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2020 Sun Yat-sen University International Students (Bachelor’s Degree) Admission Guide

By CTUAS | 2020-03-11 |   2313

Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) was founded by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, with an educational tradition spanning over 100 years. As a university directly affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China, SYSU has become a first-class domestically and internationally renowned modern comprehensive university with the strong support of both the Ministry of Education of China and Guangdong Province. Now it is composed of five campuses located in the three cities of Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Shenzhen, and ten affiliated hospitals. SYSU is marching towards a world-class university and striving to become a global academic center.
In accordance with the relevant documents stipulated by the Ministry of Education and other relevant departments as well as the actual conditions of SYSU, this guide is formulated as follows.
Ⅰ. Eligibility
1. Applicants should be non-Chinese with a valid foreign passport and meet the requirements stipulated in the Notice of Regulating Admission of International Students in Colleges and Universities ([2009] No.83, attachment 1).
2. Applicants should be in good health and meet the physical standards that are required for applying for a student visa or residence permit.
3. Applicants should be high school graduates or above.
4. Applicants should be friendly to China, hardworking and diligent in their studies with excellent academic performance, upstanding and law-abiding, without any records of violations of the rules and regulations of their school, or any other security penalties or criminal records.
5. Language Proficiency
(1) Applicants should have an HSK (level V) certificate (with 180 points or above). Those who apply for major of Chinese Language should have an HSK (level IV) certificate (with 180 points or above). Applicants who complete their last degree with Chinese as the language of instruction can submit certificates of Chinese language proficiency issued by their school and can be exempted from providing HSK certificates after SYSU’s verification.
(2) English-taught courses in clinical medicine (hereinafter referred to as MBBS majors): TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic certificate must be submitted with TOEFL scores of iBT 105 or above, or IELTS scores 7.5 or above. Applicants who have completed their last degree with English as the language of instruction should submit certificates of English language proficiency issued by their former school and can be exempted from providing English level certificates after SYSU’s verification.
6. Applicants should be over the age of 18 (born before August 30th, 2002) . Applicants for scholarship programs must meet the age requirements of each program.
Ⅱ. Application Deadline
March 30th, 2020. (please refer to the scholarship application guides for the time of scholarships application).
Ⅲ. Application Procedures
1.Online application
Applicants are required to visit for online application. Please choose “APPLY ONLINE” accordingly, fill in relevant information correctly and completely, and upload the application materials (see the Table below). Application materials should be the original copies in Chinese/English. If the original copy of the following materials is written in non-Chinese/English, a notarized copy in Chinese/English is required:





Photocopy of valid passport

A scanned copy of the passport’s biographical page should be submitted. Applicants staying in China at the time of application should submit the visa page and entry page additionally. 


Notarized highest degree certificate

Applicants should submit a scanned copy of high school diploma. Applicants who are about to graduate should provide a certificate confirming their expected date of graduation issued by their school. A notarized copy of the highest degree certificate should be submitted to the International Students’ Affairs Office of SYSU on the specified registration date; failure to do so will result in disqualification of enrollment.


Academic transcripts from the highest level of education

Applicants should submit their complete academic transcripts in high school and certificates of unified high school graduation examination/matriculation examination or results of international standard tests in high school (such as SAT/ACT/A-Level/IB and etc.). Those who are about to graduate should provide academic transcripts at the current stage and the final academic transcripts should be resubmitted on the specified registration date.


Language Proficiency Certificate

Please refer to “Eligibility” for further information.


Proof of economic conditions

Applicants should submit the deposit certificate issued by bank, with the amount over 100,000 RMB. If the certificate holder is not the applicant himself/herself, the applicant shall provide the scanned copy of the corresponding member’s passport or ID card.


Physical examination report

Please refer to attachment 2 for physical examination items. It should be filled out in Chinese or English with the official stamp of the hospital. Physical examination results should be valid for three months.


Recommendation letters

Two letters of recommendation should be signed by professors or associate professors in Chinese or English (the autograph and valid contact information should be also included). If the recommendation letter(s) is/are sealed, applicants can send the paper version directly to the school without uploading the electronic version.


Application form for scholarships

Applicants should fill out the application form in accordance with all requirements and upload the signed and scanned copy. For specific requirements, please refer to the scholarship application guides.


Commitment letter

Applicants should read Commitment Letter (attachment 3) carefully and sign by themselves at the signature blank before uploading the scanned copy. 

2. Notes

(1) Applicants should select majors and whether they will comply with the adjustment in the system.
(2) Applicants should be responsible for the authenticity and completion of materials submitted. False or incomplete application materials will not be accepted.
(3) Apart from all the supporting materials above, applicants should also submit all other supporting materials or information accordingly as required by CTUAS. If the supporting materials are not submitted as required or submitted after the prescribed time, applications will not be processed.
(4) Applicants should fill in their correct email address, telephone number and correspondence address. During the enrollment period, applicants must respond to all E-mails from CTUAS on time. If they fail to do so or to submit the supplementary materials as required within the prescribed time, their application will be deemed to be abandoned.
Ⅳ. Majors and Divisions and Degree Awarding
1. Please refer to attachment 4 for the list of majors for SYSU international undergraduate students in 2020. Admitted applicants who select a general major will be divided into specific directions as their final major according to the professional training program and the requirements of their school/department. 
2. Please visit CTUAS( for further information about divisions for international students.
3. Admitted students with a formal student status of SYSU who have completed the courses and gained credits as required within the prescribed period of study and have met the requirements of graduation shall be granted graduation certificates of SYSU. Those who meet the requirements of degree awarding shall be awarded the bachelor's degree of SYSU and granted with degree certificates.
V. Selection Procedures
1. Qualification Approval
CTUAS will comprehensively review applicants’ identification, highest degree certificates, academic transcripts, language proficiency levels, letters of recommendation to decide on the assessment list.
2. Assessment
CTUAS will issue an assessment notice after the application deadline. Approved applicants should participate in the assessment according to the requirements of the notice. Assessment subjects include Chinese, English, and math. Interviews will be arranged as appropriate if necessary.
The specific assessment time and location will be sent to the applicants in the form of messages via the application website.
3. Admission Policy
(1) Admission decisions will be based on applicants’ qualification approval and assessment results, as well as their program choices. The results published by the Scholarship Management Department for the scholarship recipients’ list shall prevail.
(2) Pre-admission results will be released via the online application system in mid-June. The Admission Letter and the Visa Application Form for Foreigners to Study in China will be mailed to applicants between June and July in accordance with the postal addresses provided by them in the application system.
(3) If the number of students admitted to MBBS is less than 30, a separate class will not be open for them.

4. Admitted applicants should apply for an X1 visa from the Chinese Embassy or Chinese Consulate with the Admission Letter and the Visa Application Form for Studying in China, and change the X1 visa into a residence permit for foreign students within 30 days after entering China. Otherwise, they will face expulsion. Applicants with non-study visa are not allowed to register. Those with an expired visa or residence certificate will not be allowed to live on campus or carry out any activity.

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List of Majors for Sun Yat-Sen University for International Students (Bachelor’s Degree) 2020

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