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Shanghai Maritime University

Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
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About Shanghai Maritime University

Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) is a multi-disciplinary university that encompasses such areas as engineering, management, economics, law, liberal arts, and science, with a special emphasis on shipping technology, economics and management. SMU was established by the Ministry of Communications in 1959. According to the university layout adjustment in Shanghai, and for better service of construction of Shanghai international shipping center, Lingang new campus inaugurated in 2008.

At present the university runs 2 post-doctoral research stations, 17 doctoral programs, 57 master’s degree programs, 45 bachelor’s degree programs, and 12 associate degree programs. SMU boasts 9 provincial and municipal key research institutes and laboratories, 1 state-level key discipline, 5 state-level specialties with special features, 9 ministerial or municipal key disciplines, and 17 Shanghai municipal “educational heights”. The SMU owns an aquatic training center, the Yufeng Ship, a 10-thousand-ton container ship for teaching and internship training, and a newly-built 48-thousand-ton Yangtze handymax bulk carrier for teaching and internship training ship, named Yuming ship.

In the MOE evaluation of undergraduate education in 2004, SMU was awarded an “A”(Excellent). Then in 2006 the SMU English-language specialty won another “A” in the MOE assessment. SMU presently consists of Merchant Marine College, College of Transport and Communications, School of Economics & Management, College of Logistics Engineering (Sino-Dutch Mechanical and Electronic Engineering College), Law School, College of Information Engineering, College of Foreign Languages, College of Ocean Science and Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, Scientific Research Academy, etc.

SMU has over 20,000 full-time students, including 17,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 postgraduate students. SMU has always attached much importance to exchange and cooperation with overseas academies, institutions and industry companies, and has established close ties with over 50 institutions in aspects of teacher communication, joint school-running, scientific research cooperation, students exchange, etc, and close contacts with international noted shipping organization/institution, (e.g.) International Maritime Organization, The Baltic and International Maritime Council, Classification society in Norway. SMU open up “international class”, which attracts students of maritime institutions in USA, Korea, Poland, Russia, German, Ukraine, etc. 

Campus information

The Shanghai Maritime University has five campuses: the Lingang Campus, Minsheng Campus, Dongming Campus, Harbor School Campus, and Haihua College Campus, with the Lingang campus as its main campus, which covers an area of more than 1,330,000 square meters, with 600,000 square meters building area.

For Mandarin courses, the classes are held in the Dongming Campus. The Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) has officially moved to Shanghai Maritime University’s East Campus since Feb 15, 2014. The SMU East Campus is located at No.1336, Dongming Road, Pudong district, and is only 1 minute walk from Dongming road station of Metro line 6. For non-Mandarin courses, classes are held in the Lingang campus.


International students will be accommodated in international students dormitory Building 62 (Lingang Campus). It is under the management of the International Education College. Students are also allowed to rent off-campus, however, the costs of on-campus housing is more affordable.

The reception is on duty 24 hours and the staff are experienced in providing services to foreign students. Each room is equipped with a bath, an air-conditioner and Internet connection. International students should pay the bill of ultra-generated water and electricity individually.

If you need a dormitory on campus, room reservations should be made when applying. The accommodation fees of the dormitories are paid per semester and will not be refunded if you leave before the end of the semester. The accommodation fee is CNY 1200 per month.


Courses available 10

Agriculture Studies 4 Applied, Pure Sciences 1 Business, Management 4 Engineering 3 Humanities & Social Sciences 1 Mandarin (Chinese Language) 2


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