Achieving Success as an International Student: Pre-Freshman Studies in Shanghai

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Incoming UO Freshman
Location: Asia, China
GPA: 3.0
Program Overview

Achieving Success as an International Student introduces first-year international students to the U.S. higher education system and the University of Oregon. Students will be exposed to strategies for achieving academic, personal, and professional success during their time at UO, that include but are not limited to: critical thinking, liberal arts, and the U.S. higher education system; how to engage successfully with UO faculty and graduate students; where to go when you need help: understanding and accessing campus resources; beyond the classroom: extra-curricular and professional development opportunities; travel tips: exploring the Eugene, Oregon, and the Pacific Northwest.

**GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel. All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.


Application Instructions: To create an application for this program, please click the “apply now” button. If you are on a computer, this will be in the upper right hand of the screen, and if you are on your mobile, it will be at the bottom. You will be brought to the login page, where you can create an account. 

If you have already started taking UO classes, then you can create an application using your UO log-in and password.

If your admit term is Fall 2021, then you should follow these steps: 

  • Choose “I do not have login credentials to this site.”
  • Choose “I am not currently registered at an institution." You are not yet a UO student, and therefore should not plan on using any UO information.
  • Fill out the following form requesting your name, date of birth, gender, and email.

When you submit this form, an account will be generated for you, and an email will be sent to you with your login and password information. If at any point you have issues with this process, please contact

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Faculty and Staff

Will Johnson, JD, MA, Assistant Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Adjunct Professor of Global Studies.  Johnson has researched transnational justice, governance, and society in South Asia, Central America, and the Balkans.  He helps run the UO’s Division of Global Engagement, managing worldwide study abroad and student experiential learning opportunities.  He has led study abroad programs in Argentina, Croatia, and Serbia, which have been featured in UO’s Around the O and the Wall Street Journal.

Yawei Zhang graduated from UO in 2015 with a BFA in product design. He is the founder and CEO of HASHTAG design studio, first established in Xiamen, now located in Shanghai, focused on high-impact branding, product design, and digital design.  Yawei also serves as UO’s China-based International Student Advisor, and prior to that, assisted the UO Admissions office as a China-based international admissions counselor.  Learn more about Yawei in the UO Alumni news.

Austin Shen, founder and CEO of D-LUX Travel in Shanghai, widely known for curating unique travel experiences with art, culture, gastronomy, fine wine and more.  D-LUX Travel is a member of Virtuoso and is consistently recognized by among the "10 most valuable luxury travel agencies in China” by Hurun100.  Austin graduated from Shanghai University in 2004, majoring Computer Science, and received his MBA degree, also from Shanghai University in 2006. Over seven years of work experience at China Telecom, he built great personal connections with large business and corporations around Asia. In 2012, he started his D-Lux Travel, targeting high value customers and travel experiences.  He loves adventures and sharing his extraordinary experience with young people, and now he lives in the French Quarter in Shanghai.

Housing Description

Students will be housed in apartments at Citadines Residence by Ascott.

Citadines West Yan’an Road Shanghai
No.1066, West Yan'an Road, Changning District, Shanghai
(About 1km from Shanghai310)

Courses will take place at Shanghai310 (first and second floor).

Additional requirements

Program participants must be 18 or older as of July 3.

All participants must be enrolled at the University of Oregon starting fall term.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Priority Deadline Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer 2021 N/A 07/01/2021 08/01/2021 08/27/2021

Travel Advisories

For current health, safety, and travel advisory information, search the US Department of State country webpage.