University-Based Program

Suzhou, China



Semester-Long Program


 Spring – Dec 1 | Fall – Jun 1


2.5 GPA to apply


Live and study in Suzhou at the Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University (XJTLU) in a city where you will be surrounded by modern technology, a rich history, and ancient culture. At XJTLU, all courses are taught in English, and fields of study include the sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics, architecture and design, communications, media, business, humanities, and social sciences—all combined with the Chinese language and in-depth study of China, taught by some of Asia’s foremost experts. You will also have practical learning opportunities for a more immersive experience during the semester.


Jump into your semester in China quickly by taking APA’s comprehensive 4-day Orientation Program in Suzhou, including logistics set-up, campus and dorm tour, city tour, program orientation sessions, cultural activities, and meeting with the local student community.

Participate in APA’s off-campus components, including excursions to other cities in China, optional internships, APA community events, volunteering opportunities, and alumni networking.

Take courses with local Chinese students in the same classroom, without language barriers, thanks to the English environment throughout the campus, including in the classroom.

Register for one semester for a start, then continue your study for one more semester for the non-degree program.

Take advantage of the friendly one-stop International Student Support Services at XJTLU and a multitude of XJTLU student clubs.

Enjoy the Venice of China—Suzhou, a city with pristine UNESCO-designated gardens dating back to the 11th century, a spiderweb of ancient waterways that flow into the Grand Canal (the largest canal in the world), and the well-known, high tech Suzhou Industrial Park.

Stay on track for your degree. Receive officially granted certificate and transcript (with credits attached) for completion.

Live with XJTLU Chinese students and other international students in high-quality apartments.

Rest assured knowing that the APA on-site coordinator and other staff are there to provide continued support throughout the semester.

University Introduction

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is an international joint university based in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China. Founded in 2006 through a partnership between the University of Liverpool and Xi’an Jiaotong University, it is the first Sino-British joint venture between research-led universities.

The university, which primarily focuses on science, technology, engineering, architecture, and business with a secondary focus on English, is recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education as a non-profit educational institution.


XJLTU offers over 1000 courses in English including disciplines from 50 departments. You can take a minimum of 10 XJTLU credits (about two courses) and a maximum of 25 XJTLU credits (about 5 courses). On average, each XJTLU course is about 5 credits (similar to 3 U.S. university credits). Some modules require the previous study in the subject or in related disciplines.

To ensure smooth credit transfer after the program, APA suggests that you have your course selections approved by your home university before registering for them. Syllabi can be provided in advance upon request.

#Domain CodeDepartments
3BIOBiological Sciences
4BNVBuilt Environment
5BUSInternational Business School
6CANCommunications and Networking
7CATTCCultural Technology
8CCSChina Studies
9CCTChinese Culture
10CENCivil Engineering
12CLTChinese Language
13COMMedia and Communication
16DPHPublic Health
17DTSTCData Science
18EAPEnglish for Academic Purposes
20EDSEducational Studies
21EEEElectrical and Electronic Engineering
23ENVEnvironmental Sciences
25FTASchool of Film and TV
26HSSHumanities and Social Sciences
27IETIndustry and Enterprise Tailored Education
28IFBTCIntelligent Finance and Business
29INDIndustrial Design
30INSInternational Studies
31INTIntelligent Science
32IOMIntelligent Operations and Marketing
33IOTTCInternet of things
34JPLJapanese Language
35LANComprehensive Use of Language
37LNGApplied Linguistics
38MECMechatronics and Robotics
39MFETCManufacturing Engineering
40MTHMathematical Sciences
41PGCCertificate in Professional Studies
42PHEPhysical Education
45SATSchool of Advanced Technology
47SMOStrategic Management and Organizations
49TRITranslation and Interpreting
50UPDUrban Planning and Design


The student accommodation facilities are managed privately by the Suzhou Industrial Park Education Development and Investment Limited Company.

WENHUA APARTMENTS, a brand-new complex, is close to many well-developed facilities, for example, the SIP Olympic Stadium and the Auchan hypermarket. These apartments have private bedrooms and shared areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.


APA recommends submitting your application anytime between June to Dec 1 for the Spring semester, and between January to June 1 for the Fall semester. APA may consider late applications.

TermSpring 2023

Fall 2023

Application DeadlineDec 1, 2022Jun 1, 2023
Arrival DateFeb 6, 2023Aug 29, 2023
APA Orientation ProgramFeb 6 – Feb 9, 2023Aug 29 – Sept 1, 2023
Classes BeginFeb 13, 2023Sep 5, 2023
Program EndsJune 16, 2023Jan 3, 2024


  • –   2.5 or higher GPA
  • –   No language prerequisite’


  • *Application fee: $100
  • **Program fee: $7,850–$12,900 (cost varies based on number of courses students register)
  • Ask your home university about requirements for credits per semester. APA allows visiting students to take 10–25 credits at XJTLU, which results in a different charge for program fees.
  • 2–3 students share one apartment, with a private bedroom for each and a shared living room and bathroom. Less expensive options may be available if needed.


*Application fee will be counted to your total program fee. The fee is not refundable except for cases of application failure or program cancellation.

**Program fees include tuition, on-campus course(s), off-campus components, and housing.


Academics Logistics


2–5 Courses

Official academic transcripts from the host institution


4-day Excursions (select one from Beijing, Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi’an, Guilin, Shenzhen, etc.)

APA Community Events

Practical Learning (select one from internship, consulting project, site visits, volunteering opportunity)

Visa preparation assistance


Airport pickup and reception

APA Adaptation Program

Local SIM card for access to services on local networks

Travel advice

University insurance


  • –   International airfare
  • –   Student visas
  • –   Books
  • –   Meals during the semester 
  • –   International Travel insurance

*APA can book flights, process visas, and provide international travel insurance for students if needed.



APA offers scholarships to students studying abroad in the Asia-Pacific region. The APA TO YOU Scholarship is a need-based scholarship granted by APA each year to students on study abroad programs. Students are welcome to apply for the scholarship. APA prioritizes students who participate APA programs.



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