What better place to study engineering than the world’s fastest growing economy and manufacturing center? You have the opportunity to study either Mechanical, Electrical, or Computer Engineering in English at one of the top universities in China, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU).

SJTU ranked fifth in China in the 2013 QS University rankings and first in Mechanical Engineering. The university boasts numerous technological achievements and notable alumni in the field of engineering.

You study at the University of Michigan–SJTU Joint Institute, where you will have access to high caliber faculty, research laboratories, and a wide range of English-taught courses such as Physics, Electromagnetics, Data Structures and Algorithms, Combustion, and Probabilistic Methods in Engineering.

To help ease your immersion into the local culture, you will be required to enroll in a Chinese language course. During the fall, you will enroll in a semester-long course at SJTU. In the spring, you will complete a four-week IES Abroad intensive Chinese language course with the option of continuing language study at SJTU once your engineering coursework starts.

Shanghai will be your classroom. Learn how science and technology have become central to China’s socio-economic development. Marvel at the beautiful modern buildings, such as the Shanghai World Financial Center and Jinmao Tower. Meet other students who share your passion for engineering while enjoying all that Shanghai and SJTU have to offer.

We want you to feel at home in China, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Shanghai. From relevant coursework to excursions to places like Beijing, Huangshan, and Lushan, we help you explore Shanghai in its local, regional, and global contexts.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Shanghai
  • City: Shanghai
  • Country: China
  • Program Credits: 12-16 per semester
  • Language of Instruction: English, Chinese
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Fall 2018

  • September 6 - December 15

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2019 - November 01, 2018


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

You will take a total of 12-16 credits per semester. Customize your academic experience as follows:

  • 2-3 courses selected from Engineering, Science, Mathematics, or Liberal Arts offerings taught in English at the University of Michigan-SJTU Joint Institute* (3-4 credits each)
  • Fall students: enroll in a Chinese language course (4 credits, required)
  • Spring Students: enroll in a four-week intensive Chinese language course (4 credits, required)

*A smaller selection of SJTU courses are offered in the spring vs. in the summer or fall. Check out our Summer Engineering program as well!

Course offerings vary semester to semester. Below is a sample list of courses past students have taken:

Mechanical Engineering:

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Intro to Circuits
  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • Strength of Materials
  • Thermodynamics

Electrical & Computer Engineering:

  • Control Systems Analysis and Design
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Introduction to Semiconductor Devices
  • Introduction to Circuits
  • Principles of Optics
  • Probabilistic Methods in Engineering

Non-Engineering Electives:

  • Applied Calculus
  • Business and Natural Environment
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Society in Contemporary Chinese Cinema
  • Differential Equations
  • German language
  • Linear Algebra
  • Physics
  • Politics of International Economic Relations
  • Probability and Detection Theory
  • Professional Ethics

IES Abroad -taught Chinese Language Courses

  • CN101 Chinese Language in Context: Novice Abroad I
  • CN201 Chinese Language in Context: Novice Abroad III
  • CN301 Chinese Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I

Partner Institution(s)

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) is consistently ranked as one of the top five universities in China. Its Mechanical Engineering program is ranked first nationally. The Engineering program will be based on the engineering campus of SJTU, in southwest Shanghai.

This program is organized in cooperation with the University of Michigan-SJTU Joint Institute. Founded in 2006 as a strategic global partnership between the two universities, the Joint Institute’s objective is to develop innovative and highly reputable education and research programs in the engineering field.

The Joint Institute offers two undergraduate programs in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical & Computer Engineering taught in English by faculty with graduate degrees from leading world institutions.

Advising & Support

In a direct enrollment program, you are enrolled as a full-time student at one of our international partner institutions. Even though your local host institution is where you’ll take your classes, we’re still here to fully support you.


Choosing and directly enrolling in courses abroad can be confusing and overwhelming—we offer you predeparture advising that’s specific to your needs. Our goal is to provide support and guidance throughout your application and enrollment process.

On-Site Staff

As an IES Abroad student directly enrolled at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, you have access to on-site IES Abroad staff who are specifically dedicated to your needs. Our on-site staff work with you and your local institution to answer any questions about academic requirements, housing, or well-being and safety.


Our support services for direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals as effectively and smoothly as possible. We know studying abroad is an adventure, and, at times, you may need help or just someone to talk to—that’s why our staff is there for you.


As part of IES Abroad’s direct enrollment services, we work with Shanghai Jiao Tong University to offer well-located, comfortable housing for all students because securing independent housing can be challenging. IES Abroad’s housing options reflect the local student culture and meet our safety and security standards.


Homestays offer the ideal environment for learning about China and improving your Chinese. While living in a local home may require an initial adjustment period, our Chinese homestay families are eager to get to know you and share their ideas, language, and culture. You have a private bedroom and are provided two meals a day by your host family (breakfast and dinner) five days a week while the program is in session.

PLEASE NOTE: Homestay opportunities are extremely limited.

Residence Hall

Live with local and international students in a residence hall on the engineering campus of SJTU, in southwest Shanghai. While no meals are provided, you can eat inexpensively in the campus cafeteria or at nearby restaurants.

Student Life


When you arrive, you participate in an introductory orientation with the IES Abroad Shanghai staff. Spring students will also enroll in a four-week intensive Chinese language course at this time.

Designed specifically for direct enrollment students, our orientation introduces you to your program, teaches you about emergency services on campus, and connects you with your fellow students and to Shanghai. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, special language sessions, and health and safety are covered during this time.

Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.

After the IES Abroad orientation, you will participate in a day-long orientation session at the University of Michigan-SJTU Joint Institute.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Shanghai through our cultural activities, such as:

  • Joining student clubs
  • Volunteering for community service
  • Watching professional soccer, baseball, and basketball teams
  • Boating on the Huangpo River
  • Visiting local museums and historic sites

University Clubs & Events

While in Shanghai, you can take advantage of available on-campus activities. Clubs are student run and provide an excellent opportunity for increased campus integration. Past clubs have included:

  • Explorer Volunteers Association (Provides assistance to disadvantaged groups in rural areas)
  • Air & Health (Environmental Protection Association)
  • Management Association
  • Modern Dance (Reggea, hiphop, jazz, tap)
  • Shaolong Kungfu
  • Sports (Badminton, tennis, volleyball, baseball, cycling, and more)
  • Music PlayGround
  • Photography Association
  • Drama Club
  • Taichi

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 3.0 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing when program begins
  • Some local university courses may not be available to students of sophomore standing
  • Should have a major in engineering or physics; applicants with any other major will be reviewed on an individual basis
  • No previous Chinese language study required

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required.

A student visa is required to enter China. Upon admission, you will receive more information about the application process and any related fees. The visa application process for non-U.S. citizens can be extremely lengthy, please contact us for more information.


Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $12,220
  • Housing: $3,055
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $15,505

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Program taught in:
  • English
  • Chinese
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