Sun Yat-sen University (zhongshan University)
Prospectus for International Students
I. The University
Its glorious history
Its academic strength
Its beautiful campus
Its good facilities
II. Programs Offered
Chinese language programs
III. Application for Admission
Student categories and admission requirements
When and where to take the examinations
Study expenses (refer to the attached sheet)
I. The University
Its Glorious History
There are not too many great figures in the world, and schools founded by the great figures are even fewer. We are proud that, however, Sun Yat-sen University is one of such schools. It was founded in 1924 by Dr. Sun Yat-sen (Zhongshan being his alias), the great leader of the Chinese democratic revolution. Its original name was Guangdong University. In 1926, it was renamed Sun Yat-sen University in memory of its founder.
Approved by the Central Government of China, on October 26, 2001, the former Sun Yat-sen University and the former Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences were merged into a new Sun Yat-sen University.
Its academic strength
Sun Yat-sen University is one of the key universities directly under the Ministry of Education of China and it is also a multi-disciplinary tertiary institution achieving the state projects of “985” and “211”, ranking as one of the leading universities in China and at the top in South China.
Sun Yat-sen University offers an extensive range of curricula covering the fields of natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, medical sciences, technology and managerial sciences. Altogether there are 29 schools and other colleges in the University, including the Graduate School, School of Software, College of Network Education and the College of Continuing Higher Education. At the undergraduate level the courses are offered in 97 subject areas; at the graduate level, Master’s degrees are conferred in 251 subject areas and doctorates in 180. Currently the University also offers 23 new specialized degree programs. Furthermore, there are 23 postdoctoral programs.
At present, the student body totals more than 70,000, including nearly 1,600 international students，nearly 4,100 for their doctorate’s degrees, over 9,500 working for their Master’s degrees, about 31,000 pursuing their bachelor’s degrees and near 5.500 for on-job training for doctorate’s or master’s degrees. Nearly 30,000 are the other categories of students.
The number of faculty members and administrators is about 13,000, of whom 1,004 are professors and 1,672 associate professors, 963 Ph.D supervisors and 2,941 master’s degree supervisors.
Its Beautiful Campus
Sun Yat-sen University has four campuses:
The Guangzhou South Campus
Situated on the southern bank of the Pearl River, the Guangzhou South Campus (the main campus and it is the former Sun Yat-sen University) covers an area of 1.17 square kilometers. In the central area, there are many old buildings of red bricks and green tiles in delighted contrast with new modern ones. With its green lawns, tall trees, bamboo groves, and other lush subtropical vegetation, the campus offers a quiet and pleasant environment for learning and research.. On this campus, there are postgraduates of liberal arts and sciences and parts of senior undergraduates working for their degrees and the Chinese learners from overseas..
The Guangzhou North Campus
Situated in downtown of Guangzhou, the Guangzhou North Campus (the campus of former Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences) has a total area of 0.39 square kilometers. In 1886, Dr. Sun Yat-sen studied medicine and undertook revolutionary activities here. On this campus, there are postgraduates and senior undergraduates for medical sciences working for their degrees. Zhongshan School of Medicine originated from former “South China Medical College” which had a history of more than 140 years and was the first medical school practising western medicine in China.
The Zhuhai Campus
Situated in Tangjia Wan (Tangjia Bay), Zhuhai City, the Zhuhai Campus covers a total area of 3.428 square kilometers, about 120 kilometers away from Guangzhou. With three sides surrounded by hills and one side facing the sea, the campus enjoys a beautiful landscape and fresh air. Parts of undergraduates (from the 1st year to 4th year students) and parts of first year and second years undergraduates are arranged to study on this campus.
The Guangzhou East Campus
Located in Guangzhou University Town in Xiaoguwei, Panyu, where ten universities have their new campuses including Sun Yat-sen University, the Guangzhou East Campus covers an area of 1.13 square kilometers. It was opened from September, 2004. Parts of undergraduates (from the 1st year to 4th year students) and parts of first year and second years undergraduates are arranged to study on this campus.
Its Good Facilities
The University boasts excellent facilities and offers satisfactory services. There are special international student dormitory buildings on the Guangzhou South Campus and the Guangzhou North Campus. At present, the international students studying on the Guangzhou East Campus and the Zhuhai Campus have to live in the same dormitory buildings with the Chinese students, but they can apply for the independent rooms there.
