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Sun Yat-Sen University

Sun Yat-Sen University
Take business classes in English during the Fall or Academic Year in Guangzhou, China.
Guangzhou, China
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
Information Systems
International Business
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
  • No language experience required
  • Take business classes across a variety of fields
  • Located 75 miles from Hong Kong
Program Summary: 

Founded in 1924, Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) is a comprehensive university with almost 50,000 students. The university has a top ranked business program and its city location offers exposure to a major industrial center and hub of foreign commerce.



China is a mix of tradition and modernity, scientific innovation and spiritual belief, historical significance and cultural progression. With more than one billion people and extending an area of almost four million square miles, it is the world's most populated country and home to one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations. China has focused on a market-oriented economic development, helping the nation emerge as a major player in the global economy.


Guangzhou is the capital of Guangdong, China's richest province, and acts as its political, economic and cultural center in southern China. Located about 75 miles northwest of Hong Kong, Guangzhou is a port on the Pearl River and serves as the economic center of one of China's leading commercial and manufacturing regions, the Pearl River Delta. Guangzhou has the third most populous metropolitan area in China with 8.5 million inhabitants.

Academic Information: 

Each semester, SYSU offers more than 20 courses in English in Business, Management, Finance, Marketing and Economics for incoming exchange students.

Possible business courses offered in English are: Understanding China Business, Global Strategic Management and Cross-Cultural Management, International Accounting Standards, Financial Accounting, Managerial Economics, E-Commerce, Business Communication, Consumer Behavior, Marketing Management, Organizational Behavior, HR Management, MIS, Operations Management, Corporate Management and Strategic Management, Logistic Management, Supply Chain Management, and Corporate Finance. Contact OSA for an updated list of semester course offerings.

A non-credit bearing beginning-level Mandarin language and culture course is offered at SYSU. Business internships are also available at SYSU. Contact OSA for more details.
Program dates for the Fall semester are generally early September to mid-January and mid-February to late June for the Spring semester. See date section above for specific dates for each academic term.

SYSU Course Equivalencies


Accommodations are off campus only. Students stay in furnished privately arranged apartments located near the university. Rent rates can vary greatly and depends on the apartment and the location of the accommodations.



Open to KU undergraduate and graduate business students who have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. There is no language requirement.

Further Reading: 

Useful Websites

SYSU School of Business: http://bus.sysu.edu.cn/en/



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To learn more about your study abroad options, we encourage you to visit the Study Abroad Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The Study Abroad Info Center offers walk-in advising for current and prospective students. Drop by to learn more about program options, make an appointment with a study abroad program coordinator, get information on scholarships and financial aid, and talk to returned study abroad students. We also encourage you to explore the resources available on our website to learn more about the application process, KU Core Approved programs, and the cost of study abroad. 

Study Abroad Information Center
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Hours: Monday - Friday. 9AM - 5 PM
Contact: studyabroad@ku.edu

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial Aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 pm and Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The financial aid officer will be happy to take any questions and can offer individual advising at the end of sessions for specific concerns. For those that cannot attend the weekly Info Sessions due to scheduling conflicts, we also offer appointments for financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students. Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.


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