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


Spring Autumn
Semester dates  March 2 – May 26, 2017 September 11 – December 1
Orientation  March 2, 2017 September 7
Application deadline April 30, 2017

2018 (all dates still tentative)

Spring Autumn
Semester dates March 12 – June 4 September 10 – November 30
Orientation March 5 – March 9 September 3 – September 7
Application deadline November 30, 2017 April 30, 2018

2019 (all dates still tentative)

Spring Autumn
Semester dates March 4 – May 24 TBA
Orientation February 28 TBA
Application deadline November 30, 2018 TBA

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. See what you can study at Shanghai University.


Shanghai University
College of International Exchange
149 Yanchang Road

University’s website


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.

  • Studies

    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.

  • Credits

    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.

  • Student visa

    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)

Student testimonials

Let the students speak!

Mathilde - Asia Exchange ambassador China

“I learned to step out of my comfort zone”

Overall, the experience has helped me become more aware of the world’s diversity and thus be more open-minded, learning to adapt to different environments, meeting great and interesting people from all over the globe, and getting real insights of a country soon about to become the biggest economy on Earth. Most importantly, I have learned to step out of my comfort zone.


Mathilde Zamour, France https://www.asiaexchange.org/blogs/mathilde-in-shanghai-china/

“Studying in Shanghai gave my life a direction”

Studying abroad in Shanghai gave a direction to my life. That is when Asia truly started to amaze me and it has influenced 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 as a student.

Harri, co-founder of Asia Exchange https://www.asiaexchange.org/blogs/harri-shanghai-university/

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.

Check the blog

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 Shanghai University

Applying to study abroad at Shanghai University is easy. Your placement can be confirmed already within a week.

Please read the application instructions carefully.

  • Who can apply

    Minimum requirements

    • 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.

  • Required attachments
    • 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)
  • Application form & instructions
    • Scan all the required attachments to your computer in PDF format.
    • Fill out the online application form and submit it with the required attachments.

    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.

    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 are missing some attachment(s) at the time of applying, you may send the attachment(s) later. Applications missing all the attachments will not be processed.
    • All attachments must be sent to us within 30 days of submitting the application or by the application deadline at the very latest.
    • For applications or attachments submitted after the application deadline we are obliged to charge an additional fee of 100 EUR (120 USD) as per our terms and conditions.

    Confirmation, official acceptance letter and visa

    You will receive a confirmation of your study placement within 1 week.

    You will receive the official acceptance letter 1.5 months before the semester starts at the latest. In your application, please indicate a permanent address so that the document can find you.

    You need the official acceptance letter to apply for a student visa.

    Payment and cancellation

    Together with the initial confirmation you will receive an invoice for the application fee which must be paid within 10 days.

    The invoice for the tuition fee will be sent about 2.5 months before the semester starts.

    If you decide to cancel your participation in the program, you must send us a notification via email. Cancellations by other means (e.g. by phone or text) will not be taken into account. The application fee will not be refunded if you decide to cancel. For more information, see the terms and conditions for cancellation.

    Should you fail to pay the application fee or the tuition fee on time, we reserve the right to cancel your participation in the program. For more information, please see the terms and conditions.

    Travel insurance

    You are obliged to present a proof of your insurance upon request. See our recommended travel insurance providers.

Quick facts

 Semester duration:
3 months

Max. credits:

Tuition fee :
1790 EUR / semester

Application fee:
75 EUR

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Reasons to choose Shanghai University

Explore life in the fast-paced commercial hub of China with an intriguing history

Get an overview of Chinese language and culture as well an understanding of China’s place in the modern world.

Take in the highly international environment both on- and off-campus and expand your network

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