On each Campus, there are modern sports facilities including a stadium, swimming pools, tennis courts, volleyball grounds, a gymnasium and so on.
The four Campuses all have libraries and computer networks. The University possesses a collection of more than 4,500,000 volumes of books, together with 15,000 kinds of periodicals, and provides on-line international retrieval service.
II. Programs Offered
A. Chinese Language Programs (Degree and Non-degree Courses)
School for Overseas Educational Exchange (SOEE) undertakes the Chinese language teaching for overseas students. Its former Center for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language was founded in 1981. The school is one of the earliest departments appointed to teach Chinese as a Foreign Language by the Ministry of Education of China. It has 3 professors, 8 associate professors and 14 lecturers who are experienced and with notable achievements in Chinese language teaching and research.
For international students, the school runs both undergraduate program for Chinese language and non-degree Chinese program with different levels. Applicants who have successfully graduated from senior middle schools can apply for this degree program and the study length is 4 years. Those who aim at enhancing their Chinese proficiency may apply for the non-degree Chinese training program. The study length for this non-degree program is from half a year to 2 years. Besides, the school also runs a Cantonese program.
The school offers such courses as Intensive Reading, Extensive Reading, Speaking, and Listening (visual and aural). Placement into different classes is based on the students' Chinese language proficiency (Chinese beginners included). The school also offers selective courses such as Journal-Reading, Applied Writing, Chinese Grammar, Business Communication, Chinese Idioms, Translation (from Chinese to English, Japanese, Russian, or Vietnamese), Survey of China, Traditional Chinese Culture, Literature Appreciation, Chinese Customs, Chinese Movies, Calligraphy, Chinese Martial Arts (kung fu) and Spoken Cantonese. The School for Overseas Educational Exchange is also one of the designated testing centers for the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK). HSK is given twice a year, respectively in April and November. Those who pass the test will receive the "HSK Certificate" issued by the State HSK Commission.
B. The Specialties and Majors for the Undergraduate Programs (Study Length: 4 years for humanities and science and 5 years for medical sciences)
School for Overseas Educational Exchange (SOEE): Chinese language ( For international students, there are two fields: Chinese Language and Business Chinese).
School of Humanities:
Chinese Language and Literature, History, Philosophy, Anthropology, Archaeology.
Lingnan (University) College:
Economics, International Business & Trade, Finance, Cameralistics, Risk Management and Insurance, Logistics Management
School of Business:
Business Administration, Corporate Finance and Investment, Electronics Business, Finance Management, Marketing, Accountancy, Tourism and Hotel Management (Field: Hotel Management),
School of Law: Law Science.
School of Government
Sociology, Political Science and Public Administration, Administrative Management, Public Relations, Public Policies, Social work,
School of Asia-Pacific Studies: International Politics.
School of Foreign Languages:
English Language and Literature, Japanese Language and Literature, French Language and Literature, German Language and Literature，Korean Language and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature.
School of Education: Applied Psychology
School of Communication and Design：Journalism, Digital Media Design, Art Design (including Space Design, Visual Design and Industrial Design).
School of Mathematics and Computational Science:
Mathematics & Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Information & Computational Science.
School of Informational Science and Technology:
Computer Science and Technology, Information Safety, Electronic Information Science and Technology, Communication Engineering, Automation (Computer Control and Application), Network Engineering.
School of Physics Science and Engineering:
Physics, Material Physics, Optical information Science and Technology, Micro-electronics.
School of Engineering:
Traffic Engineering (Intellectualized Traffic), Traffic Engineering (Urban Traffic Construction), Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, Heat Energy & Dynamical Engineering (Liquefied Natural Gas Utilization & Urban Gas Technology), Civil Engineering.
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering:
Chemistry, Applied Chemistry, Applied Chemistry (Biochemistry), Material Chemistry Chemical Engineering & Techniques, Polymer Material & Engineering.
School of Life Sciences:
Biology, Biotechnology, Ecology，Biotechnology & Application (BS and MS program).
Department of Earth Science：
Earth Information Science, Geology
School of Geographical Science and Planning (SGSP):
Geography, Resource Environment & Urban and Rural Planning and Administration (Economic Geography and Urban & Rural Planning), Geographical Information System, Urban Planning, Hydrology & Water Resources Engineering.
School of Environmental Science and Engineering:
Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Atmospheric Science, Applied Meteorology.
