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Education Abroad Office

Fudan University

Area: International Business Exchange
Location: Shanghai
Country: China
Term: Spring


The UofSC exchange program in Shanghai is designed to expose students to Chinese life, culture, language, and business practices. USC students will study at Fudan University's School of Management, one of China's first business administration schools. Fudan is the fifth-highest ranked university in China according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2019; it is one of the top 150 universities in the world. Fudan University School of Management is a world-class business school and holds both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation. Approximately 1,040 undergraduate students attend Fudan University School of Management. Internationalization is a priority at the School of Management, and they host over 100 international students each year.

Fudan School of Management is an internationally recognized business school with challenging academics whose goal is to cultivate well-rounded, globally competitive students. Fudan's mission includes developing a system of management theory based around the evolving Chinese markets. The program at Fudan University's School of Management offers a diverse array of courses in accounting, finance, marketing and management.

UofSC students who are Chinese citizens may be able to attend Fudan University, but final approval is dependent on Fudan University.

Category: 1, no foreign language proficiency requirement, all courses taught in English

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: junior standing; International Business major

Students on exchange pay in-state tuition directly to USC and do not pay tuition to Fudan. All housing, food, and personal expenses are paid by the student in Shanghai. While the cost of living in China is typically lower than in the US, Shanghai is a large, cosmopolitan city, so students need to plan accordingly. To get an idea of ​​life on site, you will find on the numbeo website indications on the cost of living in Shanghai compared to 250 other countries in the world. 

UofSC students will typically take all business coursework in English. Students wishing to take business courses taught in Chinese must have successfully completed a minimum of five semesters of college-level Chinese. Students typically earn 12-15 credits per semester. To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

Fudan offers a Buddy Program to provide exchange students with an opportunity to interact with locals. In addition, Fudan offers a variety of clubs for students, including the Chinese Folk Music Club, Karate Club, and the Fudan Baseball Association.

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

Fudan offers on-campus housing for exchange students in the Foreign Students Dormitory at the Handan campus, where the School of Management courses are offered. On-campus housing is limited; therefore students should complete Fudan's online housing application by the posted deadline, soon after receiving official acceptance notification. Daily costs for on-campus housing range from 60 RMB (double room) to 90 RMB (single room). Students who do not receive on-campus housing may live off-campus. Fudan University does not arrange off-campus housing for students, but does provide resources and information. UofSC students who are Chinese citizens attending Fudan are not eligible to live on-campus and will be required to arrange their own housing off-campus.

Fudan operates on the traditional Chinese university calendar. Classes begin in September and end in January for the fall semester. In the spring, classes begin in March and end in early July. UofSC IB majors will attend Fudan University during the spring semester.

Fudan does not provide organized airport pick-up for students but does provide instructions on how to arrive at Fudan campus. Orientation is provided by the Fudan University Foreign Affairs Office for students upon arrival. During orientation, students will learn about the grading system, course registration, medical information, residence permit details, and an introduction to the city of Shanghai.

Students who attend Fudan for a semester (less than six months) are required to obtain a Chinese "F" student visa prior to departure, and applications must be submitted in person to the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC. Students may also wish to use a visa processing agency, who can submit the visa application on behalf of the student.


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