Suzhou: Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University


Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a Sino-British joint-venture established in 2006 between two leading institutions -Xi'an Jiaotong University and the University of Liverpool. You will study alongside Chinese and other international students. XJTLU's high caliber academic staff hold PhDs from some of the world's highest ranked universities, and are involved in both teaching and research. In addition, all teaching and assessment at XJTLU are delivered in line with the rigorous standards of the British Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), a national agency responsible for the accreditation of all UK higher degree programs. XJTLU is located in the Dushu Lake Science, Innovation and Education District, and is well-connected to the Suzhou Old City by public transportation.



$11,300 per semester. Click here for what is included, and additional expenses, including meals, airfare and miscellaneous.


You will have an opportunity to apply for internships with local multinational corporations, which will enhance your studies and your resume. Social service opportunities with local NGO's will also be available.



April 15th for Fall Semester

November 1st for Spring Semester



Fall 2015: Beginning of September to Mid-December. Dates are approximate, as Chinese universities may not confirm semester dates until shortly before the term starts. There will be an on-site orientation after the start of classes.


You will live at SHFU's International Exchange Center on the campus. There are three options: Single Room, Twin Room (small) and Twin Room (big). Rooms conform to international standards.



Suzhou is an ancient city on the lower reaches of the Yangzi River, only 30 minutes by high-speed train from Shanghai. With over 2,500 years of history, it retains its ancient atmosphere, yet has recently added nearby 21st century districts. The Old City's canals, stone bridges, pagodas and gardens make it one of the top tourist attractions in China. Suzhou is often dubbed the “Venice of the East.” The Suzhou Industrial Park, beside Jinji Lake, lies to the east of Suzhou's Old City. It hosts 3,200 international companies, of which 76 are Fortune 500 members. Just south of the Suzhou Industrial Park is the Dushu Lake Science, Innovation and Education District, home of several universities, as well as high-tech and creative companies in biomedicine, nanotechnology, integrated communication, software design, animation and digital media.

To learn more about living in Suzhou, visit


In and around the Old City, you can visit the canals, world-famous gardens, Han Shan Temple and Tiger Hill. In nearby Shanghai, you can see the colonial Bund, the Shanghai Museum, with its outstanding collections of Chinese art, and the 400-year-old Yu Gardens. Farther afield, there's Hangzhou, home of the West Lake, and unchanged river towns. You will also spend one week visiting other cities in China.

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