School of Software:
Software Engineering (Field: Digital Media Technology, Communication Software, Applied Computer Software, Inlaid Software and System)
School of International Studies:
English (Business, Interpretation and Chinese Language as a Foreign Language).
School of Tourism and Management: Tourism Management.
Department of Information Management:Library Science, Computer Science and Technology, Archives Science, Information Management and Information System.
School of International Business:
Economics (International Trade, International Finance, Finance & Taxation), Business Administration (Accountancy & Financial Management).
Zhongshan School of Medicine (Study Length: 5 years):
Clinical Medicine, Anesthesiology, Medical Imaging, Medical Jurisprudence, Ophthalmologic Vision Optics, Medical Verification, Convalescent Therapeutics, Biomedical Engineering.
School of Public Health （Study Length: 5 years）:
Preventive Medicine, Medical Nutrition, Health Care for Children and Women, Health Management.
Guanghua School of Stomatology (Study Length: 5 years): Stomatology.
School of Nursing: Science in Nursing.
School of Pharmaceutical Science: Pharmaceutical Science (Study Length: 5 years).
(a) For further information about the course structures for the specialties mentioned above, please visit the home page for undergraduate programs at the following website: http://admission.sysu.edu.cn
(b) The courses offered by the above specialties are also the non-degree ones for international students who just sit in classes and take neither graduation diplomas nor degrees.
C. Programs for Postgraduate Studies (Study Length: 3 years).
(The program indicated with the symbol * offers courses leading to both Master’s and PhD degrees, and those without only offer courses leading to the Master’s degree):
*Chinese Language and Literature:
*Theory of Literature and Art, *Linguistics and Applied Linguistics （Dialect Studies & Application, Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Social Linguistics, Computational Linguistics）, *Chinese Philology, Ancient Chinese Literature, *Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature, Chinese Ethnic Language and Literature, *Comparative Literature and World Literature，Studies of Non-matter Cultural Heritage.
*Historical Theory and History of Historical Science, *Archaeology and Museology, Historical Geography, *Studies of Historical Literature (including Paleography and Studies of Dun Huang), History in Special Fields, *Ancient Chinese History, *Modern History of China, *World History，*Historical Anthropology, Law History of Sino-Foreign Countries.
*Fundamental Mathematics, *Computational Mathematics, *Probability and Mathematical Statistics, *Applied Mathematics, Operational Research and Control Theory, *Information Computational Science
*Theoretical Physics, *Particle Physics and Nuclear Physics, *Atomic and Molecular Physics, * Plasma Physics, * Condensed Matter Physics,*Acoustics, *Optics, *Radio Physics，*Thermo-physics & Energy Technology.
*Inorganic Chemistry, *Analytical Chemistry, *Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry (including Chemical Physics), *Chemistry and Physics of Polymers，Chemistry Biology.
*Physical Geography, *Human Geography, *Cartography and Geography Information System，*Ocean & Seashore Geography, *Urban & Regional Planning.
*Botany, *Zoology, *Physiology, Hydrobiology, *Microbiology, *Neurobiology, *Genetics, *Developmental Biology, *Cell Biology, *Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, *Biophysics, *Ecology, *Food Safety Biology, Biotechnology, Information Biology.
*Optical Engineering: *Optical Engineering.
*Science of Business Administration:
*Corporate Management (including Financial Management, Marketing, and Human Resources Management), *Tourism Management, *Financial Management & Investment, *Industrial Organization and Management, *Technology Economy and Management，*Managerial Science and Engineering, *Accounting, *Marketing.
* Marxist Philosophy, *Chinese Philosophy, *Logic, *Foreign Philosophy, *Ethics, *Aesthetics, *Study of Religion, *Philosophy of Science and Technology.
* Political Economics, *Western Economics, *World Economics、Population、Resources and Environmental Economics，*Economic History of Ideology, *Economics.
*Public Finance, *Finance, *International Trade, *Quantitative Economics，*Statistics, Regional Economics, National Economics, Industrial Economics, Labour Economics, Economics of National Defence.
Science of Law:
Jurisprudence, Law History, Constitutional Law and Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Civil and Commercial Law, Procedure Law, Economic Law, International Law, Military Law.
*Political Theory, History of Chinese Communist Party, International Politics, International Relations.
*Sociology, *Demography, *Anthropology, *Folklore (including Chinese Folk Literature).
Education: Theory of Education, *Higher Education, Education Technology.
Physical Education: Physical Education and Training.
