Pitt on Location - Fudan University - Shanghai

The University of Pittsburgh is excited to offer the Pitt on Location – Fudan University, Shanghai program during spring 2021 for Pitt international students who are currently living in China. Our Chinese students will have the opportunity to connect with the Pitt community by learning alongside other Pitt students both in-person and virtually.

We would love to have all our international students with us here in Pittsburgh, but we realize it is difficult for some students to get here at this time. The Pitt on Location-Fudan program offers you the opportunity to immerse in Pitt community while taking classes that keep you on track for graduation. We still value you as a community member even when  you are not physically present on campus, and we want you to continue to feel like you are a part of Pitt community. Throughout the term, you will receive care packages, direct connection via teleconference with advisors and individuals at the University, and connection to our local alumni where possible. You will have an advisor at the Study Abroad Office assigned to you for the entirety of the term for questions and assistance. 

This program is offered to you in partnership with the Education Abroad Network (TEAN), a US based international study abroad provider. The program is taking place at Fudan University, one of the most prestigious universities in China. 

Please note that Fudan University’s main campus in Shanghai is currently closed to visiting and non-degree students due to COVID-19. We do not know when the campus will fully reopen but classes will still run regardless. Courses will be held in classrooms either on the South Fudan Technology campus or at the School of Management building on the main campus with social distancing and other measures in place to ensure student safety. Currently, we cannot guarantee access to the main campus but only the south campus. In the event that Shanghai is locked down, all courses will move to online only.

Founded in 1905, Fudan is consistently ranked in the top three universities in China, in the top 45 universities globally and number one in Shanghai based on the QS World University Rankings 2019. The campus combines contemporary China with the traditions and customs of the university’s rich 100-year history. Modern towers complement beautiful Chinese gardens and provide a stimulating and contemplative environment for learning.

Located in the Yangpu District north of Shanghai’s city center, the university is serviced by the city’s extensive subway system with a train station is just a short walk from campus. The Fudan University School of Management (FDSM), in particular, is a leading institution accredited by both AACSB and EQUIS and boasting China’s #1 MBA program, according to the Financial Times.

Where You'll Live: 

Accommodation is currently not included in the program fee but a list of recommended housing options will be provided for students to organize independently.

What You'll Study: 
  • As a full-time Pitt student, you must sign up for at least 12 credits each semester. Each course offered at Fudan University is worth 3 credits. 
  • Courses offered at Fudan are taught by local faculty.
  • If you are in A&S, credit from Fudan University will transfer to your University of Pittsburgh transcript as letter grade (LG) or satisfactory/no credit (S/NC). You will get to decide the grading base for your courses when you select your courses. If you are in the CBA, your Fudan credit will transfer to your Pitt transcript only as S/NC.
  • Once you sign up for the program, we will send you a course selection form to complete and confirm which courses you are interested in taking. You will want to discuss your academics with your Pitt academic advisor before selecting your courses. The Pitt Study Abroad will enroll you in courses that you select.
  • General Education Requirements: Pitt Study Abroad has compiled a list of courses that can be used to fulfill general education requirements within the A&S and CBA.  Click here to access the list.  Students from other colleges and schools should contact their academic advisor.
  • If you are seeking to count these courses towards a major, minor or certificate requirement, please reach out to your respective advisor to discuss the courses and get approval.


Here is the list of courses for spring 2021. Please note that courses that do not meet the minimum number of students enrolled by Jan 20 will not be offered. Students are encouraged to have alternative courses selected from the list in the event of a course no longer being available.

ACCT201: Financial Accounting
ACCT301: Ethics in Financial Services and Governance
BIOL201: Introduction to Biology
BUSS201: Marketing Fundamentals
BUSS202: Business Communication
BUSS301: China and Globalization
BUSS302: International Trade
CLAW301: Introduction to Business Law
CLAW302: International Investment Law
ECON201: Microeconomics
ECON202: Macroeconomics
ECON203: Introductory Statistics
ECON301: Labor Economics
ECON302: Applied Economics
FINC201: International Finance
FINC202: Corporate Finance
FINC301: Investment and Portfolio Management
FINC302: Derivative Securities
FORE201: Introduction to Medieval Art and Literature
HIST201: Chinese History and Civilization
JAPN201: Elementary Japanese Language
MAGT201: Organizational Behavior
MAGT202: Introduction to Human Resources 
MAGT302: Organizational Leadership
MATH202: Introduction to Linear Algebra
PHIL201: Introduction to World Religions
PHIL202: Introduction to Philosophy
PHYS201: Introduction to Physics
PSYC201: Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSYC202: Educational Psychology
SOCI201: Chinese Sociology


Courses offered at Fudan are taught by local faculty.

This program is offered to you in partnership with the Education Abroad Network (TEAN), a US based international education provider with more than 20 years of study abroad programing throughout Asia Pacific. TEAN has dedicated on-the-ground staff who will assist you with the the application process and throughout the semester.

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Nazir Noori

Salam! I’m Nazir and I'm your Study Abroad Program Manager. I was born and raised abroad and went to schools in Afghanistan, Iran, and the U.S. I also took classes in India and United Arab Emirates. I worked for the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and German Foreign Office for over ten years before moving to Pittsburgh in 2014. At the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, I assisted Afghan students to study in the U.S., and now I'm glad I have the opportunity to help you study abroad.

Schedule a Zoom appointment with me below or get in touch with me through email to discuss study abroad options.


Schedule an appointment

Schedule an appointment with me using Pathways!

  • Log in to Pathways or use the Navigate app
  • Select Appointments > Schedule an Appointment
  • Select Pitt Global as the appointment type
  • Select General Study Abroad as the School/Unit
  • Select Study Abroad Program Specific Questions as the service
  • Select Study Abroad Virtual Advising as the Location
  • Select my name and find a time that works for you

Don't see a time that works for you? Just send me an email!

Arielle Schweber

Bonjour! I’m the International Programs Manager for Pitt Business. I’m originally from New York but have spent some time in France, as I have dual nationality. I’m new to the city and university, but I can’t wait explore my inner yinzer! Since high school, I have participated in short and long term study abroad programs.  My first stop was in Spain, then a semester in France and finally two short term programs in Cuba and India. Outside of the office you can find me exploring new restaurants, biking, skiing, watching HGTV or planning my next adventure! My hope is for every Pitt student to study abroad. You can get in touch with me at aschweber@business.pitt.edu or 412-383-7489.


Schedule an appointment

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  • Select Appointments > Schedule an Appointment
  • Select Pitt Business International Programs Advising as the Category
  • Select International Programs Advising - Pitt Business as the Appointment Type
  •  Select a day, find my name and find time that works best for you!

Don't see a time that works for you? Just send me an email!

You will pay your regular Pitt tuition and fees.

Housing is not included in the program.


When You'll Go: 

Application Deadline:                  January 11, 2021

TEAN Online Orientation:           February 28, 2021

Classes Begin:                            March 1, 2021

Exams Begin:                             June 20, 2021

Program Ends:                           July 3, 2021

What Else You Need to Know: 
  • This program is open only to Pitt Chinese students.
  • This program requires 2.75 GPA for all sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Freshman do not need to supply a GPA.
  • Please note it is your responsibility to be aware of any government-mandated policies when traveling to Shanghai and that things can change regarding travel restrictions or quarantine requirements both when entering China from another country or traveling regionally within China.
  • Please research travel policies that relate to your specific situation and plan to arrive in Shanghai and quarantine if necessary, by February 28 to attend the orientation session.