The Preparatory Program

The Preparatory Program

1. Program orientation:This program targets at foreign students intending to take up professional TCM courses or interested in the TCM culture by improving their Chinese language proficiency to prepare them for studying TCM. 

2. Main courses and course features:

Providing courses at beginner’s, elementary, intermediate and advanced levels.

Mixed classes of students from all countries, providing a conducive environment for multi-cultural interactions.

Small classes with an average of 15 students.

A streaming test is carried out at the beginning of the semester to facilitate students to choose a suitable starting point for learning.

Connecting to the bachelor program of Chinese Language (TCM-oriented) with scholarship opportunities.

3. Program certificate: Program certification will be awarded upon completion of all required courses and passing all examinations.

4. Type of class: Independent

5. Application time:

Deadline for Spring term: March 1st, 2024

Deadline for Fall term: September 1st, 2024

6. Time of study:

Spring term: March 11th – June 28th, 2024

Fall term: September 2024 – July 2025 (Specific date will be informed in Registration Letter)

7. Eligibilities

18 - 65 years old

Good health condition with a valid foreign passport

High school qualifications and above

8. Fees:

Application fees: 450 RMB per person 

Tuition fees: 11 000 RMB per semester 


1Refer to “2023 International Student’s Dormitory ” (Attachment 1) (Current dormitory pricing, for reference only). Dormitories allocated upon admission will be arranged based on all student applications. Dormitory fees may fluctuate based on 2024 pricing regulations.

2Students may live off-campus upon approval by the University. All charges will be paid by the student.

9. Application documents:

Copy of the student’s passport (Passport within 6 months validity from the date of submission)

High school graduation diploma or above and/or A-Level course transcript

Payment invoice of application fee

ID Photo:

File name and type: Chinese name, JPG file

Requirement: Bareheaded, 3.5*5.4cm, 626*413px resolution

Note: The photo will be used for your student ID card. Please ensure that the photo fulfills all above requirements. Usage of student ID may be compromised if requirements are not met.

10. Application details:

All applications documents to be accurately completed and uploaded online according to requirements stated on the website. Application website

Admission will be decided based on appraisal of submitted documents. Application fees will not be refunded as a result of the following circumstances: rejected applications due to incomplete documents, disqualified applications, students voluntarily withdraw.

All accepted applicants are to bring along original copies of their application documents and proof of health (health screening results) for validation.

11. Scholarships

Students may apply for the SHUTCM Scholarship for Chinese Language Students

Students who have completed at least one semester of the Preparatory Program for TCM and continue with programs are eligible for applying for the International Student “Belt and Road” Scholarship (Attachment 2).

12. Contact us:

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

Address: No. 1200 Cai Lun Road, Zhangjiang High Tech Park, Shanghai, Postal code: 201203

Telephone: (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


CNAPS CODE: 102290023910


1.International Student’s Dormitory

2.The Regulations of Scholarship for Chinese Language Students