Shantou University Medical College (SUMC) is a leading medical education and research institution located in Shantou, a coastal city in Guangdong Province, China. Established in 1983, SUMC is a part of Shantou University, a comprehensive university that is recognized as a key institution of higher education in China.

SUMC offers undergraduate and graduate programs in various medical fields, including clinical medicine, MBBS, stomatology, nursing, medical laboratory science, and biomedical engineering. The college has state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and it is committed to providing high-quality education and research opportunities for its students and faculty members.

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📚About the Program

Bachelor’s in MBBS at Shantou University Medical College (SUMC)

Note: Applicants for the 5-year Clinical Medicine (English-medium) must have successfully completed basic science courses at the university level and may graduate earlier subject to further review and approval by SUMC's Undergraduate Education Office. Clinical Medicine has been listed in both the national and provincial plans to develop world-class undergraduate courses and has been in the global top 1% of ESI (Essential Science Index) since 2012. The program has also been listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools co-developed by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). The Virtual Case-based Integrated Training System for Clinical Thinking and Clinical Skills course has been recognized by the Ministry of Education as the National First-Class Course. In 2020, the passing rate of our domestic students in China’s National Medical Licensure Examination ranked 11th overall among the Chinese medical schools and ranked 4th in the practical part. Our students are also encouraged to take part in international assessments and exams such as United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). The English stream medical students taking part in the USMLE Step 1 have passed with an average passing rate of over 91% in the past years, which is close to those of accredited medical schools in the USA. Currently this major has over 373 full-time faculty members, among whom over 62% hold doctorate degrees and 47% have international experience either by studying or working abroad. Students can choose the program conducted in English or Chinese. Their international graduates have been matched into residency positions in USA, Thailand, and Malaysia.  Applicants for the 5-year English-medium program who have successfully completed the basic science courses at the university level or hold a Bachelor's degree in Science are eligible to apply to waive for the first year of the program and may graduate earlier subjected to further review and approval by the Undergraduate Education Office. Graduates from Clinical Medicine are eligible to apply for medical licensure to practice as a doctor. The specific application requirements vary from country to country. Please consult the local medical council in your country for details. Duration: 5 Years and 6 Years Graduation, Degree, and Commencement In order to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree from SUMC, you must: Make sure you satisfy all SUMC requirements; Complete all the required courses and pass all the required examinations; Fulfill your financial obligations to the school. Upon successful completion of the program, a Bachelor’s Degree of Medicine accredited by the Ministry of Education of China will be awarded. Commencement for all graduating students is held every year in June. It is a university-wide event. Families, friends, and guests are invited to celebrate this important milestone with their graduates.

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📖Program Curriculum

6-Year Clinical Medicine:
Year 1:
Public basic Courses:
Chinese Culture
Intensive Chinese Reading (Elementary)
Chinese Listening(Elementary)
Spoken Chinese (Elementary)
Advanced Mathematics
Physical Education-I

Year 2:
Public basic Courses:
Physical Education-II
Intensive Chinese Reading (Intermediate)
Chinese Listening & Speaking (Intermediate)
Chinese Writing (Intermediate)
An Introduction to China
Basic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry

System-based Courses:
Structure of the Human Body-I

Health and Society

Year 3:
Public basic Courses:
Medical Chinese

System-based Courses:
Foundational Studies
Disease Mechanisms
Infection and Immunity
Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems

Skill Courses:
Basic Clinical Skills -I
Basic Clinical Skills -II

Pre-practice in Hospital

Year 4:
System-based Courses:
Structure of the Human Body-II
Body Homeostasis
Digestion and Nutrition
Musculoskeletal System

Skill Courses:
Basic Clinical Skills -III
Lifelong learning

Clinical Courses:
Family Medicine

Communication Skills
Epidemiology and Clinical Research Methodology

Year 5:

Clinical Courses:
Internal Medicine-I
Internal Medicine-II
Infectious Diseases
Emergency Medicine

Year 6, Clinical Internship:
Core Courses:
Internal Medicine 16 weeks
Surgery 16 weeks
OB/GYN 6 weeks
Pediatrics 6 weeks
Emergency Medicine 2 weeks
ICU 2 weeks

Remarks: In principle, the internship is placed in SUMC affiliated hospitals where the official language is Chinese.

