Transfer Students

Undergraduate students wishing to transfer from a recognized college or university may apply as a normal student and provide course descriptions along with official transcripts/mark sheets and syllabi which will be evaluated for transfer credit.

Transfer students should have a GPA of 2.50/4.5 (or equivalent) and have individual course grades of 2.00/4.5 or better (or equivalent).

Courses must be similar in content and quality to that of IIDC in order to qualify for transfer credit.

For BBA students, up to 2 years of credit may be transferred; the remainder of the degree credits must be earned at IIDC in accordance with Chinese law.

Exchange Students


Undergraduate students attending a partner university may study at IIDC for one semester or one year provided they have a GPA of 3.00/4.5 and satisfactory English proficiency.

It is important that exchange students have taken a sufficient number of business courses such as economics, finance, statistics, business etc. so that they may take higher level courses at IIDC. It is necessary for exchange students to consult with the registrar at their home university to make sure the courses they enroll in will contribute to the completion of their degree.

Tuition is paid to the home university, but all other costs (dorm, meals, health insurance, etc.) are paid to IIDC.

Exchange Students


IIDC students who wish to study for one or two semesters at one of the IIDC partner universities may do so through the IIDC Exchange office.

Outbound exchange students must complete the application form at least three months in advance of the desired exchange period and submit the completed form to the Office of International Relations Outbound Exchange Coordinator. The completed form should also include the following documents:

Unofficial Transcript
Letter of Recommendation
Copy of Passport Photo Page
Proof of English Proficiency
One photograph

If accepted, the student should then work with the Office of International Relations Outbound Exchange Coordinator to select and apply for acceptance at the host university.

Once accepted by the host university, it is the student’s responsibility to apply for a visa, make travel arrangements and pay any fees required by the host university. Students must also submit a study plan indicating the courses to be taken at the host university well in advance to ascertain whether the credits taken could be transferred back to IIDC in satisfaction of degree requirements.

The Global Centre and the Outbound Exchange Coordinator will provide as much support as possible, but it is ultimately the student who needs to fulfill the requirements for exchange.

Admission Criteria

IIDC seeks motivated individuals from diverse academic, economic, social, ethnic and geographic backgrounds. Students at IIDC are expected to bring diversity and experience to the classroom. Acceptance to IIDC will be evaluated on a case by case basis taking into account the student's academic records, personal essay, extra-curricular activities, work experience (where applicable), phone interview and letters of recommendation.

Admission is selective and students are urged to apply as early as possible to ensure sufficient time for application review, visa application and preparation for the move to Shanghai.

Bachelors of

International Design

(BFA degree)

Students must have completed twelve years of education and received a High School Diploma or its equivalent. Students may apply prior to graduation on condition that they provide their mid-term results of their final semester during the application process. Students would be admitted on the provision they present their diploma prior to enrollment.

Students who may have achieved other credentials and are not certain if they meet our academic standards are urged to contact us with details at IIDC. This e-mail address is being protected from spam-bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Masters at IIDC

Students must have completed a Bachelor's degree in any field. Students who have completed a three-year Bachelor's degree will be considered on a case-by- case basis to determine their eligibility.

Students without a Bachelor’s Degree in business may be evaluated to see if they have sufficient knowledge in Math, Statistics, English and Computer applications and could be placed in an exchange semester prior to arrival.

Transfer Students

Undergraduate transfer students and MBA students are welcome to apply at any time within the first two years of their study at another institution.

Up to one-half of the course credits necessary to graduate from IIDC may be transferred from another institution providing the student's academic performance meets the IIDC transfer requirements.

Students should apply using the standard application form and provide transcripts (mark sheets) with course descriptions and syllabi from the institution attended for an evaluation of transferable credits.

English Language


Students must demonstrate their English language proficiency by providing an official TOEFL or IELTS test score.

Students who do not meet the indicated standard may receive conditional admission with the provision that additional non-credit English language courses be taken.

When the student has demonstrated sufficient proficiency, they may continue their studies without taking non-credit English courses. The table below shows the required equivalent test scores.