The Group Sponsored Scholarship Exchange Program is Now Open for Applications

To foster cultural and educational exchanges between the two countries, China and the US have decided to make a collaborative effort to increase the number of American students studying in China.

To support this goal, the UM-SJTU Joint Institute (the Joint Institute) is excited to announce a scholarship opportunity for students attending a semester exchange at the Joint Institute, commencing from Fall 2024. Covering tuition, international flights, accommodation, and culturally immersive activities and trips throughout the semester alongside a monthly stipend of RMB 1,000 (approximately USD 140), the scholarship is designed to serve as a gateway for students to delve deeply into the beauty and dynamism of Chinese culture.

The scholarship will be available to students who are American citizens and have a strong overall performance with a GPA higher than 3.6/4.0. To apply for the scholarship, students are invited to submit a compelling application that includes a personal statement, a CV, and a recommendation letter from faculty, industry leaders, mentors, or supervisors.

The scholarship is sponsored by Group, a leading global travel service provider committed to fostering cross-cultural understanding and enriching educational experiences.

About Group Group is a leading global travel service provider comprising of, Ctrip, Skyscanner, and Qunar with the mission “to pursue the perfect trip for a better world”.

Across its platforms, Group helps travellers around the world make informed and cost-effective bookings for travel products and services. Group technology enables partners to connect their offerings with users through the aggregation of comprehensive travel-related content and resources, and an advanced transaction platform consisting of apps, websites and 24/7 customer service centers.

Founded in 1999 and listed on NASDAQ in 2003 and HKEX in 2021, Group has become one of the best-known travel groups in the world, with the vision “to be the world’s leading and most trusted family of online travel brands that aspires to deliver the perfect trip at the best price for every traveler”.

  • American citizens registered as full-time undergraduate students at JI’s partner universities and institutions in the United States. For direct-enroll students, preferences will be given to the applicants whose home universities rank within the Top 50 in the US News National Universities Ranking.
  • Have a strong overall performance with a GPA higher than 3.6/4.0.

Step I – Nomination

For students applying from Global E3 or a partner university or institution, please get in touch with the International Office of the home university and ask the office or advisor to nominate the students at

For direct-enroll students, please get in touch with the International Office of the home university and ask the office or advisor to nominate the students at

  • Deadline for 2024 Fall Term –1 May, 2024 (For 2024 Fall Only)
  • Deadline for 2025 Summer – 1 February, 2025

Step II- Application
Students submit the application through the SJTU Online Application portal. Link will be provided to the students’ emails.

  • Deadline for 2024 Fall Term –15 May, 2024 (For 2024 Fall Only)
  • Deadline for 2025 Summer – 15 February, 2025

The Joint Institute will make admission and scholarship decision, and send the admission and visa documents.

  • For 2024 Fall Term –30 May, 2024 (For 2024 Fall Only)
  • For 2025 Summer – 15 March, 2025

List of Application Materials

  • Application letter: should present a picture of the students as a person, a student and a potential scholarship recipient
  • Official transcript
  • Recommendation letter: should be from faculty, industry leaders, mentors, or supervisors
  • Copy of passport information page
  • Portrait photo

Samuel Christopher Dedio

University of Florida, US – 2023’ Summer Term Exchange

“My exchange in Shanghai far exceeded my expectations of the school, the city, and of the country itself. The kindness and helpfulness of the faculty, especially the IPO office, made quite a significant transition seamless and easy—I am fortunate to cherish the relationships I made at JI even after my semester abroad.”

Lukas Roels

TU Delft, Netherlands – 2023’Fall Term Exchange

“Apart from studying at one of the best universities in china the past 4 months i got to experience a new beautiful culture and met amazing people from all around the planet. Thank you to everyone and especially to JI for making this an awesome experience.”


Students will have guaranteed accommodation in Nanyang Beiyuan Apartment. The apartment is located two kilometers away from the No.3 North Gate of Minhang Campus of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, in No.360 ZhangJiali Rd.

There’re single rooms (with a private bathroom) and suites (two separated bedrooms with a shared bathroom) equipped with air conditioners, a free campus network and essential furniture. The size of the bed is 1.2 m*2.0 m. Canteen, supermarket, café, laundry, gym, and meeting rooms are available in the location.

Life on Campus

Information about life on campus, including sports facilities, libraries, food, banks and other daily activities is available at “Current Students”.

More information could be found at Life@SJTU:

Information about life in Shanghai/China, including entry requirements, WIFI & SIM cards, payment methods, tours & experience, transportation and other relevant information is available at “ China Travel Guide 2024”.


For inquiries, please email the International Programs Office of UM-SJTU Joint Institute at

International Programs Office
University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute
Room 301, UM-SJTU Joint Institute Building
Shanghai Jiao Tong University,
800 Dong Chuan Road, Shanghai 200240, China