Fudan University


Fudan University is mainly a national public research university in Shanghai, China. Earlier it was founded in 1905 as Fudan Public School. It was the first institution of higher education to be established by a Chinese person. In the year 1917, the institution was renowned as Fudan University, which has been there ever since.  In 1929, Fudan finally reorganized its departments, expanding to include departments of law, journalism, municipals, and education.

Fudan University consists of 17 full-time schools, 73 bachelor's degree programs, 69 departments, 22 disciplines and 134 sub-disciplines authorized to grant PhD degrees, 201 master's degree programs, 7 key social science research centres of Ministry of Education P.R.C, 6 professional degree programs, 9 national basic science research and training institutes and 25 post-doctoral research stations. 

Fudan is a collegiate university with 5 colleges that are Zhide, Keqing, Tengfei, Renzhong, and Xide. It is now composed of 4 campuses in Shanghai that are Zhangjiang, Handan, Fenglin, and Jiangwan, which share the very same central administration. Fudan also has affiliated with 17 hospitals.

The university motto is "Scientia et studium, quaestio et cogitatio" arrives from Analects Book 19.6 which translates as "rich in tenacious of purposes and knowledge, reflecting with self-practice and inquiring with earnestness".


Fudan University enrols more than 45,000, including full-time students and students in continuing education or online education. Moreover, there are nearly 1,760 international students, ranking second nationally. Fudan has enrolled and trained over 10,000 foreign students from 100 countries and regions worldwide. At the end of 2006, there were around 2,812 international students studying at Fudan University, ranked number 2 in the nation. About half of them were actively pursuing degrees, and the rest of them were general visiting scholars. In addition, Fudan enrols more than 1700 short-term students each year.

The acceptance rate of the university is around 32%. It’s quite difficult and competitive to get admission. Quite “international” by Chinese standards, with a very high proportion of foreign students and also their students going away on exchange programs.

Fudan University gives around 50 undergraduate programs to international students and also offers 2 English-taught undergraduate courses to international students, namely UIPE (Undergraduate International Program in Economics) and MBBS (a 6-year medical program).


Fudan University does have an "International Student's Dormitory", a building reserved as living quarters for any students from countries other than China or international students, studying either degree or non-degree programs.


Fudan University does very well in international and national rankings. Following is an overview of their national and international rankings.

  • 4th in China,
  • 7th in Asia
  • 31st globally according to the rankings of QS World University Rankings. 

Fudan University continuously ranks in the world's top 100 universities by some of the most-widely read university rankings in the world such as the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the Academic Ranking of World Universities, and QS World University Rankings.


Fudan University
220 Handan Rd, Yangpu District, Shanghai, China, 200437

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