Shantou University Medical College

Campus: 22 Xinling Road, Shantou, Guangdong 515041, P.R.China

Faculties Courses Offered Eligibility Medium of Instruction
SUMC has 228 full-time faculty members, among whom 90 have full professor ranks and 76 have associate professor ranks, 62.72% hold doctorate degrees and 45.61% have international experience either by studying or working abroad. MBBSBS in Nursing


10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Admission will be based on high school credentials and Admission Test/Interview. English. Study of Chinese language compulsory in the 1st year which can be extended. This is for facilitating effective interaction during clinical period and comfortable stay.
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Spacious and comfortable dormitories provided on a Twin Sharing basis, A/C, Internet & Attached Bath etc. Separate dormitory for boys and girls. Shops are located inside the campus making it very convenient for students. Hygienically prepared nutritious food available. Although Chinese cuisine predominates in the canteen, it is possible to get cuisines from other countries from the numerous restaurants and eateries that dot the city. Winter: Max:15°C Min:5°CSummer: Max:35°C, Min:25°C Shantou, a city on the eastern coast of Guangdong Province, China. It is 215 miles from Hong Kong and 207 miles from Gaoxiong of Taiwan.View Map

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About Shantou University Medical College

Shantou University Medical College (SUMC) is an important part of Shantou University (STU), a public university, was founded in 1983 with continued generous support from the Li Ka Shing Foundation.

The college has set a vision for building a world-class university that not only provides excellent educational opportunities, but also produces young people with hearts of public service.

Shantou University Medical College offers a 5 + 3 Joint Bachelor-Master programs in Clinical Medicine, a five-year program in Clinical Medicine, a five-year program in Dentistry and Stomatology, a four-year program in Nursing and a series of master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral programs in medicine. At present, there are 2,885 students enrolled in educational programs at SUMC, including 1,515 undergraduate students, 1,249 master students and 113 doctorate students. Among 229 full-time faculty members, 62.9% hold a doctorate degree and 47.2% have international experience either by studying or working abroad. Shantou University Medical College boasts an extensive network of five affiliated hospitals with over 5,500 patient beds and six associated partner hospitals to service eastern and northern Guangdong, the Pearl River Delta as well as Hainan and provide clinical training to medical students.

Spacious and comfortable dormitories provided on a Twin Sharing basis, A/C, Internet & Attached Bath etc. Separate dormitory for boys and girls. Shops are located inside the campus making it very convenient for students.

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.

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 stimulated 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 a 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, anaesthetic machine, microscopic operating system and multi-functional operating table. Our clinical training courses are strengthened by an extensive collection of virtual learning resources including those shared by Stanford University and University of Alberta. While designed for use by medical students, the facility is also available for first-aid training to groups within and outside the SUMC community.

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 deep respect for human life, art and medicine, and in saluting those who donated their bodies for the meaningful cause of medical education.

Campuses and Facilities

SUMC currently has two campuses: one is the original medical campus located at the center of the city, and the other one is shared with the main campus of the university in the northeastern suburb, 6 miles from the heart of downtown Shantou. Students spend their first two years on the main campus and the rest on the medical campus or hospitals. There are regular school buses running between the campuses.

Supported by the Li Ka Shing Foundation, a new Medical Education Center of SUMC has been completed and put into use in 2016. 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.

This information will be updated soon.

Admissions & Eligibility

Program International MBBS Program, English Medium.
Medium The medium of instruction is English. Study of Chinese language compulsory in the 1st year which may be extended further. This is for facilitating effective interaction during clinical period and comfortable stay. Passing of the HSK (Chinese as a Foreign language) mandatory.
Duration 5 years Studies. Internship may be done in the home country.
Eligibility 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Admission will be based on high school credentials and Admission Test/Interview.
MCI Eligibility Eligibility Certificate to pursue Primary Medical Qualification (MBBS or its equivalent) by an Indian Citizen/Overseas Citizen of India is mandatory in terms of section 13(4B) of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. Click Here to Download application form.


Clinical Medicine Program

With approval of the Ministry of Education of China, the English-medium Clinical Medicine bachelor’s degree program at SUMC has been open to international students since 2010, which has been registered with the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). The program is for international students who have a general interest in China and have the ambition to become an outstanding international clinician capable of practicing medicine in different countries around the world. The admitted international students join our top Chinese students in the elite classes. SUMC is committed to providing international students with quality medical education experiences that enable them to become competent physicians with solid medical knowledge, adequate clinical skills and professionalism. In 2013, SUMC passed the Ministry of Education’s national inspection of foreign student programs in medical schools, and we were encouraged to increase enrollment as our program was well recognized.

The program is five years in duration and leads to a bachelor degree. Applicants who have successfully completed some basic courses such as Higher Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, etc. are eligible to apply for direct entry into second year subject to approval by the Teaching Department.

The curriculum includes basic courses in the first year, system-based basic & clinical courses, skill training courses and elective courses in the second and third years, clinical courses in the fourth year, clinical internship and elective courses in the fifth year. Courses are taught in English by qualified basic science and clinical faculties, with established international textbooks and publications as references for the students. The program effectively integrates basic medical science with advanced clinical training.

SUMC adopts a student-centered educational model based on the concept of life-long learning and focused on skills development and attitude cultivation. Through interactive projects, joint case studies, group debates, book discussions and journal clubs, and effective self-study, students at SUMC quickly develop their professional competencies and skills. SUMC students are encouraged to experience clinical practice throughout the entire program. Actual clinical exposure is maximized through elective courses, bedside instruction sessions, health services charity projects, clinical rotations and intensive clinical internships in SUMC-affiliated hospitals. The Simulated Medical Center at SUMC, a state-of-the-art clinical simulation and learning center designed as an actual modern hospital, efficiently facilitates the acquisition of the professional skills and competencies required in clinical practice through the use of sophisticated simulation models, multimedia learning systems and professional standardized patients.

International Assessment System

To assess student performance, we use internationally accepted assessment instruments such as Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), Teaching Objective Structured Clinical Examination (TOSCE), etc.

Our students are also encouraged to take part in international assessments and exams such as United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). The pass rates of our students in China’s National Medical Licensure Examination have retained 100% (vs the national average pass rate 20%), while our selected students have achieved a pass rate of 93-98% in the USMLE exams in the past few years.

Six of our graduates have gained the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification and obtained a medical residency position in USA. Some of our international students have gained their residency positions in USA, Thailand and Malaysia.

Research Opportunities

Strengthening the training of the research abilities of our students is also an important part of our “top-notch education”. Vigorous scientific training and cultivation of students’ scientific thinking and scientific attitude have been incorporated into our teaching plan. Students are offered with laboratory instructions and research opportunities.

Graduation, Degree and Commencement

In order to graduate with a Bachelor 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 graduation, a Bachelor 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.

Fee Structure for 2020 will be updated soon.

Interested in applying for this University?

The admission procedure starts in the month of March for that years intake.

You will need to prepare the following documents for your application:

  1. Valid passport for minimum of 5 years.
  2. Transcript of marks for Secondary level exams.
  3. Transcript of marks for Higher Secondary level exams.
  4. Police Clearance Certificate.