Science of Art: Art Designing.
Science of Psychology: Applied Psychology, *Psychological Foundation
*Science of Ethnology: *Ethnology.
*Theory of Marxism: Basic Theory of Marxism, Development History of Marxism, Studies of Marxism with Chinese characteristics, Studies of Marxism in Foreign Countries, Marxism Theory and Ideology, *Political Education.
Foreign Languages and Literature:
*English Language and Literature, French Language and Literature, Japanese Language and Literature, Russian Linguistics, German Linguistics, Indian Linguistics, Spanish Linguistics, Arabian Linguistics, Asian-African Linguistics, *Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics.
*Meteorology, Atmospheric Physics and Atmospheric Environment.
Marine Science: Physics Oceanography, * Marine Biology.
*Mineralogy, *Petrology, *Ore Deposit Geology, Structural Geology, Quaternary Geology.
*Solid Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, General Mechanics and its Foundation.
*Material Science and Engineering: Material Physics and Chemistry.
Dynamic Engineering and Thermo-physics：*Engineering Thermo-physics.
Electrical Engineering: Power Electronics & Power Transmission.
Electronic Science and Technology: Electric Circuit & System, *Micro-electronics and Solid State Electronics.
Information and Communication Engineering:
*Communication and Information System, Signal and Information Processing.
Control Science and Engineering: Detection Technology & Automatic Equipment, Mode Identification and Intelligence System.
Computer Science and Technology:
*Computer Software and Theory, Structure of Computer System, *Computer Applied Technology.
Civil Engineering:：Rock and Soil Engineering
Hydrology and Water Resources, Harbor, Costal and Offshore Engineering
*Environmental Science and Engineering: * Environmental Science， Environmental Engineering.
Traffic Transportation Engineering: Highways & Railway Engineering, Traffic Information Engineering & Control, Traffic Transportation Planning & Management, Utilization Engineering of Delivery Means.
Chemical Engineering and Technology: Chemical Crafts.
Plant Protection: Agricultural Entomology and Pest Control.
Science of Stockbreeding: Science of Grass Industry.
Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical Engineering.
*Anthropotomy & Histology and Embryology, *Immunology, *Pathology, *Pathological Physiology, *Forensic Medicine, Nuclear Medicine, Medicine of Aviation, Spaceflight and Navigation, Liver Cell & Histiocyte Engineering, Molecule Medicine.
*Internal Medicine (Cardio-vascular Diseases, Gastro-Entomology, Endocrinology and Metabolization, Pulmonary Medicine, Nephrology, Hematology, Rheumatismm Infectious Disease), *Surgery (General, Thoracic & Cardiac, Orthopedics, Urology, Neuropathy, Anaplasty, Burning, Field Operations), *Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Geratology, Psychopathy and Psychiatry, *Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, *Neurology, Dermatology and Sexually Transmited Disease (STD), *Infectious Diseases, Medical Imaging Sciences and Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostics of Clinical Check, Nursing, Rehabilitation Medicine & Physiotherapy, Medicine in Sports, *Oncology, Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Medicine of Serious Sick Cases, Transplantation Medicine.
Stomatology: Pre-clinical Stomatology, *Clinical Medicine of Stomatology.
Public Health and Preventive Medicine:
*Epidemiology & Health Statistics, *Labor Health & Environmental Hygiene, *Nutrition & Food Hygiene, *Health Care for Children and Women, Hygeian Toxicology, Preventive Medicine in Military, Medical Check & Quarantine.
*Clinical Medicine of Traditional Chinese Medicine & Western Medicine:
Pre-clinical Medicine of Traditional Chinese Medicine & Western Medicine, Clinical Medicine of Traditional Chinese Medicine & Western Medicine.
Pharmic Chemistry, Pharmacy, Pharmacognosy, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Microbiology & Biochemical Pharmacy, Pharmacology.
*Managerial Science and Engineering: Managerial Science & Engineering.
Science of Public Management:
*Administration Management, Social Medicine & Public Health Care Management, *Educational Economy and Management, Social Guarantee, *Management of Land Resources, Public Budget, Public Relations, Social Work, Public Media Management, *Law & Administration.
Science of Library, Information and Archival
Library Science, Information Science, Archival Science.
D. Programs for Special Degrees:
Special Ph. D: Clinical Medicine.
