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  • Locations: Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Host Program Website: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Derek Shepard Program type: Exchange
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.75 Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Open to Non-UNC students: No Graduate courses available: No
Language prerequisite: Yes Language of instruction: Chinese, English
Click here for a definition of this term Phillips Ambassadors Scholarship Eligible: Yes
Program Description:
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Fudan University (School of Social Development and Public Policy)

This particular Fudan exchange is specifically with the University's School of Social Development and Public Policy (SSDPP), with access to a wide range of subjects in a multi-disciplinary curriculum, as well as Chinese language (Mandarin) study from beginner to advanced levels. The program accommodates students with minimal Chinese language background, as well as advanced students.  

Fudan University was established in 1905 and is one of China's top three universities, so students should expect a high standard of academics, as well as a student body representative of some of China's brightest and most dedicated students. Many of China's most important business and political leaders have pursued their degrees at Fudan University. Both the university and the city will provide fascinating opportunities for students with many varying interests, including Chinese history and culture, language study, business, and politics.


Shanghai is China's largest city, and one of the world's largest and fastest-growing metropolitan areas. Although known mainly for its skyscrapers and modern architecture, Shanghai also provides visitors the opportunity to experience a more traditional side of Chinese culture.  Public transportation in Shanghai is efficient and affordable, and students will have ample opportunities to explore the city and its diverse neighborhoods.

Fudan University, founded in 1905, is one of the prestigious universities in China. It consists of 28 schools and departments, with 70 undergraduate disciplines.The School of Social Development & Public Policy (SSDPP) is a leading institution and the premier academic resource in the area of social development and public policy. The SSDPP comprises four departments, Department of Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, and Sociology Social Management and Social Policy, and one research institute.   

Courses & Credits

The language prerequisite is 1 semester, completed by the start of the program.

Students will enroll in English-taught courses in Fudan University's School of Social Development and Public Policy (SSDPP). The offerings are wide-ranging and include psychology, population studies, anthropology, social work, sociology, and more. Students will earn a total of 12-18 UNC transfer credits per semester. We strongly encourage students to enroll in Mandarin language coursework for the duration of their program, as this will greatly enhance their ability to further immerse themselves in Chinese culture.  

Important note regarding language study:  The Asian Studies Department at UNC cannot guarantee credit for language courses taught at Fudan University. Credit will be dependent on the student's performance on the language placement test given after they complete the Fudan program and return to UNC.  

Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
  • You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
  • You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
  • These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
Study Abroad Credit Transfer: Grade and Credit Conversion Chart

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Students attending this program will live in Fudan University's on-campus International Student Dorms, which provide easy access to Fudan's broad range of resources and activities. In addition, Fudan's Study Abroad Office staff have excellent English language ability, and so students with minimal to no Mandarin language skills will be able receive the support they need.

Fudan University provides students with the opportunity to participate in a Buddy Program, which pairs international students with local Fudan students who will help them adjust to life in Shanghai, and provide an excellent opportunity for cultural immersion.   
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Program Costs

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.

Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs.

The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad. 

Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
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Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  1. Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
  2. The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
  3. Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 09/10/2020
10/04/2020 TBA TBA

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App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1