Shanghai Summer School night cycling

The Classic Experience

Shanghai Summer School’s one-month program introduces participants

to Shanghai in all its might and glory.


The classic experience delivers a month-long language course accompanied by a rich bundle of activities, diving deep into the heart of Shanghai. The program is set in a way that it represents an optimal balance between language learning, experiencing Chinese culture, meeting and learning from experienced lecturers and discovering stories of everyday people, first hand.

In the mornings, Shanghai Summer School participants will take Chinese Language classes. Afternoons will be devoted to lectures and workshops on Chinese culture, Chinese business and broader life in China. On top of that, side trips and activities will be organised to present the best of Shanghai and its surroundings. 

Trust us, this month will fly by before you realise it.



Programme length: 4 weeks

Dates: 14th of July 2020 – 9th of August 2020

Application deadline: 31st of May 2020

Location: Donghua University Campus, 849 Zhongshan West Road, Changning Qu, Shanghai

Accommodation: Included



The registration fee of 200RMB is paid separately upon arrival at Donghua University.

Regular Price (applications received after 16th of March 2020): 1590€

Early Bird Price (applications received before 15th of March 2020) : 1390€

Super Early Bird price (applications received before 31st of December 2019 ) : 1190€




What is included in the price?

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Included in the price is accommodation in a twin-bed room (shared with one other person from the same gender) in the International Student Dormitory of Donghua University. Each room is equipped with a fridge, a private bathroom and air-conditioning. Each floor also has its own kitchenette and laundry room.

The Donghua University campus and dormitory is located just 6-kilometres from the very heart of Shanghai. The campus dormitory accommodates 22,000 students from 38 different countries. In addition to the rooms, the campus offers a stadium with a running track, as well as basketball, football and tennis courts, 2 supermarkets and 4 student canteens, where you can have a meal for around 3€.

Welcome Orientation:

To help you get accustomed to the sprawling campus, an orientation tour on the first day is imperative! From day one, you will already know where to find the best beef noodles on campus, and also where you can find the running track to burn off calories from said beef noodles.

Amazing race:

Planning to apply for summer school alone but worried that you’ll be lonely? Fret not! The Amazing Shanghai Race organized on the first day will make sure you’ll make friends from the get-go! In randomly assigned teams, you will navigate the megacity of Shanghai to complete various challenges.  Get to know new friends and the city at the same time!

Welcome pack:

Like most of our participants, it will probably be your first time in Shanghai. Which is why in your specially prepared welcome pack you will find a Starter Kit that you can refer to throughout your time in Shanghai, a Shanghai Summer School t-shirt, and a map of Shanghai.


An intensive Chinese language course


As the most spoken language in the world right now, Mandarin Chinese is no longer the language of the future, but the language of the present!

While attending Shanghai Summer School, you will complete a 75-hour Chinese language course taught by experienced teachers at the renowned Donghua University. Upon passing the final exam administered at the end of the course, Donghua University issues you a certificate that is worth 3 ECTS credits.

The course is divided into 6 (HSK) levels of difficulty. Based on your results on the placement test taken on the first day of the summer school, you will be assigned to the level most suitable for you.

Teaching styles are adapted to the different levels – from complete beginners to those with an advanced grasp of the Chinese language. Chinese lessons at the beginner level will take place in English, while lessons for those at a more advanced level will take place mostly in Chinese.

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Cultural workshops


At Shanghai Summer School we strive to give you an all-round experience of China and its culture and traditions. These activities have been specially handpicked for your full cultural immersion.

Making Chinese dumplings:

One thing that comes to mind when we think about Chinese culture is its cuisine, and when we talk about Chinese cuisine, piping hot dumplings are a must-eat! Traditionally, Chinese family members get together to make Chinese dumplings, which makes for a great bonding experience. This is why we have always made it a point to allocate an afternoon to learning how to make Chinese dumplings together.

Calligraphy class:

Dating back to the Han dynasty, Chinese calligraphy is the most important ancient Chinese art form alongside painting. More than merely writing, good calligraphy is about brush control, attention to composition and self-expression. It is often said that how one wrote was as important as what one wrote. Participants of the summer school will get to try their hand at this almost 2,000-year old Chinese art form.

Tea ceremony experience:

Tea drinking has a special place in Chinese culture and everyday life. Because the Chinese believe that tea can enhance the mood, tea drinking has become an indispensable part of both social and business life in China for centuries. We invite you to come and have a drink with us and learn from one of Shanghai’s best tea ceremony experts about the art of preparing and consuming tea.

Business Lectures


A rising superpower in telecommunications, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, fintech and even ecology, and forecasted to overtake the US in 2030 as the world’s largest economy, there is no doubt that China is a force to be reckoned with. To keep up with them, it is necessary to learn the ways of the Chinese business world.

