China — Shanghai Normal University

Founded in 1954, and a key local university in Shanghai, Shanghai Normal University (SHNU) is a comprehensive university with salient features of teacher training and particular strength in liberal arts. SHNU has two main campuses, Xuhui Campus and Fengxian Campus, covering an area of over 1.62 million square meters. Currently the university has more than 40,000 students and around 3,000 academic staff including over 1,700 full-time teachers. At present, the university offers 85 bachelor degrees covering 11 disciplines, 42 doctorate degrees, 164 master degrees (154 academic degrees and 10 professional degrees), and runs 7 post doctoral research centers. The university boasts key disciplines of municipal and national levels as well as labs and research bases for the Education Ministry and Shanghai Municipal Education Commission. In recent years, the academic reputation of the university has been greatly promoted. SHNU ranks top 40 in universities in mainland China and 191-200 in Asia in the QS World University Rankings by Times Higher Education of the United Kingdom.

Location: 100 Guilin Road, Shanghai 200234, China

Duration of exchange: Students may participate in the program for either one semester (fall or spring) or for one academic year. 

Program Cost

  • Living expenses – RMB (Chinese currency) 15000 for accommodation and meals
  • Study materials such as books - RMB (Chinese currency) 500 per semester


If the international student highly likely he or she will receive accommodation, apply by the campus' deadline. The application deadline for the spring semester (which usually starts in February or March and ends in June or July) is from October 1 to December 30 every year.

The application deadline for the fall semester (which usually starts in September and ends in January of the next year) is from April 1 to June 30 every year.

Please visit the website for additional information.

Pick-up service provided upon arrival: free of charge for exchange students from CSUN.

Academic Information

Language of instruction: Mostly in Chinese (some courses in English)

Courses are offered in the following disciplines:

  • Chinese language and culture
  • Tourism and economics
  • Law 

Visit the university website for additional information. 

Credit and grading system: Any academic credits received during the course of the program may be transferred to CSUN as pre approved by the academic department. Grading system is based on five levels  excellent, good, fair, pass and fail. Students must complete 20 credits per semester.

Requirements and Application Information

  • Have a cumulative overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • The program is open to students from all class standings: freshman, sophomore, junior or senior.
  • For programs offered in Chinese, students should have good Chinese language proficiency; for programs offered in English, there is no language requirement.

Please request a program application from and complete and submit by the deadline indicated on the application to the International and Exchange student Center (IESC).


For program and application information, please contact Besnike Saitoski,, at the International and Exchange Student Center.

For additional program information, you may contact the following faculty member:

Dr. Justine Su,
 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
(818) 677-3801