Shanghai, China | Semester at East China University of Political Science and Law


The International and Graduate Affairs Office of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and several Chinese universities have partnered to provide an exchange opportunity for students in both universities. To create opportunities for students to gain exposure to international law, comparative legal issues, and the systems and cultures of other nations, the student exchange program will be offered in fall and spring semester. Global competency and an appreciation for cultural diversity are imperative skills that lawyers need to possess and meaningfully cultivate in order to be effective advocates, thought leaders, and citizens in today’s deeply interconnected world. Through the proposed exchange program, highly qualified law students from the partner schools would be able to sample the vast academic and cultural programs that each school has to offer and would return to their home countries armed with an enriched understanding of the law through a transnational lens.

Program Dates: One semester (credit-bearing program)

Fall Semester: Mid-September to Late December (dates vary)

Spring Semester: Late February to late June (dates vary)

About the University

Founded in 1952, East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL) is one of the first group of higher learning institutions of politics and law established by the new People's Republic of China and it used to be one of the higher learning institutions of the Ministry of Justice of The People’s Republic of China. It is now a university jointly administered by the Ministry of Justice and local government, with the local government enjoying the priority of administration. Through the efforts of several generations, ECUPL has gradually developed into a multidisciplinary university of economics, management, finance, foreign languages, etc. with focus on law. Read more about the university on their website here.

Applicant Eligibility

1L and 2L students are eligible to apply. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be in good standing at the Moritz College of Law. Those students with an interest in International and Comparative Law will receive preference, but all students are encouraged to apply. Students with Chinese citizenship will have different application procedures. If you are a Chinese citizen, please alert the Assistant Dean of Moritz International and Graduate Affairs.

Program Costs

Program Fee: Regular semester tuition paid to Moritz College of Law
Office of International Affairs Study Abroad program Fee: $150
Housing/Room and Board: Approximately $895/semester
International Travel: Approximately $1000
Passport (if needed): Approximately $150
Visa (required): Approximately $170
ECUPL fees: Waived
Chinese Residency permit (if needed): Approximately $80
University Health Insurance (required): Approximately $60
Supplemental Health Insurance: Approximately $40/month
Financial Aid: Eligible for Vogel International Fellowship (up to $1,000) and federal financial aid may apply.

Students should also budget additional amounts for miscellaneous expenses, including food, excursions, personal care items, and other living expenses.

Housing and Room and Board

Students will live in a shared room in a residence hall on campus, arranged by ECUPL.

Passport and Visa

China requires U.S. citizens to carry a valid U.S. passport and visa when traveling to China for any purpose. Visas are available through a number of travel and visa agencies in Columbus, including Fun Travel Service in Dublin, OH. Please see their website for more information on visa services or contact the International and Graduate Affairs Office with additional questions using the contact info below. When applying for your visa, please remember to bring your valid passport, the original copy of Peking University’s official admission notification letter and a Visa Application Form for Foreign Students Studying in China (also known as the JW201/JW202 form). Make sure that you take your passport (with visa), letter of admission, and JW202 form with you to China, as you will need these documents to apply for a Residence Permit after your arrival in China. If you plan to study in China for more than 6 months, you will apply for an X1 visa. If you plan to study for less than 6 months, you can apply for an X2 visa. You can find more information about the Visa application process at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website.

Health Insurance

While participating in an Ohio State study abroad program, students are required to maintain their primary insurance coverage.

Required Supplemental Health Insurance

While participating in an Ohio State study abroad program, students are required to maintain their primary insurance coverage. Students are also required to apply for and purchase supplemental insurance through GeoBlue for the duration of the program. Once accepted to the program, you will be sent a link to complete the supplemental health insurance application.

Course Selection

Chinese universities offer a wide-range of courses taught in both English. The course schedule for Moritz Fall Semester will not be available until the July preceding the start of the semester. Students will work with the Office of International and Graduate Affairs and the ECUPL Faculty of Law to determine a course schedule that meets both ABA study abroad requirements and Moritz College of Law requirements to ensure the transfer of credit hours and maintain progress towards graduation. The OSU Moritz Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Registrar would be consulted for determinations about the applicability credits for exchange students under their auspice. Please contact Dean Laura Fernández-Álvarez for a complete course list from each university.

Application Requirements

Applying to study abroad is a three-step process:

Step 1: Internal Application within the Moritz College of Law

Please complete the online application and upload required materials:

  1. “Statement of Educational Objectives” (up to 250 words) explaining your interest in the exchange opportunity and what you hope to accomplish and gain by studying abroad
  2. Official copy of law academic transcript (undergraduate transcript not necessary)

Step 2: Once pre-approved by Moritz, complete the Office of International Affairs study abroad application ($150 program fee) and related paperwork (orientation, risk management, supplemental health insurance)

Step 3: Complete university partner application and submit required materials

Additional documents required by ECUPL:

  1. Copy of valid passport
  2. Signed ECUPL exchange student application.
Application Deadline

Applications are due by March 1 for studying abroad in the next calendar year, but early applications are encouraged. If applying as a 1L, note that no decision will be made until first semester grades are posted.

Decision Timeline

The internal review process at Moritz takes approximately 2-4 weeks. Admitted students work with Assistant Dean Fernández-Álvarez on academic proposal to the Academic Affairs committee to have all credits pre-approved before departure.

Pre-Departure Orientation

All Ohio State students participating in any OSU sponsored study abroad program must attend a pre-departure orientation organized by the Office of International Affairs. Possible dates for this orientation will be shared with students once they are accepted to the program.

ABA Criteria for Approved Study Abroad

The American Bar Association has criteria that must be met in order for study abroad programs established by ABA-Approved Law Schools to be approved. These criteria are listed on the ABA Criteria for Approval of Foreign Semester and Year-Long Study Abroad Programs and the Criteria for Foreign Summer and Intersession Programs. The Assistant Dean of International and Graduate Affairs will work with students to ensure that these criteria are met. For further information, please contact the Office of International and Graduate Affairs using the contact information below.

Contact Information

Moritz College of Law Contact Information

Megan Avellana, Assistant Director
Office of International & Graduate Affairs
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
55 W 12th Avenue, 361 Drinko Hall
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Phone: +1-614-247-0098/