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Sun Yat-sen University, originally known as Guangdong University, was founded in 1924 by Dr. Sun Yat-sen (also called Sun Zhongshan), a great democratic revolutionary leader of the 20th century. The University is located in Guangdong Province, an area neighboring Hong Kong and Macao, which is at the forefront of China’s reform and opening up.

As one of the leading universities in the People’s Republic of China, Sun Yat-sen University is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary university, including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, technical sciences, medical sciences, pharmacology, and management sciences.

It has about 83,633 students studying on four campuses in Guangzhou and Zhuhai. Benefiting from its location near Hong Kong and Macao and the regional advantage of opening and economic development, the university has become an important base for training high-level talents, scientific research, providing services to society and inheriting cultural traditions.


Sun Yat-Sen University offers courses in several academic areas.  These courses are subject to change.

Course Approval Process:
All courses taken on study abroad programs must then be approved by the appropriate college course approval contact as listed in the link below. Approval is indicated by the appropriate college representative’s signature on the Course Approval Form. 

Please visit Course Approval Process webpage to review the approval process and print a Course Approval Form:
Grades and Credit Transfer:
Study abroad is an academic experience. While your grades will not count towards your GPA, it is vital that you are academically successful. To earn credits for courses taken abroad, you will need to earn the equivalent of a ‘C’ or better at your host institution. You cannot take classes pass/fail at your host institution.

Full Time Status: 
You are required to take the equivalent of at least 12 U.S. credits while abroad. This programs runs on the U.S. credit system. Therefore, 2 credits at Sun Yat Sen count as 2 U.S. credits. 


On- campus: Exchange students can choose to apply for the International Students’ Dormitory on campus after registration or to find off-campus housing. There is an International Student Dormitory building (L18) on the Zhuhai Campus. Each room has its own bathroom with a hot- water shower, and is well-furnished with internet socket, telephone and air-conditioner. At the dormitory, other facilities are also provided for the students, such as public washing machines, TV room, reading-room, and table tennis room. Cost of International Students’ Dormitory: Four-bed Room: RMB3,000/person/year Double Room: RMB4,500/person/year

Off- campus: Exchange students can easily look for an off-campus apartment through real estate agents near the North Gate of Zhuhai Campus, where it is only 15 to 20 minutes’ walk to Teaching Building. Both single and shared furnished apartments are available for students’ choices. The rent is approximately RMB 2500 per month (electricity, water are excluded, which should be paid according to monthly actual consumption). If it is needed, OIA will assist exchange students on looking for a comfortable apartment.


Please refer to the "Budget Sheets" link above


Guangzhou (Canton) is the capital city of Guangdong Province located along the south coastline of China. An excellent port on the Pearl River navigable to the South China Sea, and with fast accessibility to Hong Kong and Macau, the city serves as the political, economic, scientific, educational and cultural center of the Guangdong area.

One of the first cities that benefited from the Reform and Opening Up policy since 1978, the city acts as a pioneer of the economic development in the country, with thousands of large, small and medium-sized enterprises, which offer more job opportunities and make the city a heavily populated area. The city is especially prosperous in commerce, tourism, dining, finance and real estate. For travelers, the city has famous sights such as the Five Ram Statue in Yuexiu Park, Pearl River and White Cloud Mountain.

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