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Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement: CHIN 101 Language of Instruction: Chinese (Mandarin), English
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior
Type of Program: Exchange Program Advisor: Lisa Shen
Academic Focus: Business and Entrepreneurship, No or Minimal Language Requirement
Program Description:
Program Overview | Eligibility | Academics | Program Calendar | Housing | Visa | Cost & Financial Aid | More Information

Drexel in China: Shanghai JiaoTong University


Program Overview

Providing an opportunity for students to learn first-hand about one of the fastest growing economies in the world, students in the LeBow College of Business will have the opportunity to experience this enriching exchange program at the Antai College of Economics and Management (ACEM) at Shanghai JiaoTong University in China. Through this exchange LeBow students will enroll in ACEM’s undergraduate business courses with local and international students, adding a global perspective with a Chinese focus to their LeBow degree.

Studying and living in Shanghai is a unique opportunity to experience the city's dynamic business environment and gain personal knowledge of this rapidly-growing market.  This program is geared towards students who are independently-driven and are willing to take initiative in their own academic and professional success.

As one of the longest standing universities in China, SJTU offers a world-class academic experience in a city that is arguably the epicenter of international business for the nation.  The city of Shanghai offers students a glimpse of old-world China in an ever-developing cosmopolitan setting.  ACEM's location near the downtown commercial district provides easy access to the high energy of the city and wonderful possibilities for exploring the many multinational companies based there. The city has an international feel and is home to over 300,000 foreign professionals. Its varied architecture makes it a vibrant city to explore, moving from traditional to modern structures from one neighborhood to the next. Programming offered by ACEM will help LeBow students to make the most of their time in Shanghai. 


  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • CHIN 101
  • Business or Entrepreneurship majors or minors only
  • Sophomore, Pre-Junior, or Junior


Students majoring or minoring in business will have the option of selecting business courses taught in English, with the opportunity to take courses in Chinese based on the student’s level of Chinese fluency.  The learning objective for ACEM’s undergraduate curriculum is to master domestic and international modern economic theories, methods and techniques.  Weekly Chinese conversation classes are also available for interested students and are strongly encouraged.  ACEM faculty are world class teachers and experienced in research and industry, many also working in consulting and government organizations.
Course Availability
Sample English course offerings include:
Introduction to E-Business
Supply Chain Management
Customer Behavior
International Company and Cross Culture Management
Internet Marketing
Additional course examples

Students are taught by Chinese faculty at their host university. Grades are noted as credit/no credit (CR/NCR) on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn the equivalent of an American "C" or above. The goal is to be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel. Students must not exceed the equivalent of 20 Drexel credits.

Program Calendar

Fall semester at Shanghai JiaoTong University consists of 18 teaching and examination weeks, running from Early September to Mid-January. Students will be expected to stay at SJTU until the end of the exam period which will most likely take place in January, after the start of Drexel's winter term.

Due to this semester schedule, Drexel students are encouraged to explore an international winter/spring co-op experience in Asia. Alternatively, students can explore other winter study abroad options that have a start date that corresponds well with SJTU's end date.

Students will need to work closely with the Study Abroad office, their academic advisor, and their Co-op Coordinator to determine how to best plan their time during this program. Due to the need for cycle changes, the study abroad office urges students to begin planning 12-18 months in advance.

Fall Semester Calendar
Program Start Date Early September
Program End Date Mid January


SJTU Example HousingExchange students typically live in apartments near the ACEM campus. These apartments are reasonably priced and can be arranged through a local real estate agency, 
recommended by ACEM. It is possible for students to apply for the university dormitories, but the rooms are in high demand and visiting students generally prefer the conditions of private housing.

For meals, students can eat at a very economical price in the on-campus cafeterias, and this is an excellent way to experience and understand Chinese university life. There are also a variety of Chinese and Western restaurants located within walking distance of the campus and an even wider range of possibilities for exploration throughout the city of Shanghai.
Example loft apartment in Shanghai  


 Non-Chinese citizens will need to obtain a Chinese visa to participate in this program. Refer to the Chinese Embassy for instructions on the visa application process.

Cost and Financial Aid

Estimated Program Costs

Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.

Tuition & Financial Aid

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.

Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).

Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.

  • The China Scholarship Council for American Students is also funding 10,000 scholarship opportunities for U.S. students studying a term or more.
  • The Freeman-Asia scholarship, available to US citizens and green card holders, provides substantial support for selected students to help defray costs of studying abroad. 

More Information

  • Photos by Jieying Chen, Marketing

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/15/2019 03/15/2019 TBA TBA