Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
  • Locations: Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: GT applicants only
  • Estimated Program Costs: Academic Year, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Level: Graduate Program Type: University Exchange
Credit Hours: 12 Weeks per term: 20
Language of Instruction: Chinese, English, Mandarin Academic Disciplines: Architecture, Chinese, City and Regional Planning
Preferred Participating Majors (Exchange Programs): Housing Type: On-Campus Residence Hall, Private Apartment
Advisor: Meg Sonstroem International Service Learning: No
Affiliated with GT Serve-Learn-Sustain: No
Program Description:
location informationEligibilityacademic infocredit transfervisa and passport info

Location Information

Spring semester:  late February – early July
Academic Year:  early September – early July

This university is located in Shanghai, China. To learn more about this city and country, please visit:

Tongji University is one of the leading universities directly under the State Ministry of Education in China.  It offers degree programs both at undergraduate and graduate levels.  The university now registers over 50,000 students at all levels.  There are over 4,200 academic staff for teaching and/or research, among whom there are 6 Members of Chinese Academy of Science, 7 Members of Chinese Academy of Engineering, over 710 professors, and 1,500 associate professors.  As one of the state leading centers for scientific research, the university has 22 state key laboratories and engineering research centers.

  • off-campus apartments/rooms for rent
  • on-campus residence halls
The International Students Services Centers are located on the three campuses on Tongji University. They are all equipped with telephones, toilets, showers, air-conditioning, public kitchens, classrooms, and business services.

  • no meal plan
  • on-campus dining
Tongji's campus includes many student canteens, restaurants, and a bakery so students have fast food, buffet, and sit-down dining options. A variety of foods are served. 
  • Georgia Tech degree-seeking graduate student in Architecture or City and Regional Planning
  • Good Academic Standing with a 3.0 (or higher) GPA at time of application
  • At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
  • Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
  • Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
  • All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
  • All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).

Academic Info
You must be an Architecture graduate student seeking a M.Arch or a MCRP degree to participate in this program.

M.Arch and MCRP students must have completed all but the remaining two semesters of study before starting the exchange.

You must be able to stay at Tongji University of the duration of both semesters, INCLUDING through their exam periods.

Admission to the Exchange Program is a 2-step process. Students must first submit a statement of interest to their respective SoA or SCaRP Academic Advisor by December 15.  This one-two page statement should indicate why they're interested in studying at Tongji, it should discuss possible thesis topics, and it should provide evidence that they meet all of the eligibility requirments listed above.  Upon review of the statements, the SoA and SCaRP faculty advisors for the Tongji Exchange will both forward recommendations of the selected students to Tongji and advise those students to complete the second step of making a full application to Tongji University by January 15.

There is useful information on the website for the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University.

Tongji teaches some undergraduate course in English in Architecture and Environmental Engineering.  Studios taught in English for international students are available.  Tongji also offers a set of general courses taught in English each semester.  This consists of approximately 9 courses about Chinese history, culture, economics, communication, development, and foreign affairs.

Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here.  Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.

1 Tongji credit = 1.44 GT credits

Tongji Grade = GT Grade
90-100 (Excellent) = A
80-89 (Very Good) = B
70-79 (Good) = C
60-69 (Pass) = D
0-59 (Failure) = F
  • Complete information about how to apply for or renew a U.S. passport is available here.
  • You must obtain all proper immigration documents, such as an official passport and a visa if required. Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations. For visa information visit the U.S. State Department website here.
For information regarding visas, click here and here.  The latter link is to a service that some faculty-led programs to China have recommended to help students obtain visas.
Essential Functions of Study Abroad

OIE is committed to supporting students with disabilities who plan to embark on an international experience. Along with this one of a kind experience comes with the knowledge that there are different cultural viewpoints and legal standards for disabilities throughout the world. Contact your study abroad advisor for additional details about the essential functions of this particular study abroad program. Notify the Office of International Education and the Office of Disability Services about your accommodation needs as soon as possible, but at a minimum, we suggest at least six months before your expected departure. Please note, that depending on your needs, it may take longer to determine if accommodations are in place for the program that you have chosen.
Experiences of Former Students
Want to hear from former study abroad students about the realities of daily life at the host school? Want to see snapshots from around the world - taken by former study abroad participants? Check out these helpful links: Peer Advisors and Study Abroad Photo Contest.

Can't find a student perspective for your particular program? Contact this program's Exchange Abroad Advisor for a list of recent participants who are eager to tell other GT students about studying abroad.
Advisor Information
Meg Sonstroem