Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (Suzhou)

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an exchange destination for University College Utrecht students in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China.

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is an exchange destination that can be part of the China Studies program.

Student experiences

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Number of places available

2 per semester

Academic Calendar

Fall semester: Beginning of September– mid-January
Spring semester: End of February/Beginning of March – mid-June

You can find the academic calendar of XJTLU here.

Language of instruction

All courses are taught in English.

Course offerings

You can browse course offerings per programme here. Note that level 0 and level 4 (master’s degree) courses are not available to exchange students.

Course levels

XJTLU works with a 4-year bachelor system, with course levels that correspond to UCU course levels in the following way:

XJTLU level

UCU level

Year 0


Year 1


Year 2


Year 3


Credit system

Students normally study 20 credits (30 EC credits) each semester. 1 XJTLU credit = 1.5 EC credits 

Grading system

XJTLU grades are converted to UCU grades according to the following table:

XJTLU grade

XJTLU qualification

UCU grade


First class (1)



Upper second class (2.1)



Lower second class (2.2



Third class (3)






XJTLU guarantees on campus housing to all students. You can find more information here

You will live a 15 minute-walk away from the XJTLU campus, in the Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District.


XJTLU provides overviews of estimated living costs here.


There is a full week of introduction activities in Fall semester, and one day in Spring semester.


XJTLU is located in Suzhou, a city of six million inhabitants located 90km from Shanghai. The city’s modern CBD is made up of sky scrapers, but it is also home to historical sights such as temples and canals. For tourist information click here. The climate in Suzhou is warmer than the Netherlands, with temperatures averaging 28 degrees in summer, although winters are comparable to Utrecht. 

Student life

XJTLU has about 13,000 students. It has a large, modern campus located some 15 kilometers outside of the old city center. XJTLU has sports facilities and clubs that engage in a wide variety of sports. There are also extracurricular activities such as a model UN and the dozens of clubs organized by the Student Union. 

Student experiences

Previous experiences are positive about the Academics, local culture and (cheap) food. The counselling and support office is also a great help for exchange students. However, many events are catered towards Chinese speakers, leading to international students feeling somewhat left out. It is also advisable to take Chinese speaking friends with you when exploring the city if you don’t speak Chinese yourself!S

More information

For information about the requirements for studying abroad, the application procedure and more, go to UCU's Study abroad page. 

You can browse through all UCU exchange destinations and UU exchange destinations in the exchange catalog.