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The Cosmopolitan hub of China

Shanghai is often described as the intersection of East and West – with many multinational companies opening offices Shanghai, an emerging middle class starting to become mass consumers and an ever-evolving thirst for development, change and sophistication, Shanghai is on the forefront of economic growth, creative prowess, and exciting changes and all geared since its international exhibition last year as they played host to the world during the much awaited World Expo 2010.

Shanghai’s Expat Scene

With a booming international scene in Shanghai, one never ceases to be surprised by the eclectic mix of people one encounters here. This city is home to a large population of international students, here for both semesters abroad as well as Undergraduate and Graduate/MBA studies. Shanghai also hosts a big scene of young professionals and recent graduates, who are ambitious, adventurous and looking to make friends. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t speak Chinese, as English is the common language within the Expat scene. Despite many misconceptions, there are a wide variety of expats you can meet in Shanghai that are exploring career paths other than business. With culture and creativity blossoming in this ever-changing metropolis – you will meet artists, musicians, fashion-designers, gallery owners, DJs and models all seeking a unique experiences, inspiration and adventure in Asia. INA will offer suggestions to participants looking to find expat hangouts. We can also arrange for you to join international football (soccer) teams, or direct you towards the right sports bar to watch your favorite team play from home!

All the Comforts of Home

Worried you won’t be able to find things from home in Shanghai? Don’t fret; our staff are experts at where to find American & European goods around Shanghai. Craving cheese? A big sandwich? Try heading to one of the foreign grocery stores close to INA housing. You can find everything you need to feel at home, from imported steak, cereal, cheese, Italian meats, to American chips and candy. Our apartments are also fully equipped with everything you’re used to at home. From comfortable furniture (Ikea or equivalent), bedding, AC/heat, bottled water service, to foreign refrigerators.

City Highlights

Shanghai has a spectacular variety of things to see that illuminate both the city’s past, and present. Just take a look at the city’s skyline from the Bund – across the Huangpu river, canvassing the Pudong skyline stretch some of the world’s tallest buildings including JingMao Tower, Pearl TV Tower, and the newest World Financial Center. Bund-side are the old colonial style buildings that remain a reminder of Shanghai’s past when the Pearl of the Orient served as an international hub during the 1920s and 30s. With stunning architecture, lit up on weekend nights for tourists and late-night revelers to enjoy. Travel over to the French concession to get a different feel of little neighborhoods with lane houses, smaller buildings, outdoor cafes, markets, and trees lining the streets. Head to Taikang lu to see typical Chinese alleyways transformed into a gallery, shop and restaurant-filled maze. Experience modern Shanghai, with an old twist in Xintiandi where a new development has taken shape combining the use of old Chinese architecture with new shops and restaurants.

What to Expect


Shanghai’s climate consists of a warm spring, hot summer, cool autumn, and cold winter. In late spring-fall you can expect rain, with especially heavy thunderstorms in August-September. Pack light clothes for summer as July and August are know for intense heat and un-relentless humidity. Heavy clothes are a must for winter as the moisture makes it feel colder than it actually is. In spring, weather fluctuates and can require a light jacket one day, and swimsuit the next. Best to pack versatile layers for spring, with expectations of approaching summer heat. Layering is also a good idea for fall as in early months warm weather can linger and provide some of the nicest days in Shanghai. While approaching November it starts to get increasingly cold and can require sweaters and coats and gloves.


Transportation in Shanghai has evolved to become efficient and convenient. Taxis are the easiest means of transport during non-peak hours with rides starting at 12rmb. Most places within Shanghai are reachable by taxi for less than 30rmb. Starting meter charge after 11pm increases to 16rmb, however if you are going a long distance often taxis can be negotiated for up to 20% off. Participants’ first Chinese instruction will include basic taxi and directional phrases. Metro and buses in Shanghai are easy to navigate once you have been introduced. INA staff will provide Interns with instructions on how to reach their office by both taxi and fastest mode of public transportation. Transportation cards (given upon arrival) can be used to enter both metro and bus, and can even be used to pay for taxis. Metro rides within Shanghai cost 3rmb, while buses cost 2rmb per ride (buses are only 1rmb if used after transferring from Metro).


Shanghai is home to some of China’s best cuisine as it hosts famous restaurateurs' Asian manifestations, as well as delicious local cuisine. As a bustling metropolis, you can find almost any kind of food you’re craving – from regional Chinese dishes, Italian Aperitivo, to American burgers. Feeling adventurous? Try some of Shanghai’s street food for a snack (not for the weak-stomached), or satisfy your hankering for spice with some Hunnan or Sichuan food!