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Shanghai International Studies University

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Description of Shanghai International Studies University

  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Year of foundation: 1949
  • Language of instruction: Chinese, English
  • Number of students: more than 10 000
  • Type of training: mixed.

Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) is the first university in China specializing in foreign languages. The university teaches 29 languages: English, Russian, French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, etc. New specialties in classical, artificial languages continue to open.

New China and SISU were formed in the same year. The university went from the Shanghai Institute of the Russian Language at the People's Revolutionary University of East China to the Shanghai University of Foreign Languages. In 1994, the university received its modern name.

The University implements three state priority specialties:

  • English language, literature
  • Russian language, literature
  • Arabic language, literature.

SISU prepares bachelors, masters, doctors of science in more than 40 specialties; the bachelor's degree explores 26 language and 14 non-linguistic areas.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in Shanghai International Studies University

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from 22000.00 cny / year
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There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 22000.00 cny / year
from 22000.00 cny / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 10000.00 cny / semester
from 10000.00 cny / semester
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Activities Shanghai International Studies University

Throughout the year, cultural events are held: festivals of world cultures, university art, freshman week, Chinese language festival.

Some faculties and departments hold separate festivals:

  • Shakespeare drama festival – Faculty of English
  • Kohaku Event – Faculty of Japanese Language
  • Cervantes Festival – Faculty of Western European and Latin American Languages
  • German Culture Week – Department of German Language
  • Competition for the best dubbing of the film – Department of French Language
  • Masquerade Ball "Volga" – Faculty of russian language.

Student theatre associations are succeeding and expanding: SISU's Finalmentetroupe, popular amongstudents, received an award at the Golden Hedgehog University's Student Drama Festival for the best performance, and was also recognized as the best student troupe in China.

A dance group, string orchestra, Chinese traditional orchestra and a-chapel choir successfully perform in their home country and abroad. The annual competition "Top Ten Singers" with great success attracts the attention of music fans.

The events "Annual Sports Day" and "Rector's Cup Series" are sports events that help improve teamwork and contribute to an energetic, healthy life for students.


  • Leading university in "Project 211"
  • 8 teaching awards
  • More than 360 partner organizations
  • More than 225 invited foreign specialists
  • Getting into the rankings of the best universities in China, universities in Asia, leading scientific specialties of the world, etc.

Facilities and equipment at Shanghai International Studies University

The University operates two campuses:


Located in the center of Shanghai opposite Lu Xun Park, it covers an area of 16.9 hectares.

The campus is famous for its quiet atmosphere and study-friendly environment. Here students of senior courses of magistracy, foreign pupils and pupils of correspondence form of education study study, are engaged in scientific work.  Nearby is the football stadium, where the Shanghai team Shenhua trains.


Located on campus, it occupies an area of 78.8 hectares. This campus has undergraduate students, first and second master's degrees.

The territory of the campus is a picturesque park landscape, faculty buildings in exotic styles that reflect typical architectural forms of different countries and regions. For example, the Faculty of Asian and African Languages is located in a building in the Muslim style, the Byzantine style is represented by the building of the Faculty of the Russian Language, the Faculty of English is built in the Victorian style.

An important role in the image of the campus is played by a wide range of different activities of students, scientific lectures.

Both campuses are within easy reach of public transport: metro, public and university buses.

The University owns several major sports facilities:

  • Two stadiums
  • Sports Complex
  • 50-meter swimming pool
  • Outdoor, indoor courts
  • Sports grounds, halls.

Admission dates and extra charges

Important dates of the school year:

  • Fall semester: September 7-January 10
  • Winter holidays: January 11-February 27
  • Spring semester: March 1-July 4
  • Summer holidays: July 4-September 3.

Additional costs will include:

  • Residence
  • Nutrition
  • Books, consumables
  • Transport
  • Insurance fee
  • Medical care
  • Contributions to student associations
  • Insurance for international students
  • Personal expenses (mobile communication, clothes, rest, etc.).

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

Requirements for admission to undergraduate programs:

  • Certificate of secondary education
  • Transcript of the last year of study
  • Medical certificate of health
  • HSK certificate (knowledge of at least HSK4 level – 180 points)
  • Photocopies of personal documents (passport, visa, medical insurance, etc.)
  • Registration fee – 450 yuan
  • Additional materials (individual achievements).

Candidates aged 18 to 35 are accepted for admission. The deadline for applying for the fall semester is June 30, for the spring semester - December 30.

Applicants entering the magistracy should provide:

  • Bachelor's Degree Diploma
  • Transcripts
  • Medical certificate of health
  • Personal statement (at least 1000 words about work experience, curriculum, individual achievements, etc.)
  • Index, abstract of published works
  • HSK certificate (knowledge of at least HSK4 level – 180 points)
  • Photocopies of personal documents (passport, visa, medical insurance, etc.)
  • Registration fee – 800 yuan
  • Additional materials (individual achievements).

Application date: May 15.

Admission to comprehensive Chinese language courses:

  • Foreign citizens who have a study visa or residence permit
  • Age – from 18 to 50 years, for students – from 16 to 60 years
  • Consistently good health
  • Reliable economic ability
  • Absence of violation of the laws of the PRC.


  • Spring semester: December 31
  • Fall semester: June 30.

Enrollment in China Studies Programs:

  • Application for participation in SISU
  • Diploma, academic performance
  • HSK Certificate/Certificate of Chinese Language Proficiency
  • Personal statement of about 1000 words, corresponding to the academic requirements of the program about study, work experience, research results, curriculum
  • Index, abstract of published works
  • Two original letters of recommendation from a professor/associate professor
  • TOEFL/IELTS certificate.

Dates of registration for courses:

  • Spring semester: February 25-26
  • Fall semester: September 1-3.

Training takes 20 hours per week.

All documents submitted to the university must be in Chinese or English.

Scholarships Shanghai International Studies University

  • Confucius Scholarship
  • Shanghai Government Scholarship Program for Trainees
  • SISU University Scholarships
  • Awards to outstanding students.

Academically successful students are financially rewarded. Material assistance is provided to low-income students and those who are in a difficult life situation.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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