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The Shanghai Year Program

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The Shanghai Family

The City

Shanghai, the largest city in the People's Republic of China, is locted on the Yangtze River in eastern China. Since the recent lifting of market restrictions, Shanghai has been a leading force in Chine economic reform, emerging as a dynamic international metropolis with a striking juxtaposition of the most modern and traditional Chinese elements.

The Jia

Students live in the Pepperdine owned Shanghai Jia, meaning house. The Pepperdine facility is located in the French Concession area of Shanghai near the American Consulate. The facility houses student rooms, the visiting faculty apartment, classrooms, a library, a computer lab, a student center, laundry facilities, and the program office. The Jia is conveniently situated between two subway stations and two bus stops.


A Chinese and American style mixed breakfast will be provided in the house seven days a week, with bao zi 包子 (steamed stuffed buns), mian bao 面包 (steamed rolls/bread), other local Chinese breakfast foods, and a selection of cereals, yogurt, and juices. Typically eggs and bacon or sausage are available every other day. Students will be provided with funds that are Digitally Disbursed to an account of their choosing to purchase lunch and dinner on their own. Students are highly encouraged to get to know some of the small shops and restaurants around the Jia and within walking distance at JingAn Temple. There is a kitchen available in the house for student use, should students want to prepare their own meals. Meals while traveling on weekends will be the responsibility of the student.

Educational Field Trips

A weeklong educational field trip (EFT) is included in both the fall and spring semesters of each academic year program. Typically, one EFT goes to a destination where the program language is spoken, while the other is to a neighboring country. Some locations students in the Shanghai program have visited in the past include Vietnam, Shangrila, Bejing, Xi'an, Cambodia, and Tibet.

The Listening Summit

The Listening Summit is a three-day gathering in each location, with a select group of Pepperdine students and local college students from the program cities who are committed to listening and engaging with one another. The summit features distinguished speakers, cultural exchanges, and interactive discussions that leave the student diplomats with an enriched experience and new friends in their host city.

Cultural Outreach Opportunities

In all of our International Programs, students are encouraged to join local organizations or participate in activities that allow them to meet and interact with locals for a more intensive intercultural experience. Shanghai offers a range of activities that will make your study here meaningful and culturally enriching. Throughout the year you will have the opportunity to attend shows, service activities, and trips to museums and cultural sites throughout the city, and participate in language exchanges with other Chinese college students from Fudan University.

Service opportunities change from semester to semesters, but past opportunities have included trips to local orphanages, participating in community fundraising events, teaching English to local school children, and on-going volunteer work with a local homeless relief shelter. Program participants interested in becoming engaged in service will have the opportunity to identify areas of involvement upon arrival in the program, and to serve on a service committee lead by the service coordinator.

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Last Updated on 4-15-13

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