Shanghai Office Overview
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has enjoyed more than a century of close engagement with the People’s Republic of China. Illinois boasts more Chinese students than any other in the country, as well as a vibrant, in-country office in Shanghai.
In recognition of the long and rich historical relationship—and to strengthen ties with its Chinese students, alumni, partners, and the business community in China itself—the University formally inaugurated its office in Shanghai in December 2013, with two full-time staff members hired to represent the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in-country. To accommodate the needs of its growing incoming student population, Illinois International has also started hosting in-country, pre-arrival orientations in three cities in China every summer (Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai), as well as providing shuttle bus transportation to thousands of Chinese students arriving at O’Hare airport every August to ensure their safe arrival on campus (note: this service is provided to all international students arriving for the first time).
The Shanghai Office benefits from the University’s partnership with the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), which has had an office in China for more than twenty years and operates through the US Department of Commerce office in Shanghai. The Shanghai office is physically housed within the DCEO office, in Suite 631, Shanghai Center, 1376 W. Nanjing Rd., Shanghai, China 200040.
Today, the relationship between Illinois and the People’s Republic of China is stronger than ever. In fall semester 2015, the University had 5,241 registered undergraduate and graduate students from China, which represents approximately 50% of all foreign students enrolled at the Urbana campus.