Sun Yat-Sen University



Peter Hartges

RWTHweltweit: China und Thailand


+49 241 80 90683




Sun Yat-sen University was founded by Sun Yat-sen in 1924. Yat-sen became the first provisional president of the Republic of China in 1912, which ended the previous empire of over two thousand years. After the beginning of the reform and opening up at the end of the 1970s, it was one of the first higher educational institutions authorized to award masters and doctoral degrees.

In 2001, the previously independent SYSU for Medicine was merged with SYSU. SYSU has five campuses in three different cities with over 63,000 students in total. In the new Chinese Double First Class University Plan published in 2017, the following eleven departments received separate funding from the Chinese government: Philosophy, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Ecology, Materials Science, Electronics, General Medicine, Clinical Medicine, Pharmacy, Business Administration.

The University is considered the best in South China and one of the top ten in the People's Republic of China. It has the largest affiliated hospital system in China and is renowned for its medical school. The QS World University Rankings 2019 placed the University 8th in China.

General Information




Founded 1924
Number of Students

63,921 (as of November 2019)



International Office


Type of agreement

University cooperation

Who can apply?

Bachelor students from their 3rd semester (stay abroad from 5th semester)

Master students

Doctoral candidates

Type of stay

Studies or research

Length of stay

One to two semesters

Time of stay

Winter semester and/or summer semester

Number of exchange placements


Study Details

Semester dates

Winter semester: August to January

Summer semester: February to July

Study possibilities

Study stay

Research stay

Language courses

Summer School

The University offers language courses during the semester.

Application requirements At least a good study performance
Language requirements
  1. Very good command of English
  2. TOEFL is not required
  3. Abitur or language certificate from the Language Center is required (at least B1 level)
Applications to be submitted to

Application portal of International Office

Application deadline at International Office

Further details available on the website of the application portal.

Tuition fees Fees waived
Expenses Travel costs, cost of living
Funding possibilities

BAföG for abroad

PROMOS scholarships abroad
RWTH scholarship database
DAAD scholarship database
Financing study abroad

Practical Information
Health insurance Health insurance and liability insurance are necessary for the entire stay abroad.
Experience reports

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Additional information

Foreign Office



Application for Admission as an Exchange Student at Sun Yat-sen University