Shanghai is no doubt one of the most exciting cities in the world today. The city is at the epicenter of the unprecedented Chinese surge towards economic development, technological innovation and cultural renaissance. Shanghai is where East meets West and where the old and new merge in spectacular fashion. No effort is spared to show that Shanghai has become one of the most marvelous and vibrant metropolises of this world. And with one million foreign residents, Shanghai boasts state-of-the-art international facilities, and boundless opportunities to make new friends, build professional networks and explore future employment opportunities. A study semester in Shanghai is great for your CV. No wonder Shanghai is rapidly becoming one of the world’s most popular study destinations for international students.
Life in Shanghai
Life in Shanghai is amazingly exciting and diverse, yet convenient and safe. As one of the biggest and modern metropolitan cities, Shanghai never sleeps. It is a melting pot of oriental and western cultures, of old and new traditions. Shanghai offers you myriad options when it comes to entertainment, shopping, bars and restaurants, sightseeing, concerts and shows. It is quite possible to live a life very similar to that in any major European metropolis. You can also choose to live like the locals. Chinese food is good and cheap. The local shops sell all sorts of things you will never find in Europe, often inexpensive.
Culture and sightseeing
From traditional architecture to modern design, from old temples to avant-garde galleries, from tea houses to jazz clubs, a semester is hardly enough to sample all of Shanghai’s diverse cultural offerings.
In China, food is not just a daily necessity, but a way of life, and one of the great pleasures of living in Shanghai for a while.
Shop ‘til you drop, that won’t be a problem in Shanghai
The scenery at night has to be seen and the Bund is a must. The ornate classical and modern buildings take on a new and exciting look as they are lit up by an abundance of colored lights. Looking across the Huangpu River to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Jinmao Tower is a magical sight.
Shanghai is a huge city, but it is surprisingly convenient, quick and cheap to go round.
Weekends and public holidays are the ideal moment to leave town and explore other parts of this fascinating country
Shanghai is a safe place to live and study. Reported crime rates are low, in particular against foreigners.
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Cost of living
Living in Shanghai will be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be
Clara Jaeger (Germany)
“Go! Simply go! This international, pulsating metropolis is full of life! A renowned university in a rapidly growing, modern city with culture and inspiring developments offers many opportunities to develop yourself. From cultural offerings to nightlife, there’s something for everyone.”
Video: Shanghai (4′01′′)