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Lehigh University Study Abroad: Lehigh in China




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May 15 (Depart USA) - June 27, 2015



Professor Oliver Yao

Professor Oliver Yao
Associate Professor, Management


Professor Limei Shan

Professor Limei Shan
Professor of Practice, Modern Languages & Literature



* A limited number of $500-$1,500 need-based scholarships are also available. Applications will be evaluated according to a student's financial need and an essay describing the possible significance of this experience to their academic and professional development. 2014 Deadlines are posted on the 2014 Travel Grant Application.

$5,620 (tentative) - This includes tuition for six credits, program activities/excursions and double occupancy room.  Not included:  airfare, local travel, meals, laundry, personal expenses, personal weekend travel or other costs.

* All students who are considering participating in the Lehigh in Shanghai Internship Program are strongly advised to take Survival Chinese which is offered every Spring for 2 credits in the MLL Department if they have no prior experience with Chinese language.



Students will live two to a room in a hotel downtown with easy access to metro, shopping, etc. Students should have access to the internet in their rooms and possibly a refrigerator and a stove top. For two weeks, students will be immersed in Chinese language and culture during which they will be interviewed by companies for four-week unpaid internships. Cultural activities include meeting people in the local Jing’an community association, students from a local university, and sites around the city. The group will take an overnight trip to a scenic area outside of Shanghai, such as the lake city of Hangzhou or the bamboo forests outside Anji. Every Monday evening, students meet with the faculty advisor. During the internship period, students will meet again with their Chinese teachers on Fridays. For exercise, students can join gyms or participate in early morning programs run by locals in Jing’an Park.  Students are also encouraged to explore the city on their own, meet locals, and exchange ideas in the English Corner of public parks, such as Peoples’ Park.

This is a six week program that begins with arrival in Shanghai on Saturday, May 18th (leaving Newark on May 17) and departs after the final ceremony on Saturday, June 29.  Students are encouraged to travel in China or Asia before or after the program. Professor Oliver Yao (CBE) will be directing the summer 2013 cohort for the entire six weeks.

The program focuses on learning about Chinese culture and how to work with Chinese colleagues in China.  While at internship placements, students will be working in various types of environments in Shanghai, including multinationals, joint ventures, state-owned companies, foreign-owned companies, hospitals, NGOs, schools, or government offices. Options vary each year depending on the majors and interests of the student participants as well as the organizations willing to host American students. Students will work on independent projects, in teams, or in groups with their Chinese colleagues. Students are encouraged to look at their internships as more than resume builders and to push beyond their cultural bubbles to interact with their colleagues. Some placements are more demanding than others and, in some cases, the students will need to be proactive in talking with their managers, in others, not so. The ability to live and work in Shanghai is an important skill that future employers will appreciate and that will expand students’ understanding of the world. It is also a practical opportunity for those interested in possibly working internationally to scope out the job scene, make connections, and explore options. In other words, while Lehigh and FESCO provide a safe and mentored environment, students are encouraged to make the most of their time in China.

This program is hosted by the Shanghai Foreign Service Co., LTD (FESCO). The administrator of the Education section, Ms. Yi, manages a group of employees dedicated to making the program work. These include Jessica Xu who may be the person students interact with most to settle issues regarding their internships (contact information is available on the Blackboard site for the group once students are registered).  She will be using the essays and resumes that students submit with their initial registration to find internship matches. Students are encouraged to be flexible and considerate of the fact that it is a difficult process. Students for whom this is a first job must be prepared for the fact that working reality is very different from student life.

There are students who choose to stay in Shanghai for the entire* summer. Some students have done this by initiating their own paid internships in the US and just having FECSCO finalize the arrangements in Shanghai. Others ask FESCO to find them internships that will accept them for an entire summer (this must be specified in the first line of the “objective” section of the “resume” which is sent to FESCO). Generally, companies prefer a longer commitment. Due to the competitive nature of the Shanghai job market (it is one of the hottest in the world), companies who agree to host our students are not required to compensate the students for the one month period.

