Tongji University has quickly become one of the most popular universities throughout China. Initially it was founded as a medical school, but now it has grown to encompass engineering, the arts, and law. Today, the two major disciplines that attract students from all around the world are architecture and civil engineering. The campus itself is home to many student organizations and there are always various events taking place. Tongji is an exciting campus and it has something to offer to every students who attends the university!
Facts & Figures
Founded in 1907
8,000 Staff Members
Approximately 14.35 million
Tongji University is seated well within the city of Shanghai with several neighboring universities including Fudan University. Students for both universities often mingle and share local hangout spots. There is easy access to local stores and shops located immediately around the university. The university campus is easily accessible by public bus, taxi, and has its own stop on the Shanghai Metro line 10. As one of China’s most populous cities, Shanghai boasts one of its most diverse populations with traditional buildings and sights juxtaposed on the same block as the sleek modern buildings of the Pu Dong financial district. Students living in Shanghai will be able to immerse themselves in a different culture and at the same time enjoy living in a modern-day metropolis.
1. Where can I learn more about studying at Tongji University?
To find out more general information, be sure to check out Tongji University's website
2. Is airport pick-up available?
Unfortunately, airport pick-up is not available. However, Tongji provides information about transportation
to and from the airport.
3. What is campus like?
Check out Tongji's Campus Map
UNC Charlotte students will first need to complete an Office of Education Abroad (OEA) application in order to receive approval to study abroad. To receive access to an application, students should follow the required steps listed on OEA's website, which outline the application process
under the "Fall, Spring & Year-long Exchange and Affiliate Programs" heading.
Application requirements may include (and are subject to change):
• Personal statement in English
• Personal statement in host country language (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
• UNC Charlotte transcript
• 2 academic letters of recommendation
• 1 language evaluation (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
• Disciplinary record clearance
• $135 application fee and deposit
Not all requirements may be listed above. Once students receive access to the application, more instructions can be found to assist the student throughout the process. After receiving approval to study abroad from OEA, students will be required to apply directly to the host university. OEA will provide instructions for how to complete this supplemental application after approval. Once the supplemental application is reviewed by the host university, students will be notified of their formal acceptance.
This exchange program is open to currently enrolled UNC Charlotte Architecture Majors only. Students must be a sophomore, junior or senior, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 to apply. All students who participate in a study abroad program are required to be in good academic and disciplinary standing upon applying and prior to departure.
You can find a full list of courses offered using Tongji University's Course Information
UNC Charlotte Course Equivalencies & Credit
OEA is not responsible for determining UNC Charlotte course equivalencies. Students will work with the corresponding UNC Charlotte academic departments in order to understand what UNC Charlotte credit they will receive for the courses they take abroad prior to departure. The Department Chair of the academic department will determine this (not the student's Academic Advisor). More instructions can be found in the student's study abroad application and will be communicated by OEA once they begin the study abroad process. It's important that students have as many host courses as possible approved by their academic department(s) prior to going abroad in order to have flexibility when registering for courses at the host university. Courses abroad are not guaranteed (i.e. not all courses abroad may be open to international students, some courses may only be offered certain semesters, courses may be full, etc.).
All courses and earned grades from abroad will be reported on the student's UNC Charlotte transcript when they return. Once the official host university transcript is received by OEA, all grades from abroad will be translated into A-F letter grades. This process can take anywhere from 1- 6 months after the end of the student's program. Students cannot earn pass/fail credit abroad (there are very few exceptions to this). Grades from abroad will be factored into the student's UNC Charlotte cumulative GPA.
Please see the following information regarding the typical month range that students can expect to be abroad with this program. Please note that this is a general time frame and could differ per student, per program.
Spring: March to August.
Please see Tongji University's Academic Calendar
for more specific dates. Note that, because of the host university's semester dates, students are unable to study abroad with this program for the fall semester only. This is because the fall semester at the host university ends after the Spring semester at UNC Charlotte has already started. In other words, students would not be back in time from their fall study abroad semester to start the subsequent spring semester at UNC Charlotte.
