposite actually. If they’ve never been to China before Summer School, participants are likely to experience a bit of a culture shock the moment they touch down in Pudong Airport in Shanghai. We assure you that it’s a positive kinda shock, but still a shock nonetheless. Everything from the unidentifiable food, the language and its bizarre-looking characters, to the sheer number of people everywhere. And don’t get us

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