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Shanghai International Studies University

Shanghai International Studies University
Former names
  • Shanghai Russian School/College (1949-1956)
  • Shanghai Foreign Language Institute (1956-1994)
Motto in English
Integrity, Vision, Academic Excellence; Interpret the World, Translate the Future[1]
TypePublic (National)
EstablishedDecember, 1949; 75 years ago (1949)
PresidentLi Yansong (李岩松)
Academic staff
Students12,395 (2021)
Undergraduates6,863 (2021)
Postgraduates4,568 (2021)
CampusUrban 74.7 hectares (Songjiang and Hongkou)
ColorsSISU Blue
NicknameSISU, or ShàngWài
AffiliationsUnited Nations MoU Universities, CIUTI, AIIC
Shanghai International Studies University
Simplified Chinese上海外国语大学
Traditional Chinese上海外國語大學

Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) is a public university in Shanghai, China. It is affiliated with the Ministry of Education, and co-funded by the Ministry of Education and the Shanghai Municipal People's Government. The university is part of Project 211 and the Double First-Class Construction.

The university was established in December 1949.


After the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee East China Bureau (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 former Project 211 directed by the Ministry of Education, and then, SISU was included in the Double First Class University Plan designed by the Chinese central government.[2]


Schools and Departments

School Program
School of English Studies English
Translation and Interpreting
School of Asian and African Studies Arabic
School of European and Latin American Studies Spanish
School of Japanese Studies Japanese
School of Russian and Eurasian Studies Russian
Central and Eastern European languages (Ukrainian, Hungarian, Polish, Czech)
Central Asian languages (Uzbek, Kazakh)
School of French and Francophone Studies French
School of Germanic Studies German
School of Law Law
School of Economics and Finance International Economics and Trade
School of Business and Management Business Administration
Public Relations
Information Management and Information System
MBA Center
School of Journalism and Communication Journalism
Broadcast Journalism
Educational Technology
Online Journalism and New Media
School of Education Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages
English Education
Business English
School of Chinese Studies and Exchange Chinese
Graduate Institute of Interpretation and Translation (GIIT) Translation and Interpretation
Translation Studies


Shanghai International studies university was ranked #651-700 globally in 2016 by the QS world university rankings, the 76th in the QS BRICS 2016 and the 142nd in the QS Asian University Rankings.[5] As of 2023, its linguistics is ranked 101–150 in the QS ranking by subject.[6] As of 2021, Shanghai International Studies University ranked no. 3 nationwide among universities specialized in language teaching and research in the widely recognized Best Chinese Universities Ranking.[7]

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 and 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 and 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.[8]

Global Presence

The University has entered into partnerships with 286 universities and institutions in 55 countries and regions.[9]

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. ^ a b "SISU: Mission and Vision". Retrieved 28 May 2022.
  2. ^ (zh) "The History of SISU". Shanghai International Studies University. 2006. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29.
  3. ^ "SISU | 上海外国语大学 | 院系设置". Retrieved 2021-09-02.
  4. ^ "SISU | 上海外国语大学 | 专业列表". Retrieved 2021-09-02.
  5. ^ "Shanghai International Studies University". Top Universities. 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2016-11-21.
  6. ^ "QS World University Rankings for Linguistics 2023". Top Universities. Retrieved 2023-08-19.
  7. ^ "ShanghaiRanking's Best Chinese Universities Ranking". Retrieved 2022-01-07.
  8. ^ (en) "Shanghai interpretation school bounds into world top 15". People's Daily. Xinhua News Agency. 2005.
  9. ^ (en) "Global Partners". Shanghai International Studies University. 2014. Archived from the original on 2013-05-12.

Further reading

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