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Sun Yat-sen University


MBBS (in English)
Last updated: Apr.28 2015
Qualification Awarded:
Bachelor's Degree Report mistake
Teaching Language:
English Report mistake
6 Years Report mistake
Tuition Fee:
RMB 48,000 per year Report mistake
Starting Date:
Oct 8 , 2016 Report mistake
Application Deadline:
May 30 , 2016 Report mistake
Application Fee:
USD 150 (Non-Refundable)
Enrollment Quota:
60 Report mistake
Affiliated Hospitals:
8 Report mistake
English Requirement:
Yes Report mistake
Admission Difficulty:
Normal Report mistake
Academic Requirement:
High School Graduate Report mistake

Program Highlights

  • This program is the construction spot of national-level featured major, it ranks the 4th among medical colleges in China.
  • SYSU is one of 30 universities qualified by the MOE of China to accept MBBS international students.
  • All courses taught in English, without Chinese language proficiency requirements.
  • SYSU is listed in the WHO World Directory of Medical Schools and the graduates of MBBS programs are eligible to take the Medical Licensing Examinations held by the medical councils in different countries such as MCI, PMDC, USMLE, HPCSA, SCHS etc.

Program Description

Brief Introduction:

Sun Yat-sen University was approved as one of the thirty universities by the Ministry of Education of China to enroll international students majoring in MBBS (Program of Clinical Medicine taught in English). The program follows the “Provisional Regulations on Quality Control Standards of English-Taught Medical Undergraduate Education for International Students in China”, and practices the academic principles of consolidating theoretical knowledge and focusing on technical skills, interdisciplinary studies, and clinical practice.

Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) started the MBBS program in2006 and has since gained recognition and approval from the medical councils in India, Thailand, Nepal and many more nations. To date, two batches of international students totaling 194 from India, Thailand, Nepal, and other countries have graduated successfully from the University.

Zhongshan School of Medicine

First established as Boji Medical School in 1866, Zhongshan School of Medicine (SYSU-SOM) is the oldest school of Western medicine in China. Today it is proud to stand among the top tier of medical schools nationwide. SYSU-SOM owns the largest comprehensive healthcare system in China, including 5 comprehensive and3 specialized hospitals and 13 branch community hospitals with over 11,000 beds, 13 million outpatient visits and 200,000 in-patient surgeries every year. The institution stands as a leader in medical and scientific education and training, biomedical research, and patient care in the country and enjoys high reputation at home and
abroad, especially in Southeast Asia.

SYSU-SOM’s reputation for quality education, scientific innovation, and social services has attracted an outstanding and diverse array of teachers and students, with over 18,000 full-time faculty members and clinicians, and 8,915 medical and health sciences undergraduates and post-graduate students, which includes over 400 international students from 28 countries. SYSU-SOM also has high-quality medical education resources that help to attract the best medical degree candidates.

Additionally, our medical students have won first-prize in the National Competition of Clinical Skills for Medical College Students for three consecutive years. We have established stable co-operations in medical education and research with many internationally renowned institutions, including Johns Hopkins University, the Karolinska Institute, UT Southwestern Medical Center, and Birmingham University.

Cultivation Requirements:

Curriculum Requirements:

The MBBS program consists of six academic years and requires 284 total credits, including 256 credits of compulsory courses and 28 credits of elective courses. There are 54 courses in this major, including 46 specialized classes and8 optional classes.

Main Courses:

1. Chinese
2. Introduction to China and Chinese culture
3. Introduction to Chinese Society and Culture (Practice )
4. Chemistry
5. Mathematics
6. Medical Physics
7. Physical Education
8. Medical Chinese terminology
9. Medical Chinese
10. Medical Biology &Cell Biology
11. Basic Anatomy
12. Medical Ethics
13. Clinical Anatomy
14. Histology and Embryology
15. Physiology
16. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
17. Medical Immunology
18. Medical Microbiology
19. Molecular Medicine Skills
20. Human Parasitology
21. Pathology
22. Pharmacology
23. Experimental Physiological Science
24. Pathophysiology
25. Preventive Medicine &Community Medicine
26. Medical Statistics
27. Epidemiology
28. Introduction to Basic Medical CoursesDiagnostics
29. Medical Genetics
30. Forensic Medicine
31. Internal Medicine
32. Surgery
33. Gynecology & Obstetrics
34. Pediatrics
35. Medical Imageology
36. Traditional Chinese Medicine (including Acupuncture )
37. Neurology
38. Psychiatry
39. Oncology
40. Infectious Diseases
41. Orthopedics
42. Emergency Medicine
43. Otothinolaryngology
44. Clinical Skills Training
45. Rehabilitation Medicine
46. Clinical Practice
47. Computer Science
48. Medical Psychology
49. Stomatology
50. Anaesthesiology
51. Ophthalmology
52. Dermatology
53. Evidence-Based medicine
54. Medical Literature Retrieval and Utilization

School Introduction

Zhongshan School of Medicine, Sun Yan-sen University

Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), originally known as Guangdong University, was founded in 1924 by Dr.Sun Yat-sen, a great democratic revolutionary leader of the 20th century. Comprising 4 campuses of 1525 acres, SYSU is located in Guangzhou of Guangdong province, neighboring Hong Kong and Macao.


