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Academic Programs International Presents In-Person Academic Experience for

 International Students in Shanghai

Join API in Shanghai for An Amazing, Academic Study Experience!

At API, we know that students’ plans to travel to the U.S. have been hampered by COVID and they are looking for solutions that will allow them to study with international peers, be part of a community, and take in-person classes. API listened and is here to help!


The Essentials

  • Application Requirements: Transcript, University Approval Form, Non-Criminal Record Copy, ID Copy, Digital ID Photo, Course Selections
  • Eligibility Requirements: Must be a Chinese National in China or those have the ability to travel to Shanghai, according to the Chinese government’s entry requirements
  • Dates: September 11 – December 11, 2021
  • Deadline: July 1, 2021
  • Housing: Optional student housing is available for an additional fee.


Students will have the opportunity to participate in student life activities during the fall semester, specifically designed to foster community and engagement outside the classroom. Events will primarily take place on weekends and may include trivia competitions, scavenger hunts, cooking classes, and sporting activities. 

Cooking Class


Students will have the option to enroll in 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 in-person courses taught by local instructors at the host university in the Baoshan District of Shanghai for a total of 3-15 U.S. semester credits. Transcripts will be issued by the host university. Possible course offerings include:

  • Introduction to Psychology 
  • Positive Psychology 
  • Intro to Philosophy, Political Science and Economics
  • Working in New Media
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Contemporary Chinese Cinema
  • China Global Impact
  • University Statistics (taught in Chinese)
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Business Ethics and Leadership


  • 1 course – $6,250
  • 2 courses – $7,650
  • 3 courses – $8,950
  • 4 courses – $9,995
  • 5 courses – $10,895

*All courses are subject to minimum enrollment requirements and cannot be guaranteed. Not all courses will be offered. Students are required to provide alternate course selections that can be considered in the case of any cancellations or scheduling conflicts.
*All courses are taught in English unless otherwise specified. 

Optional Student Housing

Student Residence Overview

This student accommodation is located in the Shanghai city center, and within approximately 3 minutes of the closest Metro Station*. The residence is very clean and safe with security personnel stationed at the entrance, as well as facial recognition equipment at the front gate. All residents are visiting students. No other guests or visitors are permitted.

*Closest Metro Station: Line 3 & 4 & 13 Jin-sha-jiang road Station. Line 15 of the Shanghai Metro is currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2020. The line begins at Gucun Park in Baoshan District, and terminates at Zizhu Hi-tech Zone in Minhang District, via West Shanghai Railway Station and Shanghai South Railway Station.

Rooms Include

Shared rooms (two students per room) and private rooms are available. Bathrooms are ensuite. Each room includes:

  • Furniture (bed, desk, wardrobe)
  • Bed linens
  • Unlimited WiFi
  • Unlimited use of electricity and water
  • Air conditioning
  • Weekly cleaning services

Meals are not included, but a shared refrigerator and microwave are available. Pay-per-use washing machines and dryers are available on-site (RMB10 each).



Double (Shared) Room: $2,065
Single Room: $3,875

Learn More About

Academic Programs International

About API

Academic Programs International (API) was founded in 1997 and is dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable experiential learning programs to students of all ages. We serve thousands of participants annually, sending them to nearly 50 cities in 22 countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the South Pacific.

API’s proven track record of exceptional in-country student support and high-quality risk management will keep enrolled students feeling safe, supported, and connected during their experience. API provides pre-program preparation and on-site services, including:

  • Enrollment & customized academic offerings
  • Orientation & arrival materials, focused on health and safety
  • Housing (optional)
  • Student life & cohort activities
  • 24/7 on-site emergency response

Students will attend classes in person alongside other international students and Chinese nationals who are not registered as degree-seeking students. Due to epidemic prevention and control requirements, students will be limited to approved areas of the campus.

Health & Safety

The health, safety, and success of all students is our number one priority. Students will receive comprehensive support both from U.S.-based and local team members prior to and throughout their semester in Shanghai. In advance of the start of the semester, students will receive information about safety and security policies and procedures as well as materials and resources to prepare them for their experience. API will also host an extensive in-person orientation prior to the start of classes, with a focus on health and safety. API’s highly qualified and experienced local team of Community Assistants will remain available to students throughout the semester, including for 24/7 emergency response.

Students are required to maintain medical and life insurance coverage that meets the minimum standards for the duration of the study period and are directly responsible for the cost of any medical treatment they may require during the program. More information about insurance will be provided upon acceptance.

All students are expected to abide by any regulations enacted by local officials to control the spread of COVID-19, as well as requirements set forth by the host university, API, or the housing facility.

API Community Assistants

API’s team of Community Assistants (CAs) based in Shanghai will be the primary point of contact for student support, including 24/7 emergency response. The CAs will greet you as you arrive, facilitate housing move-in and orientation, organize student life activities and events, and serve as a resource and guide to help you reach your goals for a successful fall semester.

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