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Shanghai, China


Study Abroad
Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Calendar Year

At a glance


Apartment, Homestay, Residence Hall


15 to 16 per Semester

Language of Instruction:

Chinese, English

Language Prerequisites:


Visa Required:


About the Program

Program Suspended for Spring 2023 & Fall 2023

Study at the University of Michigan–SJTU Joint Institute, where you will have access to high-caliber international faculty, research laboratories, and a wide range of English-taught courses. Course topics may include Computer & Data Science, Electricity & Magnetism, Fluid Mechanics, Physics, Probabilistic Methods in Engineering, and a host of Liberal Arts topics.

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Receive Predeparture & Enrollment Advising

We offer you predeparture advising that’s specific to your needs.

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Study Chinese

You will be required to enroll in a Chinese language course.

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Shanghai Will Be Your Classroom

Marvel at the beautiful modern buildings.

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Travel Throughout China

Join IES Abroad on field trips to destinations such as Xi’an and Beijing.

About the Destination

a student poses for a photo while looking out over the Shanghai skyline

Why Shanghai?

What better place to study Engineering than the world’s fastest growing economic and manufacturing center? In this program, you will study either Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, or Materials Science in English at one of the top universities in China: Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). A member of C9 League, SJTU is part of the Chinese equivalent to the Ivy League. The University boasts numerous technological achievements and notable alumni in the field of Engineering, and is ABET accredited.

Learn More About Shanghai

Get to Know Your New City

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Enjoy Local Festivals

Immerse yourself in Chinese customs and traditions.

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Go on a Huangpu River Night Cruise

Take a boat ride to see the city's architecture in all its glory!

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Visit Yuyuan Garden & City God Temple Bazaar

See the extensive Chinese garden with its classic architecture.

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Visit Shanghai Disneyland

Plan a trip to the famous Disney theme park!

The Student Experience

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Students sit with their host family with a table full of dumplings and drinks in a Shanghai homestay.
  • Apartment
  • Homestay
  • Residence Hall


Spring Only

During spring semester, you and all other students on your program will spend the first four to five weeks of the program in apartments due to the Chinese New Year schedule and then move into your homestay or residence hall housing placement for the duration of the program.