Program of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture)


(Taught in English)

Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM)

Academic Year & Curriculum

This is a 5-year program, 3 semesters per academic 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

Bachelor degree on Chinese Medicine 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 5 students 

Application Time

·       December 1, 2022 – June 15, 2023

Opening of Program

·       September, 2023 (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.


Under 65 years of age; exceptions can be considered for applicants with competitive academic background or those recommended by collaborative universities.



450 RMB for application (The actual amount university receives)


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


Certificate of Non-Criminal Record (See Attachment 7)


Statement of Financial Support(See Attachment 8)


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. 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) orPhysical 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: Room 230, Admission Office, International Education College, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine


Address: No. 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

*Note: For remittance from outside China, it is recommended to remit in the form of cross-border RMB. Due to the exchange rate and the charge of bank processing, the actual amount of the fee university receives might differ from the smount sent.


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

7. Non-Criminal Record Commitment for SHUTCM International Students

8. Statement of Financial Support for SHUTCM International Students