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Shanghai Jiao Tong University Exchange

an academic exchange with SJTU, for a summer session

The Exchange programme with Shanghai Jiao Tong University will allow up to 6 undergraduate students nominated by St John’s College to go to Shanghai for a summer programme. SJTU was established in 1896 and today is a prestigious university, which holds the third place in the ranking among all the Chinese Universities. The aim of the programme is to offer to the participating students the opportunity to broaden their horizons and their international perspective.

Available Programmes

-   Global Summer School (Session A: 06 - 20 July 2017, Session B: 6 July - 3 August 2017)

The Global Summer School provides excellent opportunities for students to learn about China through academic and cultural immersion. A wide range of courses in various disciplines, including Public Policy and City Governance, Brain Science and Technology, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Culture, Urban Horticulture and Its Culture, and Discovering Chinese Creativity, is provided. Each of them will be accompanied by an optional Chinese language course for both beginners and intermediate learners. In addition to academic lectures, local excursions, cultural activities and field trips will also be organised for the participants.

To view the 2017 Global Summer School brochure online, please click here.

-   Global Summer Research Internship Programme (6 July - 30 August 2017) 

In 2017, SJTU will offer 46 world-class research projects for overseas undergraduate students across 9 fields, including mechanical engineering, electronic information and electronic engineering, agriculture and pharmacy, etc. Top undergraduate students from around the world will have the opportunity to spend the summer studying at world-class research laboratories, under the supervision of prominent research professors.

To view the 2017 Summer Research Internship Programme brochure online, please click here.


The selection is performed on the basis of academic excellence and the successful applicants are the ones who are expected to benefit most from the Exchange Programme.

Costs covered

  • Tuition Fees
  • Accommodation
  • Travel / Insurance / Visa costs
  • A fixed amount for maintenance expenses

Application Procedure

The application procedure starts on Friday, 18th November 2016 and the deadline for applications will be on Monday, 19th December 2016.

Students who wish to apply will be asked to also enclose: (i) a basic CV, and (ii) a personal statement, underlying which of the sessions they would be interested in and how they feel that it would benefit their academic and personal development. If you are interested in the Global Summer School, please make sure you include two options in order of preference, in case the session of your first choice is cancelled.

In the meantime, Student Services would be happy to respond to informal enquiries and requests for information.


“I've spent my summer working in Professor Yang’s lab in the MedX building on Xuhui campus. I love to travel and have always been interested in China, but didn't speak any Mandarin before coming here [Shanghai] so was pretty worried about how I'd manage to get around! I needn't have worried - from fellow passengers on the tube to the amazing girls in my lab, there's always someone around ready to lend a hand when you're stuck. I’ve had the opportunity to participate in an unbelievably diverse range of projects, learning techniques from optogenetic modification to synchrotron imaging to microsurgery.

As well as learning a huge amount in the lab, I ate my way with watering eyes through Schezuan hotpots, blood tofu and cow intestines; braved my fear of heights to climb the pearl tower (see above); and most importantly, finally learnt how to avoid covering myself with hot soup from Shanghai’s famous xiaolongbao. Whilst I still use chopsticks ‘like a three year old Chinese kid’ according to my buddy, I can only see that as a reason to return to Shanghai for more practice - it's been an amazing summer and I wish I could do it all over again.”

- Katherine Wren, 3rd year Medical student, Summer 2016