Donghua University

Donghua University (DHU), was founded in 1951 and located in the downtown area in Shanghai and adjacent to Hongqiao Economic Development Zone.  DHU is one of the state-key universities directly under the Ministry of Education of China and currently over 30,000 enrolled students. DHU is a multi-disciplinary university with a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a vast field of disciplines including engineering, economics, management, literature and art, laws, science, and education. Its key disciplines, such as Fashion Design, Textile Engineering, International Trade, Material Science, and Information Technology have received high reputation both domestically and abroad.

International Cultural Exchange School (ICES) offers diverse non-degree Chinese programs to meet various time schedules and learning demands. Over 2500 international students study at DHU each year to improve not only their Chinese proficiency but to get to immerse themselves in the Chinese culture and society as well.

Campus facilities

Yan’an road campus is located in downtown area of Shanghai and is surrounded by several business circles with many banks, supermarkets, dozens of subways and bus lines which greatly contributes to a convenient commute to and from town.


Modern multimedia classrooms, language labs, reading rooms and self-study rooms are available.


Shanghai Center of International University Textbook is an Inter-Library Express Delivery and Borrowing Services of Original Edition Textbooks set up to advance the bilingual teaching of Donghua University.

Academic calendar

Fall Semester:  September - January

Spring Semester:  March - July

Academic life

Teachers are equipped with a professional background in “Teaching Chinese as a second language” and a wealth of expertise. Traditional classroom teaching and practical activities are combined in order to stimulate a positive learning environment. Various cultural lectures, cultural workshops, city tours and language excursions are examples of the immersive learning provided at DHU.

The minimum class size is 15 students with the average being around 20 students. Each class is scheduled for 45minutes.


You must take a minimum of 20 credits of Chinese language modules from the list of courses approved by EBSL.

Passing requirements

In order to pass the SPA semester you must obtain a pass in a minimum of 15 credits of Chinese language modules per SPA semester.

Please note:

  • To pass a module in China you must score 60 or above.

  • Upon arrival at your host institution your Chinese language level will be tested and you will put into the suitable language class when you register at the university.

  • You are encouraged to take electives or business modules taught in English where available but you will not receive any credits towards SPA for these courses

  • You must obtain a minimum of 15 credits of Chinese language modules for each SPA semester in order to pass the SPA irrespective of whether you obtain more credits during one of the SPA semesters.

  • Please note that only credits obtained in the compulsory Chinese language modules or optional Chinese language modules taught in Chinese will be counted towards your SPA. Credits obtained in other elective modules taught in English are not counted.

  • A module with 1 contact hour each week is counted as 1 credit module

Students are permitted may be able to take resit exams at Donghua University.

If you fail to meet these requirements, you will be required  to make up the missing credits.

Please contact the Outbound Unit ( for more details.

Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at DHU.


Shanghai is one of the most vibrant cities in the world and a very exciting place to live. It is the most modern city in China and has a long tradition of looking to the west for inspiration. Often referred to as ‘the Paris of the East’, Shanghai boasts a modern infrastructure and the progressive outlook of its residence is famous throughout China.

Like many other large Asian cities, Shanghai suffers from pollution, traffic congestion, and overcrowding. However, it is a city undergoing enormous change and is one of the most dynamic and interesting places to live today. The allure of 30's Shanghai is evident in some of the city's older quarters, and this is juxtaposed with modern skyscrapers heralding a bright future.

More and more foreign companies and people are establishing themselves in China, and more of the commodities they demand are in hot pursuit. Western clothes, toiletries, music and food are all available, although often at an inflated price. Local medical facilities are of a high standard, and western doctors are available, but are expensive.

The social scene in Shanghai is constantly changing and expanding, like everything else in the city. There is a very active nightlife, with many pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants to choose from. There are also innumerable teahouses and coffee shops, a concert hall that plays host to local and foreign musicians and shows, and some quality museums, opera houses, gardens, and other cultural establishments. Karaoke bars are everywhere for those so-inclined.


International Student Apartment (ISA’s)  located in Ya’an road campus with 3 types of room.Donghua Accom

Renting an apartment off-campus is permitted and estimated at CNY 3000 to CNY 5000 each month. There is a shuttle bus service (2lines) to those who live in the popular international residence areas such as Longbai, Gubei, Fengdu Interntional and Qibqao Wanke.

Cost of living

In Shanghai, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average in USD, is categorized follows:
1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: High
2) Clothing: Very High
3) Communication: Very Low
4) Education: Very High
5) Furniture & Appliances: High
6) Groceries: Very High
7) Healthcare: Very High
8) Household Accommodation: Very High
9) Miscellaneous: Very High
10) Personal Care: Very High
11) Recreation & Culture: High
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High
13) Transport: Average


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Students who have been nominated to study at DHU will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA.

Health Insurance 

At the time of submitting your application, you must provide proof of having valid Health Insurance. Donghua recommends Ping An Life Insurance’s Comprehensive Insurance & Protection Scheme for Foreigners Staying in China.

Visa requirements

Once you have received your acceptance letter from Donghua University you should take these documents to the Embassy or Consulate of the People's Republic of China and apply for the student visa.  Please retain all of the original documents as these will be required when registering in the Foreign Students Office.

Your visa is your responsibility.  Generally it should not take longer than a week, but be prepared to take some extra time into account so apply in advance.

The Embassy or Consulate of the People's Republic of China in london: 49 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL

If during your stay in China you go home or to any other country, you will need to go to the police and apply for a separate visa.

This is for your information only, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the correct visa.


Donghua University
International Cultural Exchange School
1882 Yan’an Road West
200051 P.R.China

Contact: Ms. Frances
Department: International Student Admissions
Phone: T: +86-21- 62373452 ext. 18

Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: China
Language of tuition: Chinese,English
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Bilateral Exchange partner

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