Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) is a key liberal arts university with unique strengths in foreign languages. Its Graduate Institute of Interpretation and Translation (GIIT) is a graduate professional school newly established in 2003 with special funding from China's Ministry of Education and Shanghai Municipal Government. Within three years of its existence, GIIT became one of the 15 AIIC recognized Category One programs worldwide. Since its founding, GIIT has graduated 11 classes of top-notch conference interpreters of Chinese-English combination, some of whom have been recruited by the United Nations as staff interpreters.

Since the start of the second decade of its existence, GIIT has expanded language combinations to include Chinese-French, Chinese Russian, Chinese-Arabic, Chinese-Spanish and Chinese-Korean. Students of these language combination may or may not have English as "C".