China (Mainland) - SJTU Shanghai Exchange Program

Program Type

Program Type: 
University Exchange
Program Level: 

Weeks per Term

Weeks per Term: 
20 weeks / term



OIE Program Adviser

OIE Program Adviser: 

Languages of Instruction*

Languages of Instruction*: 
*Foreign Language Skills are not Required.
Academic Disciplines: 
Business Administration
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Modern Languages
Program Dates: 
Spring semester:  late February – mid July
Academic Year:  early September – mid July


Location Information


This university is located in Shanghai, China. To learn more about this city and country, please visit:


Founded in 1896, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) is a university under direct administration of China's Ministry of Education. SJTU is located in Xu Jia Hui, the commercial center of Shanghai. Close to it are many consulates of foreign countries. Several public transit systems are within walking distance of the school, such as subway, light-rail, bus lines, etc. Nan Jing Road, Huai Hai Road, Hong Qiao Airport, Shanghai Railway Station, Lu Jia Zui (Pu Dong) can be reached within 20 minutes. 


  • off-campus apartment/room for rent
  • on-campus residence hall

Students live on campus in the international student residence halls (these halls do not have Chinese students). Students must make reservations for rooms on campus with their applications. Most rooms are equipped with a color TV, direct-dial telephone, air- conditioner and Internet connection. Additional facilities include kitchen, and refrigerator for public use. Depending on the building, the bathroom may be shared. For housing descriptions, photos, and rates click here


  • no meal plan
  • on-campus dining 

There are several on-campus dining facilities serving primarily Chinese dishes. For on-campus dining, you can expect 3 meals for about $4-5 per day. Prices are higher for restaurants off-campus. Generally, you may find that Chinese restaurant foods in Shanghai cost approximately 1/3 of those in the U.S.  Western eateries such as Pizza Hut, KFC, etc charge approximately the same as in the US.


  • Georgia Tech degree-seeking student.
  • Good Academic Standing with a 3.0* (or higher) GPA at time of application
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at GT. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
  • Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
  • Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
  • All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
  • All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).

*Some host schools have stricter requirements such as higher GPA or more time in school before study abroad. (See Academic Info on your host school GT program page for any restrictions.)

Academic Info


For a list of courses taught in English or for more information on courses taught in Chinese, contact the OIE Advisor for this program.


Approximately 20 courses per semester are available in English (courses vary each semester). The list of English courses is usually announced two months before the beginning of each semester.  Students who have native fluency in Chinese are also eligible to enroll in courses from the entire SJTU course catalog.


Students may opt to participate in the "Long-Term Chinese Refresher Course" for the term of study. This is a full-time intensive language program offered by SJTU. Students in the language program usually are not able to enroll in other courses due to the scheduling and location of the language courses. For details, click here and click here (contact OIE rather than following the application instructions listed here).


Students who study at SJTU in the fall semester qualify for assistance in finding an internship for the spring semester. Internships are not administered through OIE; for more information contact the Work Abroad Office at

Credit Transfer

Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here.  Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.





1 SJTU credit = 1.08 GT credit


SJTU Grade = US Grade
A+, A, A- (85-100) = A
B+,B, B- (70-84.9) = B
C+, C, C- (62-69.9) = C
D (60-61.9) = D
F (59 or less) = F 

Program Costs (Estimated)

  • For most exchange programs, participants must pay GT tuition, GT campus fees, and study abroad insurance to the GT Bursar for each GT semester they are abroad. No other expenses associated with this program are paid to GT; instead, these expenses are paid on site.
  • Keep in mind the costs of books, health insurance, food, living expenses, and travel money, as well as pre-departure costs like your passport and visa.
  • Following are cost estimates for one semester at the exchange program school that may help you prepare for your term(s) abroad. All costs are in USD.
In-state Tuition: 
Out-of-state Tuition: 

GT Mandatory Fees

GT Mandatory Fees: 
Books and Supplies: 

* Miscellaneous

* Miscellaneous: 

Round-trip airfare

Round-trip airfare: 
Room and Board: 

Mandatory Insurance

Mandatory Insurance: 

In-state Total

In-state Total: 

Out-of-state Total

Out-of-state Total: 
∗ Includes passport/visa fees, required field trips, local transportation, and incidentals.

Costs in the preceding chart are estimates for GT students based on tuition rates posted by the GT Bursar.  Guaranteed tuition rates, graduate tuition rates, and MBA tuition rates vary. Please check the GT Bursar's web site to confirm actual tuition rates based on degree, term, or level of study. Insurance rates are subject to change. Actual costs may be higher or lower than those listed above, depending on the exchange rate and personal spending habits/needs.


Additional Financial Information

The currency in China is the Yuan Renminbi. Please click here for current exchange rates.

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Visa and Passport Information

  • Complete information about how to apply for or renew a U.S. passport is available here.
  • You must obtain all proper immigration documents, such as an official passport and a visa if required. Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations. For visa information visit the U.S. State Department website here.

    For information regarding visas, click here and here.  The latter link is to a service that some faculty-led programs to China have recommended to help students obtain visas.

    Experiences of Former Students

    Want to hear from former study abroad students about the realities of daily life at the host school? Want to see snapshots from around the world - taken by former study abroad participants? Check out these helpful links: Peer Advisors and Study Abroad Photo Contest.

    Can't find a student perspective for your particular program? Contact this program's Exchange Abroad Advisor (listed at the top of this page); this advisor often has lists of recent participants who are eager to tell other GT students about studying abroad.