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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Majors & Minors: Accounting, Arabic Studies, Business Administration, Chinese, Communication Studies, Computer Applications, Economics, Finance, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Political Science, Political Science - History, Radio-Television Production, Russian, Russian Studies, Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Chinese, English
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: 2 years Chinese, None Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.8
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Partner Exchange
Program Description:
Shanghai International Studies University

China FlagShanghai

Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) was founded in December 1949 and in 1996, it became one of the nation’s “100 key universities for the 21st Century.” At present, SISU has a full-time enrollment of over 2,803 postgraduate students, 6,000 undergraduates, 800 college students, & 4,571 international students.

SISU offers English-taught undergraduate study areas in:  Chinese Language, International Business & Trade, & Business Management.   They offer Chinese-taught undergraduate study areas in International Economics & Trade, Finance, Law, International Politics, Education, Journalism, and many more.  They offer Chinese-taught graduate level courses in International Trade, International Politics, International Relations, Education, Political Education, several modern languages, & more.  More info can be found at:

Housing & Meals
UM exchange students stay in the SISU Guesthouse located on the Hongkou Campus.  Inside, there is a cafeteria, grocery store, salon & an ATM. Both double rooms and single rooms are available.  For more info, visit:

Cost Information
UM exchange students pay their regular tuition to UM and their room & board in China.  Housing costs about  US$1725/semester and food about US$2150/semester.  Students must apply at the Embassy in Washington D.C. for a study visa to China (costs US$50).  UM financial aid can apply to tuition, living and travel expenses for this program. 

Credit Transfer
Students will register for classes upon arrival at SISU.  Students should plan to enroll in at least 15 in-class contact hours per week each semester at ZU to be considered a full-time student, enrolled for 12 credits at the University of Montana
Program Dates
Semester 1:  early September to  late January
Semester 2: early February to  late July

Shanghai, China
The City

Shanghai is the largest city in China by population and the largest city in the world.  Following rapid development over the last two decades, it has become a global city with influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology, and transportation.  The city is in one of the main industrial centers of China, playing a key role in China’s heavy industries, as well.  Located in the Yangtze River Delta in eastern China, Shanghai sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River in the middle portion of the Chinese coast.  Most residents are descendants of immigrants from the two adjacent provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang, whose local language is Wu Chinese.  Mandarin Chinese, however, is used as the official functioning language.  Shanghai is often seen as the birthplace of everything considered modern in China, like cinema, theater, and literature.  The city also boasts several museums of regional and national importance.  The Shanghai Museum of art and history has one of the best collections of Chinese historical artifacts in the world, including important archaeological finds since 1949.

Fast Facts
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction: Chinese, English
Language Requirement:  two years college-level Chinese.  None if taking courses in International College only. 
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Length of  exchange: Spring semester or academic year

Shanghai China

Winters are chilly with average temperatures of  48°F .  Summers are hot with average temperatures of  86°F.

Proximity to
Taipei: 425 miles
Seoul:  538 miles
Kumamoto:  554 miles
Beijing:  663 miles

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 02/15/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA