Merrimack College in Shanghai

Application Deadlines

Fall 2018 March 9, 2018
Spring 2019 October 12, 2018

Application Deadline is October 12, 2018.

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Program Dates

Shanghai Spring 2019

Arrive in Shanghai February 15, 2019
Depart from Shanghai June 1, 2019


Semester programs earn 12 to 18 credits. Summer session earns 6 credits.


Earn 3 credits for an optional internship.


You will live at ECNU’s international dormitories during the semester, or in an apartment/residence near campus during the summer. There is also an option to live with a Chinese student for an additional fee during the semester term.

Local transportation

You will receive a pre-paid local transportation pass that provides access to the Shanghai metro and buses.


-Guided full day excursion to Suzhou
-Overnight weekend excursion to Hangzhou (semester only)
-Overnight weekend excursion to Beijing (semester only)
-Several company visits to complement in-class work are also included

Student Events

Social events including an arrival reception, mid-term dinner (semesters only), and a farewell ceremony.

My Global Education

Social in nature, My Global Education activities go beyond customary tourist attractions. These social co-curricular events are intentionally designed for you to explore and analyze Shanghai in ways that are relevant to your studies and personal interests.


All CAPA students receive medical, travel, and accident insurance.

CAPA Services and Support

The CAPA Shanghai team is available throughout your program to assist and support you. Students can also contact the 24 hour emergency line for any urgent situations.

Application Deadline is October 12, 2018.

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Shanghai is your Classroom!

CAPA Global Cities

Each semester and summer CAPA offers a wide variety of courses that fit a variety of majors. Our diverse range of academic courses will challenge and inspire you. Students will have the opportunity to learn amongst other local and international students enrolled at ECNU. The majority of courses from which students can choose to enroll are instructed in English. Only language courses would be instructed using Mandarin.

To view the course offerings and download sample syllabi for upcoming programs, please click here. It is important that you contact your study abroad office for more information on which courses will be available to you.

As part of the Shanghai semester program, you will also have the option to participate in an international internship. Internships are not available during the summer

All CAPA students receive full credit for courses and internships completed. Each contextual course earns 3 credits. The internship is also awarded 3 credits.

CAPA Global Business Institute

Envision learning about the global supply chain while studying in Sydney or learning about the world of finance in the heart of one of the world’s largest finance centers, London.  Then imagine walking out of one of these classrooms into an internship where you will apply your knowledge and learn the culture of a global city’s work environment.

The CAPA Global Business Institute, a partnership between CAPA and the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration, is a Certificate program designed to provide you with a sharply focused, intensive business curriculum and internship placements within a global context.

The Global Business Institute program, intended to be rigorous in nature, offers you ways to personalize the curriculum so that it best helps you achieve your personal and professional goals. While there are two required courses, you have options for the remaining three courses necessary to successfully complete the certificate. These options include an internship, an elective business course, and an elective in the humanities. Each course is worth 3 credits. To receive a Certificate of Study in Global Business, you must complete a total of 15 credits.

Certificate of Study in Global Business required curriculum:

  • International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior
  • International Economics
  • Two business electives, one of which can be an internship
  • One elective in the humanities

Upon successful completion of these requirements, you’ll receive a Certificate of Study in Global Business and a transcript from the University of Pittsburgh.

The University of Pittsburgh is an AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited institution. The AACSB provides internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business and accounting programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.

Note: Previous academic experience in business is required. If you are unsure about whether or not the rigor of the program is right for you, please contact your CAPA Program Advisor.

Application Deadline is October 12, 2018.

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Internships and more…





CAPA has an extensive network of internship sites available in Shanghai.

Internships are available in businesses of several kinds. Our local staff visit each CAPA internship site, many of which are frequent recipients of CAPA interns.  Students are placed in sites that best meet their individual interests, abilities and academic background.

Internships are available in the following fields in private sector organizations:

  • Advertising
  • Arts and Museum Management
  • Business Administration
  • Business English Education
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Financial Research (requires Mandarin)
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Marketing
  • Print and Web Media
  • Public Relations
  • Social Media Networking and Gaming

CAPA will help you to gain professional experience in your field of study in a global environment. Below are just a few of the benefits you can expect to earn through your participation in an international internship experience.

– Demonstrate flexibility and courage in unfamiliar surroundings.
– Gain cross-cultural communications skills.
– Learn about your field from a different perspective.
– Stand out from the crowd in the competitive job market.
– Build relationships with international references.
– Find further immersion in local culture.
– Get academic credit for your work.


While you are in Shanghai, you will have the exciting opportunity to participate in volunteer opportunities that will undoubtedly enrich your experience abroad.  There are many ways to get involved that will make an impact on the local community as well as your perception of your host city. This is an excellent opportunity to engage with locals, expand your worldview, and try something new. By volunteering in Shanghai, you’ll engage in an authentic cultural exchange that will enable you to experience your study abroad program to the fullest.

Types of Opportunities (Please note these vary each semester):

  • BEAN
  • Charity Dream Shanghai
  • Stepping Stones China
  • Hands on Shanghai
  • And numerous other options!

Application Deadline is October 12, 2018.

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Programming and Activities

CAPA’s unique My Global Education Program was developed to offer you, the student, a unique opportunity to make decisions about how you will learn about culture according to how you enjoy learning. Compiled by local CAPA education abroad advisers, the calendar offers a menu of different activities, events, volunteer opportunities, lectures, visits, and self-directed tours to help teach you the most about Shanghai.

You will have the opportunity to choose from a range of activities with varying styles of presentation. This allows you to pick a session that speaks to you and your way of learning.

What will I be able to do with My Global Education?

CAPA presents a My Global Education Calendar to all students and faculty. The events, reflective sessions, and activities listed are designed around significant academic themes such as Diversity, Social Dynamics, Globalization and Urban Environments. Participation in these activities will give you an intelligent, well rounded, and in depth view of Shanghai and China.

What are some examples of My Global Education Events?

With My Global Education in Shanghai, you and your new CAPA friends will be able to:

  • Exploring the art scene in Tianzifang
  • A walking tour of the former French Concession Area
  • Visiting the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street
  • Attending a guest lecture on Shanghai as an International Financial Center
  • Visiting the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall- And many more!

Application Deadline is October 12, 2018.

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Have Questions?

Holly Oppel

Program Manager or 1 (800) 793 - 0334


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