Study for a Semester in China!
In line with Shanghai’s status as a modern, international metropolis, Shanghai University is known for its robust international cooperation and development. The university has prestigious partner universities all around the world and highly values its faculty and student exchange programs. So far students and faculty from over 100 countries around the world have come to teach and study at Shanghai University. The internationalization agenda is also showcased across the university campuses that aim at constructing green and safe learning environments where the needs of a globalized student body are met and embraced.
Explore life in the fast-paced commercial hub of China at one of the top 100 universities in Asia. Situated at the mouth of Yangtze River, Shanghai is the most influential economic, financial and cultural center in East China. Shanghai represents the most modern edge of today’s China, where you can simultaneously feel the pulse of ancient tradition and the modern drive for progress. The city’s complex past has shaped it into a meeting point of East and West. The Direct program at Shanghai University is your gateway into understanding the language, culture, economy and business of China, one of the most powerful countries on the global stage.
- Fall Semester: September to December
- Spring Semester: February to June
Students on the Shanghai program will stay in double room accommodations.
Program CostsPaid to Appalachian State
|Shanghai Tuition & Fees||See ISEP Page|
|1OIED Program Development Fee||$200|
|Intl Health Dev Fee||$60|
Estimated Additional Costs
|ISEP Application Fee||$100|
|ISEP Placement Fee||$375|
|Airfare||$1200 - $1800|
|Meals||$1200 - $1600|
|Housing||$1000 - $1200|
|1Personal Expenses||$1200 - $1800|
|Books and Materials||$200 - $400|
|Local Transportation||$200 - $400|
|Visa (for US Citizens)||$215|
|US Based Health Insurance||Varies|
|2Personal Travel and Spending||$1000 - $2000|
2Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
The Shanghai program offers a set list of courses focusing on China. Past offerings have included:
China and Globalization
Chinese Business and Enterprise
Foreign Relations of China
Intercultural Business Communication
Foreign Trade of China
Social Changes in Contemporary China
China's Evolving Financial System
Introduction to the Chinese Economy and Society
Chinese Language (beginner and intermediate)
For more information about the course offerings please visit the ISEP Shanghai webpage.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the ISEP program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to ApplyApplications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
Students applying to an ISEP program should complete the ISEP application while also completing the Appalachian application.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||OIED Approval Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring Semester||2021||09/15/2020 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.