*(Students who choose to remain in Shanghai for a longer internship experience at their own additional expense will often be moved from the hotel to an apartment for the rest of their stay after the Lehigh program has closed. By the end of the six week program—after which Lehigh and FESCO are no longer responsible for the student’s welfare—students should have learned how to successfully live and work in Shanghai and are well-equipped to function in this international city on their own.)


Shanghai is a world-class city. This Manhattan of the East never sleeps. Situated where the Yangtze River flows into the Pacific Ocean, this city rose as one of the premier sites for modern capitalism in the 1920s and 30s and a home for thousands of people from all over the world. Art Deco buildings from that era are now interspersed with new high-rises which reflect the resurgence of Shanghai as a business capital in the past few decades. A stroll along the riverside Bund at night melds the past and the present: the lights of the old financial district on one side mix with the glow of the new financial district on the other. Invisible now is the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution which attempted to institute a peasant utopia by smashing the artifacts of elite Chinese history. This gateway to China is once again a cosmopolitan center for people from countries all over the world. It is just one step inside the country that is home to one fifth of the world’s population and which is steeped in history, culture, and color.

Getting around Shanghai is easy and cheap. It is a hop and a skip to the amazing Shanghai Museum, historic districts, the warehouse district of vanguard artists. There are shopping arcades with everything from designer to imported or locally produced clothing, shoes and other goods and restaurants featuring Chinese and international cuisine of every kind. Markets specializing in fabric, clothing, shoes, electronics—you name it, they got it—abound as well as a plethora of internet cafes, bookstores, video stores, groceries, 24-hour convenience stores, and fast food outlets. Nightlife includes movies, opera, theater, acrobats, and an immense variety of restaurants, bars, and discos run by people from countries all over the world. Students can travel by metro, bus, taxi, or foot.




MGMT 372: Chinese Culture in a Multinational Worksite (Internship) - (3 credits)
ASIA 361: Internship in Asian Studies - (3 credits, HU/SS, non-CBE elective)

Students explore the interaction between Chinese and non-Chinese cultures at a variety of work sites in the city of Shanghai, a port city that has involved people of many nationalities since its birth in the 1840s.  This project-based course involves a faculty-mentored practicum at one or more specific sites related to the student’s own field or major, assigned readings, weekly electronic blackboard discussions, a 3-page summary of the work experience along with copies of work accomplished at the jobsite (if relevant and the company does not object) sent to the professors in charge.  This course qualifies for GCP credit.

Grades will be based on the quality of the student’s blackboard discussions and evidence of student engagement in the internship.  

Summaries/assignments can be placed in the blackboard or sent by email to the mentoring professor (Yao). Personal comments and suggestions on the program are always welcome and should be sent by email to the professor. All emails addresses are available in the Communication folder of the Blackboard site.


CHIN 91 (Beginner), 191 (Intermediate), 291 (Advanced): Chinese Language and Culture Abroad I, II or III - (3 credits)

Students will be placed in beginning, intermediate, or advanced Chinese language classes by FESCO based on a test (using simplified script) immediately upon their arrival. Grades will be based on improvement shown in the final test and on teacher’s reports regarding daily attendance and participation.

The cultural aspect of this course will be based on student participation in lectures, tours, and other group activities arranged by FESCO. Students are also required to respond to cultural questions on the electronic discussion board.

CHIN 97 (Beginner): Chinese Language and Culture Abroad I (Part TWO) - (3 credits)

Intensive study of conversation in Chinese, rapid review of the basic grammar, reading and analysis of basic interactive dialogues, development of writing skills, familiarity with select aspects of the culture. Prerequisites: CHIN 021: Survival Chinese or the equivalent of one semester or 2 or 3 credits of Chinese language.

CHIN 384 (Native Speaker): Research in Chinese Language and Culture Abroad - (3 credits)

This course is designed for students with advanced language skills who do research or work in Chinese above the third year level.  CHIN 398 is also able to accommodate native Chinese speakers.

Lehigh professors who will mentor your experience in Shanghai:

Prof. Yuliang Oliver Yao


Email: yuy3@lehigh.edu



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