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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange GPA Requirement: 3
Education Abroad Advisor: Holly Wheeler Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: None
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Business, Communication, History, Modern Languages (Chinese), Politics & International Affairs
Program Description:

Shantou University

Shantou, China

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Semester placements remaining for Fall 2019/Spring 2020 (both terms):  2
Submit your application to save your spot--this program is first-come, first serve! Academic year students will need 
2 semester spots. Last updated: March 11, 2019


Shantou MapShantou, China is located on the eastern coast of Guangdong province and has a total population of over 5 million.  Historically it was one of the treaty ports established for Western trade and was later an original Special Economic Zone for China.  It is said that Shantou people drink more tea than anyone else in China (about 700 million RMB/year) due to their famous tea-drinking tradition from the Teochew peoples.  Nearby and still within the province students can visit the Pearl River Delta and the capital, Guangzhou, home to the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.

Shantou University (STU) was founded in 1981 and began student enrollment in 1983. Located on an over 300-acre campus in the northwestern part of Shantou, STU has 9 schools & colleges, 21 academic departments, and 40 undergraduate programs, as well as various master's, doctoral, and post-doctoral programs. The campus contains over 8 acres of athletic facilities, including but not limited to 2 swimming pools and 14 basketball courts for its 10,000+ students.

STU's programs are highly ranked throughout China and around the world. The Nature & Science Publications Ranking puts Shantou University as #14 among all universities in China and #1 in Guangdong Province, while Essential Science Indicators data places its Chemistry and Clinical Medicine programs in the top 1% globally. STU was the first university in Asia to gain accreditation by the international EFMD Programme Accreditation.


Shantou CampusRegular University Courses

Apart from Chinese language training courses, exchange/visiting students can select classes conducted in English from across the university’s range of degree programmes, including Global Studies, Arts, Business, Law, Design, Journalism and Communication. Classes conducted in Chinese, including those offered by College of Science and Engineering School, are also open to students with a high level of Chinese language proficiency.

Chinese Language Training Program

The Chinese Language Center (CLC) at Shantou University (also called the Institute of Chinese Language and Culture at Shantou University), was founded in 1986 with the approval of the Office of Chinese Language Council International. It is one of the earliest Chinese language and culture teaching centers in south China, with a primary function to teach Chinese language for foreigners and also serve as a center to train Chinese language teachers for Southeast Asian learners. The center offers a non-degree Chinese language program and provides specially designed intensive training courses in Chinese language and culture for international students.

Shantou LibraryThe programme provides comprehensive courses ranging from language skills to Chinese cultural courses, with a total amount of 20-24 hours of classroom teaching per week. Students are arranged into small-size classes and the courses are offered at tiered levels. The inspiring and harmonious teaching provides students with opportunities to interact and converse. Meanwhile, tutoring and co-curricular activities immerse the students in the lively and effective learning environment. Most importantly, the center also organizes cultural trips for the learners to experience the unique cultural life of the region.

Chinese Credit System

Credits at Shantou University are the same credit units at NAU. Students in the past have taken a combination of Chinese language and culture courses.

Getting Credit for Studies Abroad

Students who wish to receive academic credit (aside from general elective and liberal studies credit) must have their courses pre-approved by the appropriate department. To view a list of academic advisors, please review the information in our Academics section. Once you apply through our website, you will be able to enter the classes you wish to take electronically. These classes can be reviewed and approved directly by faculty once entered. If you would like courses abroad to count for general elective credit or liberal studies credit only, please contact your Education Abroad advisor for those approvals.

Shantou ClassStudents interested in studying in Asia should consider the Asian Studies minor program at NAU as a complement to their study abroad program.


Semester I: September to mid January*
Semester II: February to early July

*If students wish to study for fall, please consider going for the entire academic year unless you do not need to be physically on campus for the start of spring semester (e.g. graduating or taking online NAU courses) or make the necessary arrangements to begin courses a week or two late.


Shantou Tia Tuo GardenVisiting/Exchange students will live in STU Overseas Students’ Dormitory on campus. In the Foreign Student Dormitory Building, each apartment comprises three single bedrooms or two double bedrooms, a shared washroom equipped with an electric water heater, and a balcony with a washing machine. Each bedroom has a study area and internet access. The expenses of electricity and water are shared among the residents of each apartment, and will be directly deducted from the residents’ STU smart card each month. Students are not allowed to cook in dorms. There are several canteens on campus where the students may go for meals.

Health Insurance is required for international students studying in China. We recommend the insurance policy offered by Ping An Annuity Insurance Company ( There's a clinic on campus which is open from Monday to Friday. A doctor will be on duty for emergencies on Saturday, Sunday and after hours. Vaccinations are not required for students traveling to Shantou.


Read more about the Chinese visa at Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the USA page.

Shantou Hot PotRegardless of the length of your academic program in China, you are REQUIRED to obtain a visa prior to departure. Exchange students should apply for an X1 (students staying more than a semester) or X2 (students staying for one semester or summer) prior to their arrival. Upon arrival, students will need to apply for a Residence Permit within 30 days. You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months AFTER your expected departure date from China. Your passport will physically remain at the Consulate until your visa is approved, so keep this in mind if you plan to travel before the program.

To obtain a Chinese visa you must always refer to the Chinese Consulate with jurisdiction over your state of permanent residence.  Visa fees, application process, and requirements may change frequently. You should consult your Consulate General's website immediately to obtain a student visa application, a list of requirements, and to verify the application process and timetable.  Most consulates require an in-person appearance. Some Consulates require appointments to be made and have limited spots.

STU International Office will help exchange/visiting students apply for JW202 Form (Visa Form for Study in China).

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JW202 Form and Acceptance Letters will be posted to students’ home institutions. Students must apply for a student visa (X1 visa for 1-year study, and X2 for 1-semester study) with the JW202 Form and Admission Letter at the Chinese Embassy/Consulate General. For 1-year students, STU International Office will help them get a resident permit after they arrive at STU. These students are required to have a physical examination in Shantou.


Students will be automatically enrolled in NAU’s international health insurance plan with GeoBlue. More information on GeoBlue is available in once you begin your application. 

Additionally, international students in China are required to purchase both medical insurance and personal accidental death and injury insurance. These can be purchased before or after arrival in China.  


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To view the costs for this program, click the "costs" link at the top of this page. This will direct you to a line-item breakdown of how much the program costs and what is included in those costs.


  • 2.5 GPA
  • Completion of CHI 102 or equivalent
  • Chinese language proficiency test if taking courses in Chinese


To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application. Once you complete your application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.


If you would like to talk to an advisor about this program, you can find his/her name at the top of the brochure page. To make an appointment, or view walk-in hours for this advisor, please visit the "Talk to an Advisor" section.
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Shantou China

Program Ratings:
Overall Experience:
1 2 3 4 5
Academic Experience:
1 2 3 4
Cultural Experience:
1 2 3 4 5
1 2 3
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/15/2019
12/01/2019 02/23/2020 06/28/2020
NOTE: These dates are estimates. You will be provided with specific program dates as you move through the application process. Do NOT use these dates to purchase airline tickets or to make plans that you cannot change later.
Academic Year 2021-2022 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2020-2021 04/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 10/15/2020 10/15/2020 TBA TBA
Fall 2021 03/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2022-2023 03/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA


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