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  • Locations: Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: UM applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications, please see Dates & Deadlines or contact the sponsoring office for more information.
Program Description:

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UM-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU) in Shanghai, China-Fall




The UM-SJTU Joint Institute program is a great way to learn about Chinese culture and earn credit towards your UM degree. Engineering courses are taught in English by SJTU faculty. Students on this program must take a minimum of 12 credits during the semester. All classes are taught in English.

Global MDP Option: This program also includes the option of participating in a Global Multidisciplinary Design Program. This is a year-long program comprised of three main parts: Fall semester at the UM-SJTU Joint Institute in Shanghai, China, where students will take courses towards their engineering degree and begin to work on their sponsored MDP project. Students then continue working on their projects remotely with their JI teammates during the course of the winter semester. In mid-March, the JI teammates will travel to Michigan to finish the project and participate in the Design Expo at U-M. Visit the Global MDP webpage to learn more.


  • Minimum 2.8 GPA
  • Current U-M Ann Arbor CoE students in good academic standing
  • Sophomore or above*
  • There is no foreign language requirement for this program
*Class standing for IPE programs is determined by year of study, regardless of credit hours earned. Applicants must have completed the required year(s) of college study by the program start date.


Students studying abroad at the UM-SJTU Joint Institute can enroll in a broad range of courses available to undergraduate students including Engineering, Business and Humanities/Social Sciences courses. 

Students should consult with their Academic Program Advisor regarding what program degree requirements may be met with these courses.

TRANSFER CREDIT: In order to earn transfer credit for IPE semester study abroad programs, the College of Engineering requires students to earn the equivalent of a “C” grade or better in the course.


2019 Program Fee: $6,330
Program fees will be charged directly to U-M student accounts.

Rogel China Scholarship:  the Rogel China Scholarship covers the Program Fee for qualified applicants. Applicants must be admitted to the UM-SJTU Fall study abroad program. Priority is given to students who have never traveled internationally, and to students who have never traveled to, or lived in, China.?

Program Fee includes:

  • Joint Institute full-time semester tuition (12-14 credits)
  • Shared accommodation (2-3/room) in the Joint Institute Dorms
  • GeoBlue Health Insurance 
  • Airport pickup (from Pudong International Airport/PVG)
  • Orientation programs in Ann Arbor and Shanghai
  • Buddy program
  • Social events
  • SJTU campus ID card
  • Campus computing access in the dorms and JI electronic reading room
  • Shanghai transportation card
  • Shower card

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Passport and Visa

Students going on an IPE Program are required to have a passport which is valid for six months beyond the end date of their program.  For this program, your passport must be valid beyond June 2020.

U.S. citizens who participate in this program are required to obtain a visa prior to departure.  If you are not a U.S. citizen, refer to the Visa section on the Chinese Embassy website to determine if you need a visa to enter China.   IPE does not represent foreign governments, nor do we create visa regulations.  We can offer guidance and help provide students with information about the process; however, only the immigration officials of China can answer specific questions regarding your application. 
Regardless of citizenship, the consulate or embassy of China determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa.  U.S. passport holders can locate consular information and read about Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.  Non-U.S. passport holders should find out if their country of citizenship has a similar resource and/or refer to the Chinese Embassy’s website to learn more.


+Please note the following:

  • It is the student’s responsibility to research and obtain the required entry/exit documents (i.e. student visa).  Visa requirements vary greatly by program destination and citizenship of the student. 
  • IPE does not guarantee that students can obtain the appropriate visa for this international experience.
  • IPE does not grant visas for students nor claim to be a visa authority.
  • Students cannot apply for a visa until after they have committed to the program.   Once students have confirmed participation in the program, IPE will help gather the required documents needed for the visa application.
  • International students are strongly encouraged to contact the U-M International Center to inquire about how this program may impact their U.S. student visa.
  • For more information on travel documents, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the U.S. Department of State for students.
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Application Procedures

MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS POLICY: Please note that the M-Compass application system allows students to open multiple applications for the same term, but IPE has specific rules regarding the number of applications per student we will review. Please refer to our Multiple Applications Policy for details, and contact your IPE advisor if you have any questions.

While this program is marked as having "Rolling Admission", complete applications will not be reviewed until the application deadline. Accepted students will have 7 days to submit their confirmation decision. 

Dates & Deadlines

KEY PROGRAM DATES: September 5 - December 20, 2019
Arrival & Check-in: September 5, 2019
Orientation: September 6-7, 2019
Classes Begin: September 9, 2019
Term Ends: December 13, 2019
Departure: December 14-20, 2019

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The application deadline for this program has been extended until 11:59 pm on March 24, 2019. Applications completed by this date will be reviewed for admission. 

ORIENTATION: All participants who confirm participation in the program must complete two mandatory components to the Pre-departure Orientation: 

  1. The Online Supplement to Pre-Departure Orientation is a self-paced online course that must be completed any time before 11:59 PM on April 29, 2019.  Additional information will be provided to students once confirmed in the program.
  2. In-person Pre-departure Orientation on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM on North Campus.


Joint Institute Dorm (Min Hang Campus). Accommodation in single or shared (double) occupancy rooms.  Students with special circumstances may discuss housing needs by scheduling an appointment with the lead IPE program advisor.


  • 2-3 students per room (bunks)
  • Air conditioning
  • Shared-community bathrooms
  • Furniture and bedding
  • Internet access in the rooms
  • Self-service laundry facilities with washer only (no dryers)
  • Convenient location on Min Hang Campus near classroom facilities

Need to Know

Student Perspectives

This week marked our last culture class. I’m so thankful that we got to have Weiqi as our professor! She’s a talented lecturer and she offered us so many interesting insights into the culture around us." Margaret Ehinger, EECS

"I traveled with Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s team (SJTU Racing Team). This was a great opportunity for me to get some more competition experience and bring design ideas back to my team at Michigan (Michigan Hybrid Racing)." Drake Kress, ME

Check out IPE's FAQ page (quickly find an answer to many common questions!)
Check out Student Perspectives page

Contact Information

Lead Advisor: Matt Hancock,

International Programs in Engineering
245 Chrysler Center, 2121 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2091
Phone: (734) 647-7129
Fax: (734) 647-7081

Visit the International Programs in Engineering website for additional resources and information for engineering students.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/24/2019
Rolling Admission 09/05/2019 12/20/2019
NOTE: NOTE: The deadline for this program has been EXTENDED until 11:59 pm on March 24, 2019. Applications completed by this date will be reviewed for admission. ORIENTATION: All admitted students are required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM on North Campus.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications, please see Dates & Deadlines or contact the sponsoring office for more information.