Rider University CAPA Shanghai Program

Application Deadlines

Spring 2019 August 15, 2018
Summer 2019 March 1, 2019
Fall 2019 February 1, 2019

Program Dates

Shanghai Fall 2018 (TENTATIVE - to be confirmed)

Arrive in Shanghai August 31, 2018
Depart from Shanghai December 15, 2018

Shanghai Spring 2019

Arrive in Shanghai February 22, 2019
Depart from Shanghai June 1, 2019

Shanghai Summer 2018

Arrive in Shanghai June 20, 2018
Depart from Shanghai August 4, 2018

Shanghai Summer INTERNSHIP Program 2018

Arrive in Shanghai June 13, 2018
Depart from Shanghai August 4, 2018

Payment Process

Students planning on using financial aid will need to work with their home campuses to complete CAPA’s Financial Aid Disbursement Form (Please also refer to our “Financial Aid” page on this website for additional useful information). Financial aid students need to submit this completed form along with 30% of their program fee by the application deadlines above. The remaining 70% of the program fee is due at 30 days before the program. Students not using financial aid will be responsible for the full program fee payment upon the application deadline noted above.

Cancellation Penalties

Withdrawal Date Cancellation Fees
Cancellation prior to 60 days $300
46 to 60 days prior to departure 25% of the program fee plus $300
22 to 45 days prior to departure 50% of the program fees plus $300
21 days or fewer prior to departure 100% of the program fee

This cancellation penalty policy is necessary because the booking of overseas facilities requires substantial non-refundable payments and commitments from CAPA in advance of the program start date. All notifications of withdrawal must be made in writing and sent to CAPA The Global Education Network. Students requiring CAS numbers for Tier 4 visa applications on the London program to participate in internships or service learning will include a $500 cancellation penalty for withdrawal from the program, or just the internship component between issuing of the CAS and 61 days prior to departure. Standard penalties will go into effect after that point.


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.


Shanghai is your Classroom!

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.

Explore CAPA’s Course Options Herehttps://www.capa.org/all-courses

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.

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

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!

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!

Have Questions?

Zion Griffin

Global Cities Program Advisor

zgriffin@capa.org or 800-793-0334

Sara Young-Singh

Director of the Center for International Education

syoungsingh@rider.edu or 609-896-7717


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