Shanghai, China

Shanghai, the largest city in the People's Republic of China, is located on the southern estuary of the Yangtze River, with the Huangpu River flowing through it. With a population of 24.28 million as of 2019, Shanghai is the global center for finance, technology, innovation, and transportation, and the Port of Shanghai is the world's busiest container port. Originally a fishing village and market town, Shanghai grew in importance in the 19th century due to trade and its favorable port location. In the 1990s, economic reforms introduced by Deng Xiaoping resulted in an intense redevelopment of the city, especially the Pudong district, aiding the return of finance and foreign investment to the city, especially the Pudong New District. Shanghai has been described as the "showpiece" of the booming economy of China. 

Please Note: The Shanghai program complies with Chinese governmental regulations which does not allow students from China, Macau, Hong Kong, or Taiwan to study at our Shanghai campus. The Shanghai Program is partnered with Fudan University, which is a highly reputable university in China.

Please Note: Students who hold passports from China, Hong Kong, Macao, and/or Taiwan are not eligible to attend a Pepperdine Shanghai program due to visa restrictions. Students who hold passports from the following countries have historically had issues securing a student visa and should contact our office before applying: Belize, Burkina Faso, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Nicaragua, Palau, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Tuvalu, or the Vatican City (The Holy See).

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