The future has been on my mind a lot recently, specifically post-graduation and my fiancée.
All thought of staying in the UK seems to have vanished, particularly as my fiancées mother is keen for us to move to China. While my fiancée would, I hope, have few issues getting readjusted to living in her home country, the question on both of our minds is how would I adjust?
My first, and foremost, thoughts are to adjust my plans that I originally laid out before getting engaged and adapt them to China:
- To continue my studies to postgraduate level,
- Failing the above, to find suitable employment,
Two simple choices, without speaking the Mandarin finding employment will be difficult (although I suppose that I could always teach English, TEFL?)
Looking at postgraduate courses four criteria arise:
- Location – Preferably Shanghai due to fiancés family,
- Course – Business related would be nice,
- Taught Language – Taught in English preferred, which does limit the number of courses,
- Costs – Specially how would I pay the course costs and cover my living costs,
Ignoring costs for the moment (more on that later) my research is narrowed down to the parameters:
- A Shanghai based university,
- Taught in English,
- Business related (including Finance and Economics),
Looking at universities, between Google and my Fiancé, I’ve narrowed my choices to:
- Fudan University,
- Shanghai University,
- Shanghai University of International Business and Economics,
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University,
In terms of course availability in English, looking at the English language sites for the universities some are clearer about what they offer than others, although this looks like pure translation issue and in one case the website not loading the applications page!
Looking at the courses by university that are taught in English:
The School of Economics for English-taught MA’s (EMA) offers two tracks:
- Chinese Economy,
The School of Economics offers six postgraduate courses:
- Theoretical Economics,
- Applied Economics,
Professional Master Programs:
- International Business,
- Finance MBA,
There is also a School of Management however at present I’m unable to determine which courses they offer.
Shanghai University was, out of the four, the most difficult one to research both because I was unable to determine which courses are taught in English but also because when attempting to connect to the admissions page, among others, the page wouldn’t connect. There was also no response to emails.
Shanghai University of International Business and Economics
For postgraduate courses four appear to be available:
- International Trade,
- International Finance,
- International Law,
- International Corporation Management,
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
The Antai College of Economics & Management offers a Master of International Business while the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance offers a Master of Finance, both also offer MBA course (International for the former college).
Applications appear to open for all four universities in late November/early December and close around April. Guidelines for the next academic year admissions will be released when the admissions period begins.
Costs are an element that I’m continuing to research, looking at scholarships, grants and bursaries. Look out for part 2 where I’ll go over what I’ve discovered so far.