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  • Locations: Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
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Tongji University Exchange (Architecture only)


The Deparment of Architecture in the College of Design and Tongji University's College of Architecture and Urban Planning participate in a reciprocal exchange agreement. Architecture students in their fourth year of the undergraduate program or the second or third year of the graduate program can study at TU during the spring semester. The program seeks to broaden the scope of the academic curriculum and to provide a unique learning experience for students in an overseas environment, as well as to promote cooperation between the two institutions.  This program is limited to two ISU students per year.

Additional information about the Tongji University is available here, and information about the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at TU is available here.


"I am incredibly glad to have both worked and studied in Shanghai because it gave me a chance to experience life in China on a much deeper level than if I had visited as a tourist.  My classes at Tongji University gave me insight into the history of Chinese architecture as well as China’s current and future urban development.  In my architectural design studio in particular I had the opportunity to befriend and work together with both international and Chinese students.  I also took a Mandarin language class and struggled alongside my fellow Westerners with the entirely foreign sounds to help ease at least some of the challenges of daily life in China.  My internship was also a wonderful chance to experience a realistic picture of life as an expatriate in Shanghai, rush hour metro rides included. Trips outside the city revealed an entirely different environment each place I visited; China is such a large and culturally diverse country with so much to see and experience.  I left feeling an attachment to China and its people for all that they taught me in my short six months that I’m sure will last a lifetime."
—Spring 2015 participant

Academic Year

The semester dates at TU are different than at ISU. The spring semester traditionally starts later at TU than at ISU.

Specific dates for each semester will be listed in the Dates/Deadlines box toward the top of this brochure after they have been announced.

Program Prerequisites and Criteria for Participant Selection

Participants in all College of Design international programs must meet the following requirements:

• At least 18 years of age
• Accepted into departmental program of study

• Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
• Clear academic record including no status of academic warning or probation in the semester prior to or the semester of international program participation

In addition, the following requirements apply to the Tongji University exchange program:

• Architecture students only
• Fourth-year undergraduate student or second- or third-year graduate student (during semester of participation)
• Must satisfy all TU admissions requirements

The College of Design may check a participant's current GPA and/or academic status at any time. Failure to maintain the required GPA or the failure to maintain a clear academic record may affect participation in an international program.

Costs and Financial Assistance

Students participating in this exchange program will pay ISU tuition and fees and will receive tuition fee waivers at TU.

Participants are also responsible for the following expenses:

• Transportation to and from host institution
• Room and board expenses
• Medical insurance
• Specific course-related fees (laboratory fees, field trip fees, special equipment fees, etc.)

• Textbooks, clothing and personal expenses
• Passport and visa costs
• All other debts and incidental expenses incurred during the course of the exchange period

Participants may be able to apply their financial aid packages to study at TU and should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information. 


All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.22 per day and it will appear as a separate charge on the Ubill. More information is available at the links below:

CISI Participant FAQ
International Insurance 101
CISI policy information

Application Process

Students interested in this exchange program must first apply here at ISUAbroad to participate. Once applications have been reviewed in the College of Design, qualified students will be nominated by ISU to participate in the exchange.  TU will review applicants, process them for admission and then provide the necessary university documents for ISU students to obtain visas.

Contact and Additional Information

Questions about this exchange program should be directed to faculty sponsors Tom Leslie or Chiu-Shui Chan.

This program is currently not accepting applications.