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 nine teaching hospitals to safeguard high-quality clinical training.
1. Enrollment Majors
There are two models for the Master Degree Program in Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM): full time and part time. The Part-time Master Degree Programs are available only for the student of collaborative schools with International Education College, SHUTCM. Generally, most of the courses are taught in Chinese. Some courses can be taught in English or Japanese.
For detailed information of the enrollment majors, please see the Catalog for English Master Degree Program at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM) (Attachment 1). Applicants can only choose mentors listed in the aforementioned Catalog. For a brief introduction of majors, please see General Introduction of Majors (Attachment 2). Applicants are required to contact mentors in the related major and orientation and to submit the Mentor’s Consent Form to Accept International Students for Master Degree Program (Attachment 3)(See Attachment 15 for How to get the mentor's consent form), along with the application documents. If applicants have no specific orientation, a mentor can be recommended by the University.
 However, to ensure efficient use of institutional resources, the University has established a policy on minimum class size: 5 students for full-time master degree programs that are taught in English or Japanese.
2. Length of Schooling
The length of Schooling is 3 years, and can be extended to 5 years in maximum.
3. Eligibility for Application
Healthy foreign nationals.
A bachelor degree or degree of higher education background.
Under 55 years of age; exceptions can be considered for applicants with competitive academic background or those recommended by collaborative universities
Applicants for programs taught in Chinese must score at least 180 points in HSK Level V exam. There are no minimal Chinese language requirements for those who apply for programs taught in English or Japanese. Non-native English speakers must score at least 90 points in TOEFL exam or 6.5 points in IELTS exam for the programs taught in English.
Applicants without TCM background must hold a degree on medicine or related science and are expected to have abilities of self-study and conducting academic research.
4. Application Documents
Download and fill in the Application Form for International Students to Study Master Degree Program at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Attachment 4).
Download and ask the mentor to sign the Consent Form to Accept International Students for Master Degree Program. (Attachment 3).
A copy of the passport.
Two ID photos (35*53mm) took within 6 months. (One for application form and one for interview notice).
Photocopy of the highest degree certificate; studying certificate for undergraduate student and copy of the academic degree upon admission; those who completed undergraduate study or are studying in overseas colleges should submit additional notarial certificate. Certificates in other languages need to be translated into Chinese or English, coupled with a notarial certificate of the translation.
Copy or notarial certificate of transcripts for undergraduate (or higher) education. Transcripts in other languages need to be translated into Chinese or English, coupled with a notarial certificate of the translation.
Copy of the HSK, TOEFL or IELTS examination results. (Applicants for Chinese-taught Master degree program are not required to submit HSK if he or she had finished secondary and (or) tertiary education in Chinese; applicants for English-taught Master degree program are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS examination results if they are native speakers.)
Applicants for full-time Master degree program are required to submit a Recommendation Form supplied by an associate professor or higher professional title (see Application Form for International Students to Study Master Degree Program at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine) (Attachment 4). Applicants for part-time Master degree program are required to submit two Recommendation Forms (see the above-mentioned Application Form). The Recommendation Form can be filled in Chinese or English.
Academic papers or achievements (if available).
Payment proof of the application fee (800 RMB)
Certificate of Non-Criminal Record (Can sign the Non-Criminal Record Commitment issued by the school, see attachment 13)
Statement of Financial Support (Can sign the Statement of Financial Support issued by the school or provide the Bank Deposit Certificate of at least 100,000 RMB or the relevant movable and real estate certificate, etc. See attachment 14).
The aforementioned documents are required to be submitted online at http://apply.shutcm.edu.cn before the application 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 be request to submit supplementary documents when necessary. Supplementary documents, such as published academic papers or achievements (if available), can be uploaded under the item “Additional Materials” (see the online application webpage.)
Please bring original copies of relevant documents for registration. The University reserves the right to dismiss students whose original copies are not consistent with application materials. Extra notice will be given to applicants who are required to provide individual financial documents.
Please bring hard copies of Foreigner Physical Examination Form (See attachment) 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 conditions.
