UMD: A Globally Connected University

UMD Exchange: Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China)

Shanghai, China
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Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
EA Advisor: 
Joy Gursky
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A row of signs in Shanghai.


All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Host Institution
Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) enjoys a world renowned reputation and has become a top university in China, known for comprehensive, research-orientated, and internationalized curriculum.  SJTU’s mission incorporates the preservation of cultural heritage while invigorating the Chinese nation and developing ideas which benefit mankind.

SJTU has 64 undergraduate programs covering 9 major disciplines; economics, law, literature, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management, and arts.  SJTU enjoys an increasingly high scientific research level and technology innovation level.  Since 2013, SJTU has ranked first for four consecutive years in terms of the project number and the amount of money issued by National Natural Science Foundation of China.

Host City
Shanghai, China is the largest city, by population, in the world.  Shanghai sits on the Yangtze River Delta on China’s eastern coast and is a global financial center and transportation hub.  Shanghai has long been the cultural and economic center for East Asia and boasts important museums, architecture, fashion, and art traditions.

Universitas 21
Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Maryland are both members in Universitas 21 (U21). U21 is the leading global network of research-intensive universities; working together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research inspired teaching and learning, student mobility, connecting our students and staff, and wider advocacy for internationalization. 

Learn more about Universitas 21 and it's programs and mission on the U21 website:

Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), and may include requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript. If a letter of recommendation and/or official transcript are required, it will be listed in MyEA once you start an application for this program. 
  3. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program. Nominated students must complete the host university application in accordance with the host university’s stated deadlines and instructions.
  5. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Academic Planning

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:


SJTU offers coursework in economics, law, literature, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management, and arts.

Courses in English are limited in the schools of Humanities, Environmental Science and Engineering, and the department of Mathematics. The following schools are not opened to exchange students; UM-SJTU Institute, Zhiyuan College, and SJTU-Paris Tech Elite Institute of Finance. The School of International and Public Affairs offers English courses for graduate students which are open to undergraduate exchange students. An HSK 3 certificate in Chinese is required for the Chinese Literature and Language major in the School of International Education.


There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD).  If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.


All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree.  Most courses at Shanghai Jiao Tong University  will be converted as follows:

SJTU Credit UMD Credit
1 SJTU credit 1 UMD credit
3 SJTU credits 3 UMD credits

The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on June 10, 2014.

Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

SJTU Grade UMD Grade
C - C -


On-campus student housing is available.  Students apply to live on-campus after acceptance.  If on-campus housing is unavailable at the time of acceptance, students must arrange to rent an apartment off campus. You can learn more about accommodation at SJTU on the website:

Exchange Program Cost of Attendance
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Exchange Scholarship
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)

Additional Financial Resources

Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!

Student Clubs and Organizations
For SJTU students, taking part in associations is the most important part of after-school life. In addition to the International Student Union, which hosts a variety of events throughout the semester, there are more than 100 clubs open to international students.

International Welcome/Orientation
SJTU hosts an international student campus orientation in order to ensure all students feel welcome and adjusted to their new campus. This also allows international students to have a chance to make friends!

Counseling & Health Services
International students that are studying at SJTU for two months or longer will have to purchase a health insurance plan pre approved by the university to ensure that everyone can have a safe and healthy study abroad experience!

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring 2023 10/01/2022 10/11/2022
Year (Fall-Spring) 2023 03/01/2023 03/13/2023
Fall 2023 03/01/2023 03/13/2023
Spring 2024 10/01/2023 10/11/2023