Shandong University

People's Republic of China

Language of instruction


Shandong University is a key comprehensive university in China with a variety of disciplines, strong academic strength, and distinctive characteristics. It has great influence both at home and abroad. The growth of the university since its founding in 1901, has seen SDU rise to the forefront of many fields in China.

Jinan, the capital of Shandong province, is flanked by the hills of the Tai’an massif, while the Yellow River passes the city to the North. Jinan is nicknamed “City of Springs” because of the many artesian wells found there.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester February/March–July
Semester 2 Autumn Semester September–January

View the SDU academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

SDU has online resources to help get more from your exchange:


SDU has 8 campuses across Jinan, Qingdao and Weihai:

  • Jinan central campus
  • Hongjialou campus
  • Baotuquan campus
  • Qianfoshan campus
  • Software Park campus
  • Xinglongshan campus
  • Qingdao campus
  • Weihai campus

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Full-time study load

20 credit hours per week at SDU is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at SDU.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the SDU course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English


Course restrictions

Courses in the following programs are not open to exchange students:

  • Dentristy
  • Medicine

Additional academic information

SDU has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


Students can choose to apply for on- or off-campus accommodation at Shandong University. SDU provides information and advice to help students find the most suitable accommodation to suit their needs.

Cost of living

Page 4 and 5 of the University fact sheet provide information on living costs while studying at SDU.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Students may be eligible to apply for a number of scholarships offered to international students at SDU.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

According to the regulations of the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China and those of Shandong University, all international students of SDU are required to purchase the Comprehensive medical insurance in mainland China

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

SDU provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Chinese Embassy and Consulates for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.