Program of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture)


(Taught in English)

Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM)

About the University

Established in 1956, the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM) was one of the first four TCM colleges across China. The 35-hectare campus of SHUTCM is located in the 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.

From its founding, the SHUTCM has been home to numerous alumni: some of them are well-known physicians, some are distinguished researchers and some are working in community healthcare services. Thanks to the defining education feature of ‘inheritance is the root and innovation is the soul’, the University has achieved a great deal in both education and research over the recent years. Currently, the University offers doctorate degree programs in all TCM 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.

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 University has eight teaching hospitals to safeguard high-quality clinical training.

Academic Year & Curriculum

This is a 5-year program, 3 semesters a year.  

Curriculum (280 Credits)

Compulsory Courses

·       Normal Human Anatomy

·       TCM Basic Theory

·       Basic Chinese Language

·       Basics of Chemistry

·       Healthcare Physical Education

·       Biochemistry

·       Tuina Exercise

·       Meridians and Points

·       Overview of China

·       Microbiology

·       Guidance for Humanity Social Practice

·       Case Studies

·       TCM Diagnostics

·       Chinese Materia Medica

·       Physiology

·       Intermediate-level Chinese Language

·       Formulas of Chinese Herbal Medicine

·       Introduction to TCM Classics

·       Basics of Pathology

·       Acupuncture and Moxibustion Technique

·       Theory of Tuina Manipulations

·       Pharmacology

·       Basics of Diagnostics

·       TCM Internal Medicine

·       Clinical Conversations in Traditional Chinese Medicine

·       Tuina Practice on Human Body

·       Radiology

·       Acupuncture and Moxibustion Technique

·       Internal Medicine

·       Anatomy of Acupuncture Points

·       Medical Terminologies

·       Selective Readings of Acupuncture Classics

·       History of Chinese Medicine

·       Practice of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Techniques

·       Overview on TCM-Style Writing

·       Tuina Therapeutics

·       Acupuncture Therapeutics

·       TCM Traumatology

·       Medical Ethics

·       General Introduction to Rehabilitation

·       Neurology

·       TCM Emergencies

·       Clinical Psychology

Teaching Methods

These include classroom lectures, group discussions, bedside teaching, simulated demonstration, practical training and social practice. The teaching will highlight the training on students’ self-learning ability. Most lectures will take place in the Zhangjiang Campus, most clinical internship and probation will take place in the affiliated hospitals.

Graduation and Academic Degree

A Bachelor of Medical Science will be awarded upon completion of

·       Required credits all courses in the teaching scheme

·       General points average (GPA)

·       Pass of all examinations

Type of class

·       Independent class with at least 15 students (Applicants might be asked to transfer to the other English taught major if recruits of this program are less than 15 by the end of April.)

Application Time

·       December 1, 2020 – June 15, 2021

Opening of Program

·       September, 2021 (Please see the date on Admission Notice)

Admission prerequisites


High school graduation or higher education background


Requirements for English language

(a)Studied courses taught in English language and transcripts required

(b)>90 of TOEFL or >6 of IELTS (non-native English speakers)


Applicants emigrating from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan must hold a valid foreign citizenship for no less than 4 years and a record of residency in the country for no less than 2 years in the most recent 4 years.



450 RMB for application


42,000 RMB/year for tuition


Purchase fee for textbooks


Accommodation Fee


Live on campus: Please see Introduction of International Student’s Dormitory (Attachment 2). Notice of the accommodation arrangement will be sent out in middle July. (The accommodation fee may fluctuate).


Live off-campus: Students can live off-campus upon approval by the University and pay on themselves.

Application Documents


High school diploma


Scan of the passport (valid for 6 months after date of submission)


Invoice of the application fee


Copy of TOEFL or IELTS examination results (no requirement for native speakers).


Student ID Photo:

Rename: Passport Name(English)

Background Color: Blue or White

Pixel: ≥300 pixels/inch

Other Requirement: Bareheaded

Notice: The photo will be used for your student ID card. Please make sure the photo is exactly as above requirements.

The aforementioned documents need to be submitted online at before the deadline. Please do not send any document via email. The application will not be processed if the documents are incomplete or sent by email. Applicants may need to submit supplementary documents when the Admission Office requires. Extra notice might be given to applicants who are required to provide individual financial documents. Supplementary documents can be uploaded under the item “Additional Materials” (see the online application webpage.)

Qualified applicants will receive admission letters and Visa Application Form for Study in China (JW202 form) from SHUTCM.

Given any following condition, application fees are not refunded:

·      Rejected applications due to incomplete documents

·      Disqualified applications

·      Students voluntarily withdraw


Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarship

Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarship for international students shall be delivered according to relevant documents including Regulations on Application of Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarship for International Students. Applicants must also complete the online application on Study-in-Shanghai ( besides applying on the school website. Application fee only needs to be paid once. For more information, please see Attachment 3.

University Scholarships


Specific Major Scholarship (See Attachment 4)


Others (Please contact us for more details)

Shanghai Government Scholarship applicants are required to submit Foreigner Physical Examination Form (see Attachment 5) or Physical Examination Form for Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarship Applicants of SHUTCM International Students (see attachment 6).  Please bring hard copies of Foreigner Physical Examination Form to SHUTCM for registration. Applicants with chronic diseases must notify the school before registration. Please confirm with the school before submitting application if clarification is needed regards entry requirements for applicants with health issues.

Contact Us


Venue: Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine International Education College, 2nd Floor, Admission Office


Address: Number 1200 Cailun Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai.


Telephone: (86 21) 51322255; Fax: (86 21) 51322285




University Bank Account:

Account Name: Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Bank Name: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Dong’an Road Branch

Bank Address: No.520, Wan Pin Nan Rd., Shanghai, China 200032

Account No. : 1001239109004636961


CNAPS Code: 102290023910


1. Instructive Teaching Plan ofTraditional Chinese Medicine Program (Acupuncture) (Taught in English)

2.  International Student’s Dormitory

3. Regulations on Application of Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarship for International Students

4. Rules of Implementation of Specific Major Scholarship for International Students (Taught in English) of SHUTCM

5.  Foreigner Physical Examination Form

6. Physical Examination Form for Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarship Applicants of SHUTCM International Students