Program Details and Costs

Eligibility Requirements for Fall 2019 Program

  • Be a full-time undergraduate student of Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Be of sophomore, junior or senior standing in the Fall 2019 semester. 
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.


The Global MedPrep Scholars Program takes place in Shanghai, the largest city by population in China (24 million) and the largest city proper by population in the world. Courses are based at Fudan University, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China. Fudan University was founded in the year 1905. "Fudan", literally meaning "heavenly light shines day after day", indicates inexhaustible self-reliance and industriousness.

Program Size

In order to make this experience as personal as possible, acceptance into the Global MedPrep Scholars Program is limited to 20 students for the Fall 2019 semester. This program is geared toward students planning a career in medicine, public health, medical anthropology, or other health-related fields.


Starting in the Fall 2018 semester, our students now have their own private room with their own bathroom with shower, refrigerator, and washer. Dryers are located in the building. Students can purchase groceries to cook or dine in nearby cafes.

Tuition and Other Costs

  • Tuition will be the same for the semester abroad. Any scholarships or financial aid will still apply. 
  • Housing is billed through Washington University. This does not include meals.
  • There are no activity fees.
  • Students are responsible for airfare, visa fees, insurance (approximately $220 for the semester), food costs and any personal travel while in-country. 

Credits Earned

Students who are accepted into the Global MedPrep Scholars Program will complete a mandatory 15 credit semester. Because of the challenge of learning Chinese and in order to give students plenty of time for field experience and other cultural activities, we recommend students take no more than the required 15 credit schedule as outlined.  

Language Partners

Each student will be paired with a Chinese college student as a language partner. While all courses are taught in English, students pledge to speak only Chinese when possible, especially when interacting with their language partner. 

On-Site Support

Washington University onsite faculty will participate in instruction and oversight of the program. Dr. Gregory Polites directs the GMPSP and is responsible for the clinical aspects of the curriculum. Professor Judy Mu, referred to as "Mu Laoshi" ("Laoshi" means "teacher" in Mandarin), is the Chinese language teacher and resident director of the program. Mu Laoshi will be with the students for their entire semester at Fudan University. 

Scholarships Available

A limited number of scholarships will be awarded to Global MedPrep Scholars based on financial need and academic merit. These scholarships will be applied directly to the student's WU account in the same manner as any other WU scholarship/grant/financial aide. 

Students are encouraged to apply for a scholarship at the same time they apply to the program itself. All scholarship application components must be completed by the application deadline of February 1, 2019.

To learn more about applying for a scholarship and to access the link to the scholarship application form, click hereRecipients of the scholarship must complete the entire semester in the program. Students who withdraw early will have their scholarship rescinded. 

U.S. Passport and Visa

All students will need a valid passport that will be valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond their desired stay in Shanghai. Please take steps now to ensure your passport is up to date and will be valid through this period. In addition, a Chinese visa is required to enter China. Details on how to apply for a Chinese student visa will be provided in the acceptance materials. Students should apply for the visa once they have received notification of acceptance into the program and have received acceptance materials from Fudan, generally over the summer. Participants will apply for their visas independently over the summer prior to the fall semester.  

For further information please contact:

Carrie Canham
Office of Overseas Programs 
Study Abroad Advisor
McMillen 138
(314) 935-7695