Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), founded in 1896, is one of the three oldest public universities in modern China. In the 1920s and 1930s, SJTU was crowned as the “oriental MIT” adapted and implemented the world’s most advanced teaching and research methods. During the first half of the 20th century, SJTU was considered one of the most exclusive and renowned universities in China. Currently SJTU is one of the top universities in Mainland China with more than 20 colleges, 34,000 students, half of which are graduate students and over 3,000 faculty members.
Freeman students take courses at SJTU's Antai College of Economics & Management. As the only business school in Mainland China triple-accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, Antai aims to develop the highest-level managerial talent, with fully international viewpoints and capabilities, and the ability to compete in the global economy.
There’s a reason the Chinese are so successful in international business – they’ve been excelling at it since the days of Marco Polo and the Silk Road. There’s no better city to examine the rapidly changing nature of global business than Shanghai.
Shanghai is an economic and cultural hub of more than 24 million people. A fast-moving, cosmopolitan place, Shanghai has opportunities that attract a variety of interests. Dynamic by nature and necessity, Shanghai is proof that the world's most populous city can be livable and lovable. Merchants and tycoons once sought their fortune here and it still has a whiff of opportunism and decadence. Pudong's cloud-piercing skyscrapers and the flashy malls of Nanjing Lu show where China is swiftly headed in the 21st century. But while Shanghai's sights are certainly fixed on the future, you'll still find the glamour of the past along the Art Deco Bund and French Concession's colonial boulevards.
China is arguably the best country for a business student to study abroad. When it comes to economics, China has been the world's fastest growing country for the past 30 years. Even during the financial crisis, China's economic growth has maintained a level of 8 percent, a pace unthinkable in other countries. China's GDP recently surpassed Japan's to become the world's second largest economy after the United States. The world's top 500 companies all do business in China, with many choosing to base their Asia-Pacific headquarters in the bustling Chinese cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.
The current rise of China has made it very clear that people who can speak Chinese and have firsthand experience of living in China are going to have a great advantage in terms of employment. China serves as a huge market for multinational corporations, and employers are well aware that a real understanding of China, Chinese culture and Chinese people is a big plus for those who want to become the world's next generation of leaders.
Student associations of SJTU offer a wide variety of unique and popular activities, and play an important role in the students' extracurricular life as a supplement for curricular programs and an important part of SJTU's campus culture. There are now 168 student associations which can be classified into five main categories: politics and economics, volunteer and charity, academics and science, culture and art, and sports and fitness. The total number of the students in these associations has reached 17,000, of which 8,000 are active members. You can join everything from public service organizations, to an amateur astronomer association, a calligraphy and character-carving society, a table tennis society, and everything in between. For more information see http://en.sjtu.edu.cn/about-sjtu/life-sjtu/student-associations.
Antai's Foreign Student Department matches new international students with friendly Chinese SJTU students called Buddy Guides. Buddy Guides connect new students to the SJTU community, answer questions and provide support throughout the program.
Shanghai has a lot to offer. You can cruise the Huangpu River, go to the top of the Oriental Tower for iconic city views, shop on Nanjing Road, visit temples, or spend a day at the Shanghai zoo or Disney. You won't ever need to leave the city for entertainment. If you are interested in taking trips outside of Shanghai, however, Suzhou and Hangzhou are two popular destinations. Suzhou, to the northwest, with its famous gardens and canals; and Hangzhou, to the southwest, renowned for beautiful West Lake and the surrounding tea plantations.
The Fall semester runs September - mid-January. The Spring semester runs February - June.
Ranking and Rigor
#46 in the world for Business and Management - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Top 51 - 100 bracket in the world for Accounting and Finance - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Past participants report that level of academic challenge at SJTU is moderately less difficult than Tulane.
Students have access to English- and Chinese-taught courses at the Bachelor (undergraduate) level. For a list of courses commonly offered at Antai and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered.
Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year. The final course catalog will be made available in mid-December for the Spring and early July for the Fall semester. The list of undergraduate business courses in English can be downloaded from http://www.acem.sjtu.edu.cn/en/ung/download.html.
Credit-bearing Chinese classes are open to all exchange students free of charge.
Visit the Documents Download website for more information about courses and registration. The registration period is very strict. After online registration, submit the Exchange Students Registering Courses Info Sheet to the Teaching Office. Ask your buddy or department for help if needed.
Class formats vary. The teaching style is primarily theoretical with plenty of group work. Student work is typically assessed on a combination of attendance, presentations, papers, projects and exams. Academics are taken serious. Class attendance is mandatory until the last day of classes.
Teaching and learning styles in China may be somewhat different from what you are accustomed to at Freeman. Many professors use the teaching format of lecture only with little interaction between student and professor. As is the case in any institution, some professors are more creative/innovative than others and will do their best to make the classroom experience both interesting and stimulating. The Chinese classroom is usually a one-way street with the professor giving and the students receiving (this is deeply rooted in Chinese culture and tradition). Take up the challenge of this different classroom culture. Make it one of your goals to adapt and function successfully in a different environment.
Expect language differences and difficulties. Many of the classes in which you enroll will be taught by Chinese professors who will use English as the medium of instruction. Remember that English is often not their first language and sometimes pronunciations and ease of communication is not as efficient as it might be if they were using their first language. The same is true for the local Chinese students. They will be communicating with you in English, their second/third language. You will need to be patient and flexible when it comes to communication. A helpful reminder: Suppose it were you attempting to express yourself in Mandarin or Shanghainese.
Final course grades are often based on class participation, projects, case analyses, mid-term and final exams (varies by class).
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
SJTU uses a 0-100 grading scale. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at SJTU. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion.
For Freeman semester abroad programs, students must:
complete their lower division business core requirements prior to their semester abroad;
earn a 2.5 GPA in the lower division business core courses;
be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing.
Students who are on disciplinary probation, academic probation and/or honor board probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Tulane study abroad program. Approvals are revoked for students who are placed on probation after being approved to study abroad.
Students on disciplinary, academic and/or honor board probation during time of application are considered only if the probation period ends prior to departure for study abroad. Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Study Abroad & Exchange in consultation with Tulane's Division of Student Affairs and/or Academic Affairs. If the application is approved, the host institution will be notified of the probationary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Tulane to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student's participation in a study abroad program.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session and make an appointment for follow-up advising with a Study Abroad & Exchange advisor.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; completion of 3010s; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Secondary application requirements are explained on the School's Factsheet (see Helpful Links list below). The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline.
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
On- and Off-Campus Housing Options
SJTU offers on-campus housing on the Minhang and Xuhui campuses, but not on the Fahua campus (where courses at the Antai College of Economics and Management are held). Students may live on-campus and commute to Fahua, or may choose to live off-campus. SJTU recommends that students live on the Xuhui campus, as it is closer to Fahua. SJTU offers limited off-campus housing assistance.
Past participants recommend living in the Taoliyuan (Asian Youth Center) dormitory on the Xuhui campus. It is well-located within the city and has restaurants and multiple metro stops nearby. The Lianxing dormitory is older. Also that because the housing books up quickly and signup is at a specific time, that students should be prepared to quickly try to sign up for an on-campus room. It is more affordable (according to past participants) and nice to be close to campus resources such as the canteen and other international students.
Past participants also recommend living in the Xuhui neighborhood for students living off campus: "It is an expensive neighborhood relative to other areas of Shanghai, but it is close to campus and in a good location. Jing'an temple area or the area around People's Square are also good central locations with many restaurants and things to do, only a few metro stops from the university."