Through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) students can study in Shanghai, China.  The China in a Global Context program is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of China as it emerges to take a more influential role in world affairs.  Students on this program study Mandarin Chinese at their level and take other English-taught courses in a variety of subjects.

Fields of study:

Mandarin Chinese, East Asian Studies, Chinese Politics, Economics, History, Gender Studies


Minimum cumulative gpa of 2.8 (Whitman requirement); one college-level Chinese area studies course is recommended by CIEE.

Language Prerequisite:

Minimum 2 semesters of college-level Mandarin Chinese (Whitman requirement)

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


September–December, February – June


A full course load is typically four to five courses (15 credits).

15-18 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Chinese Language (3 or 6 credits)
Three to Four elective courses

Credit Conversion:

1 CIEE credit = 1 Whitman credit


Students live with a Chinese host family or on campus in a residence hall with a Chinese or program roommate.


Host Family: most meals, except lunches and some weekend meals are taken with the host family.
Campus Residence Hall: Students cook or purchase meals in the campus cafeteria for a moderate price.


Internship sponsors vary each term, but may include local Chinese companies, multi-national companies, and non-profit organizations.


CIEE General Scholarship and Grant Information

Program Link:

CIEE: Shanghai - China in a Global Context