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Southern Medical University(南方医科大学)

Southern Medical University (SMU) is the former First Military Medical University, was founded in October 1951 and notarized as one of the  premier medical universitiesin 1978. Our university was handed over to the local government of Guangdong Province and meanwhile renamedas Southern Medial University, in line with the commandby the State Department and the Central Military Committee of PLA in August 2004.  SMU has become one of the 8 prestigious universities authorized by the Ministry of Education to run the pilot 8-year medical education program. In 2008, the university was included in the Guangdong provincial 211 Project, one for key and priority colleges and universities. At present, SMU is the only medical university which ranks as one of the Ministry-Province Co-constructed Medical Universities as well as Provincial Prospective High-Level Universities in Guangdong Province.
SMU, located at the foot of the picturesque Baiyun Mountain in Guangzhou, has two campuses, the main campus and the Shunde campus, covering an area of nearly 1.68 million square meters, with a construction area of 0.845 million square meters.
The university has 19 schools with an enrollment of 20,483 degree candidates, including 5,564 postgraduates, 13,588 undergraduates and 1,020 international students. Our University has 13 affiliated hospitals with nearly 12,600 hospital beds in total. It has also established long-term cooperation in clinical teaching with more than 100 excellent hospitals and institutes around the world.
The university covers 6 disciplines including medicine, science, engineering,  management, law and education. 7 academic disciplines including  clinical medicine, Pharmacology and toxicologydicine, Molecular biology and genetics, Biology and Biochemistry, Neuroscience and Behavioristics, Immunology and Chemistry listed as the world's top 1% .
In 2019 THE World University Rankings, SMU ranked around between 43rd and 64th among Chinese mainland universities. In the 2019 “Medical Circle” List of the Best Medical Colleges in China, SMU ranked the 6th among all universities in China (including comprehensive universities) and the 1st among independent medical universities.

The main campus of Southern Medical University provides a building to accommodate the international students. This dormitory is well equipped with air conditioners, internet services and hot water supply system. Therefore it is surely to provide clean living, and ideal learning environment for its students. On the Shunde campus of Southern Medical University, international students live with the Chinese students in the dormitories and their daily needs are also well satisfied.

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Contact Information:

Student Affairs Center of School of International Education

Address: No. 1023 Shatainan Road, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China  Postcode: 510515

Email: studysmu@smu.edu.cn

Tel: 0086-20-61648385, 0086-20-61648587       

Fax: 0086-20-61648385

*For more specifics of program admission, please refer to the attachment below.


Application Fee:  800 RMB/person

Administrative& Enrollment Fee(for an academic year), except Foundation Program:

1. Bachelor's Degree Programs

Program Delivered in English: 

MBBS (English Medium): 45,000 RMB/year ;

Acupuncture and Massage Therapy, Stomatology: 40,000 RMB/year;

Bioengineering, Nursing, Public Affairs Management (Hospital Management), Clinical Pharmacy: 30,000 RMB/year ;

Program Delivered in Chinese:30,000 RMB/year


2. Master's Degree Programs

Program Delivered in English: 41,000 RMB/year

Program Delivered in Chinese:38,000 RMB/year


3. Doctoral Degree Programs

Program Delivered in English: 48,000 RMB/year

Program Delivered in Chinese:45,000 RMB/year


4. Junior Non-degree Programs & Senior Non-degree Programs

Program Delivered in English: 30,000 RMB/year

Program Delivered in Chinese:30,000 RMB/year


5. Foundation Program

Program in one semester:12,000 RMB/one semester

Program in one year:23,000 RMB/year


Accommodation Fee (for an academic year):

Two-person Suite:9,000 RMB/year 

Single Suite: 18,000 RMB/year (only for PhD candidates and married postgraduates)


Other Charges:

International students should also pay the utilities (water, electricity and internet), medical insurance premiums and textbooks fee on their own.

★ The TUITION & FEES are subject to change each year.


The international students can apply for various scholarships provided by the University, including full scholarship of Chinese Government. Full scholarship students are exempt from tuition fee and provided accommodation on campus or accommodation monetary subsidy, stipend and comprehensive medical insurance.The self-funded international students in their first year's study in China are entitled to apply for the one-time reward scholarship including Guangdong Government Outstanding International Students Scholarship for Freshmen and Southern Medical University Outstanding International Students Scholarship for Freshmen. International students who have studied in Southern Medical University for more than one year can apply for the one-time reward scholarship including the Chinese Government Scholarship for Distinguished International Students, Guangdong Government Outstanding International Students Scholarship, and Southern Medical University Scholarship for Outstanding International Students every academic year. The amount of one-time reward scholarships varies from ¥2,000 to ¥30,000. For more information, please visit the official website of School of International Education. 




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Why choose SMU –good reputation and solid foundation


SMU is one of the most famous Medical Universities in South China, with high ranking, top research output, and beautiful campus.


It is highly regarded internationally as a teaching and research institution.


It has a history of 21 years in international education and has achieved:

a steady increase in the scale of international students

a great progress in foreign aiding training

a constant improvement of cultivating quality

a fruitful construction in diverse culture



Why choose SMU – located in GZ


Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province, is an ancient and famed city of culture and a dynamic and vibrant modern metropolis.


Guangzhou is located on the Pearl River about 120 km north-northwest of Hong Kong and 145 km north of Macau.


Guangzhou has a history of over 2,200 years and was a major terminus of the maritime Silk Road, and continues to serve as a major port and transportation hub, as well as one of China's three largest cities.


“Guangzhou is gourmet paradise” is well known throughout the world.


There is a rapidly increasing number of foreign temporary residents and immigrants from Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa. This has led to it being dubbed the "Capital of the Third World".