Cultivating Global Awareness & Creativity in the Heart of Shanghai

Shanghai University, established in 1922, is a public, research-driven university at the heart of the city of Shanghai. The current Shanghai University is a result of a 1994 merge between four different universities in Shanghai: Shanghai University of Technology, Shanghai University of Science & Technology, Shanghai Institute of Science & Technology and the former Shanghai University. The four universities were all leaders in their fields of expertise and the current Shanghai University also enjoys a reputation of having an excellent curriculum across different fields of studies, as well as having decades of experience in multiple disciplines.

International Mindset in Teaching, Research and Cooperation

A woman is sitting on a protrusion of a building between other high buildings during sunset in Shanghai.
Students from over 100 countries have studied in this modern and international city! Photo by Yiran Ding / CC BY

Shanghai University emphasizes far-sighted objectives when cultivating its talented pool of students and aims at equipping its graduates with a global, comprehensive perspective and a creative awareness. Shanghai University’s interdisciplinary and international approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative works in science and technology, business, governance, public policy and the arts.

In line with Shanghai’s status as a modern, international metropolis, Shanghai University is also known for its robust international cooperation and development. The university has prestigious partner universities all around the world and highly values its faculty and student exchange programs. So far students and faculty from over 100 countries around the world have come to teach and study at Shanghai University. The internationalization agenda is also showcased across the university campuses that aim at constructing green and safe learning environments where the needs of a globalized student body are met and embraced.

Shanghai University has more than 160 international partner institutions, for example: University of Leeds in England; Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands; University Kassel in Germany; Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden; University of Tartu in Estonia; Rennes School of Business in France; Milan University of Science and Technology in Italy; Moscow Sate University in Russia; Seoul National University in South Korea; The University of Tokyo in Japan; University of Technology in Sydney, Australia; University of Montreal in Canada; and the Rice University, California State University and University of Minnesota in the United States.

Wide Range of Extracurricular Activities

A person is playing tennis on an orange tenniscourt at a university.
Game, set, match! Play tennis at one of the 22 tennis courts at the university. Photo by Tenisenelatlantico / CC BY

Shanghai University’s library carries around 4 million print volumes and in addition to minds, the university also strives for feeding both the spirits and the bodies of its students. School spirit roars at the Shanghai University’s home sporting events and the numerous indoor and outdoor facilities satisfy most athletes’ appetites. There are, for example, 22 tennis courts, two beach volley courts and several gyms and pools the students are free to use.

Shanghai University has its own Symphony Orchestra of College Students, as well as Chamber Wind Orchestra, Percussion Orchestra, Chorus, Traditional Instruments Orchestra, Dancing League, Piano Society and the Society for the Study of Calligraphy and Seal Cutting. There is also a grand theatre on campus, which can seat more than 1500 people. The theatre regularly hosts international professional symphony concerts, large-scale operas, musicals and drama performances.

Study Abroad at Shanghai University with Asia Exchange – China Program

A big wall across mountains in China.
If you’re interested in the Chinese history, you definitely have to visit the Great Wall of China. Photo by Violette Filippini / CC BY

Shanghai University’s China Program is ideal for students interested in Chinese economy, language, history and culture. It suits many study backgrounds. The program connects the unique transformation China has undergone to its particular, powerful position in the global markets and culture today.

The aim of the program is to acquaint students with Chinese language (Mandarin), culture, legislation and international trade from a Chinese perspective, and to deepen the students’ knowledge of China and Asia in general. The studies in the China Program will leave enough time for free time activities and traveling as well.

The program runs from September to late November / early December and from March to June every year. It’s easy to apply and you will receive a confirmation of your study placement already within a week.

Asia Exchange and Shanghai University welcome you to study abroad in Shanghai!

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This article was written by our IT Coordinator Miika.

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