Study abroad in China

Studying in Shanghai or Guangzhou in China

Study abroad in China and experience living in one of the most dynamic countries in the world! The importance of China is growing at an extraordinary rate. A study abroad semester in China is a sound investment into your future!

Asia Exchange represents two universities in China, Shanghai University and Guangzhou University. Find out more about the cities, universities and courses from below.

Combine both destinations and study a full year abroad in China! You can also spend a second semester in Asia in any of our other destinations. Read more about the benefits of studying two semesters abroad.

Highlights of studying abroad in Shanghai

  1. Explore life in the fast-paced commercial hub of China with an intriguing history
  2. Study at the highly acclaimed Shanghai University which ranks among the top 100 both in China and Asia
  3. Get an overview of Chinese language and culture as well an understanding of China’s place in the modern world.
  4. The credits are issued directly as ECTS. It is possible to earn up to 30 credits
  5. Take in the highly international environment both on- and off-campus and expand your network

Highlights of studying abroad in Guangzhou

  1. Enjoy the warm climate and friendly people of Southern China
  2. The diverse study program allows you to take a deep dive into Chinese language and culture
  3. Take part in the bustling campus life with plenty of opportunities to interact with local students and practice Chinese
  4. Experience one of China’s fastest-growing metropoles with plenty of things to discover
  5. The exciting Macau and Hong Kong are only a couple of hours away

Universities in China

Study in Shanghai - Shanghai University - Asia Exchange

Shanghai University, established in 1922, is a public, research-driven university at the heart of the city of Shanghai. The university gained its current form in 1994 after four different universities in Shanghai, all leaders in their fields of expertise, merged. Coincidentally, the current Shanghai University enjoys a reputation of having an excellent curriculum across different fields of studies. Shanghai is one of the most important finance centers in Asia and hosts dozens of international corporations’ Asian headquarters. Shanghai is a great choice for students interested in a career in international business.

>> Read more about Shanghai University

Study in Guangzhou - Guangzhou University - Asia Exchange

Guangzhou University (GU) was founded in 2000 when five universities in the city were combined into the new GU with a student body of 20,000. GU is a public university funded by the Guangzhou Municipal Government and recognized by the Ministry of Education in China as well as the International Association of Universities (IAO). Most of the students come from Guangzhou and the province of Canton, but there are also hundreds of students from abroad. GU actively organizes free time activities and trips to the international students.

>> Read more about Guangzhou University

Courses and studying

Both universities offer Chinese (Mandarin) language courses, in addition to courses on Business and Economics, International Relations and Culture with a Chinese focus. Click on the links below to find more information about the courses.

>> Read more about studies at Shanghai University

>> Read more about studies at Guangzhou University


A study abroad semester at Shanghai University costs 1790 EUR.
Application fee is 75 EUR.

A semester at Guangzhou University costs 1390 EUR.
The application fee is 75 EUR.

Non-European students: check the fees here.

The tuition fee covers all course and study fees. In addition to the study abroad semester in China, you will get an orientation at the destination as well as comprehensive AE services and guidance before, during and after the semester.

Students who complete two semester in Asia, either in the same destination or in two different destinations, will get a 100 EUR discount on the second semester’s tuition fee.

In contrast to other free movers, Asia Exchange students do not require an international English language certificate (e.g. TOEFL) that normally costs around $ 185.


It’s easy to apply to universities in China. You’ll get a confirmation from Asia Exchange within a week of applying. After that you can start preparing for the upcoming semester.

Apply to Shanghai University >>

Apply to Guangzhou University >>

For whom is the program Intended?

China is the most important country in the realpolitik of Asia. Experience and knowledge of China is therefore a way to get hold of a wide variety of job opportunities in the future, whether it is in business, urban planning, linguistics, communications, public health or national security.

Even though more and more people in the West have grown familiar with China over the past few decades, the supply of people who can demonstrate concrete know-how on China is still not by far meeting the demand.

A study abroad semester is increasingly seen as an essential part of a university degree – make yours count even more and study in China!

Still not quite convinced? Read some blogs of our students:

WoChina Asia Exchange student blog
Bianca is a 20-year-old student from Argentina who studied at Guangzhou University in autumn 2016. She’s very interested in Mandarin Chinese and Chinese history and culture.

Miika China calls Asia Exchange student blogger
China Calls
Miika Kallasoja from the University of Vaasa spent the fall term 2015 in Guangzhou. Miika’s blog is a comprehensive coverage of his experiences in the capital of the Canton.

Mimmi in China Asia Exchange student blogger
Mimmi in China
Mimmi spent the fall term 2014 as an exchange student in Guangzhou. In her blog she shares her pictures and experiences of her studies and the Chinese way of life.


Semesters & application periods


3 months (Shanghai)
3 months (Guangzhou)
Max. Credits:
30 ECTS (Shanghai)
32 ECTS (Guangzhou)
Tuition Fee:
1790 EUR (Shanghai)
1390 EUR (Guangzhou)
Shanghai University:
Spring 2017
Semester dates:
Mar 2 – May 26, 2017
Mar 2, 2017
Application deadline:
Nov 30, 2016
Shanghai University:
Autumn 2017
Semester dates:
Sep 11 – Dec 1, 2017
Sep 7, 2017
Application deadline:
April 30, 2017
Shanghai University:
Spring 2018
Semester dates (tentative): March 5 – May 25, 2018
March 1, 2018
Application deadline:
Nov 30, 2017
Shanghai University:
Autumn 2018
Semester dates (tentative):
Sep 10 – Nov 30, 2018
Sep 6, 2018
Application deadline:
April 30, 2018

Guangzhou University:
Autumn 2017
Semester dates:
Sep 1 – Dec 15, 2017 Application deadline:
May 31, 2017
Guangzhou University:
Autumn 2018
Semester dates (tentative):
Sep 3 – Dec 14, 2018 Application deadline:
May 31, 2018

Students testimonials

"All the teachers are extremely professional. I'm so glad that our studies consist of many different courses and give us a comprehensive and in-depth view of the Chinese language, culture, economics and law.”

“One of the things I could never have imagined beforehand is how much this experienced contributed towards and benefited my career. I started to look for summer jobs and internships when I knew that I am coming to study here. I sent three applications to different places and I got all the jobs -all three!”
Jenna Hytti (Finland), studied in Guangzhou

"Studying abroad in Shanghai gave a direction to my life. That is when Asia truly started to amaze me and it has affected my personal and professional life ever since. Without the semester abroad I wouldn’t be where I’m now and I would have missed so many opportunities. I can only say that studying abroad is the best decision one can ever make during the study years."
- Harri, former exchange student in Shanghai and a co-founder of Asia Exchange


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