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  • Locations: Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Rice applicants only
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Program Description:

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Founded in 1905 as the "Fudan Public School," Fudan officially changed its name to Fudan University in 1917 after it began to offer undergraduate programs. In 2000, the University merged with the Shanghai Medical University and became present-day Fudan University. Fudan is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary research university with many highly-ranked majors and programs, making it one of China's most prestigious universities. It has been admitting international students since the 1950s as one of the first Chinese institutions to do so. Today, the University's international student population ranks second in the country with roughly 1,650 students, out of a total student body of 25,000.


Studying at Fudan University provides a unique opportunity to students with well-developed Mandarin language skills to study with local students in a variety of schools available at the university.  

A sample of areas of study are listed below. 

Chinese language (Mandarin), History, Philosophy, Economics, International business, International relations, Political science, Law, Journalism studies, Social policy, Social work, Sociology, Psychology, Mathematics, Ecology, Evolutionary biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Computer science, Communications, Information studies, Information systems, Electronics, Materials engineering, Mechanical engineering, Business administration, Management, Marketing, Statistics, Nutrition, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental science, Chinese studies, Asian studies

Student Life

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The Handan campus is the main campus of the Fudan. Most colleges and schools are located at the Handan campus except for the College of Medicine, which is located at the Fenglin campus in southwest part of Shanghai. Housing for exchange students is available at the Handan (Foreign Students Building). Please be aware that the campus housing may not be available to all applicants since there are always outnumbering dormitory applicants than the number of rooms available. Alternative housing is available at the Tonghe International Student village and Hanting Hotels and Inns.

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The main campus of Fudan at Handan Road is located in northeastern Shanghai, about forty minutes from the Bund. The campus combines the old with the new housing beautiful green spaces and traditional buildings with recently constructed modern housing. It provides an enclosed student-centered environment for learning away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Shanghai.  

Known for its long history of foreign influence, Shanghai is the perfect locale from which to observe the interplay of various forces moving China from a planned to a market economy. It is the financial and industrial capital of the country, and, thus, people often say that whatever happens in China happens first in Shanghai. The last decade has seen massive development in this metropolis of 18 million people with constant construction of the city's infrastructure.