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Program Location Shanghai, China
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20140
Duration Spring Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2020 01/06/20 to 05/17/20

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources


LEAP-SJTU (Longterm Engineering Abroad Program- Shanghai Jiao Tong University) provides a substantial international credential for Purdue Engineering students (ME, ECE, BME,and IE) in good standing. This program works best for Juniors in their 6th semester. Participating students do not need to extend their time to graduation, as the courses offered on the LEAP-SJTU program are counted as a part of students' Purdue degree requirements. Nor will the student incur additional costs compared to remaining on the West Lafayette campus. 

Time for 2020 spring cohort:

  • ME students: Jan.6th to May 17th;
  • Non-ME students: Feb. 24th to June 28th;  

Location: Shanghai Jiao Tong University 

Academic calender: 2019-2020 SJTU

Coursework:ME students are eligible to take ME 300, ME 315, MSE 230, CHNS 101, CHNS 280, ME 497 (all offered in English). BME, IE and ECE students: please refer to the links below for course Equivalencies:

Travel SupportParticipants will take ENGR 297 (every fall, CRN 22127) 

This is the SJTU-specific Predeparture class during the fall semester for visa, travel logistics, meeting returning progrma alumni, and location-specific cultural orientation, required for LEAP-SJTU students). 

Program Contact:  Dr. Wei Qiu, GEP 4500 B-1,, 765.496.1810 (Please direct your program-related questions including ENGR 297 override requests to 


Open to all ME, IE, BME, and ECE students in good academic standing, classifications 5, 6 or 7.

GPA Requirement: Good Academic Standing on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Engineering]
Specifically from: ME, IE, BME, and ECE ONLY

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

The program offers 12-18 credits (a combination of core requirement courses, technical elective & general education courses).  Additional courses may be selected if desired.

Program participants live in on-campus university housing and eat in cafeterias on both campuses of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.


  • The program fee includes visa costs, Purdue International Travel Insurance, airport transfer within Shanghai from airport to campus dorm, housing, SJTU health insurance, onsite field trips , and some textbooks.
  • Participants need to pay for passport and visa application fee, textbooks associated with the techincal courses, transportation to and from O'Hare airport, onsite personal expenses (such as daily meals, public transportation, travel expenses, dorm utility fees).

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2019

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee$3,200.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Local Transportation$100.00
Books and Supplies$350.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $2,000.00 -$1,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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