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Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade: Shanghai, China (TERMINATED)

This international exchange is currently available to two students in the College of Law.skyline

University Population

Students: 10,000

What would I be studying?

Students will engage in classroom discussion on the general practice of law, including business law, in China. Classes are offered in English.

How can I study at Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade as an Exchange Student?

Students enroll and pay Florida State University tuition and fees, and tuition and fees are waived at the host university. All participants must be currently enrolled and degree-seeking students in good standing with all academic credit earned at the host institution being credited to Florida State University. A student participating in the exchange must be in attendance at Florida State University for one semester prior to the exchange.

To participate in this exchange you must be in the College of Law Study Abroad Program.

  1. Contact Florida State University College of Law Academic Advisor for this International Exchange, Dr. David Landau.
  2. Complete the Application for outgoing reciprocal exchange student at Florida State University, including authorizing signatures.
  3. There will also be an application form for Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade. Once your application has been evaluated you will receive an acceptance letter.
  4. Required documents for students participating in an international exchange at Florida State University.



Check with the Law School Associate Dean for International Programs for application dates.

Academic Calendar

There are two semesters at the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade. The Spring Semester generally starts in the mid March and ends in early July. The Fall Semester generally starts in early September and ends in the middle of January (exams may be taken by December 31). Every semester has 19 weeks. The specific starting and finishing dates change with the date of the Spring Festival, which varies every year according to the Lunar Calendar.

Financial Aid and Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade’s Academic Calendar

FSU students going to Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade’s Fall semester (early September-mid January) or (mid March-early July) and who have been awarded financial aid will have their aid disbursed within a week of the start of classes at SIFT. You may be eligible for a tuition deferment if your FSU tuition is due prior to this date.

How do I secure a student visa?

You will obtain a student visa. The SIFT School of International Studies (SIS) will cooperate with SIFT Law to arrange students' visas and housing.SIFT

Accommodations- Where would I live? What is the cost of Living?

The School of International Studies (SIS) takes charge of foreign students' living in Shanghai. Refer to this link for housing options.

Health Care

Meeting the health insurance requirements for Florida State University students participating in international exchanges will ensure that you have met the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade requirements for health insurance.


Founded in 1960, the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (SIFT) is an institution of higher under the administration of the Shanghai Municipal Government since 1994. In the past forty-six years and more, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (SIFT) has graduated large numbers of leading professionals in the field of international business, and international trade enterprises.

Shanghai is the most populous city in China and the world. A global city, Shanghai exerts influence over global commerce, finance, culture, art, fashion, research and entertainment. The city is located at the middle portion of the Chinese coast, and sits at the mouth of the Yangtze.

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