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Study in Shanghai

All the information you need about studying in Shanghai as an international student.

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Why study in Shanghai?

Shanghai is the largest city in China and one of the largest in the world with a population of over 26 million. A fascinating mix of east and west, Shanghai has always been popular with international students.

Easily China’s richest city, Shanghai is undergoing an economic boom which sees more and more skyscrapers fill its skyline. As an international hub for business and finance, there are plenty of opportunities for international students to embrace.

Universities in Shanghai

There are more than 50 universities and colleges in Shanghai, making it one of the premier education systems in China and a major center of higher education in the country.

As well as major institutions, there are also plenty of municipal and private universities which offer postgraduate and undergraduate courses. The majority of programs are taught in Mandarin, but most institutions offer programs taught in English especially for international students.

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How to study in Shanghai

To study in Shanghai you’ll first need to choose what program you’d like to study and the university you’d like to attend. You can then apply to most universities online, and you’ll need to submit certain documents including a copy of your passport, graduation certificates and an English language certification.

Before you can study in Shanghai, you’ll also need to make sure you have the correct student visa for studying in China.

What to study in Shanghai

With a large number of universities in the city, you should be able to study any subject in Shanghai. However, there are many institutions that focus on business, economics and finance due to the city's links with banking.

Shanghai also boasts sciences and technology universities, as well as music, theater and sport institutions.

Cost to study in Shanghai

Studying in Shanghai can cost much less than the US or UK, and undergraduate students can expect to pay between 20,000 ¥ to 40,000 ¥ per academic year. However, programs in areas like medicine and engineering cost more, as can studying high level degrees like a master’s or PhD.

Shanghai is considered one of the most expensive cities in China to live in, so you’ll need to budget carefully for things like accommodation, food, transport and entertainment.

Key facts of Shanghai

  • 83/40°F Summer/winter temperature
  • 26.3 million Population
  • 58 Universities
  • China Country