Sun Yat-Sen University

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Take business classes in English during the Fall or Academic Year in Guangzhou, China.
Location: Guangzhou, China
Language of Instruction: English
Program Type: Semester or Academic Year
Open to non-KU Students: No
Fulfills KU Core 4.2: No
Fulfills KU Core 5: No

  • No language experience required
  • Take business classes across a variety of fields
  • Located 75 miles from Hong Kong

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.

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 Study Abroad & Global Engagement 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 Study Abroad & Global Engagement 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.

For classes KU students have taken in the past see SYSU Course Equivalencies (.pdf.)

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.

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.

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

Useful Websites

SYSU School of Business