Shanghai Institute for International Studies
Founded in 1960, the Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS) is a comprehensive research organization for mid-term and long-term studies in international politics, economy, security strategy and China’s external relations. Relations among the world’s major powers such as United States, Japan, Europe, Russia and the Asia-Pacific are SIIS’s main focus areas. The SIIS’s principal publications include Survey of International Affairs, International Review and World Outlook
In 2006, the SIIS was ranked one of the top ten think tanks in all of China. Additionally, in a 2007 research report by Foreign Policy Research Institute, the SIIS was listed as one of the top ten think tanks in the world outside of the United States. The SIIS maintains academic exchanges and cooperative relations with prestigious universities and leading research institutions both in China and in 30 other countries.
China’s largest city, the food, the people, the European streets, the art deco buildings, the narrow alleys and the sense of purpose are all facets of Shanghai’s appeal. Located in the Yangtze River Delta, Shanghai is a global financial center and the world’s busiest container port. The Bund, the City God Temple, the Yu Garden and the extensive Lujiazui skyline are just a few of the city’s main attractions. Art galleries are scattered across the city while nightlife and music options have exploded.
Acrobatics shows and Chinese operas are always favorites. Even though Chinese shoppers constitute 47% of the global luxury-goods market for products such as Prada and Gucci, there are pop-up boutiques, bustling markets, funky vintage shops and young designer outlets to explore for a day out. Beyond clothing, antiques, ceramics, art, Tibetan jewelry and the like can also be found throughout the city. Aside from the modern city architecture including the world’s second tallest tower in Pudong district, Shanghai’s historical past has left the city with art deco buildings from the 1920s. Shanghai’s mouth-watering restaurant scene is varied and exciting. Food is the hub of China’s social life. It is over a meal that people catch up with friends and celebrate business deals.
Students can choose to study abroad during
- This program is limited to students in the Bush School of Government and Public Service
- Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
- Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
- Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
- Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
- Fall Semester
- Spring Semester
- Academic Year
Since SIIS is a research institution, students generally receive course credit at the Bush School for directed studies (INTA 685) and for a professional internship (INTA 684).
One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is its affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage.
Shanghai Institute for International Studies Homepage
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding Options
Shanghai, China City Guide
China Travel Guide
Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student
"I decided to study abroad as a means of diversifying my professional skills, not to mention my career opportunities. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to broaden one's awareness of the complex issues surrounding this new international/global era in which we live. It helped me perfect my language skills and gain knowledge of the political, social, and economic issues the world faces today. Furthermore, I believe the personal experiences I gained will help me to be a better leader to welcome challenges, and to challenge the status quo."
Reciprocal Exchange Program Participant
For detailed information about the exchange program to Shanghai Institute for International Studies, students should contact Janeen Wood or Dr. Gregory Gause in the Bush School of Government and Public Service.
For more information from the Study Abroad Programs Office, contact Ilana Blumenfeld-Gantz.