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I was recently accepted into a one semester study abroad program to Shanghai China. Please help me raise funds for the flight ticket.

I was recently accepted into a one semester study abroad program to Shanghai China. The program starts in 09/02/2012 and ends in 12/16/2012. I was fortunate enought to get enough funds to cover the majority of the total cost. My only obsatcle now is paying for the flight ticket to china. I have already planned to work while in Shanghai in order to earn an income to live on. My only asking is to please help me raise funds to cover the cost of the flight ticket. The average two way ticket cost about $1,000 - $1,500. I appreciate any little help I can receive. I will be forever indebted to you if you support me in raising these funds. I know it is a lot of money, and there are other better causes you can pursue, but please help experience this life changing opportunity.
About the Program
China is both an ancient civilization and an emerging world superpower. It’s the place to develop or perfect your Mandarin, but students of Art, History, Architecture, and Business will be equally fascinated by modern China. A vast nation, China stretches from the Mongolian steppes in the north to Hong Kong in the south, and from the east-coast cities of Beijing and Shanghai to the Tibetan plateau and the foothills of the Himalayas. Man-made highlights include the terracotta army in Xian, Beijing’s Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven, and of course the Great Wall. But what’s most fascinating about China, perhaps, is its extraordinary recent growth. Barely three decades removed from the death of Chairman Mao and the end of his Cultural Revolution the country seems poised to become the world’s largest economy. How did they do it? The only answer is to come and see for yourself! A semester or a full year in China will barely give you time to appreciate the subtle diversity of China—or taste the full range of its delicious cuisine.

Shanghai sits on the Yangtze River Delta on China's eastern coast, and is roughly equidistant from Beijing and Hong Kong. Once a fishing and textiles town, Shanghai has grown to be the financial and industrial hub of China. The city now boasts one of the world's fastest growing rapid transit systems, and is home to some of the tallest skyscrapers on Earth. Students looking to experience Shanghai’s magnificent past can find remnants of the years of foreign occupation and its beginnings as a market town in the many museums, temples, and architecture scattered throughout the city.

Program Description

Students on the CIEE Shanghai program will study at the CIEE center located on the East China Normal University campus. A key institution of higher learning in China, ECNU enrolls more than 16,000 students and is well regarded for its beautiful grounds as well as its academics. The Global Context program is designed for students with little or no Chinese language background. Students will study Chinese language along with global studies, economics, international relations, and area studies.
Program Costs- China Shanghai Global

NJ Residents

PROGRAM COST INCLUDES: Tuition, housing, NO MEALS, most fees, excursions, and basic medical insurance.

PROGRAM COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: Travel, CIEE participation confirmation fee, meals, major medical insurance, and all personal expenses.

Excursions- China Shanghai Global
A variety of field trips complement classroom work, including visits to local Chinese companies and factories, government agencies, and media groups. Group cultural activities include an acrobatics show, a river cruise along the Bund, a bike ride through the French Concession, a Chinese and CIEE student talent show, international student sporting events, and group meals with Chinese roommates and families. To expose students to locations outside of Shanghai, the program includes a weekend trip to areas in neighboring provinces, such as Yangzhou, Mount Huang, or Putuo Island.

Week-long Field Trip

The week-long field trip includes lectures and visits to famous historical and contemporary sites of great national and international importance. Depending on the circumstances, the destination for the weeklong field trip is either Beijing, the political epicenter of China, or Nanning in Guangxi province, which is the center of China’s reach into Southeast Asia. Guangxi is also home to the most diverse collection of ethnic minorities in China. A field trip to Nanning includes visits with members of the local ethnic minorities and a visit to the Sino-Vietnamese border.

While in Beijing, activities include hiking on the Great Wall, riding through the last of the hutong or old alleyways, visiting such architectural marvels as the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, touring the world famous Bird’s Nest and Water Cube at the Olympic Center, and visiting the Great Hall of the People, the site of China’s national legislature. The field trip is intended to go beyond tourism; its goals are both educational and cultural. Students are expected to complete pre-departure readings; attend classroom lectures, films, and discussions; and conduct fieldwork assignments during the trip.
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