Sun Yat-Sen University or 中山大学 (SYSU) - public higher education institution in China. SYSU was founded in 1924. The main building of the university is located in Guangzhou inside an urban campus.

University ranking. Sun Yat-Sen University is among the top 10 universities of China, which attracts the best students and professors China can offer. Sun Yat-Sen University is among the top 5% of world universities Strong suits of the university are: «Arts and Humanities», «Engineering and Technology», «Life Sciences and Medicine», «Natural Science», «Social Sciences and Management», «Mathematics», «Chemistry», «Computer Science». The university is one of the best when it comes to the quality of education, ranking in the top 300 in international rankings. Thanks to its high educational standards the university graduates are quite popular among employers of China and the world.

Application process and the cost of tuition. The applicants must pass examinations as a part of the admission process. The academic year consists of two semesters. A year of bachelor studies will cost you around 3,348 USD. Doing your master’s studies at SYSU is not cheap - a year of studies will cost you 3,348 USD. In addition to low tuition fees the university provides the students with extra financial assistance in the form of scholarships. It is important to check for current tuition fees on ( with the desirable faculty in mind.

The composition of the university. Sun Yat-Sen University is a big educational institution, attended by more than 56 thousand students. Being a foreign citizen does not exclude you from the admission process. The ratio of foreign students at SYSU is 6% of all students. The academic staff of SYSU includes more than 3 thousand teachers and professors. The majority of academic staff at SYSU consists of foreign specialists. The university is an active participant of international programs aimed at academic exchange of students between the educational institutions.

Infrastructure of SYSU. The university has its own library.
Ranking   224   9
Country China
City Guangzhou
Bachelor (foreigners) 3,348 USD/year. Check the current price on the official website of the university
Master (foreigners) 3,348 USD/year. Check the current price on the official website of the university
Living expenses $413 -779 USD/month
Official Website
General information
Finance type Nonprofit
Organization type Public
Established 1924
Abbreviation SYSU
Teachers 3,056
Students 56,430
Foreigners 6%
Religion None
Academic calendar Semesters
Admission Based on entrance examinations
Gender limitation No limits
Campus type Urban
Financial aid Available
Exchange programs Available
Library Available
• Ministry of Education of The People's Republic of China
World ranking 224
Country ranking 9
Academic Reputation 264
Employer Reputation 369
International Faculty 322
Citations per Faculty 246
Ranking in world by sphere
Arts and Humanities 355
Engineering and Technology 391
Life Sciences and Medicine 209
Natural Science 244
Social Sciences and Management 299
Ranking in world by discipline
Mathematics 51
Chemistry 51
Computer Science 101
International rankings
UniPage World University Ranking 224
QS World University Rankings 307
ARWU Academic Ranking 151
Cost of living in Guangzhou
Expenses - USD/Month Min. Med.
Accommodation 181 320
Food 121 201
Transportation 28 56
Communications and utilities 34 42
Clothing 21 80
Sports and leisure 27 79
Total 413 779
Accommodation in Guangzhou USD/Month
Shared room outside of centre 183
Shared room in city centre 324
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 302
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 535
Alternative title
Russian Университет Чжуншань имени Сунь Ятсена
Arabic جامعة صن يات صن
German Sun-Yat-sen-Universität
Spanish Universidad Sun Yat-sen
French Université Sun Yat-sen
Japanese 中山大学
Korean 중산대학
Portuguese Universidade de Sun yat-sen
Chinese 中山大学
old Sun Yat-sen University
alt Sun Yat-sen University
Location on map

Description of Sun Yat-Sen University

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.

Being 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.

The University has also successfully built international cooperation and exchange relationships with many top universities in the world. According to the Times Higher Education World University Ranking for 2010-2011, Sun Yat-sen University was ranked in the top 200 in the world.

At present, Sun Yat-sen University covers a total area of 6.17 square kilometers and has 4 campuses: Guangzhou South Campus, Guangzhou North Campus, Guangzhou East Campus, and Zhuhai Campus

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