There are four on-campus facilities that serve as dormitories to Tongji's student body.
Students may choose to live on campus with other exchange students or seek housing elsewhere, however they are reminded that residences and contracts outside of those provided or sanctioned by the university may require certain documents, a different type of visa in order to obtain a lease; or may be otherwise illegitimate.
Tongji does not offer a traditional meal plan, but has several on campus dining facilities dedicated to serving students, including those with certain dietary restrictions.
Food will also be readily available to students in several shops and/or restaurants scattered around the campus and the surrounding urban area.
For more information, be sure to check out Tongji's Accommodation page for International Students
Housing Application Process
If housing is available on or off campus abroad and if the housing application process is facilitated by the host university, the student will be contacted directly by the host university with further instructions. This will occur after the student has been approved to go abroad by OEA and likely after they have been accepted by the host university. Housing is not arranged for the student by OEA nor UNC Charlotte. All students will have to apply for on or off campus housing through the host university, if applicable and/or available, or will need to secure their own private accommodations (if allowed). Housing is not paid to OEA nor UNC Charlotte. Housing will be paid to the applicable entity (host university, landlord, apartment complex, etc.).
Students should consider their housing arrangements before and after they study abroad. For example, if a student currently lives off-campus and have signed a lease for a year but will be going abroad during that year, they should be prepared to arrange someone to take over their lease or understand that their lease likely cannot be broken without a fee if they go abroad during that time. Similarly, while students are abroad and before they come back, it's important to determine where they will be living when they return from studying abroad.
Tuition & Fees
Student Accounts at UNC Charlotte will bill students for full-time tuition & fees according to their in-state or out-of-state residency rate prior to the start of the semester they will be abroad (according to UNC Charlotte's academic calendar). Students are expected to be the equivalent of full-time at UNC Charlotte while abroad. This means students should be taking the equivalent of 12 UNC Charlotte credit hours for undergraduates or 9 UNC Charlotte credit hours for graduate students. Students are not also paying tuition and fees to the host university while abroad.
The following are typical expenses incurred by students studying abroad. For more information regarding Cost Estimate Sheets, please contact an Education Abroad Advisor:
- Roundtrip airfare
- International Health Insurance
- Personal expenses (additional meals, traveling, cultural activities, etc.)
- Application fee
- Study abroad fee
- Visa (if applicable)
Students are eligible to use financial aid towards their education abroad expenses. Make an appointment with your financial aid advisor to ask any financial aid-related questions. Please see our financial aid page for more information.
Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Please see our scholarship website for more information.
All students must have a valid passport before they leave for their program. You can apply for a passport at your local post office or at Union Station
located in UNC Charlotte's Student Union.
OEA is not qualified nor legally able to disseminate visa advice or assist with visa requirements. However, below is basic information regarding visas for this country if you are a U.S. citizen. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain a visa before departure if necessary. Please visit the embassy's
website for more information.
need a visa to enter the country.
- You must submit a typed visa application to the Chinese Embassy, at least one month prior to your depature. Both the application submission and visa pick up must be done in person.
U.S. Department of State
If you are a U.S. citizen, please see the U.S. Department of State's
website for more information regarding visas. Once on the travel.state.gov website, scroll to the bottom and choose "U.S. Passports & International Travel." At the top, choose the "Country Information" tab and type the country you are going to. Scroll down to "Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements" and read thoroughly. Note:
travel.state.gov will most likely take you to the consulate or embassy's actual website.
Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare. Students should not purchase airfare until they have been both approved by the Office of Education Abroad and have been accepted by the host university. The official start date of the program (to include any mandatory on-site orientation or events) and end date of the program (to include the last day of exams and/or any other mandatory events) will be communicated to the student by the host university once accepted.
Office of Education Abroad
College of Health & Human Services (CHHS) 256
(704) 687-7747 | fax (704) 687-1661