Sun Yat-Sen University

Originally Guangdong University, Sun Yat-Sen University (also known as Zhongshan University) was founded in 1924 by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, a revolutionary leader and founder of the democratic Republic of China.

Academic highlights

Sun Yat-Sen is built on a multidisciplinary foundation of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, medical sciences, and engineering. It is considered one of the top universities in China. Two of the university's business education institutions, Sun Yat-Sen Business School (SYSBS) and Lingnan (University) College are triple accredited by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.


Sun Yat-Sen has four campuses in the cities of Guangzhou and Zhuhai. The main campus is located in Guangzhou, the capital city of the Guangdong province, north-west of Hong Kong.

Did you know?

Sun Yat-Sen's motto, "Study extensively; enquire accurately; reflect carefully; discriminate clearly; practise earnestly" comes from the Confucian classic, Doctrine of the Mean.

Language requirements

Units are taught in English and Chinese. Each semester, the school offers at least 25 courses conducted in English covering topics in Business, Management, Finance, Marketing and Economics. For units taught in Chinese, HSK Level 6 or above is needed for liberal arts, economic, trade and managerial studies, and HSK level 3 or above for technology and medical studies. You can find out more about the HSK Language Test here.

Disciplines available

Banking and finance

Business law and taxation

Chinese languages & culture studies



MBA program

  • The listed disciplines are not necessarily exhaustive and other fields of study might also be available at the university.
  • Approval to study particular subjects at any institution is always at the discretion of the departmental/discipline and faculty advisers in your managing faculty(ies) and subject to available places at the host campus

See SYS's unit catalogue here.

If you cannot find any unit guides after having done your own research, you can follow the process as outlined here.

Full time equivalents

  Semester Year
  Minimum 18 Monash Points Maximum 24 Monash points Minimum 36 Monash points Maximum 48 Monash points
Standard 11 credits 15 credits 22 credits 30 credits

Exchange program terms

SYS ‘Spring’ semester (Monash Semester 1): late February to early July
SYS ‘Fall’ semester (Monash Semester 2): late August to mid-January


There is no accommodation on campus available for exchange students.


As a general rule, if you are a non-Chinese citizen you will require a visa to study in China. If studying for more than 6 months this is usually the ‘X1 visa’; for 6 months or less this is usually the ‘X2 visa’. All applications must be submitted through a Chinese Visa Application Service Centre after you receive an official acceptance letter from the host university. You will then need to apply for a resident permit.

Monash Abroad can only provide general information - always check with the relevant consular/Embassy and consider advice that is right for you.

For more information on visas, please refer to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China here.

SYS also provide some advice on visas, which can be found here.

Health and insurance

The Chinese Department of Education requires all foreign students in China to purchase Foreign Student comprehensive insurance. The host university can assist you with this.

When travelling on a Monash Abroad approved program, you are automatically covered under the Monash University Student Travel Insurance policy.

Orientation and extra-curricular 

Sun Yat-Sen University's information on campus life can be found here.


Tuition fees for this program are waived by the host institution. While on exchange you remain enrolled at Monash and continue to pay fees to Monash University. Find out more here.

Cost of living

One semester abroad will generally cost you approximately AUD$10,000 – $15,000, however this varies depending on destination and your individual living standards.

You are advised to have at least 4000 RMB per month to cover living costs.


If you wish to work part-time while studying in China you will need to gain permission from your Host University as well as Chinese immigration authorities.

Monash funding

Find out about Monash Abroad Travel Scholarships here.

Find out about Monash University Travel and Placement Scholarships here.

Australian government funding

Find out about the Overseas Higher Education Loan Program (OS-HELP) here.

Asian Studies Scholarships

Find out about the New Colombo Plan Scholarship here.

Find out about the Cheung Kong Endeavour Grant here.

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Sun Yat-Sen University

  • Program type: Semester exchange
  • Location:
    • Guangzhou East (main)
    • Guangzhou North
    • Guangzhou South
    • Zhuhai
  • Program periods: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Study level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

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