The Sino-British College, Shanghai

SBC Shanghai

The Sino-British College, Shanghai (SBC) is based in a beautiful historic campus in the heart of the city of Shanghai. Currently, it has about 2,000 full-time undergraduate students and about 150 international students from nearly 42 countries and regions. Degree programmes are taught entirely in the English language across the whole spectrum of Business and Engineering by a highly qualified academic team comprising about 80 international staff from 20 different countries plus about 120 bilingual administrative staff many of whom have studied for international degrees. Graduates are awarded degrees from one of the partner British institutions.

Location: Shanghai

The Sino-British College, Shanghai (SBC) is an international university college, jointly established by the University of Shanghai for Science & Technology (USST), and 9 leading British Universities: The University of Bradford, The University of Huddersfield, The University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University, Liverpool John Moores University, Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Salford, The University of Sheffield, and Sheffield Hallam University.

SBC is the higher education institution to be awarded a license to offer full degree programmes to multiple overseas universities (the so-called "1 to N Model"), either taught entirely at the Shanghai campus, or with a period of study abroad. The attraction of the multiple study pathway options is that during the first and second years of study at SBC, students have greater flexibility to identify and choose which of the various programmes and which British universities will be best suited to their abilities and future career aspirations.

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Entry Requirements:

Entry requirements are split into 2 main categories: (A) Academic Requirements and; (B) English Language Requirements. Native-English speakers are generally exempt from the English language requirements and only need to meet the Academic Requirements.

SBC Year 1 Entry - English Language Requirements:

Non-Native English Speakers usually need to have passed the IELTS test and scored at least 5.0 or equivalent. Applicants may choose to take the SBC entrance exam and online interview (arranged by CEC) as an alternative to the IELTS test.

SBC Year 2 Entry - English Language Requirements:

Non-Native English Speakers usually need to have passed the IELTS test and scored at least 5.5 (single element no less than 5.0) or equivalent. Performing well in SBC Year 1 is the normal entrance procedure into Year 2 for non-native English speakers.


Undergraduate RMB 80,000 per year
NCUK Registration Fee RMB 5,000 (year one and year two)
Scholarship (new student): RMB 10,000, RMB 20,000, 50% of tuition
Scholarship (current student): RMB 1,000, RMB 2,000, RMB 20,000


RMB 15,000 per year (small double room); RMB 18,000 per year (double room); RMB 36,000 per year (single room). Not including utilities.

SBC students at present are able to study undergraduate programmes in either business or engineering related subjects that lead to the award of a bachelor’s degree. Bachelors degree students may study the entire 4 year programme (4+0) at the SBC campus in Shanghai or study for 2 years in Shanghai and then for 2 years in UK (2+2). There are also various options for 3 years in Shanghai with the final year in UK (3+1), or for 2 years in Shanghai, 1 year in UK, and the final year back in Shanghai (2+1+1).

Bachelor degrees in China are normally four years however at SBC international students who are Native English and Near-Native English language speakers can complete the degree in only 3 years (subject to qualifications).

International students are also able to take the SBC Year 1 (which is similar to an "Access Course") in either Business or Engineering that would allow them to bridge the gap to take a Bachelors Degree if they have not completed the International Baccalaureate or A Levels. International Students who have successfully completed the International Baccalaureate or A Levels may take the SBC Year 2 (equivalent to a 1 Year "International Diploma") in Business or Engineering. Both the SBC 1 Year (similar to the "Access Course"), and the SBC Year 2 (1 Year "International Diploma") are accepted as transferable credits at a large number of British universities.

In the summer of 2016, SBC hosted three graduation ceremonies for students graduating from Liverpool John Moores University (Engineering), University of Huddersfield (Events Management) and The University of Sheffield (Business Management). As the sixth cohort of SBC/USST students completing full UK bachelor's degrees entirely in English in Shanghai, the 2016 graduates have been recognized as having achieved great success both in terms of outstanding academic performance, social responsibility through their charity work and high employability with 98% already employed or in Graduate programmes at excellent universities in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia etc.

The SBC team is committed to offering international degree education at the very highest level with continuing support from partner universities in both China and the UK.

(Source: The Sino-British College, Shanghai)