Most local universities, especially the prestigious ones, are open to foreign students. You may experience a comfortable college life here and get a degree after four or more years' study. But you need to be aware that the degrees you get here, especially those in engineering, medicine or architecture, may not be recognized by your government, mainly because of the language obstacles.
Before you enrol at a local university, you should pass the HSK, just like the TOFEL in the United States. Most curriculums will be taught in Chinese, so unless you have strong abilities in both written and spoken Chinese, you are likely to flunk the final exams.
Here are some universities in Shanghai for your consideration:
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Chinese: 上海交通大学; abbreviated Jiao Da (交大) or SJTU), also referred to as Jiaotong University, is a public research university located in Shanghai, China. It is renowned as one of the oldest and most prestigious and selective universities in China. It is a member of the C9 League and Yangtze Delta Universities Alliance in China.
Since 2003, Shanghai Jiao Tong University has produced the Academic Ranking of World Universities which analyses the top universities in the world on quality of faculty (40%), research output (40%), quality of education (10%) and performance vs. size (10%). Its ranking is exclusively of research universities, mainly in the empirical sciences.
Fudan University (simplified Chinese: 复旦大学; traditional Chinese: 復旦大學; pinyin: Fùdàn Dàxué), located in Shanghai, is one of the oldest and most selective universities in China, and is a member of the C9 League and Universitas 21. Its institutional predecessor was founded in 1905, shortly before the end of China's imperial Qing dynasty. Fudan University is composed of four campuses, including Handan (邯鄲), Fenglin (楓林), Zhangjiang (張江), and Jiangwan (江灣).
Starting from the 1950s, Fudan has enrolled international students — one of the first few institutions in China to do so. Since then, Fudan has accepted and trained over 10,000 foreign students from 100 countries and regions worldwide.
The Times Higher Education placed Fudan University as among 201st-225th in the world in their 2012-13 rankings, while the QS World University Rankings placed the University at 90th worldwide in 2012. Further, ARWU (2012) considers it to be among 201-300th in the world and 5-7th in mainland China.
Tongji University (simplified Chinese: 同济大学; traditional Chinese: 同濟大學), colloquially known as Tongji (同济), located in Shanghai, has more than 30,000 students and 8,000 staff members (as of 1 September 2007). It offers degree programs at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Established in 1907 by the German government together with German physicians in Shanghai, Tongji is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China. Among its various departments it is especially highly ranked in engineering, among which its architecture, urban planning, and civil engineering departments have consistently ranked first in China for decades, and its automotive engineering, oceanography, environmental science, German language departments are also ones of the best domestically.
The Chinese government has launched more than 10 Scholarship programs to subsidize international students and scholars studying in the country. China’s Ministry of Education formulates Chinese government scholarship plans on an annual basis and entrusts the China Scholarship Council to manage the recruitment and carry out the routine management.
The following four scholarship programs are especially worth mentioning, which benefit different students.
The Chinese Government Scholarship Program, with a scholarship quota specified according to inter-governmental agreements, was established by the MOE. Applicants should apply to dispatching authorities, institutions, Chinese Embassies or the Consulate-General of China.
The Great Wall Fellowship Program is a full scholarship program for candidates recommended by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It is only available to applicants who come to China to study as general scholars and senior scholars. Applicants should apply to the National Commissions for UNESCO in their home countries.
The Study in Asia Scholarship Program is a full scholarship program established by the MOE. It aims to stimulate the interaction between and strengthen mutual understanding among Asian students and scholars so as to develop education cooperation and promote Asian education quality. It is only available to applicants who come to study in China as general scholars and senior scholars. Applicants should apply to the Chinese diplomatic missions in their home countries.
The Distinguished International Students Scholarship Program is a full scholarship program established by the MOE to sponsor outstanding international students who have earned their Bachelor’s degrees or above in China and have been enrolled for their further studies in China. It is also available for those who are currently pursuing their postgraduate studies in China. This year, a total of 200 students can get it. Applicants should apply for the program to CSC through their targeted institutions.
Chinese Government Scholarship falls into two categories: full scholarship and partial scholarship. A full scholarship exempts students from diverse fees, including registration fees, tuition fees, fees for lab experiments, internships and basic learning materials. A living allowance is offered in addition to free accommodation on campus. Students can also enjoy one-off settlement subsidies, one-off inter-city travel subsidies and fees for outpatient medical services, Comprehensive Medical Insurance and a Protection Program for International Students in China. A partial scholarship offers you one or some items of the full scholarship. Applicants are expected to pay for their own international travel expenses unless it is set in bilateral agreements or arrangements.
The application period for the 2012/2013 Chinese Government Scholarship Program is from January to April 2012. For more details, applicants are expected to consult the relevant dispatching authorities during the application period and through relevant procedures.
Check if you are qualified to apply for a scholarship programs before you fill in and submit the application form online, and then submit the printed version and the supporting documents required by CSC to the dispatching authorities. The CSC Online Application System for Study in China is available on http://laihua.csc.edu.cn
Applicants shall fill in the Application Form truly, correctly and completely and submit documents including notarized photocopies of diplomas, transcripts, study plans, health certificates and recommendation letters. Those who apply for the Chinese Government Scholarship Program shall choose their host institutions and subjects from Chinese higher education institutions (HEIs) supported by the program. Please check the Directory of the Chinese Institutions Admitting International Students under Chinese Government Scholarship Programs or visit http://www.csc.edu.cn/laihua/ for further information.