International Programs Office

International Programs Office

International Programs Office

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The Value

Semester in Shanghai is a tailored study abroad program with many special features that distinguish it from a regular international exchange.

Academic Features

  • The core course (LLCU 432) follows a unique and award-winning methodology of pairing Queen’s students with Fudan students to conduct interdisciplinary field research in Shanghai. The method fosters intercultural learning and friendships between Queen's and Fudan students.
  • The elective courses are pre-approved for transfer into Queen’s plans, assuring that your studies in Shanghai will help you complete Queen's degree requirements. The elective courses have been pre-approved for Global Development Studies, Film and Media Studies, History, Religious Studies, Political Studies, Sociology, Geography, and World Language Studies. 
  • You have access to an on-site Queen’s Program Assistant to help you succeed in your coursework.

Experiential Features

  • As part of a group of about fifteen Queen's students participating in the semester-long program, you will explore Shanghai and reflect on your experiences with peers.
  • Customized instruction in Chinese language will provide you with practical proficiency and deepen your understanding of Chinese culture.
  • You will enjoy course-related field trips in and around Shanghai led by enthusiastic instructors.
  • The on-campus residence and elective courses provide opportunities for new friendships with visiting students from dozens of countries around the world.

Program Features

The Semester in Shanghai program stands out among exchange programs thanks to the strong presence of Queen’s University on the campus of Fudan.

  • Queen’s maintains a permanent office on the campus of Fudan University, directed by the Queen's Liaison Officer, Dr. Zhiyao Zhang.
  • The Queen's-Fudan exchange Program Co-ordinator, Professor Emily Hill, will assist with orientation and organization of the program.
  • The Program Assistant, usually a graduate of the previous year’s program, is able to provide academic counselling throughout your stay at Fudan and assistance with adapting to life in Shanghai.
  • You have access to counselling and other services that Queen’s offers its students at home via Skype or phone.


  • Students pay regular Queen’s tuition. There is no additional tuition fee for studying at Fudan.comparing the cost chart
  • Students pay a program fee of $500 to cover the costs of study materials, local field trips, including meals and accommodation, and other services provided by Fudan and Queen’s in connection with the program.
  • Students pay a $60 international letter of permission fee to the International Programs Office. 
  • Students pay an accommodation fee of approximately $1,100 for shared accommodation or $1,600 for a single room. This covers the entire academic term from September to December. Rooms have private bathrooms, furniture, security, Ethernet connections, and are located in a modern 20- storey tower on the Fudan campus.
  • Meals, flights, visas, medical and other personal expenses are not included.
  • It's still cheaper than living in Kingston!

Financial Aid

Queen’s provides special financial aid called an Exchange Study Bursary, for students who are studying abroad.