Learn Chinese at Top Chinese UniversitiesStudy in Shanghai, and do some business networking while you practice Chinese. Alongside with the Chinese natives, many Shanghai expatriates work in finance and commerce and both are known to work harder than people anywhere else in China. A city with its own dialect and clear attitudes about its place in the world, Shanghai is a place of high ambition, and high-rise buildings too. Shanghainese consider themselves to be the most cosmopolitan people in China and the trendsetters of the country. Reflecting its vibrant past, the city has some interesting nicknames, including "Paris of the East", "Queen of the Orient", and even 'Sin City' during the era of gangs and casino dens in the 1920s.

Shanghai's Prime Location

Study Abroad in ChinaShanghai is the largest city of the People's Republic of China and the ninth largest in the world. Shanghai grew radically in the 19th century, as the city's strategic position at the mouth of the Yangtze River made it an ideal location for trade. An important financial and cultural center of China, Shanghai is also one of the world's busiest ports, and became the largest cargo port in the world in 2005. Direct international flights from Shanghai could take you to any country in the world, but closer still, you can catch a train to the famous cities of Hangzhou and Suzhou and be there in a matter of hours.

Shanghai's Buzzing Economy

Shanghai is famous as the home of Chinese modernity. Everything new first makes its mark in this enormous city. If your interest lies in the fields of finance or commerce and you wish to work in those fields in the future, then Shanghai is the perfect venue for your study. Modern development began with economic reforms in 1992, and since then Shanghai quickly overtook to become the business center of China. Shanghai now hosts the largest share market in mainland China.

Shanghai in History

Shanghai began as a fishing village in the 11th century, but by the mid 18th century it was an important area for growing cotton and by the 1800s it was becoming the largest city in China.Foreigners came to Shanghai to engage in foreign trade after the Opium Wars.International concessions, where the foreign traders built their mansions immune from Chinese law, are still in evidence today. With so many foreign residents, Shanghai became greatly influenced by Western culture. It was in Shanghai, for example, that the first motor car was driven in China and the first train tracks were laid.

Shanghai's Universities

In Shanghai, Fudan University and Shanghai Jiaotong University are the most respected options for study. Fudan University is Shanghai's biggest, with a choice of several different programs and a lively campus north of the city center. Shanghai Jiaotong University's downtown campus is an added attraction of studying in this research oriented comprehensive university.

Fudan University

Fudan University is one of the oldest leading and most selective universities in the China, founded in 1905, shortly before the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is a comprehensive university highly ranked in physical and social sciences. Currently, Fudan University enrolls over 45,000, including full-time students and students in Continuing Education and Online Education. There are nearly 1,760 students from overseas.

Shanghai Jiaotong University

Shanghai Jiaotong University is one of the oldest and most influential universities in China. The university is jointly run by the Ministry of Education and the Shanghai Government. Since 2003, Shanghai Jiaotong University has produced the Academic Ranking of World Universities which analyses the top universities in the world. Along with the Times Higher World University Rankings, it provides one of the most well-recognized and respected rankings of prestigious universities.