Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) (‎Hǎi dà)

上海海事大学 Shànghǎi hǎishì dàxué

Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) is a multi-disciplinary university that encompasses such areas as engineering, management, economics, law, liberal arts, and science, with special emphasis on shipping, logistics and ocean. Chinese maritime education originated at Shanghai and grew out of the Shipping Section of Shanghai Industrial College founded in 1909 (towards the end of the Qing Dynasty). SMU was established by the Ministry of Communications in 1959. According to the university layout adjustment in Shanghai, and for better service of construction of Shanghai International Shipping Center, Lingang new campus inaugurated in 2008. In 2009, SMU held a series of activities for the 100th anniversary celebration.

At present the university runs 2 post-doctoral research stations, 17 doctoral programs, 59 master’s degree programs, 47 bachelor’s degree programs, and 10 associate degree programs. SMU boasts 11 provincial and municipal key research institutes and laboratories, 1 state-level key discipline, 5 state-level specialties with special features, 9 ministerial or municipal key disciplines, and 17 Shanghai municipal “educational heights”. Besides,engineering discipline of SMU has ranked top 1% in ESI ranking across the globe. SMU owns an aquatic training center, the Yufeng Ship, a 10-thousand-ton container ship for teaching and internship training, and a newly-built 48-thousand-ton Yangtze handymax bulk carrier for teaching and internship training ship, named Yuming ship.

SMU presently consists of Merchant Marine College, College of Transport and Communications, School of Economics & Management, College of Logistics Engineering (Sino-Dutch Mechanical and Electronic Engineering College), School of Law, College of Information Engineering, College of Foreign Languages, College of Ocean Science and Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, Scientific Research Academy, etc. SMU has over 24,000 full-time students, of whom over 16,500 are undergraduates and over 5,000 are postgraduate students. Of the over 1,200 full-time teachers, 160 are professors and 63 percent hold a doctorate. Over the past decades the university has produced specialists of various types at various levels for the country’s shipping industry. The graduated students are employed in shipping companies, port enterprises and government institutions. Deservedly, SMU has been honored as a “cradle of international shipping specialists”.

SMU has always attached much importance to exchange and cooperation with overseas academies, institutions and industry companies, and has established close ties with over 80 institutions in aspects of teacher communication, joint school-running, scientific research cooperation, students exchange, etc, and close contacts with international noted shipping organization/institution, (e.g.) International Maritime Organization, The Baltic and International Maritime Council, Classification society in Norway. SMU has opened up “international class”, which attracts students of maritime institutions in USA, Korea, Poland, Russia, German, Ukraine, etc. Approved by the Education Ministry of China in 2011, the Bachelor of Science program in Logistics Management, offered by Shanghai Maritime University in collaboration with Regional Maritime University is open to applicants from Central and West Africa, which is the pioneering overseas program that can be awarded Chinese bachelor's degree among Shanghai universities. Since 2012, SMU is approved to accept the Chinese Government Scholarship students, which will be more conducive to promoting the process of internationalization of SMU.

International students on new campus and old campus will be accommodated in international students dormitory, building 62 and Gaoheng Mansion, respectively. It is under the management of the International Education College. Students are also allowed to rent off-campus, however, the costs of on-campus housing is more affordable.

The reception is on duty 24 hours and the staffs are experienced in providing services to foreign students. Each room is equipped with a bath, a direct-dial telephone, an air-conditioner and Internet connection. International students should pay the bill of ultra-generated water and electricity and gas individually.

If you need a dormitory on campus, room reservations should be made when applying. The accommodation fees of the dormitories are paid per semester and will not be refunded if you leave before the end of the semester.

Accommodation Fee Lingang Campus and Minsheng Campus


Room Rate


3 double-room in one suite

US$6 per day per room

A telephone(phone bill not included), internet access, an air-conditioner, a refrigerator, a bathroom and a closet

2 double-room in one suite

US$6 per day per room

A telephone(phone bill not included), internet access, an air-conditioner, a refrigerator, a bathroom and a closet

Double Room

US$6 per day per room

A telephone(phone bill not included), internet access, an air-conditioner, a refrigerator, a bathroom and a closet