Special Master’s Degrees:
Clinical Medicine, Business Administration (MBA,only for self-funded students), Public Administration (MPA), Law (JD), Education, Interpretation, Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Public Transportation, Hydraulic Engineering, Accountancy, Management of Projects, Material Engineering, Biological Engineering, Optical Engineering, Geological Engineering, Computer Technology, Environmental Engineering, Software Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Integrate Circuit Engineering, Stomatological Medicine, Public Hygiene.
E. Short-term Programs
For the purpose of enhancing the cultural exchange between China and other nations, School for Overseas Educational Exchange (SOEE), Sun Yat-sen University, also runs short-term programs of the Chinese language and other subjects. The minimum size of a class in the program is 15 participants (The Chinese proficiency should be at the same level). The student age limit is from 17 to 60 years old. If any overseas institutions or relevant agencies wish to sponsor students for such programs, please contact School for Overseas Educational Exchange (SOEE) three months in advance.
Subjects: Chinese language, Chinese Culture, Chinese Calligraphy and shadowboxing,，etc。
Length: one, two, three or four weeks.
Methodology: Class work combined with extracurricular activities such as field trips and excursions.
Remark: Individual application is unacceptable to the short-term programs.
III. Application for Admission
Student Categories and Admission Requirements
(a) Undergraduate students: Applicants for undergraduate programs should have finished senior high school and be at the age of 18 – 45 and healthy. The study period for human and social sciences and natural sciences is 4 years, and for medical sciences is 5 years.
(b) Master’s Degree Candidates: Applicants for Master’s degrees should have finished undergraduate programs, with two recommendation letters from two associate professors or professors, and should be generally under the age of 35 and healthy. The study period is 3 years.
(c) Ph. D. candidates: Applicants for doctoral degrees should have finished their MA or MS courses and with two references from two associate professors or professors and should be generally under the age of 40 and healthy. The study period is three years
(d) The Chinese Language Requirements for the Degree Students:
For liberal arts, economic, trade and managerial studies, the score for the HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) should be Grade 6 or above（for new HSK, the score should be Grade 5 or above）, for science, technology and medical studies, Grade 3 or above(for new HSK, the score should be Grade 4 or above).
(e) Non-degree Students:
College students who have finished 2 years' study and want to take relevant courses in China, aged 55 or under and healthy. The study period for this category of students is 1 or 2 years.
(f) Non-degree Advanced Students:
Those who have a MA or Ph. D degree and want to undertake advanced studies on specific topics under the supervision of Chinese professors, aged 55 or under. The study period is usually less than one year.
(g) Chinese Language Learners:
Those with a senior high school diploma, aged 18 - 55, and those with a basic command of Putonghua (Mandarin) listening and speaking if they want to go into a Cantonese language program.
Application Time and Procedures
(a) The university practices a double-semester system. The academic year starts in September and consists of two semesters. Generally the fall semester lasts from September 1 to the end of January and the spring semester from March 1 to mid July.
(b) Application deadlines:
Undergraduate Studies: June 5，
Postgraduate Studies: May 5,
Chinese Studies and other programs: June 5
Chinese Studies for the spring semester: December 5.
(c) Documents to be submitted:
Undergraduate: Applicants should submit Application Forms, Xerox copies of passport, diploma and transcript for senior high school, and copies of the Chinese Proficiency Certificate (HSK).（Two copies of each document should be submitted.）
Postgraduates: Applicants should submit Application Forms, Xerox copies of passport, copies of graduation diplomas and transcripts, copies of degree certificates f, research plans, personal resume, two reference letters from two associate professors or above, and copies of the Chinese Proficiency Certificate (HSK). （Two copies of each document should be submitted.）
Non-degree Students & Non-degree Advanced Students: Applicants should submit Applications Forms, Xerox copies of passports, copies of certificates of education and research plans.
Chinese Learners: Applicants should submit Application Forms, Xerox copies of passports and certificates of education.
For further information, please contact:
Office for International Students’ Affairs, Sun Yat-sen University
#135 Xingang Xi Rd., Guangzhou
Zip code: 510275
Tel: 0086-20-84036465 or 0086-20-84110819 (for liberal arts and natural science)
Tel: 0086-20-87331675.0086-020-87331692 (for medical sciences)
Fax: 0086-20-84115621 (for liberal arts and natural science)
Fax: 0086-20-87333601 (for medical sciences)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (for liberal arts and natural science)
E-mail: email@example.com（for medical Sciences）