Shanghai International Studies University

Shanghai International Studies University
Motto 格高志远 学贯中外[1]
Motto in English
Integrity, vision, academic excellence[1]
Type National
Established December, 1949
President Cao Deming (曹德明)
Academic staff
Undergraduates 5,972
Postgraduates 2,827
Location Shanghai, China
Campus Urban 74.7 hectares
Colors SISU Blue
Nickname SISU, or ShàngWài

The Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) (Chinese: 上海外国语大学) is an elite institution of higher learning in China. It's one of top eight foreign studies universities in China.

SISU has been one of the most acclaimed and influential universities cultivating intercultural professionals. SISU is known for being one of the earliest institutions where China’s higher education in foreign languages took shape. With a mission to “introduce the rest of the world to China” and “present China globally”, SISU has won an established reputation in linguistics, literary studies, comparative culture and diplomatic studies. Over the past 60-plus years, SISU graduates have been contributing to the economic and social development of China and to the promotion of friendly exchange with people around the world.SISU was among the first batch of schools admitted to the Project 211. Like its rival Beijing Foreign Studies University, SISU is known for its strict admission selection. The Ministry of Education has designated SISU's English Literature a National Key Subject along with the English Literature of Peking University.


After the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the East China office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (中共中央华东局) and the government of the Shanghai Municipality decided to establish an institute for higher education in Russian studies to cultivate qualified diplomats and translators for international affairs. With the support of Mayor Chen Yi, the Shanghai Russian School (上海俄文学校) was officially established in December 1949. Jiang Chunfang, one of the most famous Russian translators in China and the first chief editor of the Encyclopedia of China, was appointed the school's first president.

In 1950, the department of English was established and the college was incorporated as the foreign language school affiliated to the East China People's Revolution University (华东人民革命大学). The department of oriental language and literature was founded in April, 1951 and languages as Burmese, Vietnamese, Indonesian had respectively been introduced to teaching.

Later in 1952, a nationwide restructuring of institutes of higher education began in China, and the department of oriental language and literature was incorporated into Peking University. The college was renamed as Shanghai Russian College that specialise in teaching Russian language. The university was used to be widely known as Shanghai Foreign Language Institute (上海外国语学院) since its expansion in 1956 and became a national key university approved by the State Council in 1963 with the department of Russian, English (re-established), French, German, Japanese, Arabic and Spanish.

Approved by the Ministry of Education in 1994, it was officially renamed as Shanghai International Studies University (上海外国语大学). In the same year, it was listed as one of the first colleges and universities jointly supervised by the national Ministry of Education and the Municipality of Shanghai. In 1996, SISU passed the evaluation process of Project 211 directed by the Ministry of Education, and became one of the nation's “100 key universities for the 21st Century.” [2]


Schools and Departments

  • School of English Studies
    • Department of English
    • Department of Translation and Interpreting
  • School of Japanese Studies
  • School of Asian and African Studies
  • School of European and Latin American Studies
  • Department of Russian and Eurasian Studies
  • Department of French and Francophone Studies
  • Department of Germanic Studies
  • School of Law
  • School of Economics and Finance
    • Department of International Economics and Trade
    • Department of Finance
    • Department of Accounting
  • School of Business and Management
  • School of Journalism
  • School of Media and Communications
    • Department of Radio and Television Journalism
    • Department of Advertising
    • Department of Educational Technology
  • School of Education
    • Department of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages
    • Department of English Pedagogy
    • Department of Business English
  • School of Chinese Studies and Exchange
  • Graduate Institute of Interpretation and Translation (GIIT)
    • Department of Translation and Interpretation
    • Department of Translation Studies


Shanghai International studies university is ranked the 76th in the QS BRICS 2016, the 142nd in the QS Asian University Rankings, and its linguistics is ranked 151-200 in the QS ranking by subject.[3]

Graduate Education

There are 33 Master's Programs:(30 research programs) Adult Education, Ancient Chinese Literature, Arabic Language and Literature, Asian-African Languages and Literatures, Chinese and Foreign Political Institution, Chinese Linguistics and Philology, Communication, Comparative Literature & World Literature, Corporate Management, Curriculum and Teaching Methodology, Diplomacy, Education in Ideology and Politics, Educational Technology, English Language and Literature, European Languages and Literatures, Finance, French Language and Literature, Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, German Language and Literature, International Politics, International Relations, International Trade, Japanese Language and Literature, Journalism, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Modern & Contemporary Chinese Literature, Russian Language and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature, Technology Economy and Management, Translation Studies; (3 taught programs) Translation and Interpreting (MTI), Business Administration (MBA), Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL).

There are 12 Doctoral Programs: English Language and Literature, Russian Language and Literature, French Language and Literature, German Language and Literature, Japanese Language and Literature, Arabic Language and Literature, Asian and African Languages and Literatures, Translation Studies, International Relations, Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, International Politics, Diplomacy.

The Graduate Institute of Interpretation and Translation (GIIT) of SISU is awarded the highest ranking by AIIC, the International Association of Conference Interpreters, as the only Asian university among the 15 top professional conference interpreting schools in the world.[4]

Global Presence

The University has entered into partnerships with 286 universities and institutions in 55 countries and regions.[5]

The Songjiang Campus of Shanghai International Studies University


SISU has two campuses, one in Hongkou District and one in Songjiang District.

Hongkou Campus

The Hongkou campus is located in the center of Shanghai, covering 16.9 hectares.

Songjiang Campus

The Songjiang campus is in Shanghai's Songjiang New District, covering an area of 53.3 hectares.

Notable people

Notable alumni


  1. 1 2 "Mission and Vision". Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  2. (zh) "The History of SISU". Shanghai International Studies University. 2006.
  3. "Shanghai International Studies University". Top Universities. 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2016-11-21.
  4. (en) "Shanghai interpretation school bounds into world top 15". People's Daily. Xinhua News Agency. 2005.
  5. (en) "Global Partners". Shanghai International Studies University. Shanghai International Studies University. 2014.

Further reading

Coordinates: 31°16′38″N 121°28′58″E / 31.277157°N 121.482911°E / 31.277157; 121.482911

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