The University at Albany, SUNY continues to monitor and assess the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus pandemic. All Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 education abroad programs worldwide are suspended, and Fall 2021 remains uncertain. While there are no definite answers on when education abroad programming will resume, programs abroad are not expected to all re-open at the same time. Instead, when education abroad relaunches only a limited number of programs and destinations will be available, evaluated based on global travel conditions, health and safety guidelines, SUNY System Administration re-opening protocols, and UAlbany priorities. Therefore at this time, students cannot apply for any UAlbany education abroad programs for Fall 2021 or any future term, as we await guidance and approval from SUNY System Administration. The process of review and approval to re-open programs and destinations will be ongoing. As you plan now for your global future, our dedicated Education Abroad team remains ready and available to assist and guide you! Join our virtual events throughout the Spring 2021 semester and check out our credit bearing virtual options for Summer 2021.
Within the tree-lined streets of Shanghai you will find everything from charming cafes and late night markets, to bustling business officials. Shanghai is home to many cultural festivals, such as a hot pot festival and an international tea festival, giving you firsthand access to cultural events. From the famous landmarks such as the oriental pearl tower and the historic Yu Garden, to the world famous food like dumplings and fresh local seafood, there is no doubt that Shanghai will have what you are looking for.
While staying in Shanghai, your home will be Fudan University. This University offers intensive Chinese language study, as well as courses taught in English. More than 2,000 events happen on campus each semester, run by the many student-run organizations available to you. You may also choose to engage in the numerous volunteer options, explore the surrounding city, or hang out with your peers in one of the many on-campus dormitories.
Fudan University offers a wide range of courses for undergraduate students. Prior knowledge of Chinese is recommended but not required.
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
You can choose one of the following two tracks while studying at Fudan University:
Chinese Language Students Track: You will take Chinese language and related courses that are designed for international students at different levels.
General Advanced Students Track: You will take courses taught in English, or non-language courses taught in Chinese.
A placement test is administered to all international students who plan to take Chinese language classes before registering for classes, except for those with no language background in Chinese.
If you are fluent in Chinese, you can enroll in the regular university courses that are taught in Chinese. Fudan University offers undergraduate courses in 70 academic disciplines.
Please note: MBA programs, Medical School, the LLM Program and other special programs, such as ICES, are not open to exchange students.
Review Fudan University’s website for more information regarding course offerings.
Please see Fudan University’s Application Timeline more information regarding the complete application process.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
You will be housed in the international student dormitory on campus. You can also choose to make your own housing arrangements off campus. Single and double occupancy dorms are available. All the rooms in the main building are equipped with a bed, balcony, an air conditioner, private bathroom, and internet access. Bedding is not included. Shared kitchens are available on each floor.
If you are a Chinese citizen, you will not be allowed to live in the on-campus dormitories.
There is no meal plan for this program. You may choose to purchase meals in the cafeteria, cook, or eat out at local restaurants.
Estimate of Costs
For reference, review the Academic Year 2019-20 Estimate of Costs
Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.
Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
Juniors, seniors and exceptional sophomores in all majors with at least 2.8 GPA are welcome to apply. This GPA requirement is strictly enforced.
You must be at least 18 years of age by the start of the program at Fudan University.
Prior knowledge of Chinese is recommended but not required.
The exchange options at Fudan University are for SUNY students only.
If you are a Chinese citizen, you are eligible for this program, but will not be allowed to live in the on-campus dormitories.
University-arranged excursions are not included in this program, but you may enjoy tourist attractions and events off campus, on your own.
Student Clubs and Organizations
There are several clubs and organizations for you to join at Fudan University, and some of them arrange field trips. Additional information will be provided at your on-site orientation at Fudan University.
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
In Their Own Words
“Students should study abroad because it is an experience that you will never forget and will most likely only be able to do while in college. It will change you for the better as a person, you will become more independent, we need to step out of our little bubble and explore the world in order to open our eyes to other people’s reality.”
About the City
Fudan University is located in Shanghai, China’s largest city. Shanghai is located on China’s central coast, and is a global financial hub.
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. If you are a U.S. citizen, you are required to obtain a visa to enter China. Please visit the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America website for further information on X1 and X2 visas.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, please consult with your government to determine whether you will need to obtain a visa to enter China.
More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Spring/Winter/Spring Break programs: July
- Fall/Year/Summer programs: December
Academic Year 2019-2020
09/02/2019 to 06/26/2020
09/02/2019 to 01/10/2020
02/17/2020 to 06/26/2020
About the Program
Founded in 1905, Fudan University is one of the most prestigious and selective universities in China. The University at Albany’s exchange affiliation with Fudan University in Shanghai, China enables you to study Chinese language and culture, and is intended for students interested in developing Chinese language skills and pursuing in-depth study of subjects related to China.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.
Upon arrival at Fudan University, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.
Fudan University’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.