Language Requirements for SJTU International Graduate Programs

For programs taught in English

All international applicants for admission to any SJTU program must provide evidence that their English language proficiency meets the minimum requirements for admission.

Being born in a native English-speaking country is not a proof of your English proficiency. You will be deemed to have satisfied the English language requirements if you can provide evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. English Language Tests
  2. Prior study in the medium of English

 

English Language Tests

SJTU recognizes a number of English Language tests and English Preparation Courses which can be undertaken to meet the University’s English language requirements. These are set out in the following table, together with the minimum results required.

The test/score must be valid till the year of application. For example, the TOEFL must have been undertaken no more than two years prior to the commencement of the program at SJTU, i.e., the test must be dated on or after 1 January (two years prior) for Fall Semester intake.

English Language Tests Minimum Requirement Remarks
GRE General 320 (total)
160 (Verbal)
160 (Quantitative)
3.5 (Analytical)
Within 5 years after test date
GMAT 550 (overall)
25 (Verbal)
35 (Quantitative)
4.0 (Analytical)
Within 5 years after test date
IELTS (academic) 6.0 (overall)
5.5 (subtests)
Within 2 years after test date

                                                                                                                       

English Language Tests Minimum Requirement Remarks
TOEFL 85 (overall)
22 (writing)
20 (reading)
20 (listening)
20 (speaking)
Within 2 years after test date
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) 176 (overall)
169 (subtest)
Within 2 years after test date
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) 180 (overall)
180 (subtest)
Within 2 years after test date
NTS GAT General (Pakistan) 70% score For Pakistani applicants to master programs; within 2 years after test date
NTS GAT Subject (Pakistan) 70% score For Pakistani applicants to doctoral programs; within 2 years after test date

Prior study in the medium of English

If you have successfully completed an assessable Senior Secondary qualification or a post-secondary/tertiary study at an accredited university from an English-speaking country1 you do not have to prove proficiency in English provided the qualification was:

  1. Taught and examined in English
  2. Completed no more than two years prior to the commencement of the program at SJTU.
  • The statement or certificate must be on official headed paper, and must be the original document.

* English-speaking countries recognized by SJTU international graduate programs include: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Fiji, Gibraltar, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, The Gambia, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

 

For programs taught in Chinese

All international applicants for admission to any SJTU program taught in Chinese must provide evidence that their Chinese language proficiency meets the minimum requirements for admission.

Besides, for most graduate programs in sciences and engineering, similar English requirement as English taught programs applies.

Being born in a Chinese-speaking country is not a proof of your Chinese proficiency. You will be deemed to have satisfied the Chinese language requirements if you can provide evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Chinese Proficiency Tests (HSK)
  2. Prior study in the medium of Chinese
  3. Chinese Proficiency Tests
Chinese Language Tests Minimum Requirement Remarks
HSK Band 5 200 (total)
60 (subtests)
Within 5 years after test date
HSK Band 6 180 (total)
60 (subtests)
Within 5 years after test date

Prior study in the medium of Chinese

Senior Secondary Studies

If you have successfully completed an assessable Senior Secondary qualification from China (including Taiwan province, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR), or Chinese schools in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, you do not have to prove proficiency in Chinese provided the qualification was:

  1. taught and examined in Chinese;
  2. completed no more than five years prior to the commencement of the program at SJTU.

 

Post Secondary or Tertiary Studies

If you have successfully completed full-time study in an assessable qualification at an accredited university where the major language of instruction and assessment was Chinese, you may not be required to undertake a language test if you can provide a statement or certificate issued by the Registrar (or equivalent) confirming:

  1. At least one year of full-time study;
  2. The study must have been completed no more than two years prior to the commencement of the program at SJTU.
  • The statement or certificate must be on official headed paper, and must be the original document.