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  • Locations: Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CAPA the Global Education Network 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 09/28/2018 10/26/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Asian Studies, Business, Chinese, Culture, Economics, Film, Geography, History, International Business, International Relations, International Studies, Internships, Mandarin, Philosophy, Sociology, Urban Studies Housing Options: Dormitory
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.8
Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Program Description:
Semester Program


Shanghai, China SkyscrapersA global megacity of 24+ million people, Shanghai is dynamic, technologically advanced, and fast-paced. With the Shanghai, China Global Institute, you'll have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience first-hand the evolution of the second most important economy in the world. 

Additional opportunities:
INTERNSHIPS - Students can participate in an internship in a variety of professional fields for credit. The internship is accompanied by a course called Learning through Internships.

Courses and Credits

Students at the Shanghai Global institute are recommended to take between 15-18 academic credits for the semester. Classes held at the beautiful "garden campus" of East China Normal University (ECNU), a top-ranked institution easily accessible to downtown. You will also have access to ECNU campus facilities and student clubs. Internships are available for either 3-or 6-credits. 

As this program is in a non-English language speaking country, Merrimack participants are required to take a language course during their semester abroad.

For course listing and descriptions, scroll down to CHOOSE YOUR TERM. To see what these courses have been approved as, click here: MERRIMACK COURSE EQUIVALENCIES. Please note that course availability is subject to change.

COURSE APPROVAL PROCESS:If you would like to get a course approved, print off the form NEW GEO Course approval form.pdf. Take the completed form and syllabus to the appropriate department chair. If you do not access your syllabus on the above site, please request a syllabus from Njideka Ofoleta at nofoleta@capa.org. Make sure that you return that course approval form and syllabus to the GEO.

TRANSFERRING OF CREDITS: All credits taken abroad come back as transfer credits. Grades will be reflected on the transcript, but not figured into the student's cumulative GPA. Students must earn a 'C' or above for credits to transfer to Merrimack. Please note carefully that most of the courses taken abroad are only 3-credits rather than 4 as at Merrimack.


RESIDENCES: Students live on campus in international residence halls at ECNU.
MEALS:Meals are not included with this option. Meal plans at ECNU may be purchased by student.


Merrimack students attending a CAPA semester program pay Merrimack's Global Semester costs which cover covers tuition, program costs included, housing, a pre-paid transportation pass for use on the metro and buses for your program dates, and international insurance for the semester. 2018-2019 Fees include:
  • Global Semester costs: $24,830
CAPA has scholarships and grants for which Merrimack students should apply. See their Scholarships & Grants page. Additionally, students who have applied to this Global Institute in Shanghai may be eligible to apply for the Freeman Asia Scholarship. Interested students should go to the Freeman Asia Site for details about eligibility and applying.

BILLING: Payments for the semester abroad are made to the Bursar's Office per usual. Students should discuss payment plans with the Bursar's Office. For additional billing questions, please contact the Bursar's Office: Room 12, Austin Hall, billmail@merrimack.edu,  978.837.5310.
FINANCIAL AID: Merrimack institutional aid is recalculated for the semester off-campus**. When students return to campus, Merrimack aid returns to the on-campus rate. We encourage you to consult the Financial Aid Office early on to see what this recalculation might mean for you. Office of Financial Aid 15B Austin Hall, financialaid@merrimack.edu, 978.837.5186.

**N.B. NCAA scholarships and Federal Aid are not affected by this recalculation.
  • Meals not included in program fee: $15 per day
  • International Airfare:  $650-$1000
  • Books & Supplies: $130-$200
  • Passport (first-time and renewals) $110 - $160
  • Visa fees: $?190-$260
  • Residence permit costs (interns only) Medical Exam and Permit $140 - $150
  • Laundry (pay as you go machines at ECNU) $30 - $40
  • Basic Mobile phone*** $50
  • Local transportation**** $80 - $90
*** Incoming calls on most China phone plans are free but outbound calls will be a cost. On average, $10-$12/month gets you 500MB data and 100 minutes of call/text time however this will vary depending on the phone carrier.
****The CAPA provided Shanghai Transit card provides sufficient funds for travel on CAPA MyEducation activities and reasonable personal travel by bus and metro subway. Students should be aware that public transport is limited or closed down late at night and taxis may be needed. The average cost of a taxi from downtown to ECNU campus is $6 - $8 and cabs can hold up to 4 people.


Students interested in studying in a GEO program must first apply for permission to study abroad through Merrimack's Office of Global Education (GEO). To qualify Merrimack students must be:
  • Second-semester sophomores and above
  • In good academic standing with a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA
  • In good disciplinary standing 
To apply students must submit the following by March 9, 2018:
  • Online application
  • Faculty reference (form included in online application)
  • Student affairs reference (form included in online application)
  • An Interview with GEO staff to be conducted soon after the application has been submitted, or during the week of March 12th.
After students have been approved by the GEO for semester's study abroad, they may proceed with CAPA's online application.

CAPA's application deadline for Fall 2018: April 15, 2018.