2024 "Shanghai Summer School" (Traditional Chinese Medicine Program)



Exploring the Wonders of Traditional Chinese Medicine


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of China's national treasures, with a rich history spanning thousands of years. It continues to play a unique role in people's healthcare today, promoting a natural and holistic approach that is increasingly recognized internationally. This program, initiated in 2012 and held annually during the summer, offers a variety of teaching formats, including lectures, experiential activities, and internships. It brings together international students with diverse cultural and educational backgrounds and Chinese volunteers to gradually explore Shanghai, understand Chinese culture, and delve into the magnificent world of TCM. The 2024 'Shanghai Summer School' (TCM Program) will be conducted at the SHUTCM campus (offline).


The program's lecture series will systematically introduce TCM knowledge, covering foundational theories, diagnostic techniques, meridians and acupoints, common Chinese herbal medicines, and clinical applications of acupuncture and tuina. In addition to theoretical learning, students will visit locations such as the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine campus, the Shanghai TCM Museum, and affiliated hospitals to understand the practical applications of TCM, acupuncture, and tuina in clinical settings. The program also includes practical Mandarin language lessons for daily life and various cultural activities to experience Chinese traditions, including understanding traditional Chinese festivals. Students will have the opportunity to experience the charm of Shanghai, an international metropolis with a rich multicultural atmosphere.



   ·  Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine

   ·   How Traditional Chinese Medicine Perceives Diseases

   ·   Application of Tuina in Modern Life

   ·   Traditional Chinese Medicine Teaches You to Observe and Understand through Speech and Color

   ·   Plants and Minerals as Medicine

   ·   The Mystical Meridians and Acupoints of the Human Body

   ·   The Magical Silver Needle

   ·   Application of Acupuncture in Modern Life

   ·   The Perfect Combination of Food and Medicine

Chinese Cultural Experience Activities

   ·   Learning the Five Animal Exercise (Wuqinxi)

   ·   Mandarin Language Learning

   ·   Traditional Chinese Cultural Activities

TCM Cultural Experience Activities

   ·   Campus Tour

   ·   Visit to the Shanghai TCM Museum

   ·   Visit to Affiliated Hospitals or Teaching Bases

Exchange and Interaction

   ·   Student Exchange Session

   ·   Summary and Sharing Session (Closing Ceremony)

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Main Campus, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

№ 1200 Cailun Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai


Start Date: June 10, 2024 (Monday) - July 5, 2024 (Friday) (4 weeks)

Course Hours and Schedule: Approximately 150 hours in total, Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM


   1.   20 participants of Shanghai Summer School Scholarship: Tuition, accommodation, and activity fees covered.

   2.   20 participants with SHUTCM Scholarship: CNY 10,000/per head, including food, accommodation (double rooms) and activity fees.

   3.   20 Shanghai Summer School Self-support: CNY 20,000/person (including tuition, accommodation, and activity fees. Accommodation is based on double rooms).


Students who successfully complete the program and pass the comprehensive assessment will receive a certificate of completion from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine's International Non-Degree Education Training.


Application Period: December 1, 2023 (Friday) - May 10, 2024 (Friday)

Application Method: Complete the application on https://apply.shutcm.edu.cn 

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Application Requirements: Applicants must be between 18 and 50 years old, in good health, interested in TCM and Chinese traditional culture, and hold valid international insurance. Priority will be given to students majoring in medicine and related fields.



Passport-size photo (DPI greater than 200, image size greater than 50KB, pixels greater than 200*300)




Resume (typically including personal information, educational history, work experience, etc.)


Language proficiency documents (HSK certificate, HSKK certificate, or proof of Chinese language learning, to demonstrate Chinese language proficiency. If this document is not submitted, it will be considered as not having participated in relevant exams)


Email: iec.nondegree@shutcm.edu.cn

Phone: +86-(0)21-5132-2285


Please apply for an X2 study visa to China using the admission notice and the Short-Term International Student Information Form (DQ form).


   1.   Shanghai Summer School (TCM Program) - Online Application Guide-EN

   2.   Shanghai Summer School (TCM Program) - Frequently Asked Questions-EN

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Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine