Sun Yat-sen University

Guangzhou
People's Republic of China

Language of instruction

Chinese
English

Sun Yat-sen University is a preeminent research, academic and cultural centre and the premier location for talent development in South China. SYSU has developed into a modern comprehensive university that enjoys a reputation as a top-tier university nationally and a renowned university internationally. The University is named after Dr Sun Yat-Sen, the first president and founding father of the Republic of China, who led the revolution against the Qing dynasty.

SYSU is located in Guangzhou, just North of Hong Kong and Macau. Guangzhou is nicknamed the “Flower City”, thanks to its year-round warm weather.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Semester 2 (Spring) February–July
Semester 2 Semester 1 (Autumn) August–January

Guides and additional information

SYSU has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

Campuses

SYSU has 4 campus locations available to exchange students:

  • Guangzhou South
  • Guangzhou North
  • Guangzhou East
  • Zhuhai

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

12 credits per semester at SYSU is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at SYSU.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the SYSU course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Economics
International business
Political science
Chinese
Postgraduate

Additional academic information

Sun Yat-sen University has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

SYSU operates a number of international student dormitories on campus. More information can be found in the SYSU Guideline for International Students

Cost of living

Page 4 of the University fact sheet provides a guide to the cost of living in Guangzhou to help you budget for your exchange.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Students may be eligible to apply for scholarships offered by SYSU and the Chinese government.

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

International students in China must purchase the compulsory health insurance provided by their host university. 

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

SYSU provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Chinese Embassy and Consulates for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.