Shanghai Jiao Tong University Exchange

  • "Baoyugang Library@SJTU" by Jucember. Licensed via Wikimedia Commons

About This Program

  • Location: Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), Engineering courses are taught at the Minhang Campus (a suburb 30 minutes from Shanghai by public transport)
  • Term: Fall Quarter, Winter/Spring Quarters, Full Year
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Eligibility: NU juniors, seniors, or 5th-year co-op students majoring in Mechanical or Biomedical engineering with a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Program type: Exchange Program
  • Program credits: Minimum Credit Requirement

Application deadline:

  • For Fall Quarter and Full Year: January 15
  • For Winter/Spring Quarters: June 1

Program dates:

Students should note that the term dates at SJTU vary based on the Chinese New Year. If students choose the Fall Quarter option, the School of Mechanical Engineering can make special arrangements for exchange students to complete their courses and take exams by January 1. If students would prefer to study during Winter/Spring, then engineering courses may be combined with cultural immersion courses organized during the SJTU Winter Break.

  • Fall Quarter: September 2016 to January 1, 2017
  • Full Year: September 2016 to mid-May 2017
  • Winter/Spring Quarters: January 2017 to mid-May 2017

View the program budget sheet for available terms.

Fall 2017: $25,763

Full Year 2017-2018: $67,489

Winter/Spring Quarters 2018: $34,771

Students applying to this program are eligible for IPD Study Abroad Fellowships and may be eligible for external funding opportunities.

Students participating in this program are subject to the Withdrawal and Refund Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs.

Overview

In this exchange program, students enroll directly in the School of Mechanical Engineering or the School of Biomedical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). This program is well suited to the independant student who is up for the challenge of navigating a very different academic culture. The program is targeted to students in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, but students can combine courses in these disciplines with courses in Chinese Language and courses in any school except for the Antai College of Economics and Management and the School of Medicine.

There is no language requirement to participate in this program, but students are required to take one quarter of Mandarin either before or during their time abroad. Since many of the SJTU classes for 3rd and 4th year students are taught in English, NU students are encouraged to attend SJTU in their junior year, senior year, or 5th-year co-op to gain access to a broad range of English language course offerings. Students interested in taking classes in Chinese will be required to complete screening to verify language proficiency.

Students should note that the term dates at SJTU vary based on the Chinese New Year. If students choose the Fall Quarter option, the School of Mechanical Engineering can make special arrangements for exchange students to complete their courses and take exams by January 1. If students would prefer to study during Winter/Spring, then engineering courses may be combined with cultural immersion courses organized during the SJTU Winter Break.

Host Institution

Shanghai Jiao Tong University is known as one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions in China. Founded over 119 years ago, SJTU is a comprehensive, research-oriented institution with over 16,000 undergraduate students and more than 27,000 graduate level students. SJTU has 28 schools/departments that are spread out among its six campuses. The larger engineering campus is in Minhang, a suburb of Shanghai, which is located about 30-40 minutes from downtown Shanghai.

Exchange students will also have access to a wide variety of university facilities as well as cultural and sport activities like a student center, library, gymnasium, bowling alley, tennis courts, and billiards room among others.

Housing & Meals

NU students will be housed in residences or in privately leased apartments. Homestays near the Minhang Campus are also available. SJTU staff will assist with housing, but students should be aware that on-campus housing is extremely limited. Most students will live off-campus. More information about housing can be found on the SJTU website for accommodations.

Meals are available in the university dining halls and in cafes throughout the campus and city. More information about campus food services can be found on the SJTU website for food service.

Courses

Students will be admitted to the School of Mechanical Engineering or the School of Biomedical Engineering, where there are a number of course offerings in English. Students can also enroll in Chinese language courses, as well as courses from any school except for the Antai College of Economics and Management and the School of Medicine. Review the SJTU English course catalog.

Students choose and enroll directly in their courses at SJTU. Registration is done online through the help from the Education Abroad Advisors in the International Liaison Office of the School of Mechanical Engineering and School of Biomedical Engineering. Students will send their course selections to the SJTU advisors in advance for review and approval.

Students will receive a transcript issued by SJTU, and course credit will be eligible for transfer back to Northwestern as long as students earn course grades of C or better. Refer to the Credit Transfer Page for information on the “C” grade equivalent and minimum credit requirement for this exchange program.