Location: Shanghai, China, Asia

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program open to undergraduate and graduate students

Language of Instruction: English

UMSL Term Abroad: Fall, Spring

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Fall Semester: September - December
Spring Semester: February - May

Application Deadline: We encourage applicants to this program to apply by the priority deadline - your chances of admission are increased by doing so.

  • Fall: February 16 (priority), March 16 (final)
  • Spring: September 23 (final)

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements This program is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students with a business major/minor. Students should have taken many core business courses prior to their term abroad.

Read about UMSL Student Experiences:

Brett's Semester at ESSCA, Shanghai


Subject Available:

  • Business - Business Administration
  • Business - International Business (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Management
  • Business - Marketing (graduate level only)
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics (also available at graduate level)
  • Languages - Chinese
  • Political Science (also available at graduate level)

The University: ESSCA, one of UMSL's partner universities in France, organizes an Asian Business Semester in Shanghai. Shanghai's strategic location gives students ample opportunities to visit multinationals and Chinese companies to learn how real business is done in China. Company visits are an important and integral part of ESSCA's curriculum. In the past few years, they have organized visits to a number of global enterprises such as Bao Steel, Coca-Cola, General Motor, Louis Vuitton, Volkswagen and the Port of Shanghai.

Academics: The program is taught entirely in English at ESAI, a business school, with opportunity to take a Chinese language course. This program also includes company visits and cultural activities throughout the semester. These programs also include company visits and cultural activities. The program in Shanghai is taught by local and international experts from academia, the public sector, and the corporate world, with professors coming from Burundi, China, France, Korea, U.K., and United States.

Undergraduate course names in detail: - Chinese Economy and Monetary System - China-Europe Relations and Trade Project - Business Culture in China - Legal System in China and Commercial Environment - Old and Contemporary Chinese Civilisation, Politics and Society - Chinese Language

Graduate course names in detail: Asian Economy and Geopolitics Branding and Retailing in Asia Country Risk Analysis Cross-Cultural Management and Negotiation Digital Marketing International Monetary Governance Strategic and Supply Chain Management Asian Business Research Project

Housing: Students will live in shared furnished apartments. Accommodation will be arranged by specialist rental agencies. More information will be provided to accepted students.

Activities and Programs: ESSCA and its associate school ESAI in Shanghai arrange welcome and farewell dinners each semester as well as other regular cultural events such as an alumni dinner, excursions and museum visits. Students also take part in a number of extracurricular activities while studying in Shanghai.

Location: 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. Shanghai, the largest city in China, is an amazing mix of the ancient and hi-tech western civilization. It is a multi-cultural metropolis with both modern and traditional Chinese features. Shanghai is the largest commercial and financial center in China and is considered by many to be the gateway to China.

Shopping in Shanghai, often referred to as 'Oriental Paris,' is not to be missed. The major commercial area is split into 'Four Streets and Four Cities' where you can find fashion stores, designer stores, souvenir shops and many restaurants and bars.


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Fall Semester Offerings: 

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Cost Estimates for 2014-15*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3789.60
Books and course materials $40.00
Mandatory HTH insurance $140.00
Accommodations  $1900.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1250.00
Airfare $1550.00
Local Transportation $200.00
Other $200.00
Total $9069.60*

Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2014/15 rate - 2015/16 tuition rate TBA April 2015. Non-resident fees may apply. 
* Costs are based off a four month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* 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 visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.


 Some text and photos courtesy of ESSCA.