Shanghai, China

This is an ideal time to learn about China! While the world has been facing economic difficulties, China has achieved a remarkable 36 years of near double digit growth. The Shanghai program is housed at East China Normal University (ECNU) downtown campus, known as a “Garden University” for its beautiful campus scenes with gardens, canals, bridges, and lots of open space. In the Putuo District, the campus is centrally located, so you’ll enjoy walking to the many shops and restaurants in the area or you can opt to spend time at Zhongshan Park –a beautiful place to relax and watch the locals. Additionally, two metro lines serve the campus so you can easily access the rest of the city. 

CAPA International Education

Merrimack students study abroad in London through CAPA, a study abroad provider which organizes the program, provides full on-site support, arranges housing, orientation, excursions and more. Students studying abroad in Shanghai will study at East China Normal University (ECNU), a world-renowned research university founded in 1951, that offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. 


Students studying during the fall and spring semester will study with local students, and other international students from various U.S colleges and universities. Students generally enroll in five or six courses while studying in Shanghai.

  • All courses are 3 credits each
  • 3-6 credit internship opportunities! *must be at least a second semester sophomore. 


Merrimack students reside in an international student residence located on the East China Normal University campus. Each room hosts 2 students and has shared bathrooms. The rooms also have air conditioning, storage space, and a wireless Internet. The reception desk is staffed around the clock, and laundry facilities are located on many floors.

Program Requirements

  • GPA Requirement: minimum GPA is 2.8 with preference given to those with a GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Students must be in good disciplinary standing
  • Open to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

Program Start & End Date

  • Fall 2017: 9/1/17- 12/16/17

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall 2017: Friday, March 10th, 2017

How to apply:

We are now accepting Fall 2017 applications. Apply Here!



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