Sponsored Internship and Study Abroad in China


Now accepting applicants for next class. Interviews begin in fall 2022 for departure in May 2023.

Students should talk with their academic advisor either before or as soon as the application form is submitted. On average, 12 internship positions are available each year. The first offer for the 2023 class is expected in early September 2022.


About the Program

Fairmont Nanjing
Nanjing Shangri-La Hotel

This unique study abroad experience combines 12 credits of academic learning, professional training and an immersive cultural experience over a 6-month period (mid-May through November) at one of several five-star luxury hotels located in China.

This program is financially sponsored by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and other Purdue corporate partners. The corporate sponsorships pay for most of the program expenses including international airfare, room and board, stipends and other benefits.

Past interns were placed at these properties:

  • Shangri-La Hotel, Nanjing
  • Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou
  • Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu
  • Shangri-La Hotel, Dalian
  • Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou
  • Shangri-La Hotel, Qingdao
  • InterContinental Century City Hotel, Chengdu
  • InterContinental Hotel, Nanjing
  • Jinji Lake Grand Hotel, Suzhou
  • Jinling Hotel, Nanjing

Participants who successfully complete the program will earn 12 credit hours towards an HTM degree. Talk with your advisor for more details.

Estimated Program Fee: $8860 - $10,860 including tuition, international airfare, room and board, and stipendsParticipants may be eligible for a Purdue University study abroad scholarship.

Click here to view our flyer.

Student Experience

Since the program started in 2000, about 300 students have participated. Contact recent program alums to learn about their experiences:






Like our Facebook page to find pictures and updates from current interns, view the 2019 intern videos: Rose or Seth, Kelly and Ryan , or connect with a past  intern to hear about their experience!

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Liping Cai
Professor and Director of Purdue Tourism & Hospitality Research Center
Faculty Director of Global Education 
College of Health & Human Sciences
Office: (765) 494-8215
Mobile Phone: (765) 490-1498

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