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🏫About Shantou University Medical College (SUMC)

Shantou is a coastal city in China’s southeast Guangdong province with around 5 million inhabitants. Facing the South China Sea and the island of Taiwan, the city lies in the metropolitan region known as Chaoshan and is conveniently situated in the proximity of several important cities including the provincial capital of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen and Hong Kong. As one of the five original Special Economic Zones in China, it is still an important harbor, economic center, and knowledge hub in eastern Guangdong. The city is known for its pleasant subtropical climate, beautiful mountain, islands and shores, delicious seafood, and unique local culture.


Guangdong Government International Student Scholarship is open to outstanding international students, who study full-time in a degree-seeking program in an accredited university or college of Guangdong Province. The scholarship is awarded in two student categories: freshman and continuing students. The award amount for each awardee is CNY10,000.

SUMC also offers competitive, merit-based scholarships to excellent international students. The freshmen selected will receive an award of CNY10,000 and a certificate. For continuing students, the top one of each course will be awarded a scholarship of CNY500 and a certificate.

SUMC Campus

Shantou University Medical College currently has two campuses: the original medical campus in the historic center of Shantou city, and another modern campus shared with the main campus of Shantou University in the northeastern suburbs.

A new SUMC teaching facility located on the main campus has been completed and put into use. The new SUMC, life sciences-centered and fully multidisciplinary by integrating valuable resources, is a unique and innovative learning environment that will unite Man with Nature and be conducive to nurturing creativity among students and staff.

New SUMC Medical Education Center

The new SUMC Medical Education Center located on the main campus has been completed and put into use in 2016, marking a new milestone in the history of SUMC’s development. The new Medical Education Center, designed by Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd, covers an area of approximately 50 thousand square meters and houses modernly equipped classrooms, research laboratories, computing rooms, and others. The cutting-edge facilities including Simulated Medical Center and Human Life Science Hall enable our students to learn and develop in a stimulating environment. The new SUMC, life sciences-centered and fully multidisciplinary, is well-positioned to lead in medical education reforms in China, join the ranks of top research universities and colleges, and produce competent medical professionals to serve the region, the nation, and even the world.

Simulated Medical Center

The Simulated Medical Center, formerly named Clinical Skills Training Center, was established in 2002 as the first of its kind in China. The center has recently undergone a significant expansion and upgrade, and has been relocated to the new Medical Education Center on the main campus in 2016. Designed as an actual modern hospital, the center provides an advanced platform for early clinical practice and sophisticated clinical skills training and assessment base to our medical students and residents from all levels. The nearly 6,000 square meter center runs on the sophisticated technologies and houses a number of multi-purpose training rooms and a full series of state-of-the-art clinic rooms and simulated facilities including intensive care unit (ICU) and hybrid virtual operating room. In addition to standardized patients, the center is equipped with various high-end simulators and virtual network technologies such as SimMan 3G simulator, the first virtual hybrid operating system imported from Sweden in Asia, automatic delivery simulator, simulated laparoscopy training system, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) model, anesthetic machine, microscopic operating system, and multi-functional operating table.

Human Life Science Hall

The Human Life Science Hall is an interactive, evolving place of discovery of the human body. There are nine stations with over 600 unique human specimens that demonstrate the embryonic development and each organ system of the human body, while the last station features a most technologically advanced anatomy visualization system – Anatomage Table for anatomy education. The Anatomage Table enables students to learn anatomy in 3D exactly as they would on a fresh cadaver and beyond what any cadaver could offer. In the hall, we would like to walk with you in developing a deep respect for human life, art and medicine, and in saluting those who donated their bodies for the meaningful cause of medical education.

Living in SUMC

SUMC encourages students to form their own organizations and to participate in various campus activities and community services, providing facilities, equipment, and financial support.

The student organizations consist of the Student Union, an autonomous organization responsible for defending students’ interests and providing a variety of services to their fellow students, and over 30 student associations and clubs. They are active in organizing various extra-curricular activities for their fellow students, which makes our campus life more vigorous and energetic.

SUMC sees the value of engaging students in cultural activities, thus sponsoring The Campus Art and Culture Festival and The English Science and Technology Festival every year. The Campus Art and Culture Festival consists of competitions (dancing, singing, event hosting, calligraphy, painting, photography, dorm interior design, and skits), concerts, and talent shows while The English Science and Technology Festival includes science paper presentations and competitions (multimedia courseware, speech, and plays) in English.

Sports Facilities

The main campus houses a series of athletic facilities with a total area of 36,200 square meters including 28 table tennis tables, 17 badminton courts, 14 basketball courts, six tennis courts, three volleyball courts, three fitness rooms, two swimming pools, one gymnastics room, one staking rink, and one football field. The newly built sport and entertainment park, designed by the renowned architect David Manica, covers an area of 52,000 square meters and boasts a multi-use arena, a natatorium with a competitive Olympic swimming pool, sport and fitness training facilities, a flexible grand conference hall, a 200 room boutique hotel, and an underground carpark. The green roof garden incorporates a series of raised landscape beds, turf areas, and both paved and aggregate walking zones.

Computer Networking and Information Services

In addition to providing basic network services, SUMC gives priority to applying advanced internet technologies in teaching, scientific research and administration.

SUMC has set up over 30 themed websites for teaching and learning. In particular, the Clinical Skills Center web portal, because of its rich resources, is very popular among our students.

SUMC has also established various network application systems to provide network services for teaching and self-directed learning, including the online course evaluations, online grade reports, online USMLE tests, online self-study tests, interactive English learning network, interactive digital microscopy learning system and mental health testing system.

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🏠 Accommodation

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💰 Fees

Application Fee:

643 RMB

Tuition fee:

40,000 CNY per year

240,000 CNY in total

Insurance is 800 CNY.

Entry Requirements

You are not eligible to apply to this program because:

The minimum age is 18 and the maximum age is 30.

English fluency is required.
You need to be either:
- A native English speaker
- Studied a degree in English before
- Can demonstrate a high level of English
- Having an English certificate such as IELTS level 6 or TOEFL 95 and above is an advantage.

Minimum education level: High School.

All student except from Nigeria are eligible to apply to this program

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📬 Admissions Process

3 Steps to Apply to a Chinese University

Application step 1

Application step 2

Application step 3

Please choose the programs here , "You are advised to select 2-3 programs to increase your chances of getting accepted.

Required Documents:

  • International Students Application Form for Undergraduates - SUMC
  • Guarantee of Financial Support - Shantou University Medical College
  • Mental Health Report - Shantou University Medical College
  • Guarantor’s Passport
  • Certificate from the Financial Guarantor
  • Bank Statement
  • No Criminal Record Certificate
  • First Recommendation Letter
  • Medical Examination Form
  • English Language Certificate
  • Your Highest Academic Transcript (In English)
  • Your Graduation Certificate (in English)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement Letter or Study Plan
  • Your Photograph
  • Your Passport Copy

Preparing documents:

You can start your application now and send the application documents during your application. Some documents you can send later if you don’t have them right away. Some more info about preparing application documents is here

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Application process:

Applying Online is simple in just a few steps. More information is available here.

The first steps are to choose the programs, pay the application fee and upload the application documents.

Once submitted to China Admissions, we will review your application within 2-3 days and proceed to the university or ask you for further clarification

After it has been processed to the university you will receive your unique application ID from each university.

The university may contact you directly for further questions.

We will then follow up each week with the university for updates. As soon as there is any update we will let you know. If you have made other plans, decide to withdraw / change address at any time please let us know.

After you have been accepted you will receive your admissions letter electronically and asked to pay the non-refundable deposit to the university.

Once you have paid the deposit the university will issue you the admissions letter and visa form to your home country.

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