Learn about Shanghai University and apply
Find out more about studies, semester dates, fees and application deadlines at Shanghai University as well as information on how to apply.
Semester dates and application deadlines
||March 12 – June 4
||September 10 – November 30
||March 5 – March 9
||September 3 – September 7
||ended November 30, 2017
||open now until April 30, 2018
* All dates are still tentative
2019 (all dates still tentative)
||March 4 – May 24
||open now until November 30, 2018
Key facts about Shanghai University
Located at the heart of Shanghai, the university gained its current form in 1994 after four different universities in Shanghai merged, all of them leaders in their respective fields of expertise. Coincidentally, the current Shanghai University enjoys a reputation of having an excellent curriculum across different fields of studies. Learn more about Shanghai University.
College of International Exchange
149 Yanchang Road
Contact person at Shanghai University
Ms. Xiao Xiao
Studying at Shanghai University
Shanghai University’s China Program is ideal for students interested in Chinese economy, language, history and culture. It suits several 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 students’ knowledge of China and Asia in general. You will have enough time for free time activities and traveling as well.
You can choose 4-6 out of the following 10 courses:
- China and Globalization (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
- Chinese Business and Enterprise (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
- Chinese Culture (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
- Foreign Relations of China (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
- Intercultural Business Communication (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
- Chinese Foreign Trade (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
- Pop Culture in Contemporary China (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
- Social Changes in Contemporary China (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
- The Arts of China (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
- Chinese Language (5 ECTS) (Syllabus for beginner level; Syllabus for intermediate level)
A course will be arranged if a minimum of 10 students enroll. This applies to all courses. All courses are Bachelor’s level courses.
The credits are granted directly in ECTS. Each course is worth 5 ECTS. Remember to ask your home institution about credit transfer. Please take copies of learning agreements with you to Shanghai.
Activities outside class
For those with an athletic bent, there are numerous indoor and outdoors sports facilities available. There are, for example, 22 tennis courts, two beach volley courts and several gyms and pools the students are free to use. Most of the facilities are located in Baoshan campus, but there is a university shuttle service bus that runs every hour between the campuses.
The university also arranges trips and excursions to locations in and around Shanghai.
In order to study abroad in China you need to apply for a student visa before the start of the semester. Make sure to get the latest information on the visa regulations directly from the Chinese embassy in your home country.
Read more about student visa for China.
Shanghai University Accreditation
- Accredited by China Education Association for International Exchange
- Chinese Ministry of Education’s Quality Assessment Certificate for International Students Studying in China
- One of the host universities for international students supported by the Chinese Government Scholarship and Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarship
- Member of Project 211 of China – a project sponsored by the Ministry of Education in China that aims at raising the research standards of high-level universities and cultivating strategies for socio-economic development
- Member of Project 111 of China – The Program of Introducing Talents of Discipline to Universities
- “Demonstration Base [=a model university] for Foreigners Studying in China” established by the Ministry of Education
- 4 stars in QS Stars Business Schools
- Ranked 48th in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016/17: Ranking in China
- Ranked 19th in QS World University Rankings 2016/17: Ranking in China
- Ranked 1st in China and 61-71 in the world in QS ‘Top 50 under 50’ (fastest-rising institutions of higher education founded less than 50 years ago) 2016/17
- Ranked 69th in QS Asia University Rankings 2016
- Ranked 32nd in the QS BRICS Rankings 2016
- Ranked 35th in China in World University Rankings 2017 by Webometrics
- Ranked 75th in Universities Ranking of China 2016 by CUAA (Chinese Universities Alumni Association)
- Member of The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Let the students speak!
Blogs from Shanghai
Studying abroad in Shanghai
Matti and Alexander are social economics students from Hamburg, Germany. They study at Shanghai University in Autumn 2017. The blog is written in German.
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Lisl in China
Lisa studied at Shanghai University in Autumn 2014. In her blog she tells about her experiences and impressions of China. The blog is written in German.
Check the blog
Become a blogger
Do you want to write a blog during your study abroad semester? We’re always on the lookout for good bloggers. If you’d like to write a blog and have us link to it from this page, let us know! Check out our hints and tips for bloggers.
Want to read more student experiences?
Study Abroad Reports from Shanghai
Applying to study abroad at Shanghai University
- Applying to study abroad at Shanghai University is easy and quick. You only have to fill out and submit the online application form below with a few attachments.
- If you wish, you can also apply for two semesters right away. You can study for two semesters at either Shanghai University or combine any two destinations, as long as the semesters don’t overlap. When you apply for two semesters, you get a 100 EUR / 120 USD discount on the tuition fee of the second semester.
- You’ll get a confirmation of your study placement already within 1 week. After this you can already start planning your study abroad semester.
- You’ll also get to download a comprehensive Asia Exchange Guide for your destination. This Guide contains lots of useful information and helpful tips for your study abroad semester.
You can find detailed application instructions below, including information about fees and cancellation. Below you can also find a link to the application form. Please read the instructions carefully before you
Who can apply?
- A minimum age of 18 years
- To follow the instruction, you should have sufficient English skills (B2 level). No language test is required.
See the additional requirements.
- An official transcript of records in English (stamped by your home institution) or if you are not currently enrolled at an institution of higher education, a copy of your high school diploma (or similar document)
- A copy of the identification page of your passport (please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months after your trip starts)
- Scan all the required attachments to your computer in PDF format.
- Fill out the online application form below and submit it with the required attachments.
Uploading and submitting the attachments
- Please upload the attachments in PDF format.
- If possible, please submit all the attachments together with the application. If you’re missing some attachment(s) when you first apply, you can send the missing document(s) later. However, please note that we won’t process applications without any attachments whatsoever.
- All attachments must be sent to us within 30 days of submitting the application or by the application deadline at the very latest.
- You can submit all the documents electronically. Please don’t send anything via regular mail.
- There is a late application fee for applications or attachments submitted after the application deadline.
Confirmation, official acceptance letter and visa
You’ll get a confirmation of your study placement in 1 week, starting from the day your application is complete with all the required documents.
You’ll receive the official acceptance letter 1.5 months before the semester starts at the latest. We’ll send it to the street address you have provided in your application. Please let us know if this address changes at any point.
You need the official acceptance letter to apply for a student visa.
The application fee invoice will be sent to you soon after the initial acceptance letter. This fee will be due within 10 days of receiving your confirmation. The application fee is non-refundable even if you decide to cancel (see below). You’ll receive the invoice for the tuition fee about 2.5 months before the semester starts.
If you’re unable to participate in the study abroad semester, you have the right to cancel your participation up to 1 month before the semester starts with no extra cost (the application fee will not be refunded, however). Let us know about your cancellation by writing us an email at info[at]asiaexchange.org. Cancellations notified via phone, SMS or by any other means will not be considered. For more detailed information on our cancellation policy, please see terms and conditions for cancellation.
We also reserve the right to cancel your participation if any of your fees becomes overdue. For more information, please see our terms and conditions.
You are required to have a valid accident and health insurance from your home country for the whole duration of the program. The university may request a copy of the insurance certificate in the beginning of the semester. See our recommended travel insurance providers.
Shanghai University Application Form
Note! After submitting the form, you will be redirected to a confirmation page and will receive a confirmation email. Check your inbox for the mail and if you don’t find it there, check your spam folder. If you haven’t received a confirmation email, please contact us immediately.