Study abroad at Shanghai University – China Program

Find out more about studies, semester dates, fees and application deadlines at Shanghai University as well as information on how to apply to study abroad in Shanghai University’s China Program.

Semester dates and application deadlines


Spring Autumn*
Semester dates March 12 – June 4 September 10 – November 30
Orientation March 5 – March 9 September 3 – September 7
Application period ended November 30, 2017 open now until April 30, 2018

* All dates are still tentative

2019 (all dates still tentative)

Spring Autumn
Semester dates March 4 – May 24 TBA
Orientation February 28 TBA
Application period open now until 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. Learn more about Shanghai University.


Shanghai University
College of International Exchange
149 Yanchang Road

University’s website

Contact person at Shanghai University

Ms. Xiao Xiao

Studying abroad at Shanghai University – China Program

Shanghai University’s China Program is a perfect fit for you if you’re interested in Chinese economy, business, language and culture. You can join the program regardless of your study background for one or two semestersThe program helps you understand the unique transformation China has undergone in the last few decades and how this has allowed it to attain its current powerful position in the world.

The aim of the program is to familiarize you with Chinese language (Mandarin), culture, economics and international trade from a Chinese perspective. At the same time, you have the change to deepen your knowledge of China and Asia in general. You’ll 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)
  • 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 within one week
    • 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.

Student experiences

Ask former students

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.

Gerhard, Austria (


Student testimonials

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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

“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

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 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 for 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 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 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] 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.

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.

Quick facts

 Semester duration:
3 months

Max. credits:

Tuition fee :
1790 EUR / semester

Application fee:
75 EUR

Are you from outside of Europe? Read more about the fees here.

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