Who says Engineering majors can’t study abroad? In this program, you will spend 13 weeks studying Mechanical Engineering or Electrical and Computer Engineering in English at one of the top universities in China, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU).
As a student in the University of Michigan – SJTU Joint Institute, you will learn alongside other students from leading U.S. universities within the Bachelor of Science in Engineering program.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to witness and experience a city speeding through economic development and globalization!
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
The University of Michigan-SJTU Joint Institute offers two undergraduate programs in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical & Computer Engineering taught in English by faculty with graduate degrees from leading world institutions.
As a Summer Engineering student, you will take 10-12 credits per semester. You are required to enroll in:
Potential SJTU Course Offerings
University of Michigan–SJTU Joint Institute courses are typically worth 4 credits each. Course offerings vary semester to semester. Below is a sample list of past engineering offerings:
Examples of general education courses include:
Please visit the Joint Institute's website for more information on course offerings and syllabi: http://umji.sjtu.edu.cn/academics/courses/
Final course registration will take place when you arrive in Shanghai, but you are required to submit the 'Course Preference Form' by the deadline indicated in your account. Use this form to determine which courses you are interested in taking. Be sure to select a couple of back-up courses in case there is a scheduling conflict or other difficulties once you arrive on-site, and make sure these back-up courses are approved by your home school.
In order to assess your language skills, you will be required to submit an online language questionnaire prior to departure. Final language course placement will be determined on-site.
Advancing Your Language Skills
While in Shanghai, you should work on your language skills regularly and seek opportunities to use your Chinese outside of the classroom setting. You will have the opportunity to develop your Chinese with a Chinese student who will serve as your language learning partner.
We encourage you to practice your Chinese by socializing with Chinese nationals or in mixed groups where Chinese is the common language, and by watching Chinese television. You will find that your conversational skills improve rapidly as long as you place yourself in situations where you must function in Chinese.
Do not neglect your reading and writing skills, even though they take more effort. Accustom yourself, as soon as you are able, to reading at least part of the newspaper every day and writing in Chinese, for example, in notes to Chinese friends or a letter to your teacher back home.
You may attain good grades by consistent application to your assignments, but achieving great advances in your Chinese language proficiency requires a conscious effort outside the classroom. Chinese is not just a subject to be mastered but a means of communication, and proficient communication takes practice.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) is consistently ranked as one of the top five universities in China. Its Mechanical Engineering program is ranked first nationally. The Engineering program will be based on the engineering campus of SJTU, in southwest Shanghai.
This program is organized in cooperation with the University of Michigan-SJTU Joint Institute. Founded in 2006 as a strategic global partnership between the two universities, the Joint Institute’s objective is to develop innovative and highly reputable education and research programs in the engineering field.
The Joint Institute offers two undergraduate programs in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical & Computer Engineering taught in English by faculty with graduate degrees from leading world institutions.
Homestays offer the ideal environment for learning about China and improving your Chinese. While living in a local home may require an initial adjustment period, our Chinese homestay families are eager to get to know you and share their ideas, language, and culture. You have a private bedroom and are provided two meals a day by your host family (breakfast and dinner) five days a week while the program is in session.
PLEASE NOTE: Homestay opportunities are extremely limited.
Live with local and international students in a residence hall on the engineering campus of SJTU, in southwest Shanghai. While no meals are provided, you can eat inexpensively in the campus cafeteria or at nearby restaurants.
Part of making you feel at home in Shanghai is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or a field trip that takes you to places that enrich your cultural and academic learning—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
Learn about Shanghai and Chinese culture as you meet IES Abroad staff and tour the campus facilities.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Shanghai through our cultural activities, such as:
IES Abroad Shanghai plans weekend excursions and cultural events that take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country.
Huangshan, Lushan or Taishan
In a weekend field trip to the Chinese countryside, you will visit either Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), Lushan, or Taishan - all UNESCO World Heritage Sites that have inspired many of China’s greatest painters. Spend time exploring the stunning landscapes and mountain ranges, while learning about the region’s impact on Chinese civilization.
About the Center
The IES Abroad Shanghai Center is located in New Harbor Service Apartments - the same building as the Economy, Business & Society student apartments - in the heart of central Shanghai. You can easily access all parts of Shanghai from the Center, via an extensive subway and bus system.
Features of the IES Abroad Shanghai Center include:
Since 2008, Dr. Xiaojun Li has been the Center Director in Shanghai. He grew up in Inner Mongolia, China. Dr. Li worked with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as the Senior Scientist and Chief Scientist of TNC’s International Programs for more than 11 years, conducting conservation projects and training programs in the United States, the Latin American region, the Pacific region, and China. He started and ran TNC’s Beijing office for three years. Dr. Li joined IES Abroad from The Mountain Institute, where he was the in-country manager for the Institute’s work at three field sites. He received his undergraduate degree from Inner Mongolia University, his Master’s degree of Ecology from Lanzhou University in China, and his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences. He taught undergraduate courses in Beijing Forestry University before he went to Michigan Technological University in the United States for his Ph.D. research that focused on forestry ecology. Dr. Li’s interests include biodiversity conservation, environmental protection, and sustainable development in developing countries.
IES Abroad Staff
Lihong YANGStudent Affairs Coordinator and Customized Program Coordinator
Yuying YANGProgram Assistant
Shuo HANAcademic Coordinator and Chinese Instruction Coordinator
Wei ZHANGChinese language Instructor
Liyan SUNChinese Language Instructor