China (Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou)

Students who are studying science majors will find Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) a good fit for them. The university offers extensive STEM courses, and all courses are taught in English. 450 Faculty and staff from 50 different countries are recruited from international institutions. XJTLU is accredited by Liverpool University in the UK, and the course delivery and assessment is in English in line with the rigorous standards of the British Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

Based in Suzhou

  • Spring and Fall semesters
  • NO Chinese Pre-requisite; all courses taught in English.
  • Pre-requisites: 3.0 GPA; an  Asian studies OR Chinese language course, OR a course with significant Asian related content.
  • Must take Chinese while in the program
  • Live at the university residence hall

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Located at the Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District within Suzhou Industrial Park, alongside a number of other institutions, XJTLU is a joint venture between Xi’an Jiaotong University and Liverpool University in UK. Suzhou is only 20 minutes by high-speed train from Shanghai. It has a 200 acre campus with over 8,000 students on campus. 

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XJTLU offers a large range of academic subjects from STEM to social sciences. Students register through the XJTLU university registrar and all the courses are offered in English.

SLU students are required to take 25 module hours/credits. Please check the course syllabi for module hours/credits.

Grade Conversion 

Grades from XJTLU transfer back to St. Lawrence University as follows:

70-100%, First Class

      -70-100%: 4.0

60-69%, Upper 2nd  Class

      -65-69%: 3.75

      -60-65%: 3.50

50-59%, Lower 2nd Class

     -55-59%: 3.25


40-49%, Third Class

     -45-49%: 2.5    

     -40-44%: 2.0

0-39%, Fail

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SLU students stay in the Wencui Parfait apartments where two students share a bedroom with en-suite bathroom, sharing the living room and kitchen. Students eat meals at the university. They receive a meal stipend to cover the cost of meals.

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Fall 2021: Aug.30, 2021 - Jan 14,2022

Spring 2022: Feb. 21- June 10,2022

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Pre-departure: The CIIS office organizes in-depth orientation sessions on-campus prior to the students participation in the program. This includes a program specific session(s) in which the student's will learn more about the program, local culture, academic expectations, and any other important information. There is also an orientation session led by the CIIS office on culture shock, pre-departure preparations, as well as safety and security while abroad.

On-site: XJTLU will host orientation sessions when students arrive.

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Program Contacts

If you are interested in learning more about the China program please contact one of the following people.

CIIS Office: Dr. Helen Huang, Director of Asia Programs- Questions about eligibility, program logistics, and other off-campus opportunities.

Faculty Coordinator: Professor Zhenjun Zhang - Questions about program academics.

Apply to Study in China (XJTLU)

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