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*Hamline J-Term 2015: China - Internship Abroad
Shanghai, China
Program Terms: J-Term
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
J-Term 2015 09/15/2014 10/01/2015 12/28/2014 01/30/2015
Program Description:

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Shanghai fireworks

Location Description
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.

Course Description

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 Lead (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 and Farewell dinner will be provided to the group, as well as a celebration for New Year’s Eve.  In addition, students will participate in  two weekend excursions (included in the program fee) to see and experience other areas of China


Dates of Travel
December 28, 2014 - January 30, 2015

Mandatory On-Campus Class
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 11:15 - 12:45

Application Notes  

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.


Estimated Cost  
$5,350 (The Application Fee is separate from the cost of the course)

Course Information  
Grading: A-F
Hamline Plan: L, W
(four credits)
Prerequisites: None, but students will be selected for participation based on an in-person interview.  Please see application for more information.
Course limited to 10 participants

Included in the Itinerary  
• Round-trip airfare, covering all points between MSP-Shanghai
• Single room in shared apartment
• Airport transfers
• Two dinners
• Two excursions

• New Year's Eve celebration
• Emergency International Medical Insurance

Not included in the Itinerary  
• Trip cancellation insurance
• Meals 
• Cost of individual recreation
• Laundry and personal expenses
• Telephone charges
• Internet


Contact Information  
Please contact the International and Off Campus Programs office or schedule an appointment to learn more about this program.