Orientation Information

Pre-Departure Orientation

Prior to their departure and on-site orientation, students will have access to a lengthy and detailed pre-departure Online Orientation which serves as a primer for their study abroad experience in China. Although the on-site orientation will cover the nitty-gritty of life in China, the Online Orientation allows students to read up on pertinent information before their arrival in Shanghai. The Orientation covers academics, culture, gender relations, useful phrases, food, housing, the university, ISA facilities, money matters, visas, and numerous other details that students also learn about during their on-site orientation. Of course, students are always welcome to contact the China Site Specialist with any questions.

Bridging Cultures Program

The Bridging Cultures Program was designed to help ease our students' transition into their study abroad experience by introducing them to their new host country's culture, language and lifestyle.

The Bridging Cultures Program blends discussion and interactive activities into an informative and fun introduction to the student's new host country. Each program is designed to: