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How to apply

1. Shanghai University MBA Center will only accept nomination sent by academic coordinators from
partnered universities. Students can contact your coordinator for further information.

2. Students will be contacted by email with their login and passwords, then students can log in
    online application system for filling application form with accommodation, buddy program and
    course selection information.

Please note it is important to fill in the online accommodation form as early as possible for reservation if the student decided to live on campus. The dormitory is not guaranteed even the student has been acknowledged to reserve as it is subject to the final availability and possible universitys change. Please keep contact with Program Office after reserving.


Practical Information for International Students

Arrival in Shanghai and Getting to SHUMBA

Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) is located in the east of Shanghai, covering an area of 40 km. The Pudong Airport is 30 kilometers from Peoples Square in the center of Shanghai.

By Taxi:
• Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) C Shanghai University
   Fare (RMB): within 200, about US$35
• Shanghai Hongqiao Airport (SHA) -Shanghai University
   Fare (RMB): within 100, about US$1

By Subway:
Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) C Shanghai University
   Line 2 PVG StationCPeoples Square
   Line 1 Peoples Square-Yanchang Road
   Fare (RMB): within 10, about US $ 2
• Shanghai Hongqiao Airport (SHA) -Shanghai University
   Line 2 Hongqiao StationCPeoples Square
   Line 1 Peoples Square-Yanchang Road
   Fare (RMB): within 10, about US $ 2

By Airport Bus:
Take the Airport Shuttle Bus Route No.4 to Hong Kou Park then take taxi or walk to Shanghai University Yanchang Rd.
Fare (RMB): 20, about US$3
Operating Hours: from 8:00am to 23:00pm
Operating Interval (Minutes): 20~30

Buddy Program

The Buddy Program is a match-a-friend scheme in which local MBA students of SHUMBA who is friendly, helpful will be the volunteer as buddy of International exchange student. The International students will be introduced to a local buddy and local student can apply to be the buddy if both of them have interests.
The student can fill in the Buddy Application Form in Welcome Package.

Student Visa

X visa (30 days)
You are supposed to apply for X visa if you are going to stay in China for more than 6 months.
L visa (30 days)
You are supposed to apply for L visa if you are going to stay in China for no less than 1 month.
F visa (30, 60, 90 or 180 days)
You are supposed to apply for F visa if you are going to stay in China for no more than 6 months.
Note: L and F visa cannot be extended after you entering China.


The International students dormitory buildings at Yanchang Campus can accommodate nearly 400 students. 24-hour checking-in and security services can be provided. Staff members are particularly assigned to take the responsibility of the security and service 24 hours a day. Hot water is available in the bathroom rooms of each floor. All rooms are well furnished and look neat and beautiful. There is a laundry room on each floor with pre-paid washing machines and a mini-shop selling food and articles for the daily life for the convenience of international students. 
Please pay attention that:
1. The dormitory is not guaranteed even the student has been acknowledged to reserve as it is subject to the final availability and possible universitys change. Please keep contact with Program Office-Student Administration Department after reserving.
2. The student needs to pay the entire fee for dormitory and deposit at one time in cash.

TypeEquipment'sCharges (RMB) (per person per day)

Long TermShort Term
Single RoomTV, air-conditioner,
telephone, shower, toilet, furniture
Twin RoomTV, air-conditioner,

telephone, bathtub, shower, toilet,


* Long Term means stay longer than 90 days (including 90 days)

Internet Service: Internet can be used in each room free of charge.
Telephone: Telephone is equipped in each room; students need to pay for their own telephone bills.
Laundry service: Students can use the washing machine in hostel with purchased card (RMB 3 per time, RMB 15 per card.)
For updated information about accommodation, please refer to the website of College of International Exchange:

Weather in Shanghai

Shanghai enjoys four distinct seasons, generous sunshine and abundant rainfall. Its spring and autumn are relatively short compared with summer and winter. The average annual temperature is 18 degrees Celsius. The city has a frost-free period lasting up to 230 days a year. The average annual rainfall is 1,200 millimeters (about 50 inches). However, nearly 60% of the precipitation comes during the May-September flood season, which is divided into three rainy periods, the Spring Rains, the Plum Rains and the Autumn Rains.
The highest temperature is in July and August. For ten days or so in these two months, the temperature can reach 35 degrees centigrade. The coldest period is from the end of January to early February - usually during the Chinese Spring Festival. This awfully cold period will last for about three days but it seldom snows. From March to May, the conditions are pleasant so this is the best season for traveling. The 'Plum Rain Season' is from mid-June to early July. From late August to the first twenty days of September, the city is also susceptible to typhoons, none of which in recent years has caused considerable damage. Generally you will need a light coat and sweater in spring and short- sleeved shirts in summer. In autumn, long-sleeved shirts, sweater and coat are necessary, while sweater and overcoat are appropriate in winter.

Weather Average for Shanghai
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Opening a Bank Account in China

Foreigners above 18 years' old can open a bank account in China. We advise you to take your passport and transaction fee 15 to apply for a bank card from local banks; Advisably Bank of China. Next to the campus there are two branches of the Bank of China, and you can find the ATM machines of Bank of China on or near the campus.

Local Currency

Chinese currency is called Renminbi (RMB literally people's currency), often abbreviated as RMB. Issued by the People's Bank of China, it is the sole legal tender for both the Chinese nationals and foreign tourists. The unit for RMB is Yuan, Jiao and fen. The conversion among the three is: 1 Yuan = 10 Jiao =100 Fen. Chinese people normally refer to Yuan as Kuai, Jiao as Mao. RMB is issued in both notes and coins. The denominations of paper notes include 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 Yuan; 5, 2 and 1 Jiao; and 5, 2 and 1 Fen. The denominations of coins are 1 Yuan; 5, 2 and 1 Jiao; and 5, 2 and 1 Fen.
Currency Conversion
One can change money upon arrival at the international airports of Shanghai. Also most hotels offer foreign exchange services and exchange cash and travelers cheques. The Bank of China exchanges money and travelers cheques. In China, wherever you exchange money the same day, the exchange rate is the same. 


The voltage here is 200/220 volts, 50 cycles. The electric plugs used in China have three rectangular prongs that form a triangle. The plug is three-wire grounded and fused for all connections to the main power. You are recommended to bring an adapter for electronic appliances, which you bring to China.1453088630451483.jpg

School Shuttle

Timetable of the school buses (From Monday to Friday)*

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Depart Time9:009:309:008:0018:0021:00



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Timetable of the school buses (weekends and holidays)*

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Depart Time7:308:307:308:307:308:30


Note: The timetable is for reference only. For the latest update, please refer to the Shanghai University website.

Cell Phone-SIM Card

In China we will suggest student to have cell phone SIM Card (PayPal Card) Phone cards can be purchased at convenience stores around the corner.  

On-campus Dining

There are totally 5 student canteens on Yanchang Campus that cater to all students - vegetarian, Muslim and others. A variety of foods are provided for the students every day. If the students would like to have meals in the students canteens, a special card is required. The card can be rented from the reception table of foreign students hostel. Students Canteens Open time:

6:30a.m. - 8:30a.m.10:45a.m.-12:30p.m.4:30p.m. - 6:30p.m.

On-campus Facilities

FacilitiesOpen and close time 
School Supermarket09:00-21:00 (Monday-Friday)
Print & Copy Service09:00-21:00 (Monday-Friday)
IT Service 09:00-21:00 (Monday-Friday)
Library08:00-21:00 (Monday-Friday)
Gymnasium(Baposhan Campus)09:00-21:00 (Monday-Friday)
Bathhouse16:00-20:30 (Monday-Sunday)

Campus Map

(Map around Yanchang Campus)

(Map of Yanchang Campus)
Enlarge picture:

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to receive the acceptance letter from the SHUMBA center?

Typically 4 weeks after the deadline for application. Note that your application is not complete until you have fulfilled all the requirements stipulated by the program. 

Is there an application fee for the program? How much is it?

Yes there is. The application (registration) fee costs RMB 500. This is payable upon your arrival in Shanghai.

When can I apply for the SHUMBA ISES program?

You should apply on or before the end of November 2015.

How do I apply for accommodation on campus and off-campus?

Included in the application forms sent to you, is a section for the on-campus accommodation. While the application process for the off-campus accommodations is varied, you can find realtors just outside the school that would guide you through this process. Your assigned buddy can also assist you. You should also consider hotel expenses for a few days, pending when you find a suitable accommodation. 

How long does it take to apply for the visa?

Do contact the Chinese embassy in your respective countries, as the requirements and processing times are different. However, the earlier you apply, the better.

What is the cost of accommodation on campus and off-campus?

The cost of the on-campus accommodation is varied, depending on your accommodation preference and the number of days you would stay in Shanghai. For the single rooms, it costs RMB 75/night if you are spending more than 90 days in Shanghai and RMB 100/night for less than 90 days. The double rooms cost RMB 37.5/night for more than 90 days and RMB 50/night for less than 90 days. The off-campus accommodation is majorly negotiated between you and the realtor. Your buddy would be of help to you in situations like this.

How long does it take to get the Chinese government document?

Generally, this is sent to you alongside the acceptance letter from SHUMBA. You should expect this to arrive in 4 weeks after the deadline for application. 

How do I get to the school from the airport?

You can either use a taxi, the airport shuttle or the metro.  If you arrive in Pudong International Airport, you can take Line 2 then transfer to Line 1 to Shanghai University at Stop Yanchang Road.

Airport Shuttle: It costs about RMB 20.

Subway: It costs about RMB 10.
For more information, check the appendix section of the guidebook. 

What is the cost of transportation from the airport to the school?

Taxi: It costs about RMB 200 ($35) from Pudong International Airport, and about RMB 100 from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. 

Would the essay and personal statement be used to determine my acceptance into the program?

No it would not. This is used to help the school understand your personal goals, and how to effectively help you achieve them. 

When the start and end is date of the program?

The program starts on the end of February and ends on July of 2016. It also depends on your course selection.

How are the courses going to be assessed?

The lecturer or professor in charge of the course would determine the course assessment. 

What facilities are provided in the on-campus accommodation?

The on-campus accommodation is fully furnished with beds, television set, air conditioner, reading tables, reading lamp and en-suite bathrooms for the single rooms. There are also kitchen and laundry facilities available. 

Are the courses going to be taught in English?

Yes, all courses are taught in English. 

What days of the week do we have classes?

Classes are usually on weekdays; however there could be weekend classes. 

What is the structure of the academic curriculum?

The academic curriculum for the program includes class cases, group discussions, lectures, research/reflection papers, exams and presentations. 

I do not have any health insurance cover; can I get one in China?

Yes you can. This would cost you about RMB 400 for each semester. 

I have a health insurance cover; do I still need to get one in China?

No you do not. Do come with a copy of your insurance card for verification and documentation. 

What criterias are used to select a buddy for the international students?

The buddys are selected based on your preferences as indicated on the buddy application form you filled. Generally, we place international students with local students who are willing to be of help to their foreign colleagues.

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