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Shanghai Normal University, China
Shanghai, China (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Alternative Fall,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: BSU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/01/2017
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2018 10/01/2017
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission notification. Applicants will be notified of acceptance and be able to complete post-decision materials as admission decisions are made.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Class Status:
Language of Instruction:
Chinese Language Courses Offered: Chinese
Prior Language Study Required:
4 semesters completed
Academic Subject:
Business, Chinese
Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:
BSU Exchange with Shanghai Normal University

What is the program about?
Founded in 1954, a key university in Shanghai, Shanghai Normal University (SHNU) is a comprehensive university with salient features of teacher training and particular strength in liberal arts. With over 40,000 students, SHNU has 18 colleges with 84 undergraduate disciplines related to 10 subjects covering philosophy, literature, pedagogy, history, law, economics, management theory, mathematics, engineering and agriculture.

One of the earliest universities to provide Chinese language programs to international students in Shanghai, SHNU started to accept international students in 1965. SHNU is one of the authorized universities to accept international students sponsored by Chinese Government Scholarship, Confucius Scholarship, Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarship and so on. International students in ICCS study and live on Xuhui Campus. Very close to Xujiahui, one of the most prosperous areas in Shanghai, SHNU boasts very convenient transportation in Shanghai. With excellent faculty, comfortable living environment and beautiful scenery, SHNU is the ideal place for international students to study Chinese language and culture.

Where does the program take place?
Shanghai, China
Shanghai is the largest city by population in the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the largest city proper by population in the world.  It is a global city, with influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology, and transport. It is a major financial center and the busiest container port in the world. Shanghai is a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yuyuan Garden, as well as the extensive and growing Lujiazui skyline. It has been described as the "showpiece" of the booming economy of mainland China. Many strong traditions of Chinese culture, such as Chinese cinema and certain art styles, have root in Shanghai, and due to its strong modern-meets-traditional character, it also fuels the modern imagination with movements such as cyberpunk. Shanghai has an extensive public transport system, largely based on metros, buses and taxis.

Shanghai has a humid subtropical climate and experiences four distinct seasons. Winters are chilly and damp, and cold northwesterly winds from Siberia can cause nighttime temperatures to drop below freezing, although most years there are only one or two days of snowfall. Summers are hot and humid; occasional downpours or freak thunderstorms can be expected. The city is also susceptible to typhoons in summer and the beginning of autumn, none of which in recent years has caused considerable damage. The most pleasant seasons are Spring, although changeable and often rainy, and Autumn, which is generally sunny and dry.

When does this program take place?
Spring: February-July
Academic Year: August-July

What is the program content?
International College of Chinese Studies (ICCS) is the particular college to provide Chinese language programs to international students in SHNU. With the first-class teaching faculty, ICCS attracts nearly 2,000 international students from more than 40 countries all over the world every year. ICCS provides short-term Chinese programs, long-term Chinese programs, Chinese programs for Bachelor's degree, Chinese programs for Master's degree and Chinese program for Ph. D. degree. ICCS is one of the official training bases for Chinese teachers and principals of overseas Chinese schools authorized by Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of National Council.

What is the student accommodation?
A variety of rooms are available in three different locations: Wai Bin Lou (Foreign Guest House), Xue Si Yuan (Academic & Cultural Interchange Center), and Guo Jiao (Shanghai International Center for Educational Exchange). Photos, pricing, and descriptions of the rooms are available on the university web site.

What is included?
All students attending Shanghai Normal pay Ball State tuition and student fees. Tuition and fee rates are based on residency.
Round-trip airfare, accommodation, meals and living expenses are paid out of pocket by the student but can be factored into the cost of attendance sheet for financial aid purposes. Other costs include US passport and immigration documentation.

Is financial assistance available?
Students can apply for a Yuhas or Rinker scholarship from the Rinker Center for International Programs. Scholarship applications and be downloaded at our website here and submitted to RCIP.

In addition, students should consult with the Ball State University Financial Aid Office to determine available aid for this program.

Number of placements available?

Is a visa required?
U.S. and non-U.S. citizens need a valid passport both to enter other countries and to return to the United States. If you already have a passport, make sure it is valid until at least six months after your return date. If you must apply for or renew a passport, APPLY EARLY, since a minimum of four to six weeks is usually required for processing. During peak travel seasons, more processing time is required. Passport forms are available at many federal and state courts, probate courts, some county/municipal offices and some post offices. They can also be downloaded from the Web.

A visa is official permission granted by the authorities of a country where you will study or travel that allows you to enter and remain in that country for a specific purpose. The visa itself is frequently a stamp in your passport, not a separate document. You will need a passport before applying for a visa and the passport plus visa process may take several months, so start early. It is your responsibility to inquire about visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad; this includes countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. If you are an BSU international student, also visit the Rinker Center to obtain a signature on visa documents to permit re-entry to the United States.

How do I apply?
Step 1 – Click on "Apply Now"

Step 2 – Complete the online application through BSU

Application deadline: 
Academic Year: March 1
Spring: October 1

Who can I contact for more information?
Phone:  (765) 285-5422