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Fudan University Graduate Exchange GWSB
Shanghai, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Restrictions: GW applicants only
Cost Estimate Fall
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3
Language(s) of Instruction:
Class Status:
Graduate Open to non-GW students: No
Level of Immersion:
Fully Integrated
Program Description:

Fudan University - School of Management

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Fudan University was China's first higher education institution to establish the educational system of Business Administration, the century-old Fudan University created the business discipline in as early as 1917. As of 2010, the university has both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation. Since re-establishment in 1985, the School of Management has been widely practicing the strategy of internationalization.

The Fudan International MBA Program was launched in 1996 through collaboration between the Fudan University School of Management and the MIT Sloan School of Management. The curriculum of the IMBA Program is jointly developed by the two schools, with the objective of cultivating business elites and future leaders with international perspectives and local insights through developing students’ systematic theoretical knowledge and comprehensive managerial skills.  The International MBA is ranked 55th worldwide in the Financial Times Global MBA 2015 ranking. 

The Fudan exchange is restricted to MBA students within the School of Business.


Fudan University is located in Shanghai, China.  Situated on the estuary of the Yangtze River, Shanghai serves as the most influential economic, financial, cultural, and technological center in China.  Because it is one of the fastest growing business hubs in the world, Shanghai attracts a huge amount of global investment and numerous visitors for international conferences, exhibitions and trade fairs. While living and studying in Shanghai, students will have ample opportunities to learn about globalization and capital formation in emerging markets along with an understanding of both Western and Chinese management practices.


FDSM follows a two semester schedule. 

  • DBiChina: September - late October
  • Fall semester: early September - mid January
  • Spring semester: mid February - mid June
*Exact dates may vary


Semester Exchange: Students may take courses in the Fudan - MIT International MBA program and elective modules in the joint MBA programs with Hong Kong University and BI Norwegian Business School. 

Module Exchange: Students may opt to participate in a two-month program Doing Business in China.pdf.  China has changed enormously over the last 20 years, and its economy has been growing rapidly with multi-stage market reform. Ranking as the world's second largest economy, China remains an attractive investment destination for overseas investors. However,investment success requires an understanding of China's different regions, business practices, history and culture, as well as how central legislation will affect local operations.
This program gives an overview of doing business in China,course modules and seminars on a wide range
of topics benefit you with:

  • Understanding the unique Chinese business and cultural environment
  • Learning about marketing and branding strategies, leadership and strategic management elements in China
  • Grasping the driving force behind the success of those companies operating in China
  • Networking with local or international high-level corporate leaders to build strong connections and share experiences

Language of Instruction

All FDSM courses are conducted in English. Fudan’s International Cultural Exchange School (ICES) specializes in teaching Chinese to foreign students.  Note that GWSB students cannot earn GW credits for participation in language coursework.


Exchange students can apply online for the Foreign Student Dormitory on campus.  Additional information on the Foreign Student Dormitory is available HERE.  

Career Development

Exchange students have access to the FDSM career center.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with The F. David Fowler Career Center prior to departure for the exchange.


Click HERE for cost estimates.

*MBA students who are U.S. citizens will receive a grant of 2500 RMB per month for the semester they are on exchange at Fudan University.   

More Information

This exchange is managed by Global & Experiential Education in The George Washington University School of Business.  Please set up an appointment to meet with Lisa Brancheau at prior to applying to an exchange program.  Students are encouraged to visit our website for answers to frequently asked questions.  

Application Deadlines

Fall Exchange - March 15
Spring Exchange - September 15