Study Abroad Program Overview
Connect with students and faculty from around the world at one of Shanghai’s highest ranked universities in a unique program developed with attributes of American and Chinese engineering education. Co-developed by the University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (UM-SJTU), the Joint Institute combines the best approaches of both universities to provide a multinational experience with distinct grad school and employment advantages upon graduation.
The joint program is pioneering pedagogy that cultivates globally astute students and creative alumni with a solid foundation in engineering. English-taught courses in electrical, computer and mechanical engineering emphasize shared learning with state-of-the-art laboratory research. The program is located in southwest Shanghai, less than an hour from downtown by public transportation.
Enjoy this video of UCEAP students sharing their stories and experiences of life in Shanghai.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
language study is optional.
Go to the Participants
section to see past or current calendars.
early September to late December
You will be housed with UC students and other international students in a foreign student dormitory on campus.
The UCEAP Shanghai Study Center will provide arrival and orientation events, invitations to Center talks and activities, and a weekend excursion. The Jiao Tong International Programs Office (IPO) office also provides intercultural opportunities for international students at the campus. A shuttle between campus and downtown Shanghai is available to students.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. A UCEAP Study Center Director and local staff abroad help students integrate into Chinese culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
The UM-SJTU JI program includes classes that cover prerequisite coursework for engineering and offers degree programs in its own Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.
The Joint Institute is ABET accredited
on its mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering majors.
Mechanical Engineering has courses in design and manufacturing; dynamics and vibrations; fluid mechanics and thermal sciences; solid mechanics, structures, and materials; and mechatronics and control.
Course topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering include computer engineering; electromagnetism, optics, and photonics; circuits and devices; communications and networking; and signal processing. Laboratory courses provide hand-on engineering experimentation.
General engineering pre-requisites may include coursework in calculus, linear algebra, physics plus lab, chemistry plus lab, intro engineering or thermodynamics.
In addition to engineering courses, the program offers a few humanities and social science courses. There is also a beginning Chinese language course for international students that helps students integrate into the society and culture of China.
Use the following resources to learn more:
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 21 to 24 quarter/14 to16 semester UC units required.
The units for courses vary and typically range from 3 to 6 UC quarter/ 2 to 4 UC semester units.
Multiply host university credits by 1.5 to determine UC quarter units.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
You may be able to engage in independent study for academic credit. If you are interested, you can make arrangements with the Study Center after arrival at Jiao Tong. Pre-departure preparation may be required.
The University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute
Established in 1896, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) is one of China’s oldest universities and is one of the country’s top-ranked schools. The UM-SJTU Joint Institute was established in 2006 with the goal of educating the next generation of global leaders.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- All pre-departure expenses related to visas
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Optional airport meet and greet
- On-site Orientation
- Books and other materials
- Accident and medical insurance
- Automatic transfer of classes and grades to your UC transcript
All participants in the fall program may receive a $2,000 scholarship in the 2018-19 academic year. No additional scholarship application is required.
Multiple scholarships can be combined to cover UCEAP costs. Visit our scholarships overview page to apply for additional UCEAP scholarships.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
3.30 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: