Explore life in the fast-paced commercial hub of China at one of the top 100 universities in Asia. Situated at the mouth of Yangtze River, Shanghai is the most influential economic, financial and cultural center in East China. Shanghai represents the most modern edge of today’s China, where you can simultaneously feel the pulse of ancient tradition and the modern drive for progress. 

The city’s complex past has shaped it into a meeting point of East and West. The Direct program at Shanghai University is your gateway into understanding the language, culture, economy and business of China, one of the most powerful countries on the global stage. 

Important note: The accommodation for the whole semester is to be paid by the students to the University of Shanghai directly. It is not included in the ISEP program fee but is a required part of the program. 70 RMB per night for a double room and 140 RMB for a single room. 1800 RMB housing deposit will need to be paid by the student on arrival.

Students will need to complete application that asks whether they want a double room or single room. It is highly recommended that students apply for a double room. A double room is guaranteed as it is reserved in advance, but a single room is very competitive and not reserved in advance. Students who apply for a single room, will no longer have a double room reserved for them. If they do not get approved for the single room option, students will also no longer have a double room reserved for them and will need to find housing on their own. 

Course Description

By studying at Shanghai, you will be surrounded by an international environment both on and off campus, allowing you to easily expand your network and meet people from many diverse cultures. There is no better place to develop an understanding of Chinese language and culture as well as an understanding of China’s place in the modern world. 

Students can choose 4-6 classes from the selection below:

China and Globalization (5 ECTS)

Chinese Business and Enterprise (5 ECTS)

Chinese Culture (5 ECTS)

Foreign Relations of China (5 ECTS)

Intercultural Business Communication (5 ECTS)

Chinese Foreign Trade (5 ECTS)

Social Changes in Contemporary China (5 ECTS)

Introduction to the Chinese Economy (5 ECTS)

China’s Evolving Financial System (5 ECTS)

E-commerce (5 ECTS)

Marketing Strategy (5 ECTS)

Chinese Language (5 ECTS) (Syllabus for beginner level; Syllabus for intermediate level)

All classes are 5 ECTS credits, and require a minimum enrollment of 10 students. All courses are Bachelor level courses. 

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Rachel Brown 703-504-9994 | RBrown@isep.org Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies Recommended!

    Chinese Studies

  • Business

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures Recommended!

    Chinese Language and Literature

  • International/Global Studies

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Language and Culture Recommended!

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

Students are required to complete this supplemental application in addition to the ISEP application. 

The accommodation for the whole semester is to be paid by the students to the University of Shanghai directly. 70 RMB per night for a double room and 140 RMB for a single room.  1800 RMB housing deposit will need to be paid by the student on arrival.

Other Academic Conditions

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible.

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.


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