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  • Locations: Jinan, China
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: BGSU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2022-2023 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: Chinese, English GPA: 2.5
Housing Option: Apartment, Student Residence Hall College: Arts & Sciences
Areas of Study: Foreign Language Program Type: BGSU Exchange Program
Programs by Department: Asian Studies, German, Russian, & East Asian Languages Applicants: Only BGSU students may apply
Program Director: Akiko Jones
Program Description:

Shandong University (SDU) is one of the oldest and prestigious universities in China. Founded in 1901, SDU was the second national university established. In 2001, it was listed among the 21 national key construction first-class universities by the Ministry of Education.

Shandong University consists of 31 colleges and a graduate school. Courses are offered in 11 main academic disciplines: philosophy, economics, law, literature, history, natural sciences, engineering, management, medicine, education and military. In addition, there are 7 professional master's degree programs in law, business management, engineering, clinical medicine, public health, dentistry and public administration.

Shandong University embraces an abundance of scientific research facilities, a strong teaching staff, and favorable study environment.  SDU houses key research labs, technology research centers, scientific research and personnel development bases; 4 social science key research bases approved by Ministry of Education, and 4 national fundamental science personnel development bases and has 3 general hospitals, including and 12 teaching hospitals affiliated with the university.
Over the years, Shandong University has established a broad international network for educational cooperation and has signed exchange agreements with over 70 universities from over 50 countries. The university remains active in academic cooperation and exchanges with over 100 educational and research institutions worldwide. Since 1980, Shandong University has received over 10,000 students from over 60 countries.

Most Chinese university schedules are built around Chinese New Year – a 15-day holiday beginning with the lunar New Year’s Eve and ending with the Lantern Festival.  It is the biggest holiday in China and celebrated worldwide.  The fall semester generally starts in September and lasts 16-20 weeks before the start of Chinese New Year, and the Spring Semester usually begins about 15 days after the start of Chinese New Year and ends in June or July.  Anticipate your upcoming semester dates by referring to the Chinese New Year Calendar.

Browse through the International Admissions Handbook for more useful information!

Shandong University is situated in Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province, located on the east coastal part of China and the lower reach of Yellow River. Not only is it one of the most economically developed coastal provinces in China, but also a major contributor to ancient Chinese culture as the birthplace of Qilu culture. To learn more about this location click HERE. 

Learn about your destination by visiting the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs web page at to find country specific information about visa, safety and security, local laws, health, and more.   

SDU offers courses in English and Chinese. Students do not need prior Chinese language experience to take Chinese as a Foreign Language course.  For all other courses taught in Chinese, undergraduates must pass the HSK level IV, while graduate students must pass HSK level V. 

Students can take Chinese language and culture courses and can select the courses from the university’s course catalog. 

Click HERE for information about programs taught in English.

One- and two-bed dormitory rooms are available for international students.  Students must reside in the dorms for the first month of their stay.  After one month, students may choose to move off-campus.  Rooms are equipped with a bathroom, shower, heating/AC, TV, telephone, internet access, desk and bedding.

Click HERE for more details. 
Because this exchange program is part of Bowling Green State University study abroad options, financial aid that could be applied to study on BGSU’s main campus can usually be applied equally to study in the program abroad. If contacting via email please include your name and ID number along with the program name and semester you are planning to study abroad.  For appointments, please also include several days and times that work for you.  

To determine eligibility for Financial Aid, please contact:
Candice Moser

In addition to financial aid, there are International Travel Grants and general Education Abroad scholarship opportunities that are available for students on the Education Abroad WEBSITE.

Students participating in BGSU exchange programs will pay their tuition and fees as if they were studying at Bowling Green State University. Students are responsible for their own housing, room and board, health insurance, and incidental expenses.  

BGSU Tuition and Fees information can be found on the bursar’s WEBSITE. 

Costs billed directly through BGSU Bursar's Office*
BGSU Tuition (12-18 credit hours) Tuition & Fees can be found on the Bursar's WEBSITE (undergraduate, instate/out of state).
Education Abroad Fee  $50.00
Excess Credit Fee 19+ $200 per credit
Health Insurance  BGSU health/travel insurance daily rate and details can be found on the Education Abroad Safety, Security & Health web page
*Fees listed are estimates and are subject to change at any time

Possible Additional Expenses (not billed through BGSU)*
International Airfare  $1200
Books, Materials and Supplies $500
Meals 20 Yuan a meal
Housing 40 Yuan a day
Personal Expenses $1000
* Please note that these costs are estimated and should be used as guidelines only! 


Akiko Kawano Jones, Director of Asian Studies,Senior Lecturer
110 Shatzel Hall

Education Abroad, International Programs and Partnerships
301 University Hall