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Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Spring 2021


Jessica Hawkey

Cornell Affiliations:

Agriculture and Life Sciences


Opportunity Description

Students are invited to take part in a study abroad semester with a spin. This special CALS Signature Semester “Toward a Sustainable Future and Emerging Technologies Important to China,” in partnership with the highly-ranked Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), is the first of its kind for CALS. 

Credits obtained while on on this program are a combination of CALS credit and SJTU credit. Students are billed their regular CALS tuition, with no added administrative fees. Housing, food, visa, travel, health insurance, books, and other personal expenses are paid separately.

What is unique about this program?

Stay connected with Cornell, while immersing yourself in all of the wonders Shanghai has to offer. We send six Cornell professors to Shanghai, where they will teach intensive courses throughout the semester. In addition to taking these six courses, students will take courses in language and other humanities (~6 credits total) and may participate in one independent study, which may be co-supervised by SJTU and Cornell faculty members. Students should earn 15 credits in total.

With a total enrollment of 39,468 students, SJTU ranks within the top four universities in all of China. SJTU has 26 schools (departments), 68 undergraduate programs, 250 masters-degree programs, 203 Ph.D. programs, 28 post-doctorate programs, and 12 state key laboratories and national engineering research centers. SJTU boasts a large number of famous scientists and professors, including 34 academics of the Academy of Sciences and Academy of Engineering, 95 accredited professors and chair professors of the "Cheung Kong Scholars Program" and more than 2006 professors and associate professors. After more than a century of operation, SJTU has inherited the old tradition of "high starting points, solid foundation, strict requirements and extensive practice."

What is unique about Shanghai?

Almost everything. Shanghai is a place where global commerce, international business, and ancient traditions meet – often on the same street. With over 30 million people and situated on the estuary of the Yangtze River, it is the global center of China. Modern and efficient transportation will take you quickly to many parts of the city while the blend of many cultures lends to the perfect blend of tradition and the western, not to mention endless options for delicious food around each bend. Shanghai is sure to amaze, astound and provide a deep appreciation for China's past, present and future.

How do I apply?

Step One: Attend a CALS Study Abroad 101 Session
•  These meetings cover policies and factors to consider when selecting a program, the study abroad application and approval process, and other important information

Step Two: Meet with a CALS Exchange Advisor
•  The CALS exchange advisor meets personally with every student interested in going on an exchange. In this meeting, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have and the advisor will help you select the program that fits your interests best

Step Three:  Application
•  Apply for the CALS Exchange Program by clicking on the "Apply" button on this webpage. You can apply on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage
•  As part of your application, you need to get the proposed courses you want to take abroad signed off by your major advisor 

Step Four: Nomination
•  Once your application is complete, our office will nominate you to the exchange partner 

Step Five: Partner application
•  Complete the host/partner institution’s online application 

For additional information on this program and all other CALS exchange programs, including links to partner fact sheets and student reports, please refer to the CALS Exchange Program website