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UConn AsiaTech Program in Shanghai (Direct Enroll)

The Program

Please note: This program is administered by UConn, but it is not led by a UConn faculty member. 

AsiaTech is an academic year-long opportunity offered for Engineering majors with an additional degree in Chinese. Students will receive a degree in Chinese and an Engineering discipline. Students must be declared in both majors to be eligible for this program. Chinese language skills are required.

Shanghai is a beautiful city on the central eastern coast of China.  Shanghai is the largest city in China and is also its most cosmopolitan, offering visitors a chance to experience the past, present, and future all at once. The Huangpu River splits Shanghai into two districts: Pudong and Puxi. The Pudong skyline looks like it was ripped from the Jetsons, with the bulbous Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower looking a bit like a two headed lollipop. On the Puxi side, you can walk the Bund riverside district to get a taste of old Shanghai.

The AsiaTech Program in Shanghai is only for students in the AsiaTech program. The AsiaTech program is a dual degree program with the School of Engineering (any engineering major) and the Chinese Program in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Students need to be declared with an additional degree form to be eligible for this program.


Prior to going to China, students in the spring semester need to complete Chinese 3171 or equivalent in the semester before going abroad for the year to Shanghai. Students need to have a minimum of 6 semesters of Chinese language preparation to be eligible to go to China for this program. Students in this program will be taking intensive Chinese language courses, Chinese culture or films courses, related area courses in English and receive 6 credits for your internship in China towards your related courses.

AsiaTech includes two quarters of coursework. The first quarter will be Advanced Chinese Language and Culture courses and the second quarter will include related area courses taught in English. The 3rd and 4th quarters will be a required internship experience with a Chinese or American company in Shanghai, China or surrounding areas. Shanghai University will support students with company site visits during the 1st and 2nd quarters to introduce them to potential employers.


The Experience

The AsiaTech program will be in Shanghai, China at Shanghai University. You will live on-campus at Shanghai University for the whole year. Shanghai University will provide assistance with securing internships in China. Shanghai University will be providing excursions to local employers in the fall semester. Shanghai University will provide some excursions to sights of Shanghai and surrounding areas.


Please note that this program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Click the link below for this program’s budget sheet and contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Academic Year
The Details

  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Terms: Academic Year
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Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Engineering
Language of instruction: Chinese (Mandarin) Prior language study required: 6 semesters
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.7