Shanghai is the most populous city in the People’s Republic of China boasting over 23 million residents and is located at the mouth of the Yangtze River in the middle portion of the Chinese coast. It is a global city with major influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology and transport. Shanghai also has the world’s largest container port.
For centuries a major administrative, shipping and trading town, Shanghai grew in importance in the 19th century due to European recognition of its favorable port location and economic potential. The city was one of several opened to foreign trade following the British victory over China in the First Opium War and the subsequent 1842 Treaty of Nanking which allowed the establishment of the Shanghai International Settlement. The city then flourished as a hub of commerce between east and west. 1949 the Communist Party took over the mainland and trade was reoriented to focus on socialist countries and the global influence of Shanghai decline. During the 1990s, Deng Xiaoping introduced economic reforms which resulted in an intense re-development of the city.
Shanghai is a popular tourist destination and renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, Yu Garden and the ever growing Lujiazui skyline. Shanghai is often descripted as the “showpiece” of the booming economy of mainland China.
Students will be placed in an unpaid internship based on their field of study and/or language abilities and spend at least 160 hours over the course of 4 weeks working at the internship, which will allow students to earn the Hamline Plan Leap (Internship) credit. The program will include airport pick up and drop, an on-site orientation, and a personal escort to the first day of the internship placement for each student. Students will be housed in single bedrooms in furnished apartments shared with other Hamline students. A Welcome Dinner will be provided to the group, as well as a celebration for Chinese New Year.
Dates of Travel
December 26, 2016 - January 29, 2017
Mandatory On-Campus Class
Priority Application Period: April 15 - May 15; the application fee during this time is $225.
After the Priority Application Period, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis (as space permits) until September 15. The application fee during this time will be $275.
Hamline Plan: L, P
Prerequisites: None, but students will be selected for participation based on an in-person interview. Please see application for more information.
Included in the Itinerary
• Round-trip airfare, covering all points between MSP-Shanghai
• Single room in shared apartment
• Airport transfers
• Two excursions
• Chinese New Year celebration
• Emergency International Medical Insurance
Not included in the Itinerary
• Trip cancellation insurance
• Cost of individual recreation
• Laundry and personal expenses
• Telephone charges