A total of three lectures will be devoted to getting to know the distinctly different Chinese business environment better:

An Introduction to business in China (Visiting professor) – 2 hours

Chinese business culture (Conducted by X-node, a start-up accelerator) – 2 hours

Chinese start-up culture (Conducted by X-node, a start-up accelerator) – 2 hours


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Sightseeing trips

Day trip to Suzhou – Venice of the East:

Just 100 km northwest of Shanghai, Suzhou was once upon a time China’s national economic, cultural and commercial center. While its predominant position in the nation was lost to Shanghai during a rebellion, Suzhou remains one of China’s most highly developed, prosperous and charming cities, and it is not hard to see why. With its meticulously designed gardens connected by rivers, creeks and canals, Suzhou is often dubbed the Venice of the East.

Night cruise on the Huangpu River:

The history of Shanghai has always been strongly linked to the mighty Huangpu River, from which a small fishing village blossomed into the world’s biggest financial center and city. Today, the Huangpu River, which divides the city into its old and new quarters, is not only an important traffic route but also the heart of the city’s bustling social scene. There is nothing quite like cruising along the Huangpu river, watching it light up in the night sky.

Shanghai Tower Visit:

Standing at 632 meters tall, the brand new Shanghai Tower makes its neighbouring “Bottle Opener” skyscraper look small. Holding claim to the title of world’s second tallest building, Shanghai Tower is the cherry on top of the iconic Shanghai skyline cake. A trip to Shanghai Tower will not be complete without visiting its observation deck on the 118th floor. From up there, you will literally be seeing Shanghai from a bird’s eye view.

Night cycling through Shanghai:

One of Shanghai Summer School participants’ favourite activities in the past years is definitely night cycling through the city. On the night cycling tour, participants will explore hidden back alleys of the city and feel the wind in their hair as they continue down Nanjing Road, the main promenade of Shanghai, which then leads on to the Huangpu River embankment, where with a beer in hand, we enter a new day.

Lots of fun!


Watch a football derby:

Imagine standing in a football stadium filled with 80,000 fans dressed in the respective colours of their football club, singing and chanting in support of their favourite teams – the atmosphere is electrifying. The derby match between Shanghai and capital city Beijing is an experience you’ll never forget!


Karaoke, or KTV, is an indispensable part of Chinese culture. As the ancient Chinese saying goes – you haven’t visited China if you haven’t climbed the Great Wall or sang karaoke!  Chinese karaoke places serve a variety of beverages and snacks while you sing your hearts out, and you can choose to sing and dance to anything from Gangnam Style to the Spice Girls. There’s no party like a Chinese karaoke party!

Party like there is no Chinese class tomorrow:

At Shanghai Summer School, we work hard but play harder. With the cooperation of local club managers, you will find out what it means to “play hard” in this megacity. Nothing will prepare you for the nightlife you will experience in Shanghai.

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If you have more questions, we suggest you refer to the FAQ (Frequently asked questions) tab where we explain in further detail about the  structure of Summer School, Chinese lectures, terms of payment, travel insurance, visa, and so on… 🙂

Can’t find the answers to your questions? You can contact us anytime, at nihao@shanghaisummerschool.com, through Facebook Messenger, or even schedule a Skype call with us.

Donghua University

Donghua University (DHU) is the perfect Shanghai Summer School partner. Its academic excellence combined with the international nature of its student campus makes it ideal for a truly global experience. DHU was one of the first universities in China to open its doors to foreign students. Today, more than 20,000 students live and study on its Yan’an Road campus nestled in the city centre. It excels in many fields but is a true leader in space-related textile technology. DHU even had a part to play in the design of a spacesuit for the Chinese Space Program!


Who is Shanghai Summer School for?

Shanghai Summer School is for the open-minded, and for those determined to make everyday count. It’s for the adventurous, for those who want a fresh start and also for those who already know what they are after.

Like Shanghai, our Global Family consists of a vastly diverse mix of people coming from all over the world. They have one thing in common though, they share the same insatiable curiosity about life and want to live it to its fullest.


A contribution to a good cause

Shanghai Summer School is designed with the future in mind. We believe that the youth of today are messengers of new ideas, and are the future of the world. We are aware, however, that together with the future comes challenges. This is why we hope to contribute our part in the mosaic of change. Because we believe every bit counts, we will donate 10€ from each application to Shanghai Summer School to projects that work towards making our environment a better place.

The following are the 2 projects we have selected to contribute to this year. You will be able to choose which project you would like your application to contribute to in the application process:

  • The Orangutan Project leads and sponsors projects on the ground that help protects orangutans and their forest homes in Sumatra and Borneo from the threat of extinction.
  • One Tree Planted works with reforestation partners around the world to plant a tree for every dollar donated.



Still have questions? You might find some answers in our FAQ section.

You can also contact us anytime, at nihao@shanghaisummerschool.com, through Facebook Messenger, or even schedule a Skype call with us.