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  • Locations: Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Program Sponsor: Global E3 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Area of study: Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Engineering (all), Mechanical Engineering
Program type: Exchange
Program Description:

This program is currently only available to Engineering and Computer Science majors. If you are  interested in this program please contact Rohan Palma or a CEA adviser.

Please click  to start your application. After applying, continue the application process here

University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute
Shanghai, CHINA

University Info

College/School of Engineering

Office Responsible for International Exchange Students 

International Programs Office

Languages English


The UM-SJTU Joint Institute (JI) is an equal-partner institution cooperatively sponsored by the University of Michigan (UM) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). The Chinese Government and both partner universities have made a strong commitment to develop JI as a world class research oriented high-learning institute.

As a specially designated reform zone in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, JI has been given a high degree of autonomy to model itself after the University of Michigan. Through the merging and utilization of the best practices of both universities, JI has demonstrated rapid development in its management model, organizational structure and educational system.

The unique and strategic characteristic of the JI is its global approach to structural and operational development. Over the past five years, the JI has developed an effective model for training globally astute, creative talents. In addition to its unique program curricula modeled after UM and an all-English learning environment, the JI students are exposed to an educational approach focused on holistic and rounded development of students’ abilities and character.

As of the 2011 Fall semester, JI has 20 full-time tenured or tenure-tracked faculty members. All come from the world leading universities, including tenured faculty from Georgia Institute of Technology, Ohio State University, Stony Brook University and Duke University. Four of them have received award from the national1000 Scholars Program. For the 2010-2011 academic year, JI has over 900 students from freshman to senior year on the SJTU campus, and 177 junior and senior students embarking on dual degree studies at the UM Ann Arbor campus.


Study Level

  • Undergraduate students: Accepted
  • Graduate students: NOT Accepted
  • Computer Science majors: Accepted


Summer and Fall

Exchange applications are not accepted for the Spring.


English Proficiency Tests and Minimum Scores (TOEFL, IELTS):

IELTS: 6.5

Disciplines Available
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering

Additional application materials?

Students will be required to complete the “Application Form for International Exchange Student” and then submit it along with a recommendation letter from a faculty member.

When will students receive their acceptance package?

Acceptance packages will be mailed to students’ home school advisors approximately 8 weeks after receiving a complete application, including JW202 visa application forms.


Semester Dates

  • Fall: 15 weeks from Mid September to Late December
  • Spring: 10 weeks from Mid February to Mid April
  • Summer: 13 weeks from Mid May to Mid August

Fall and Summer are the major semesters on the JI academic calendar. Exchange students may come for either or both semesters.

We do not accept exchange applications for the Spring.

Before booking your plane ticket, please contact the JI International Programs Office to make sure if you will need to arrive early, or to find out when the dorms open and close and when final exams take place.

Academic Calendar - Under Quick Links, click on the "Academic Calendar" link

Course Contents

Course Descriptions:

Workload per semester

12 credits minimum for undergraduates

Courses taken for AUDIT do NOT generate credits (or graduate units) and CANNOT be used in calculating full-time status. Students who are unable to enroll full-time because of an extraordinary health or academic reason must obtain approval from an international student advisor BEFORE dropping or withdrawing from a course.

Grading System

Letter Grades Grade Points
A+ 4.0
A 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0
C- 1.7
D 1.0
P (Pass) N/A
F (Failure) 0
U (Uncompleted) 0
N (Null, absent) 0

Academic Transcripts

Two transcripts will be mailed to student’s home school advisor approximately one month after the end of the exchange period.


Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?

Exchange students are housed together with JI students in the Joint Institute Dormitory on Minhang Campus. Accommodation is either a double or triple shared room based on availability.  Students will be billed by the JI before the semester starts.

Living off-campus is not recommended.

When can exchange students move in to the hall of residence?

Normally three days before the new semester begins.


Entry Visa

F Visa

Exchange students should apply for a F visa in order to participate in educational and cultural exchange programs in China. Students on F visa typically come to China to study for a shorter period of time - one to two semesters.

Students can only apply for the visa after being accepted by the JI.

Health Insurance & Immunizations

Students are required to purchase their health insurance by themselves before coming to China. Students need to counsel their school advisor on international programs for any specific requirements on these issues.


When should I arrive?

Exchange students are required to arrive at the campus three days before the semester begins to attend the required campus orientation.

Is airport reception available?

Airport pick-up is currently available for exchange students coming in the Summer. Students are also given instructions in their acceptance packages on how to get to campus from Shanghai Pudong International Airport or Shanghai Hong Qiao International Airport.

Is there any bank on campus?

A Bank of China branch is right at the campus main gate. Each canteen as well as some buildings will have ATMs on the first floor. There are also some banks within a 15 minute walk from campus.



A meal at the campus canteens is estimated to be around 10 -15 RMB.

Also there are a large variety of restaurants and other food options available throughout campus and near the main gate.


The JI dorm is in the west side of the campus, with easy access to the campus living center and the main gate. Walking from the dorm to the JI class rooms and the JI building takes less than 10 minutes, although almost all of the students use a bike for daily commute.

The dorms are equipped with washing machines, water dispensers as well as a living room on each floor.

Local transportation 

Public transportation is cheap and convenient. A subway token costs 4 to 7 RMB. One ride on the public bus costs 2 RMB. Train tickets to neighboring cities can range from 30 to 100 RMB.

Academic expenses (e.g., books, stationery)   

Approximately 1200 RMB per semester for textbooks.

Personal expenses  

This can vary based on personal needs. A reasonable calculation of this will include the cost to travel to other major cities as well as the entertainment costs while in Shanghai.

Other administrative fees

There is an additional 4,000 RMB activity fee charge for students coming in the Summer. The fee will cover field trips and other group activities.


Office responsible for international exchange students  

International Programs Office

E-mail - Viva Du, International Programs Coordinator

Name: Rohan Palma
Position: Undergraduate Global Initiative Coordinator
Telephone: 585-275-2354

Shanghai is the most populous city in China. Home to more than 20 million residents, 6,000 high-rises (and growing) and a constant chorus of jackhammers, the city is located at the mouth of the Yangtze River, possessing the best location on the China's East Coast. 

Once a small fishing village, Shanghai is now one of the world's most modern and sophisticated cities, exerting influence over finance, commerce, fashion, and culture. Nearly 300 multinational companies from Fortune 500 invest in Shanghai, of which over 60 have set up their China headquarters in Shanghai. Nowhere else in the country can you feel the same pulse and dynamism.

Shanghai is also the cool, confident face of modern China, a gateway to attract millions of visitors annually from abroad (as well as all across China) who flock here to enjoy its excellent shopping, famed tourist sites, fascinating mix of architecture and buzzing street culture. 

Shanghai is where everything and anything is possible. The city is developing fast, and 2013 is set to be another big year, with even more changes coming to shake things up.

This program is currently only available to Engineering and Computer Science majors. If you are  interested in this program please contact Rohan Palma or a CEA adviser.

Please click  to start your application. After applying, continue the application process here

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/15/2019 03/15/2019 TBA TBA