Purdue University provides full medical insurance for all students on study abroad programs. The current plan, an International Travel Health Insurance Program, allows full reimbursement of all medical expenses covered under the policy, incurred while studying abroad, with no deductible, and can be claimed at any time within one year of beginning the program.

Students seeking medical assistance are advised to go to the Huashan Worldwide Medical Center and visit the International Clinic, located on the 6th floor of Building 1. This clinic provides English-speaking services and full documentation for insurance reimbursals and any prescribed medicine. Visits usually cost between 600 and 1500 RMB and are fully covered by insurance. For drop-in appointments with minimal waiting time, students are advised to go between the hours of 8 AM - 12 PM.

Limited English-speaking Shanghai Jiao Tong campus hospitals are also available for students at a low rate on both the Xuhui and Minhang campuses.







Useful Phrases

Hello (you good)  -  hǎo

Goodbye (see again)  -  zài jiàn  见 再

Yes  -  shì

Yes, correct  -  duì 

I'm sorry  -  duì bu qǐ

Please  -  qǐng  请  

Please may I ask  -  qǐngwèn

Thank you  -  Xiè xie     (or)     xiè xiè nǐ  谢 谢 你

You're welcome (no trouble)  -  bié kèqi

Don't worry, it's nothing  -  méi shì   没 事

Where?  -  zài nǎr  哪 里

Subway/Metro  -  dìtiě  地铁

Where is the subway  -  dìtiě zài nǎ lǐ  地 铁 在 哪 里

Toilet  -  cèsuǒ  厕 所

Men's toilet  -  nán 男

Women's toilet  -  nǖ 女


Chinese Numbers



A free messaging & calling app that allows you to easily connect with family & friends across countries. It’s the all-in-one communications app for free text (SMS/MMS), voice & video calls, moments, and photo sharing.


Pleco is the ultimate Chinese learning companion - an integrated dictionary / document reader / flashcard system with fullscreen handwriting input and live OCR.

Shanghai Metro Planner

Gives you the subway know-how you need to get from A to B in the largest city in China. Whether you plan to visit the Pudong or Puxi regions, this FREE app will help you make the most of your time in Shanghai.


With Viber, everyone in the world can connect. Freely. More than 460 million Viber users text, make HD-quality phone and video calls, and send photo and video messages worldwide over WiFi or 3G - for free.

Me No Speak China

Traveling to China and don’t know the language? Me No Speak helps you eat, sleep, and get around with ease – just point at what you want with this illustrated language companion. Our point-to pictures and phrases include audio translations, so you can use them as talking flashcards.


Exactly how much does this program cost—my parents want to know!

$4,412 for Spring 2015, add $500--$800 for food—always less than median cost for “on campus” West Lafayette food and housing—this includes round-trip airfare!

Note: the program fee is simply “bundled costs,” that is, exactly what Purdue pays SJTU, not including tuition. The fee pays for rooms, non-engineering texts, a class trip, New Year’s dinner, and ground transportation.


What about tuition? Is it paid to the Chinese university?

There is NO CHANGE in tuition—it is paid to Purdue just the same as other semesters,  also no change in amount, whether “in” or “out-of-state.”


Do we pay “per credit hour”?

No, tuition is the same—just as here: enrollment can vary between 12  and 19 credit hours. 12 is the minimum for “fulltime.” 

Note: Check out the “China” tab at the bottom of the POS planning tool on “Academics” menu, ME Home Page.


What happens when I sign up?

If you sign up by May 1, 2015, your seat is guaranteed. You will be included in an “orientation class” meeting during the fall if you are on campus.


Can co-ops participate? What if they are not on campus in the fall?

6 of the 35 students now at SJTU in China this semester are co-ops! They completed all their paperwork by using the on-line resources provided by the orientation webpage.


Did you say airfare is included?

Yes! Roundtrip airfare is included in the $4,412 (2015 numbers) program fee. Even ground transportation in country is included!

Usual group itinerary*: United Airlines, Indianapolis to Shanghai and return.

*international participants may arrive from home countries if desired with cost adjustments.