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Global E³ is an exchange program for engineering students: a student can study abroad while continuing to pay tuition at home. With member universities in 18 countries, students at 50+ universities have the opportunity to study abroad. Global E³ exchanges about 200-250 students a year. Georgia Tech is a member of Global E³ and GT students may apply to go abroad for a semester or academic year to GE³ partner institutions such as the UM-SJTU Joint Institute (JI).
The University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute is an equal-partner institution cooperatively sponsored by the University of Michigan (UM) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). The Chinese Government and both partner universities have made a strong commitment to develop JI as a world class research oriented high-learning institute.
As a specially designated reform zone in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, JI has been given a high degree of autonomy to model itself after the University of Michigan. Through the merging and utilization of the best practices of both universities, JI has demonstrated rapid development in its management model, organizational structure and educational system. The unique and strategic characteristic of the JI is its global approach to structural and operational development. Over the past five years, the JI has developed an effective model for training globally astute, creative talents. In addition to its unique program curricula modeled after UM and an all-English learning environment, the JI students are exposed to an educational approach focused on holistic and rounded development of students’ abilities and character.
As of July 2015, JI has 50 faculty members from China, the United States, Canada, Poland, Germany , France, and many other countries. Around 1,100 students are enrolled in the four-year undergraduate program.
- on-campus dormitory
Exchange students are housed together with JI students in the Joint Institute Dormitory on Minhang Campus. Accommodation is either a double or triple shared room based on availability. Students will be billed by the JI before the semester starts. Living off-campus is not recommended.
- no meal plan
- on-campus dining
A meal at the campus canteens is estimated to be around 10 -15 RMB. Also, there are a large variety of restaurants and other food options available throughout campus and near the main gate.
- Georgia Tech degree-seeking student.
- Good Academic Standing with a 3.0* (or higher) GPA at time of application
- Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at GT.
- At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
- Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
- Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
- All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
- All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).
*Some host schools have stricter requirements such as higher GPA or more time in school before study abroad. (See Academic Info on your host school GT program page for any restrictions.)
Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here. Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.
1 UM-SJTU Credit = 1 GT Credit
UM-SJTU Grade = GT Grade
A+,A,A- = A
B+,B,B- = B
C+,C,C- = C
D = D
F = F
Program Costs (Estimated)
- For most exchange programs, participants must pay GT tuition, GT campus fees, and study abroad insurance to the GT Bursar for each GT semester they are abroad. No other expenses associated with this program are paid to GT; instead, these expenses are paid on site.
- Keep in mind the costs of books, health insurance, food, living expenses, and travel money, as well as pre-departure costs like your passport and visa.
- Following are cost estimates for one semester at the exchange program school that may help you prepare for your term(s) abroad. All costs are in USD.