Location: Shanghai, China, Asia

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program

Special Notes: A limited number of places for exchange students is offered.

Language of Instruction: English

UMSL Term Abroad:  Summer. Students can also participate on semester or year exchange at this institution in Angers, FranceBudapest, HungaryShanghai, China.  

Approximate or Known Dates Abroad:
June - July, 2014

UMSL Eligibility Requirements.

Important Dates:

Subjects Available:


Shanghai is known as the "Dragon head" of the Chinese economy. With a population of over 18.5 million people, it is the international financial center, logistics, and trade hub. Shanghai offers a cosmopolitan lifestyle - Asia's global city - where East meets West. Shanghai is an excellent gateway to China with easy access to other major cities and cultural sites in China and other parts of Asia.


For complete details, please see ESSCA's Shanghai Summer Program website and brochure. The Summer Programme Course info is here.



ESSCA, one of UMSL's partner universities in France, organizes the Shanghai Summer Program each summer. The program is taught entirely in English at ESAI, a business school. Participants will earn six credits at UMSL. Key courses taught are:

  • Chinese economy
  • Chinese history, literature, and culture
  • Doing business in China: commercial environment and legal system
  • Asian economy and geopolitics
  • Shanhai interdisciplinary field research.

This program also includes company visits and cultural activities throughout the program.

Participants will earn six credit hours.

June 14 - July 23, 2010. Students should plan to arrive at least one day before and depart one day after.

Questions and Answers
ESSCA Programmes in Shanghai

1) What type of summer program is available in Shanghai?

Summer Programme on Doing Business in China, which starts Mid June to end of July, a six week intensive programme for students to gain first hand knowledge about Chinese economy, society and culture. Open to ESSCA and partner schools students.

Modules' titles and credits can be found in the ESSCA Shanghai leaflet and website.

2) What does the programme include?

It includes formal classes, guest seminars, group exercises and projects, field visits/research and company visits, cultural activities.

3) Who are the students attending this program?

ESSCA and partner universities students. In the past, we have welcomed a diverse group of students from Canada, Finland, Finland, Germany, Guatemala, Morocco and Russia etc.

4) Are there non-academic activities?

Yes, ESSCA and its associate school, ESAI in Shanghai, will offer welcome dinner, cultural excursion and farewell dinner for all students.

5) Who will teach the classes?

The classes are designed by ESSCA faculty and taught by ESSCA professors as well as Chinese professors in Shanghai, and other guest professors from other leading universities including Jiaotong University, University of California (Berkeley and East Bay), University of Leeds, Shanghai Normal University, French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) etc.

6) Where will the class take place?

The Shanghai programmes are hosted by ESAI Executive Education in their premise in Shanghai. ESAI is centrally located in Shanghai, with short walking distance (10mins) to the historic river front, the famous Bund. It is in the same building of the French Consulate (Cultural Section), a Chinese university, and just below the Alliance Française in Shanghai.

7) What kind of facilities do ESAI offer?

Classes are taught in air-conditioned room, and there is also computer equipment (print + photocopy), wireless internet and library facilities. ESAI also provides support for ticket reservations for trains and flights, and provide other local support for students.

8) Where will I live?

Accommodation will be arranged by specialised rental agencies in Shanghai. ESAI will provide support and advice for finding your place in Shanghai. The monthly rent for a single room in a shared apartment will cost around $440, normally with all charges included. The apartment has all necessary amenities, including kitchen equipment, laundry facilities, internet, TV etc. In most cases, accommodation is available within walking distance or short bus/taxi ride from ESAI. You may also stay in a simple hotel room next to the school (around $20 per night) for a shorter program like the Summer Program.

9) Is Shanghai an expensive city to live?

Comparing to many European and North American cities, Shanghai is relative a inexpensive city to live. Unless if you want to eat European food everyday or going out every night, you can live on a budget of 600-700 euros a month (inclusively of accommodation). For example, a typical set lunch at a nearby restaurant will cost under 2 euros, and the taxi fare is also much cheaper than in Paris or Montreal, only 1.3 euros for the first 3 kilometres, and 0.23 euros for the additional KM. However, western style restaurants and bars may cost you the same price as back home or even higher. Therefore the budget is much attributed to personal lifestyles. Of course you may also wish to keep some money for travelling around China or even Asia, as there are many nice sites to visit around Shanghai (like Hangzhou, Suzhou), but also Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, all can be easily reached by rail or air connections.

10) What about paper works for Shanghai?

You need to arrange travel and personal insurance for the duration of your stay. You need to also apply for a Chinese visa to enter China. More details of visa application will be given once your application is accepted.

11) How do I apply and how many courses do I need to take?

You need to apply through your school's Study Abroad office. All classes are compulsory, and ESSCA will provide an official transcript of ECTS (European Credit Transfer Systems) to you and your home institute. Please check with your international office what the requirement is for you and the equivalents of credits/grades in your home institute as it may vary from one to another.

12) Where can I find more information?

Academic information and programme description can be found on ESSCA website: www.essca.eu . Information about living in Shanghai can be found on the website of ESAI: www.esai.sh.cn . For any other queries, please feel free to contact Assistant Professor Dr. Wei SHEN: wei.shen@essca.fr / direct office line: +33-2-41734709.



Estimated Costs:

ESSCA Shanghai Summer Program
Educational Fees1 (2009 rate; summer 2010 rate TBA in April) $1,473.60
Information Technology Fee $73.20
Student Facility, Activity, & Health Fee $0.00
Housing $1100.00
Personal Expenses2 $1000.00
Airfare (estimate) $1,650.00
Miscellaneous3 $116.00
Total Estimated Cost4 $5612.80

1 Educational fees are based on 6 credit hours. Non-resident fees may apply.
2 It will vary by student depending on personal spending habits.
3 Includes mandatory international insurance and International Student Identification Card (ISIC).
4 Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include independent travel, which can vary widely from student to student.


How to Apply/Application Process:
To apply, please visit the Study Abroad Application Deadlines & Procedures page for How to Apply for this Exchange Program deadlines, application procedures, and forms.

Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation:
All UM-St. Louis students who study abroad are required to attend pre-departure orientation. This session will cover registration and financial aid, credit transfer, travel, health and safety topics, culture shock, and much more. Details and location.



Last modified February 18, 2010