The fool wonders, the wise man asks.

Taking into consideration questions we are often asked, as well as based on feedback from our past participants, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions for you.

Who is Summer School intended for?2019-10-14T19:13:09+00:00

Shanghai Summer School is aimed at ambitious young people between the ages of 18 and 30, who think of life as one great adventure, and who want a learning experience that is not confined by the four walls of a classroom. It is for those who enjoy making new friends and love exploring new places and cultures.

Great! And what is the structure of Summer School?2019-10-14T19:13:38+00:00

From discovering traditional back alleys of the city to scaling some of the highest skyscrapers in the world – every detail of Shanghai Summer School is designed to ensure that you are never bored.

The red thread of the Shanghai Summer School programme is the Chinese language, because we believe that you can only get to know a particular culture only when you learn the basics of its language. So, every morning, from Monday to Friday we have 4 hours of Chinese Language lessons. Together this amounts to 67 school hours.

Those who will attend the course at the basic level will have lectures in English, while those with advanced knowledge can attend higher-level courses where lectures will take place mostly in Chinese.

Afternoon activities are very diverse. We will experience everything from tasting Chinese cuisine, attempting the basics of Chinese calligraphy, getting lost in the streets of old Shanghai and visiting the highest skyscrapers. In addition, we will hang out with businessmen who are doing business in Shanghai, and will share their invaluable experiences with us. Your view of the world will be enlarged by external guest lecturers, who have had practical, real world knowledge of forging a career or business in China.

Lastly, since we are in Shanghai, we will definitely be able to experience the throbbing, vibrant nightlife of the city.

In short, it will be a fun, experiential learning experience that you will still be thinking about for a long time after.

What if I don’t speak any Chinese? Is that an issue?2019-10-30T13:33:00+00:00

Shanghai Summer School is designed to be an international summer school, and takes into consideration that there are varying levels of Chinese-speaking abilities. As such, all activities are held in English, except for the Chinese calligraphy course, which will be led by one of the most recognised living masters of this ancient script. But a translator will be present, of course!

The basic Chinese Language lessons will also be taught in English, while the more advanced levels of the Chinese Language lessons will take place in Chinese only.

Do I have any immediate expenses?2019-10-14T19:17:27+00:00

A return air ticket (the prices vary greatly, but the average ticket price is around 550 Euros), visa (60 Euros), insurance (approximately 40 Euros), food and drinks (about 200 Euros in total). For shopping and additional activities, however, the expenses depend on the individual.

Do I need health insurance?2019-10-14T19:19:09+00:00

Insurance is not mandatory but highly recommended. We all know how Murphy’s law works. The cost of insurance is estimated to be around 40 euros, but the inconvenience it can save you from is priceless.

What about a visa?2019-10-14T19:19:31+00:00

All participants of the Shanghai Summer School need to apply for a visa to enter China. Visa documents will be issued by Shanghai Summer School as an official partner of Donghua University. We will also advise you on the visa application process. All that said, the responsibility of preparing for, applying for, and obtaining a visa is on the individual.

What is the weather like in Shanghai in summer?2019-10-30T13:32:32+00:00

Hot. Ranging between 30 to 40 degrees Celsius. Legend says that in summer in Shanghai, hens lay boiled eggs. ?

That said, the hot weather has never dampened our spirits!

What is the meaning of life?2019-10-14T19:20:35+00:00

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I’m in guys. Let’s make the upcoming summer an unforgettable experience! Where do I apply?2019-12-16T20:07:05+00:00

There’s nothing worse than the missed opportunity that could change your life! Sign up by clicking on APPLY. The link will redirect you to a new page where you fill in your information and apply for an experience that will change your view of the world. ?

Will I get internationally recognized ECTS credits as a participant of Summer School?2019-10-14T19:15:58+00:00

Of course! Like any quality school that takes your learning seriously, as long as you have at least 80% attendance at the lectures, everyone will get a chance at taking the Chinese Language exam at the end of the Summer School.

Upon passing the exam, you obtain an internationally recognised certificate issued by Donghua University. The course is equivalent to 3 ECTS.

If you do not find the answers to your questions below, write to us at nihao@shanghaisummerschool.org or contact us via Facebook Messenger  or even schedule a Skype call with us.