Arizona in Shanghai - Semester

Arizona in Shanghai - Semester
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SpringDecember 1Late FebruaryMid JuneBudget
FallJune 30Early SeptemberMid DecemberBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • Chinese, English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Hotel, Other, Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • Third-party provider
    UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

Shanghai has transformed from a small fishing village into a global financial capital (and home to more than 24 million people) in just a few decades.  It is a city that reflects the many dimensions of globalization. Arizona in Shanghai is a unique partnership between the University of Arizona and CEA intended to engage a diverse group of students and academic fields in this spectacular city.

This program offers students the opportunity to gain immersive experiences related to local culture and language.  Courses offered in Shanghai are represented by four UA Departments including Nutritional Sciences, Global Studies, Communication and East Asian Studies.


Nutritional Sciences (NSC 170C1, 255, 301)

Course selections will provide a scientific approach to develop an understanding as it relates to the role of food in disease, preventative health and proper growth throughout the life cycle.  Basic nutritive principles will allow students to analyze different cultural landscapes, including China, for food safety and security.

Global Studies (GLS 251)

Shanghai has transformed from a small fishing village into a global financial capital (and home to more than 24 million people) in just a few decades.  The city reflects the many dimensions of globalization throughout its bustling streets, in its traditional neighborhoods and in the brilliant skyline.  The Global Studies program emphasizes critical exploration, allowing students to explore the juxtaposition of modern versus traditional lenses in Shanghai. 

Communication Studies (COMM 301, 311, 339, 496Z)

What better place to explore the intersections of communication and culture than in Shanghai, the “Gateway to the West”?  Student participation in this dynamic program will provide an understanding of evolving communication challenges related to life in China's political and economic hub.

East Asian Studies (CHN 444, EAS 160A3, CHN 233, CHN 245, CHN 251, EAS 270)

Students develop a deeper understanding of Chinese culture by studying ancient and modern linkages in daily life.  Language courses encourage engagement with the local community and provide practical opportunities to practice conversational skills, while courses take full advantage of the city of Shanghai to provide real-world context to lessons learned in class.


Shanghai is the largest Chinese city by population and the largest city proper by population in the world. It is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities, with a population of more than 24 million as of 2013. It is a global financial center, and a transport hub with the world's busiest container port. Located in the Yangtze River Delta in East China, Shanghai sits at the mouth of the Yangtze in the middle portion of the Chinese coast. The municipality borders the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the north, south and west, and is bounded to the east by the East China Sea.

Shanghai is a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yu Garden as well as the extensive Lujiazui skyline and major museums including the Shanghai Museum and the China Art Museum. It has been described as the "showpiece" of the booming economy of mainland China.


CEA organizes regular day and overnight trips to culturally and historically relevant destinations outside of Shanghai, giving you a deeper understanding of China as a whole, as well as surrounding sub-cultures, populations and landscapes. Examples include: Four-day excursion to Xi’an Overnight excursion to nearby city Hangzhou Day trip to the historic canal town of Suzhou Lijiang and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Chengdu and Jiu-zhai-gou Valley.

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