Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Program Details

Program Location Shanghai, China
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20137
Duration Spring Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Page Links
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Founded in 1896, Shanghai Jiao Tong University is one of the most prestigious universities in China. The main language of instruction is Mandarin, although a few undergraduate and postgraduate courses are taught in English and joint-run with English and American universities.  The university has made significant contributions to the prosperity of China and the development of science and technology in the entire nation.  

Today, SJTU has more than 60 undergraduate programs covering nine major disciplines - economics, law, literature, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management and arts.  Its total enrollment of students is about 41,000, of which nearly 3000 are international students. On research, the university is widely seen as one of China’s best performing institutions, winning the most amount of money from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, for six years in a row up to 2015 

The largest city in China, Shanghai is also its most cosmopolitan, offering visitors a chance to experience the past, present, and future all at once.  The city is one of China's most open cities ideologically, socially, culturally and economically.  The Huangpu River splits Shanghai into two districts: Pudong and Puxi. The Pudong skyline looks like it was ripped from the Jetsons, with the bulbous Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower looking a bit like a two headed lollipop. On the Puxi side, you can walk the Bund riverside district to get a taste of old Shanghai.

This program is for Engineering majors except those majoring in ME, IE, BME and ECE.  Students in these majors must apply to the LEAP-SJTU program.  GEARE students should apply to the GEARE-SJTU program.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


Shanghai Jiao Tong University

To be eligible, applicants must have junior standing at the start of the program and a GPA of at least 3.0. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.


GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Engineering] [College of Liberal Arts]
Specifically from: AAE, AE, BIO, ChE, CE, CpE, CEM, EE, EEE, ENRE, IDE , MSE, MDE, NE, SLC (CLA)

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


SJTU's semester programs in mechanical and electrical engineering are offered in English at the Joint Institute, a program affiliated with the University of Michigan.  Several of the courses are also suitable for IE and BME majors.

Those with little or no Chinese language ability in majors other than ME, ECE, IE and BME may have difficulty finding a semester's worth of courses taught in English.  Purdue engineering students with advanced Chinese language ability could take regular university courses taught in Mandarin.

Students interested in this exchange program should check with their own academic unit to determine if special arrangements have been made for courses and/or research opportunities for Purdue students.


Students will be housed in single or double rooms at SJTU's residence halls. Students may prepare meals in shared kitchens or eat at various campus canteens.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.
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.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2017

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee $0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,500.00
Housing $1,500.00
Local Transportation $400.00
Visa $150.00
Books and Supplies $100.00
Meals $1,300.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $1,000.00 - $3,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

The Purdue Global Engineering Program may offer modest financial assistance for students approved for this program.  Interested students should inquire at GEP:

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 (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online 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

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

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