Introduction to Shandong University

Located in the economic powerhouse and cultural heartland of China, Shandong University (SDU) is one of China’s top universities and is well-reputed for world-acclaimed researchers, dedicated teaching staff, and superior campus facilities and services.

About SDU

Shandong University is one of the initiative universities of modern Chinese higher education. Its medical school, established in 1864, signified the beginning of modern Chinese higher education. Its main body, Shandong Imperial College (Shandong Da Xue Tang) established in 1901, was the second national university in China, only after the Imperial University of Peking. Moreover, it was the first university to be established and run in accordance with a chartered constitution.

For more than 100 years, Shandong University has been following the mission of “Reserve talents for the world, and seek prosperity for the nation” and the motto of “Noble in spirit, endless in knowledge.” For this aim, it has cultivated over 400,000 talented young people of various specialties, and has been making significant contributions for the country and the regional economic and social development. As a comprehensive university with a wide coverage of academic disciplines, SDU attracts over 3000 international students from over 110 countries each year. Students from various backgrounds give SDU a rich culture mix and contribute to a dynamic learning atmosphere.

As one of the first universities finding its name on the list of Project 211 and Project 985, Shandong University has been developing by leaps and bounds in recent years, and each of its undertakings has reached unprecedented levels. The educational quality and competitiveness of the university have been remarkably improved. This improvement in the quality and capability of teaching has greatly increased both its international influence and its ability to serve the country and the local regions. The university has essentially accomplished its transformation from a teaching and research-oriented university to a research-oriented one.

Shandong University Campus

Shandong University comprises 8 campuses (Jinan Central Campus, Hongjialou Campus, Baotuquan Campus, Qianfoshan Campus, Software Park Campus, Xinglongshan Campus, Qingdao Campus and Weihai Campus) in three different cities (Jinan, Qingdao and Weihai), covering an area of over 533 hectares (including 200 hectares of the Qingdao campus).

The university currently has 4 affiliated hospitals, 3 non-subordinate affiliated hospitals and 11 teaching hospitals. It also enjoys a teaching and administrative staff of 7,782 (not including affiliated hospitals). Its full-time student population totals up to 60,000, of which 41,103 are full-time undergraduates, 16,607 are postgraduates and over 3000 are international students.

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Scholarships Available
  • Chinese Government Scholarships
  • Chinese Government Scholarship-Chinese University Program
  • Chinese Government Special Scholarship – Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship
  • Chinese Government Special Scholarship – China-Russia Cultural Exchange Scholarship
  • Hanban/Confucius Institute Scholarship
  • Confucius China Studies Plan
  • China Development Bank (CDB) Scholarship
  • MOFCOM SCHOLARSHIP Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China)
  • Chinese Government Scholarship-Bilateral Program” (CGS-BP) Scholarship

SDU also offers a series of scholarships for current students, which include Chinese Government Scholarship-Distinguished Student Scholarship, CDB Distinguished International Student Scholarship, Excellence Scholarship for Self-financed Students, etc.

Living in University

Campus activities aim to provide a platform for students to exchange views, enrich their knowledge and broaden their views, develop versatile abilities and demonstrate their talent. Campus activities not only have improved student morality and enriched their lives, but also have provided opportunities for them to learn things outside of their regular academic studies.

Generally speaking, campus activities can be divided into 3 different types. The first type includes forums and lectures regarding ideology, such as ”Youth in the Prime -Outstanding Chinese Youth Forum”, ”Great Masters Forum” and ”the Little Grove Culture Forum”. The second type of campus activity includes other various academic lectures and competitions, such as those that may cover natural sciences, social sciences, or the humanities. The third type of campus activity is made of up of recreational activities and sporting events including freshmen-welcoming parties, parties in honor of graduating students, science, technology and art festivals, student debates, singing competitions, dancing competitions, and other activities offered by the various schools.

Shandong University devotes itself to creating a multicultural campus atmosphere and presents itself as a university that is rapidly opening itself to the world.

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