Shanghai metropolis, China, at night
Written by:Students
Date posted:April 18, 2007
Posted in:Home / Locations / China / Shanghai / What it’s like to be a student in Shanghai

What it’s like to be a student in Shanghai

Ever been to Shanghai….? YOU SHOULD! It is a great and modern city and there are a lot of things to do. From shopping, nice bars/restaurants and a great nightlife, to sightseeing and museums, Shanghai has got it all!

My name is Daniel and I took a language course in Shanghai last summer. I loved the city. When you are a student in a big and strange city, you want to explore everything…so that is what I did!

Do you want to know what it’s like to be a student in Shanghai? Well, my classes began in the morning and ended before noon, so I had lots of free time to explore the city. My first day at school was very nice. I had a level test and was placed in a group with students of similar level. The class was fun and not too hard, which was just as well, as I was a beginner! Have a look what classes you can do at the school in Shanghai.

After class I had lunch together with my new friends, and then we explored the city later on….. This was the start of a great time as a foreign student in Shanghai. Look out for my next post when I’ll get round to telling you about Shanghai’s fantastic nightlife!

In the meantime, here’s some practical information:

  • Don’t worry about getting around in Shanghai – it’s simple! Shanghai has a great metro system, so it’s very easy to travel through the city. There’s just 4 lines at the moment, so it’s hard to go wrong, and the price for a single ticket is about 3-6 RMB (10 RMB = 1 euro approx.)
  • You also can take the inexpensive taxi. The minimum amount is 11 RMB (for the first 4 km). After it is around 2-3 RMB per kilometer.
  • I’d recommend you always take a pocket dictionary with you everywhere you go. You can get one for around 35 RMB in any book store.



  1. Martje

    I’ve always been very interested in Chinese and China, I even almost studied it! I still hope to learn a bit of Chinese and to visit the country one day. Shanghai sounds like one of the cities I’d really have to visit!

    Posted October 16, 2007 at 11:21 am
  2. Katherine

    Now how difficult exactly is it to learn Chinese? My uni offers free Chinese courses from next semester and although I am definetly tempted to do the classes I am a bit scared. It should be my last smester at uni an I will have more than enough other stuff to do. Any advise?

    Posted November 29, 2007 at 10:10 am
  3. Erwin

    You should really do the Chinese course!! It is such an interesting language and culture. I´ve been there several times and you won´t be dissapointed when you learn Chinese or travel to China!

    Posted February 15, 2008 at 10:50 am

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