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Shanghai Calendars – 2021 Spring

Program Deadlines

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

Program Dates

January 2, 2021 Departure from the US on optional group flight
January 3 Arrival in Shanghai
January 3 Move into housing (all students)
January 4 Mandatory orientation
January 4 Tour of university and neighborhood
January 5 Shanghai city tour
January 6 - 7 Field trip—Hangzhou and Water Village
January 8 Courses begin
February 11 - 17 Chinese New Year Holiday—no classes
March 6 - 7 Field trip-Nanjing
March 17 - 21 Optional Guizhou Minority Tour
April 5 Qingming Festival Holiday (Tomb Sweeping Festival)—no classes
May 1 International Labor Day Holiday
May 3 - 7 Final examinations
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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