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.
  • 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

  • Apply here for the Exchange Study Bursary.
  • Students participating in the Semester in Shanghai program are also eligible for CLIC funding (valued at approx $3000 subject to change). You will be notified of the process upon acceptance into the program.

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