Shanghai Jiao Tong University

People's Republic of China

Language of instruction


Shanghai Jiao Tong University is one of the top Chinese higher education institutions which enjoys a long history and a world-renowned reputation, currently ranked within the Top 200 universities worldwide. The name “Jiao Tong” comes from the book Yi Jing and means “unite in harmony”.

Shanghai is a multi-cultural metropolis which blends modern and traditional Chinese features; from the traditional buildings of the Old Town to the space-age Pudong skyline.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester February–June
Semester 2 Autumn Semester September–January

View the SJTU academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

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


SJTU has 2 campuses available to exchange students:

  • Minhang campus
  • Xuhui campus

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

12–15 credits per semester at SJTU is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Students participating in the Chinese language program will need to complete at least 8 lecture hours per week.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0 to study at SJTU.

Students are required to have at least HSK Level 5 to attend regular undergraduate courses taught in Chinese. 

Find courses

Search the SJTU course catalogue (download from “5. Useful Documents”, rar file) if courses do not appear in the database.

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. 

Study areas taught in English

Computer engineering
Electrical engineering
Mechanical engineering
Software engineering
Business administration

Course restrictions

SJTU has multiple colleges, which each have their own course restrictions in place for exchange students.

Antai College only accepts undergraduate level students, and the following programs are not available to exchange students:

  • Medicine
  • MBA/IMBA/EMBA/MIB programs

Courses offered in SJTU Joint Institute-University of Michigan are open to exchange Students, but the courses listed below in Zhiyuan College are not:

  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Undergraduate students may be allowed to enrol in the KoGuan Law School courses normally targeted at Master/PhD students, subject to having completed the prerequisite requirements.

Courses offered at Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance are NOT opened to exchange students.

Chinese language courses are offered by the School of International Education , which is located in Xuhui campus, approximately 1.5 hours from the main Minhang campus. This means that students studying regular courses in Minhang campus will not be able to study Chinese language courses.

Additional academic information

All incoming exchange students can study free Chinese language courses at the beginner level (1-2 courses up to 8 hours per week). 

SJTU 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.


There are 8 dormitories for international students at SJTU, each with varying equipment and facilities. The University provides information regarding accommodation options and the application process for student housing.

Cost of living

SJTU provides a breakdown of the living expenses students can expect to encounter while studying in Shanghai.

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 scholarships offered by SJTU and the Chinese government.


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.

Students must purchase the compulsory health insurance provided through SJTU.

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.

SJTU has 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

You must register your travel plans on the International SOS so that you can be contacted and supported in an emergency.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.