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Sun Yat-sen University


MBBS (in English)
Last updated: Apr.18 2014
Qualification Awarded:
Bachelor's Degree Report mistake
Teaching Language:
English Report mistake
6 Years Report mistake
Tuition Fee:
RMB 38,000 per year Report mistake
Starting Date:
Aug 19 , 2015 Report mistake
Application Deadline:
Jun 5 , 2015 Report mistake
Application Fee:
USD 115 (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

The curriculum planning shall include the following three parts:

(1) Chinese culture and natural science courses, including an overview of China's culture, Chinese language, Chinese medical terminology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, physical education, etc. It is required to pass the examinations of these courses respectively.

(2) Basic medical sciences, behavioral science, humanities, social science and medical ethics, preventive medicine and clinical medicine. It is also required to pass the examinations of these courses respectively.

(3) Internship. The institutions shall meticulously organize the reasonable arrangement of the internship. The duration of the internship is one year (at least 48 weeks).
In order to facilitate their learning and life in China and contact with patients in their medical practice, the Chinese language shall be a compulsory course during the whole undergraduate medical program in English for international students in China.

Teaching Objective

It aims to train for general practitioners who can engage in the  work of clinical medicine.

Why Choose This Program

It is the brand program in Guangdong province. Our graduates have a high employment rate and good reputation from their executives and colleagues. Many of them have become elite in working field and departments. Many courses in this program are national or provincial high-quality courses.

Main Courses

Human anatomy, histology and embryology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology, pathology, pathophysiology, medical immunology, medical microbiology, pharmacology, human parasitology, experimental physiological science, epidemiology and preventive medicine, medical psychology, diagnostics, internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, medical imaging, medical statistics, oncology, ophthalmology, etcAnatomy, Histology and Embryology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Pathology, Preventive Medicine, Immunology, Diagnostics, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics And Gynecology, Pediatrics, Chinese Medicine, etc.

Internship and Career

The duration of internship is one year (at least 48 weeks). Students shall do the internship in China and the university will arrange it in one of its affiliated hospitals. SYSU hosts 5 affiliated comprehensive hospitals and 3 specialized hospitals with a total of 8,202 beds.

Before the internship, students need to pass the HSK 4 and the internship qualification exam held by the medical school. The tuition fee for the internship year is still RMB 38,000 per year.

And, students have to take the final examination on Theory Test and Clinical Evaluation in SYSU before graduation.

After obtaining MBBS Degree, the graduates can apply to take the medical licensing examination in the medical council in order to get registered and practice medicine. According to the regulations in different countries, the students may need to do the degree accreditation first. A MBBS degree holder can find jobs in government as well as private hospitals, nursing homes and other health facilities. Except this, one can also start his own clinic or pursue study for master’s degree.

Degree Awarded

MBBS Degree: upon graduation, students need to pass the HSK 4 to get the diploma.
On completing the requirements of the teaching program and passing the graduation examinations successfully, international medical undergraduates will be granted a graduation certificate and conferred a medical degree by the SYSU, if they meet the degree regulations of the university. The English copy of the degree will state MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery).

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.

Note: The course requires students to pay tuition or admission deposit before issuing admission package.

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. Have an educational background equal to high school graduation in China or have passed Grade Twelve (10+2)/FSc./A Level/WAEC or equivalent,
  2. Aged below 30 and healthy.
  3. Come from the English-speaking countries, or IELTS score reaches 6.0 or TOEFL score reaches 530.

How to Apply

Application Procedure

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Application Materials:

  • 1. English proficiency test certificate
    For example, IELTS or TOEFL, only for applicant whose native language is not English.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. High school academic transcript
  • 4. Passport photo
    A recent passport-sized photo of the applicant
  • 5. Photocopy of valid passport
    With name, passport number & expiration date, and photo included


Tuition Fee and living expenses

Tuition Fee(RMB) Living Cost(RMB) Total Cost(RMB)
Per Academic Year 38000 25200 - 32400 63200 - 70400
Total (6 Academic Years) 228000 151200 - 194400 379200 - 422400
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) 63200 - 70400 379200 - 422400
Other Cost(RMB) 3400 - 3700 20400 - 22200
Total Cost(RMB) 413350 - 3359100 2480100 - 20154600
Note: Estimated cost above are calculated by CUCAS just for your reference.

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