📖 Introduction

Established in 1956, the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM) was one of the first four TCM colleges across China. It is also the exclusive leading medical college in Shanghai Municipal institutions of higher learning. In 1985, the Shanghai Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine was founded. At present, the University and the Academy are regulated under the same roof.

Ever since its establishment, the SHUTCM has been committed to the philosophy of pursuing ‘excellence rather than size, distinctiveness rather than inclusiveness and use rather than fame’. The past five decades have witnessed its equal emphasis on education, distinction, and openness. The SHUTCM recognizes its role in inheritance and further development of Chinese medicine and firmly believes Chinese medicine can promote the health of population worldwide.

🏫 About Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM)

From its founding, the SHUTCM has been home to numerous alumni, who have been empowered by their education and have developed a great career. Some of them are well-known physicians, some of them are distinguished researchers and some of them are working in community healthcare services. Thanks to the defining education feature of ‘inheritance are the root and innovation is the soul’, the University has achieved a great deal in both education and research over the recent years.

The University offers doctorate degree programs in all Chinese medical disciplines. According to the latest data released by ESI (Essential Science Indicator), three disciplines of SHUTCM have entered into ESI global discipline ranking top 1%. Spearheaded by Prof. Chen Kaixian (academician, Chinese Academy of Sciences) and Prof. HU Zhibi (academician, Chinese Academy of Engineering), the University has chief scientists of the National Basic Research Program (also known as 973 program), scholars of One Thousand Talents Scheme, the Cheung Kong Scholars Program of China and the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars. Just like the saying goes, ‘the root of virtue lies in education and the root of education lies in teachers’; the SHUTCM has always drawn the most original faculty, who work together in an interactive and genuinely multidisciplinary atmosphere.

Among the well-structured and high-quality staff, there are about 4,500 teaching and administrative staff in the University, nearly 750 of them have high-rank professional titles including one academician from China Engineering Academy, famous national TCM doctors, and leaders of the state-level key subjects of science. By focusing on cultivating and attracting talents from both home and abroad, the University has a good academic environment for both study and research. And International Education College will recruit talents for the high-level and high-quality teaching staff as well.

About Shanghai

Shanghai, Hu for short, is a renowned international metropolis drawing more and more attention from all over the world. Situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, it serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, and cultural center in East China. Also, it is a popular travel destination for visitors to sense the pulsating development of the country.

In addition to its modernization, the city’s multicultural flair endows it with a unique glamour. Here, one finds the perfect blend of cultures, the modern and the traditional, and the western and the oriental. New skyscrapers and old Shikumen together draw the skyline of the city. Western customs and Chinese traditions intertwined and formed the city’s culture, making a visitor’s stay memorable.

Shanghai serves as an important air, rail, road and water transport hub in eastern China. The frequent flights, trains, and buses make one’s travel a breeze. The urban transportation is also quite satisfactory. Despite the traffic jam that does happen occasionally, the convenient taxis, buses, metro trains etc. can take you to any corner of the city.


The 35-hectare campus of SHUTCM is located in Research and Education Section, Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, Pudong New Area. The campus is beautiful and equipped with state-of-the-art teaching facilities. The University is now a key part of ‘Zhangjiang Pharmaceutical Valley’ in the strategic initiative of building Shanghai as an innovative city.

In order to create good accommodation, the school provides inner school dormitories that mainly include student apartments at building 3/4 and 18/22, No. 280, Huatuo Road (Zhangjiang Campus, main campus); student apartments at No. 650, South Wanping Road (Xuhui Campus, old campus, close to Longhua Hospital).  Double rooms are intended only for two people. In addition, the school allows students to rent rooms in the communities outside campus under the premise of ensuring safety.


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🏠 Accommodation

If accommodation on campus is important to you we advise you to arrive a few days before so you can try to register. You can also to choose accommodation off campus, we have an article about that here.

📬 Admissions Process

3 Steps to Apply to a Chinese University

Application step 1

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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:

  • Passport
  • Graduation certificate
  • Passport size photo

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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Here is some more information about the enrollment process after you have been accepted.

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