Shandong University Exchange

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College of Arts & Sciences
Shandong University


Known as “the city of springs,” Jinan boasts a rich history as a provincial capital, a center of Buddhist culture, and hub of trade and transportation in the eastern province of Shandong. From the statues and temples of Thousand Buddha Mountain to the shops and malls of Spring City Road, students attending Shandong University have an opportunity to witness the integration of China’s past and future in a bustling city of six million.

Jinan also provides a perfect starting point for exploring the many historical and commercial sites of Shandong province, including the dynamic city of Qingdao, the birthplace of Confucius, and Mount Tai, a center of Taoist worship for over 3,000 years.

Shandong University

Founded in 1901, Shandong University is widely recognized as one of China’s leading institutions of higher education, regularly ranking in the top twenty institutions in the nation. Shandong’s campuses are located in the center of Jinan, and are home to more than 40,000 undergraduates enrolled in the university’s 31 faculties.

The university’s International Office maintains exchange agreements with over 70 universities from over 50 countries, and annually hosts nearly 100 students for semester- and year-long exchanges. It thus provides the perfect balance between personal attention and a vibrant international student culture.

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  • All levels of Chinese language

  • Some business and Asian studies courses may be available in English

Students of Chinese language will be taught by Chinese professors who are specialists in teaching Mandarin to non-native speakers. Students in other courses will study alongside Chinese and other international students in regular university classes.

Housing and Meals

Students will live in the dormitories of Shandong University and will have access to on-campus cafeterias as well as a variety of inexpensive restaurants and noodle shops in the university district.


Students pay regular U of L tuition for their terms of study at Shandong University. Additional costs include housing (approximately $270/month), airfare (approximately $1,500), meals (approximately $40/day), and personal expenses.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Students who enroll for at least 12 credits will be considered full-time summer students and may become eligible for financial aid. Most financial aid and scholarships can be applied to tuition, fees, and expenses associated with the program. For information on your aid eligibility, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.


The program is open to University of Louisville juniors, and seniors who meet the following criteria:

  • good academic and disciplinary standing
  • cumulative GPA of 2.7
  • no language requirement for Chinese language program

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Students who wish to apply for the Shandong University Exchange should complete the application forms and gather the documents outlined at:

Documents for Accepted Students

Once accepted at Shandong, students should complete the following:

All application materials should be turned in to:

Xiujie Sun, Director for Chinese Programs
College of Arts & Sciences
Office of International, Diversity, and Outreach Programs
Gardiner Hall LL08

(502) 852-0297