Sun Yat-Sen University

Guangzhou, China

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Sun Yat-Sen University, founded in 1924 by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, is a comprehensive university in South China, providing higher education programs in a wide range of academic disciplines. The multi-campus university hosts more than 47,000 students ranging from undergraduate students to doctoral candidates, a significant percentage of which are international students. The School of Business (SoBSYSU) was founded in 1985 and is one of the first universities to specialize in business education and research in China. The school is comprised of six departments, including business administration, marketing, accounting, tourism and hotel management, finance and investment, and management. The School of Business has been in the forefront of new and important national programs since opening. The teaching and research faculty regularly engage in numerous state level research projects, allowing them to bring rich and practical experience into the classroom. These innovations have led SoBSYSU to been ranked among China's top 4 universities by the World Executive Weekly.

Please note: students are not accepted into the program until they submit their application and deposit to the UF International Center. You can start your online application today!

The City

The city of Guangzhou is the third most populous metropolitan area in mainland China. With a population of 6.7 million and an area of 10,000 square miles, the dynamic city of Guangzhou provides inhabitants with endless sightseeing, recreation, and entertainment possibilities. Guangzhou is the capital of Guangdong, China's richest province, and the center of its political, economic, scientific, educational, and cultural life. Aside from its present day importance as a major industrial center and hub of foreign commerce, Guangzhou is one of 24 cities recognized by the Chinese Government as being of historic and cultural importance to China. A rich history of 2,800 years has left behind many places of historic interest and scenic beauty, a vivid witness of Guangzhou's revolutionary past and brilliance. Guangzhou's residents also enjoy a sub-tropical climate with an average year-round temperature of 72 degrees. August, the hottest month, averages 85 degrees, whereas January, the coldest month has an average of 55 degrees. The climate makes Guangzhou a beautiful city with ever-green scenery and flowers blooming all year round. Tourists enjoy the warm weather and the many attractions within the city, including temples, scenic views, hot springs, a zoo, and a number of top ranked restaurants and tea-houses. With beautiful weather, historical significance, and rich city amenities, Guangzhou is one of the most popular destinations in southern China.

Student Life

Sun Yat-Sen students enjoy a large campus complete with amenities, including several libraries, a sports complex, a swimming pool, a student activity center, and several cafeterias located around campus. While at the university American students also enjoy some special services and programs. The buddy program pairs each American student with a Chinese student who has a good command of English and wide knowledge of the university and city. These students help exchange students settle into life at the university. The language and culture program is an opportunity for exchange students to learn or refine the ability to communicate in Chinese. Lastly, international business exchange students enjoy study tours consisting of lectures, company visits, local culture tours, and face-to-face meetings with local students. These study tours expose exchange students to the Chinese business environment and culture.

Term Dates

Fall Semester: Mid-September to mid-January
Early exams are approved on a case by case basis.

Spring Semester: Early March to Late June

Courses Available

Sun Yat-Sen University offers a variety of business courses for students to choose from. Use our course equivalency database to find out which courses at SYSU can apply to your UF degree. Please see an academic advisor for information pertaining to requesting additional equivalencies.

Language of Instruction

Courses for exchange students are taught in English, though Mandarin is the primary language of instruction and university operations at Sun Yat-Sen University. Exchange students may take a low level Chinese language course for credit in addition to their English-taught business courses.

Grade Conversion
Sun Yat Sen grade UF grade
85-100 A
75-84 B
65-74 C
55-64 D
<54 E

Credit Conversion

Credit calculations are the same as UF credits. Students are expected to take 12 credits of coursework to maintain full time status.

Estimated Expenses
Rough Expense Comparison Semester at UF Semester at SYS
UF Tuition $3,155 $3,155
UFIC Admin. Fee --- $300
Health Insurance --- $160
Airfare --- $1,700
Housing/Utilities $2,710 $1,800
Internet/cable $630 $80
Food $2,115 $1,600
Books $650 $130
Transportation $550 $100
Visa --- $130
Total $9,810 $9,155


Assistance is provided in securing off-campus accommodation for exchange students. Rent amounts vary greatly with location and apartment size. Generally, a one bedroom with a kitchen and a bathroom will cost between $200 and $300 per month. Students can receive assistance from their Sun Yat-Sen buddy who can find housing options for you, locate possible roommates, and give you advice on certain locations. If you would like to wait until you arrive, you may also rent a hotel room on campus until you can secure a housing arrangement.


Yuan/RMB, Jiao, and Fen are the currency used in China.

Travel Opportunities

Guangzhou is located adjacent to Hong Kong, which can be reached in an hour by ferry, train, bus or plane. The Baiyun airport, in the center of Guangzhou, has regular domestic flights to other cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming, and others. Two train locations available in Guangzhou also provide transport to many surrounding locations. Some cities and attractions that cannot be missed are the beautiful scenic gardens in Qingdao, the historic temples and museums in Kunming, the famous Qin Terra-Cotta Warrior tour in Xi’an, and the Giant Panda research base in Chengdu. For international destinations, travelers will find flights from Hong Kong International Airport.


To arrange an appointment with a Heavener Study Abroad Advisor, please call 352.273.0151 or visit 301 Heavener Hall.

Heavener School of Business
301 Heavener Hall, PO Box 117160
Gainesville, Florida, 32611-7160

You may also contact an International Programs Student Ambassador to learn more about study abroad from experienced peers.

Contacts Abroad

Ms. Elaine Zhao
Coordinator of Intl Exchange Program
Phone: 86-20-84112697
Fax: 86-20-84036924
Email (bsexch at