CAPA Internship in Shanghai, China

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China is the fastest-growing country and has become the second largest economy in the world. It has the largest population in the world and has unique history and culture. One out of every five people in the world speaks Mandarin Chinese. Learning Mandarin and understanding Chinese culture and economic development will help students succeed in the global economy.


Situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, Shanghai is China’s largest city and the world’s eighth largest. It serves as the most influential financial, economic, international trade, cultural, science and technology center in East China. A perfect blend of modern and traditional cultures, western customs and Chinese traditions intertwine and form the city's culture, making the CAPA Internship program a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience life in the fastest growing city in the world. During your time in Shanghai you’ll live and study at the East China Normal University (ECNU), a world-renowned research university founded in 1951, that offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Program of Study

Saint Mary’s College has an affiliation with CAPA, The Global Education Network, and offers semester programs at the CAPA center on the campus of the ECNU in Shanghai. CAPA has worked with institutions of higher education to build programs that meet their goals for learning abroad. It operates education centers in Global Cities and has developed distinct academic offerings, support frameworks, and oversight structures for its students and visiting faculty. Students attend classes taught by the CAPA faculty and local university professors designed for the CAPA students. The program is customized to the needs of American students, including community services and internships opportunities.


All the students are required to take at least 12 credits for a semester. All the credits will be transferred directly to SMC. Students will receive an email from our CAPA Registrar asking to submit course preferences about 90 days before you depart. All classes will be held on the main, urban campus of ECNU.


CAPA works with hundreds of different internship sites throughout its global cities. Student’s internship placement will be decided based on student’s interests and the information that student provide in her application. Student could be interning at a large company or a small start-up. Student may be one member of a large team, or one of two or three people in an organization. Each experience is unique, and the skill acquired will be equally unique.


Students will live in the international student dorms at ECNU with other CAPA students. There is also an option to live with a Chinese student for an additional fee during the semester term.  

Transportation, Cost, and Financial Aid

Students will get assistance in visa application and will make their own flight reservation to Shanghai. Students pay the regular Saint Mary’s tuition, room and board and enjoy the same institutional financial aid package (if any). Students will receive monthly stipends for their food in China. All the program costs are covered except airfare, visa, personal cost, and souvenirs. The college will provide an international insurance for study abroad students. There are many other external federal scholarships and they also apply to study abroad programs in China, for example, Gilman ScholarshipBoren Awards, and Freeman-Asia Scholarship. 

Eligibility and Requirements

The Program is open to students of all majors with any or no level of Chinese background. Students must have a 2.75 cumulative GPA to be eligible for this program. Students may choose to study in China for either fall or spring semester.

Students Share Experiences 

Alexandra Buckley shares her blog (Spring 2012)

Anastasia Tylka shares her blog (Fall 2014)

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For more information, contact: 

Alice Yang
Director for International Education
CWIL Global Education Office