Being one of the leading universities in China, SYSU is a comprehensive university directly under the MOE and listed in the "Project 985" and "Project 211". Now it has 36 colleges, 5 directly affiliated departments, 5 affiliated comprehensive hospitals and 3 affiliated specialized hospitals with a total of 8,202 beds. And the students on campus amount to over 70,000 including 1,585 from foreign countries.

Zhongshan School of Medicine (ZSSOM) lies in the north campus of SYSU, which is in Guangzhou. The School covers an area of more than 40,000 square meters, and holds the high-tech equipments which worth over one billion RMB. There are also a bound of provincial-level, university-level, college-level laboratories, such as Educational-Ministry's Key Laboratory of the Prevention and Control of Tropical Diseases, and of the Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering.


Currently, it offers 15 full-time undergraduate specialties. The undergraduate courses cover 89 subjects, among which 4 have been entitled the honor of "National Elite Courses", and the clinical medicine is the construction spot of national-level featured major. It is one of the earliest and most influential disciplines in SYSU, honored as "Elite Specialty of the Province". It ranks the 4th among medical colleges in China.

In the school, there's a faculty of 353, including 43 professors, 56 associate professors, 121 technicians, 49 doctoral supervisors and 98 master supervisors etc. Many of them are the overseas personnel in the national "A Thousand Talents Program", Cheung Kong Scholars, the winners of National Outstanding Youth Fund, and the national well-reputed educators.

International Cooperation

As to international cooperation and communication, the medical school has built close ties with more than 50 universities or institutions from the United States, Australia, England, Belgium, Brazil, Korea etc. And each year, the school invites some famous medical professors from University of London, Columbia University, University of Denver, University of Chicago, Indiana University to give lectures and trainings.

The school enrolled its first batch of MBBS program students in 2006 and suspended from 2008 to 2010 for construction. In 2007, it was approved by MOE as the first universities qualified to offer MBBS program in English for international students. The well strengthened MBBS program is open again in 2011and till now about 250 students from Nepal, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka etc are studying in this program.

SYSU is listed in the WHO World Directory of Medical Schools and the graduates of MBBS programs are eligible to take the Medical Licensing Examinations held by the medical councils in different countries such as MCI, PMDC, USMLE, HPCSA, SCHS etc.

Entry Requirements

1. Students should come from English-speaking countries. If not, a minimum score of 60 on the TOEFL iBT or a minimum IELTS score of 6 is required.
2. Age requirements: 18 years or above.
3. Senior high school graduation qualification.
4. Scores of English in high school records should be Grade C or above (70 points or above out of 100).
5. Scores of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology in high school records should be Grade D or above (60 points or above out of 100), and Grade C or above in at least one of the subjects among mathematics, physics
and chemistry.
6. Record of good behavior
7. Good health (including no color blindness)
8. Applicants who have graduated from high school but not yet received graduation diplomas should provide supplementary documentation from schools verifying their status.
9. Students are required to take an entrance exam organized by Sun Yat-sen University, which covers mathematics, chemistry, and physics.

How to Apply

Application Procedure

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Application Materials:

  • 1. Passport photo
    A recent passport-sized photo of the applicant
  • 2. Photocopy of valid passport
    With name, passport number & expiration date, and photo included
  • 3. Health certificate(if you have)
    Photocopy of notarized foreigner physical examination record (for durations of study over 6 months)
  • 4. High school graduate certificate
    Graduation certificate in languages other than Chinese or English should be translated into Chinese or English and be certified by notarization.
  • 5. High school academic transcript
    High school academic transcript in languages other than Chinese or English should be translated into Chinese or English and be certified by notarization.
  • 6. Letter of recommendation
    Two references from two professors or associate professors


Tuition Fee and living expenses

Tuition Fee(RMB) Living Cost(RMB) Total Cost(RMB)
Per Academic Year 48000 25200 - 32400 73200 - 80400
Total (6 Academic Years) 288000 151200 - 194400 439200 - 482400
Note: Living Cost including food, transportation and entertainment; (Living Cost: 2100-2700 per/month)

Other cost

Item Amount
Medical Examination RMB 400-500
Insurance RMB 800
Book RMB 800-1000
Residence Permit RMB 800
Beddings RMB 500
Estimated Cost Per Year RMB 3400-3700
Note: Application Fee, Medical Examination and Beddings Fee only pay at 1st academic year.

Total cost

Item Per Academic Year Total (6 Academic Years)
Accommodation Cost(RMB) 346750 - 3285000 2080500 - 19710000
Tuition Fee And Living Expenses(RMB) 73200 - 80400 439200 - 482400
Other Cost(RMB) 3400 - 3700 20400 - 22200
Total Cost(RMB) 423350 - 3369100 2540100 - 20214600
Note: Estimated cost above are calculated by CUCAS just for your reference.

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