CEA Study + Internship in China
Since 1997, CEA has maintained one simple philosophy: To provide high-quality international academic programs and services. For you, that means support through each step of your study abroad experience, from the moment you apply to the day you return home again. Along the way, you’ll learn to adapt and communicate across cultures. You’ll earn credits toward graduation while gaining skills that enhance your employability. And you’ll discover more about yourself than you ever thought possible.
Where better to do an internship abroad than the global financial center of Shanghai? Incorporate a professional internship placement into your semester study program and give your future career a serious boost. Whether your career goals revolve around business, finance, tourism, or a different area, gaining pre-professional experience in Shanghai will give you a head start in the workforce after graduation. Develop an understanding of international relations through contact with the Chinese workforce and improve your Chinese language skills in this cutting edge, fast-paced metropolis. Founded in the mid-1900s, East China Normal University is one of China’s most prestigious educational institutions. Known for a focus on internationalization, ECNU’s 30,000-strong student body hosts more than 3,500 students from around the world, creating a diverse, friendly setting for study abroad students.
- Fall Semester: Early September to Early January
- Spring Semester: Mid February to Early June
For more information about the Academic Calendar please visit the CEA Shanghai web page
All CEA students studying in Shanghai will live in a Residence Hall with local, international, or other CEA students. For more information please visit the CEA Shanghai housing webpage. Located on the East China Normal University Campus, Residence Halls teem with lively student activity.
Students participating on CEA programs will be billed through Appalachian the CEA program cost. This will replace the Appalachian tuition & fees for the term they are abroad. In addition to the CEA costs students will also be responsible for submitting a $200 OIED Program Development Fee upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Paid to Appalachian State
1CEA Program Fee includes tuition, housing, program excursions, and insurance.
|1CEA Program Fee
||See CEA Page
|2OIED Program Development Fee
2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
1Essential living expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, etc.
|CEA Application Fee
||$1000 - $1600
||$800 - $1500
|1Essential Living Expenses
||$1000 - $2000
|Books and Materials
||$200 - $350
||$50 - $150
|Visa (for US Citizens)
|2Appalachian Student Health Insurance
|3Personal Travel and Spending
||$500 - $1000
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
CEA offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $3000.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
Students will enroll in an internship seminar course that includes an academic seminar and an internship placement, and choose 2-3 elective or language courses. The internship seminar meets for 30 contact hours, and students will spend 224 hours at their placement. Together, the seminar and internship placement are worth 4 credits. Elective courses meet for approximately 52 contact hours/3 credits per semester. Language courses meet for approximately 156 contact hours/6 credits per semester. You may earn 13-16 credits (up to 462 contact hours). Past placements have included the following fields: (Accounting, Anthropology, Arts, Business Management, Computer Services, Culture, Data Management, Economics, Education, Finance, Hospitality, Information Technology (IT), International Relations, Law, Marketing, Museum Studies, NGO & Development, Political Science, Sales, Teaching, Tourism, Visual & Digital Arts, Visual Arts & Design). Students must receive approval from their academic department for the internship and are encouraged to discuss the internship with their department before applying.
For more information about the courses and structure of the program please visit the CEA Shanghai website.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Each CEA program will have a different minimum credit requirement. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
Students applying to a CEA program should complete the CEA application
while also completing the Appalachian application.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page