Shanghai University

Study Abroad in China at Shanghai University Studies Program for 1 or 2 Semesters

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 in the world. Apply now and join China at Shanghai University Studies Program for one or two semesters. It’s easy to apply, and you can get a confirmation of your study placement as quickly as one day.



Spring (Mar – June),
Autumn (Sep – Dec)

Max. Credits

30 ECTS /
18 US credits

Program Content

Lectures and Assignments

Levels of Study

Bachelor, GAP year


Study Fields

Chinese language (Mandarin), Culture, Economics, International Trade and Business, Globalization, Social Sciences, Finance, e-Commerce, and Marketing.


Shanghai University

The best online credit program


In East Asia


In Asia

Accredited by AACSB



SPRING 2025*

AUTUMN 2025*

SPRING 2026*

You may apply for semesters in the upcoming years already.

*) Small changes possible


  • Gain insight into one of the most powerful economies in today’s world

  • Study at one of the best universities in China and Asia (ranked in top 100 for both)

  • Get a solid introduction to Chinese language, culture and business

  • Explore life in the fast-paced commercial hub of China, also rated as one of the best student cities of the world

  • Meet with people from all over the world and expand your international network


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

Who is the program for?

  • You’re a university student, a high school graduate or between degrees
  • You’re interested in learning more about China or even becoming a China expert
  • You want to learn Mandarin Chinese and improve your intercultural communication skills
  • You want to live in one of China’s most modern and international cities and network with people from all over the world
  • You want to boost your CV and your professional expertise

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Q: How do I select my courses?
A: We will ask you to select your courses online after the application period has ended.

Q: What study level are the courses at Shanghai University?
A: All courses are Bachelor-level courses.

Q: When do the exams take place?
A: Exams will be organized during the last few weeks of the semester. All courses and exams will be finished by the announced semester ending date.

Q: What type of visa do I need to have to study in China?
A: Depending on whether you have applied for one or two semesters, the correct visa type is either an X2 or an X1 visa.

Q: When can I apply for my visa?
A: You can start your visa application process after receiving the official acceptance letter from the university. The letter will be sent to you at the latest one month before the start of the semester. Read our general visa instructions here.

Q: Is there on-campus accommodation available at Shanghai University?
A: Yes. You can read more about the campus dormitories and room options here.

Q: When do I know if I will receive a dormitory room?
A: Shanghai University will confirm the dormitory placements at the latest two weeks before the semester starts.

Q: When can I move into the dormitory, and how long can I stay there?
A: Check-in and check-out dates will be confirmed separately for each semester. Normally, you can check in 3 days before the start of the semester, and you must check out at the latest 3 days after the end of the semester.

Q: Which vaccinations do I need to take?
A: In addition to the basic vaccinations (MMR and diphtheria-tetanus), travelers are most often advised to get vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B. Vaccinations always depend partly on the individual, so remember to consult your physician.

Q: Do I need insurance?
A: All students are required to have valid travel insurance for the duration of the semester. See our recommended travel insurance providers here.

Q: What kind of costs should I be prepared for?
A: In addition to tuition fees, you should be prepared to pay for the student visaflightsaccommodation and other living costs. The costs of living in Shanghai are slightly lower than in many Western cities, but the real costs will depend on your individual lifestyle. Find a list of general living costs hereRead more about budgeting your study abroad semester.

Q: I need to have my learning agreement/certificate of enrollment signed. What should I do?
A: Please fill out the document and send it to

Q: When will I receive my Official Acceptance Letter?
A: The official letter of acceptance will be delivered to you approximately one month before the semester starts. We’ll send it to your home address you have provided in your application. Please let us know if this address changes at any point.

Q: When will I receive my Transcript of Records?
A: The university prepares and sends the transcripts of records usually within 2-3 months after the end of the semester.

Q: Do I need to know any Chinese beforehand?
A: It is not mandatory to know any Chinese (Mandarin) beforehand. However, knowing only a few basic words and phrases in advance will already help you a lot!

Q: What is a VPN and do I need it in China?
A: A VPN (Virtual Private Network) creates a private and secure Internet connection. A VPN will allow you to access websites (e.g., Facebook, Google, Instagram, etc.) normally blocked in China. There are free VPN providers, but commercial ones, such as ExpressVPN, work best in China. When establishing a VPN, you should download the required software beforehand in your home country, as VPN providers also tend to be blocked in China.

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