Who says Engineering majors can’t study abroad? In this program, you will spend 13 weeks studying Mechanical Engineering or Electrical and Computer Engineering in English at one of the top universities in China, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). As a student in the University of Michigan – SJTU Joint Institute, you will learn alongside other students from leading U.S. universities within the Bachelor of Science in Engineering program. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to witness and experience a city speeding through economic development and globalization!

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Shanghai
  • City: Shanghai
  • Country: China
  • Program Credits: 12 credits
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • 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.

Summer 2018

May 11-August 11

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

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The University of Michigan-SJTU 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.

Course Load

As a Summer Engineering student, you will take 10-12 credits per semester. You are required to enroll in:

  • 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)
  • 3-credit Chinese language course (Optional; strongly encouraged)

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 language
  • 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 (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 global strategic 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.



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


Learn about Shanghai and Chinese culture as you meet IES Abroad staff and tour the campus facilities.

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

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.


Summer 2018

  • Tuition: $6,325
  • Housing: $2,280
  • Insurance: $135
  • Total: $8,740

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
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