Fudan University

复旦大学 Fùdàn Dàxué

Fudan University is one of China’s oldest and most prestigious institutions. Fudan is located in China’s most cosmopolitan city, Shanghai. It’s no surprise then that the university has one of the most international student bodies in China. The university is famous for its research-focused education and impressive rankings. Fudan offers students an ivy league experience in China.

Fudan University was founded in 1905 during the late Qing Dynasty. The university was founded by the Jesuit priest, Ma Xiangbo, who also founded the Aurora University and the Fu Jen Catholic University. The name “Fudan” was selected by Ma Xiangbo from a passage in The Classics of History which refers to the pursuit of greatness. Fudan achieved this greatness early on, and by the early 1920s was offering education from the middle school level through doctoral studies. The reputation for academic excellence that Fudan University achieved in its early period has continued to this day.

Today, QS World University Rankings ranks Fudan as the 43rd best university in the world and 11th in Asia. Fudan is ranked as one of the top five universities within China by all major university ranking systems. Fudan is the most selective school in China, with less than 0.2% of Chinese applicants being accepted—making Fudan three times more selective than the American Ivy League Universities!

Fudan offers over 70 undergraduate majors, which are organized into seven basic categories. Each major requires students to complete a mixture of general education, specialized education, and basic arts and sciences—reflecting the university’s commitment to developing well-rounded students. Fudan’s graduate programs are also renowned. Since the reestablishment of their graduate department, Fudan has produced 55 of China’s most outstanding graduate theses.

Fudan University is the most diverse academic institution in China. In the 1950s, Fudan was one of the first Chinese universities to open its doors to foreign exchange students. In 2003, Fudan became the first Chinese university to open a foreign student exchange center. Today, Fudan has more international students than any other comprehensive university in China. Every year approximately 7,000 students from over 120 nations study at Fudan, many of them enrolled in degree programs. Fudan offers 15 English-taught masters programs, including Chinese politics and Diplomacy and Chinese economics. Fudan also offers an English-taught bachelor’s program in clinical medicine, as well as an undergraduate degree in Chinese as a foreign language. The university has a dormitory building set aside for international students, and there are 19 foreign exchange student clubs on campus. As a member of Universitas 21, Fudan has connections to prestigious research universities worldwide.

Fudan University has four campuses around Shanghai: the Handan Campus, the Fenglin Campus, the Zhangjiang Campus, and the Jiangwen Campus. The Handan Campus is the university’s main site and is located in Shanghai’s Yangpu District near many other universities.

Commonly known as one of China’s “top five” universities, Fudan’s prestige extends far beyond Asia. The university also features the biggest international student body in China, ensuring that international students seeking a premier education in China will feel welcome.

There is a limited supply housing on campus. Booking is opened for a few days in which you are able to book rooms on campus, You must be accepted as an official student, have your student ID information and payment method to cover the deposit of US$128. Students must arrive at school within three days of the scheduled date of arrival or the housing offer with not be held and the deposit of US$128 on booking will not be refunded. If you are not able to successfully book a room, you may be put on a waiting list. The school will introduce you to temporary accommodation nearby.

Main Building (Building 0)

There are 23 Floors which are divided into 582 single rooms and 148 double rooms (none of the doubles are above the 14th floor). The building has four elevators.

Single US$13 per day or US$1685 yearly.

Double room US$9 per day or US$1260 yearly.

International Student Apartment Building (Buildings or Units 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9) (referred to as the Annex, Auxiliary, Affiliated, or Supplementary Buildings)

The nine buildings together have 504 single rooms and each building has the identical configuration:

7 floors containing two suites, each suite has 4 single rooms, a living room and two bathrooms, note no elevators as access by stairs only.

Single US$7 per day or yearly US$950

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