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Shanghai Calendars – 2020-21 Yearlong

Program Deadlines

September 1, 2019 Application opens, Early Admission begins
July 15, 2020 Application closes (late application possible)
July 31 Fall $500 confirmation deposit is non-refundable
July 31 Fall Balance Due Deadline | Financial Aid Disbursement Form Due
August 7 Fall Tuition Refund Deadline (No refunds after this date)
October 1 Spring Early Admission Ends ($500 confimation deposit is non-refundable)
November 15 Spring Balance Due Deadline | Financial Aid Disbursement Form Due
December 1 Spring Tuition Refund Deadline (No refunds after this date)

Program Dates

September 18, 2020 Departure from the US on optional group flight
September 19 Arrival in Shanghai
September 19 Move into housing
September 20 Mandatory orientation
September 20 Tour of the university and neighborhood
September 21 Fall courses begin
September 26 Shanghai city tour
October 1 - 5 Chinese National Holiday & Mid-Autumn Festival
November 7 Field trip—Suzhou
December 14 - 18 Fall final examinations
January 6 - 7, 2021 Field trip-Hangzhou and Water Village
January 8 Spring courses begin
February 11 - 17 Chinese New Year Holiday—no classes
March 6 - 7 Field Trip--Nanjing
March 17 - 21 Optional Guizhou Tour
April 5 Qingming Festival Holiday (Tomb Sweeping Festival)—no classes
May 1 International Labor Day—no classes
May 3 - 7 Final examinations week (each class has a different finals day in the week)
May 3 - 7 Program end date coincides with date of last final exam
May 9 Last day to move out of housing
Open return Students establish their own date of return

See Ready to Apply for additional information about the application process and Money Matters for more details regarding payment and cancellation deadlines. Payment of the Confirmation Deposit cannot be deferred. USAC reserves the right to make adjustments to fees or deadlines at any time.

Occasionally dates need to be changed or field trips modified. Refer back to this calendar often for the most current dates.

Quick Details

2020-21 App. Cycle

Fall/Yearlong: Cancelled

Spring: Open

Spring Accelerated (Jan-March): Open

2021-22 App. Cycle

Summer programs: Opens 9/1

Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1

Spring: Opens 9/1


Minimum GPA: 2.5

Approval from Home University

Program Type



US Credit

Program Capacity

50 students


English | Chinese

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