Given any following condition, application fees are not refunded:
Rejected applications due to incomplete documents
Applicants quit interviews or entrance examinations
Students quit registrations
5. Application Period
Dec.15th, 2021—Apr.15th 2022
6. The Entrance Qualification Verification and Interview
The application qualification needs to be verified by the University. Upon verification, the applicants shall proceed with the interview. Applicants are required to take a test in terms of summary writing before entering the interview stage (See Attachment 5 for Notice on Test for International Student to Study Postgraduate Program at SHUTCM Year 2022). The result of whether the applicant pass the test or not will be given by the mentor on Consent Form (Attachment 3).
The interview for Master degree program can be done face-to-face, by telephone or online. (Applicants based in Asian areas are required to attend on-site interviews. Exceptions can only be made by work or health reasons. Applicants are expected to submit written request and certificates for other options.) Applicants are required to fill in the Intent to Interview Form for International Students of Master Degree Program at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (See Application form). Please provide valid email address. The Interview Notice will be sent by Admissions Office.
The final enrollment will be based on application documents, interview results and comprehensive evaluation by mentors. Requests for changing mentors will not be accepted after enrollments. The Admission Notice and the JW202 Form will be sent to applicants in middle of June, 2022.
8. Beginning of school
September. 2022 (Please see the date on Admission Notice and Registration Information for New International Students)
Students who are accepted shall apply student visa (X1 visa) to Chinese embassy/consulate in your home countries with your passport, Admission Notice and JW 202 / 201 Form. Upon visa approval, please register on the designated time specified in Admission Notice. Students who only submitted school attendance certificate shall then supply the original or copy of the academic degree; otherwise, the qualification for matriculation will be cancelled. Students who are accepted by the university should be presented and register according to the date of the beginning of the 1st semester in academic year 2022. If the students cannot come and register on time, he or she should ask for permission from the university. Otherwise, his or her qualification of admission will be cancelled.
Full-time master degree program taught in Chinese: 34000RMB per year;
Part-time master degree program taught in Chinese: 51000RMB per year;
Full-time master degree program taught in English/Japanese: 51000RMB per year;
Part-time master degree program taught in English/Japanese: 60000RMB per year;
Tuition fee covers lectures, clinical internship, tutor instruction and thesis review. Expenditures for teaching materials, books, accommodation, medical insurance are not covered. For postgraduate students enrolled under cooperation agreement, the content of the agreement shall prevail.
According to International Student’s “School Credit Bank” Regulation (See Attachment 6), some courses completed by applicants previously can be recognized as a reference for tuition fee remission.
Live on campus: Please see Introduction of International Student’s Dormitory (Attachment 7). 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 your own.
Application fee (including examination fee): 800 RMB. (The actual amount university receives)
Chinese Government Scholarship
The tuition, medical insurance, on-campus accommodation and living expense shall be delivered according to the Regulations on Management of Chinese Government Scholarship by International Cooperation and Exchange Department, Ministry of Education. For Pre-Admission Notice, please contact Admissions Office, International Education College (see clause 14 for ‘Contact Us’). Admitted applicants will be assigned to mentors by the decision of school. Applicants must go through complete applying procedures (online application-paying application fee-evaluation) if they intend to choose mentors. For more information, please visit: http://www.campuschina.org/
Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarship for international students
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 (http://study.edu.sh.gov.cn/en/) besides applying on the school website. Application fee only needs to be paid once. For more information, please see Attachment 8.
“Belt and Road” Scholarships
“Cai Tongde” Scholarships
Please see find details in instructive teaching plans (Attachment 9 and 10).
13. Academic degree and diploma
A diploma of postgraduate (Master Degree) graduation shall be awarded to students who have successfully completed all degree courses, written the academic dissertation, passed the defense organized by the University Academic Degree Evaluation Committee and published one academic paper (with student him/herself as the first writer and SHUTCM as writer’s affiliation) according to the Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Academic Degrees.
14. Contact Us
Admissions Office Address: Room 230, International Cooperation and Exchange Center, 1200 Cailun Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, 201203
Telephone: (86 21)51322255 Fax: (86 21)51322255
Bank Account Information：
Account Name: Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Bank Name: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Dong'an Road Branch
Bank Address: № 520, Wan Ping Nan Road, Shanghai, China, 200032
Account №: 1001239109004636961
Swift Code: ICBKCNBJSHI
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.
Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
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