Study abroad at Shanghai University – China Program

Study Chinese economics, language and culture in the heart of China’s famous commercial hub. Live in the middle of 1,4 billion people and learn more about the fastest growing economy of the world. Apply now and join Shanghai University’s China Program for one or two semesters. It’s easy to apply and you can get a confirmation of your study placement even in one day.

Semester dates and application deadlines

2020 (all dates tentative)

Spring Autumn
Semester dates March 9 – June 7 September 7 – December 6
Orientation March 5 – 6 September 3 – 4
Application deadline November 30, 2019 April 30, 2020


Spring Autumn
Semester dates March 11 – June 7 September 9 – December 8
Orientation March 7 – 8 September 5 – 6
Application deadline November 30, 2018 April 30, 2019

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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.


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Studying abroad at Shanghai University – China Program

You can join Shanghai University’s China Program in either spring or autumn, or even for two semesters.

The English language program introduces you to Chinese language, business, culture, foreign relations, trade and more. The goal of the program is to give you a basic overview of Chinese language and culture, the special features of Chinese economy and business, and what has made China the powerful country it is today.

You will also be left with plenty of free time to explore Shanghai and China on your own, and network with the vibrant expat community located in Shanghai.

  • Who is this program for?

    If you want to know more about China, its intriguing history and the unique economic transformation that has brought it its powerful position today, the China Program is the right fit for you!

    Experience and knowledge of China is a way for you to future-proof your career and get hold of a wide variety of job opportunities, 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 meeting the demand by far. A study abroad semester is increasingly seen as an essential part of a university degree – make yours count even more by studying in China.

  • Studies

    You can choose 4-6 out of the following 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)
    • Social Changes in Contemporary China (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
    • Introduction to the Chinese Economy (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
    • China’s Evolving Financial System (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
    • E-commerce (5 ECTS) – Syllabus coming soon
    • Marketing Strategy (5 ECTS) – Syllabus coming soon
    • 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, including the language courses. All courses are Bachelor’s level courses.

  • Credits

    The credits are granted directly in ECTS. Each course is worth 5 ECTS/ 3 US credits. 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.

  • Fees

    Tuition fee: 1790 EUR / semester

    Application fee: 75 EUR.

    See what’s included in the fees.

    Are you from outside of Europe? Find out more about fees.

    Benefits when applying via Asia Exchange

    • Confirmation even in one day
    • Asia Exchange Guide with lots of information about studies, visas, accommodation and other tips
    • Orientation days
    • No English proficiency test required
    • 100 EUR discount when you apply for two semesters.
  • Accommodation

    There is a student dorm available on campus. Read more about accommodation in Shanghai.

  • 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)

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Student experiences

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Ask our former students for practical hints and tips about living abroad and travel arrangements, what the everyday life at the study destination was like.


Gerhard Shanghai Profile picture roundHi there! My time studying in Shanghai was fantastic and really unforgettable. Thinking about going abroad? Want to know more about my experience? Don’t hesitate to email me. You live near Vienna? Let’s meet for some coffee.

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Student testimonials

Laura Bernal

My experience was perfect!

Everything was very well organized, the city is incredible and the Asia Exchange program was very interesting and complete. In general my experience in Shanghai with Asia Exchange was perfect. I would definitely recommend it!

Laura, Colombia

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“This experience contributed towards and benefited my career”

One of the things I could never have imagined beforehand is how much this experience 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, Finland

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“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.


A student from France

Tanned harri taking a selfie in bali

“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

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Blogs from Shanghai

Johnny is an engineering student from Finland. He writes about his studies at Shanghai University in spring 2018 and shares many useful tips.

Check the blog

Matti and Alexander are social economics students from Hamburg, Germany. They studied at Shanghai University in autumn 2017. 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

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<< Courses and studying

Apply to study abroad at Shanghai University



 Get the required documents (see list below)



Fill out and submit the online application form
together with the required documents



You’ll get a confirmation of your
study placement within 1-7 days

  • Flexible application: You can apply even if you’re not yet certain of your plans. Cancel at no extra cost up to 1 month before the semester starts.
  • When you apply for two semesters: 100 EUR discount on the second semester
  • Get access to comprehensive information materials such as an Asia Exchange Guide and an interactive orientation webinar after you apply.

  • 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 instructions
    • 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 1-7 days, 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] 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.

    Travel insurance

    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.

    Students studying at Shanghai University for two semesters are also required to sign up for an additional health insurance authorized by the university and provided by a Chinese insurance company in the beginning of the semester. The price of the insurance is 400 RMB per semester.

  • Frequently asked questions

Shanghai University Application Form

Quick facts

 Level of studies

 Fields of study
Chinese language (Mandarin), culture, economics and international trade

  Next application deadline
April 30, 2019

 Semester duration
3 months

Max. credits
18 US credits

Tuition fee: 1790 EUR
Application fee: 75 EUR

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