Program of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture)


(Pan-English Lectures)

Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine


Founded in 1956, Shanghai University of TCM, which was named Shanghai TCM College at the beginning, is one of the first four TCM higher education institutes since the foundation of the People’s Republic of China. Adhering to the motto of “Diligence, Benevolence, Truth, Innovation”, the university inherits profound cultural legacy, strives to deliver high quality programs of unique strength, and pays great attention to clinical practice. The University regards academic and moral education as its fundamental mission, and promotes collaborative development of education, research and clinical service. In 1985, Shanghai Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine was founded under the same management system with the university. In 1993, the name of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine was officially taken. In 2000, Shanghai Medical Vocational School was consolidated with the university. In 2003, the university was relocated to Zhangjiang Hi-tech Park in Pudong New Area. Over the past 60 years, the university has always been home to many distinguished doctors. The education strategy emphasizing solid mastery of TCM knowledge and practice along with deep understanding of modern science and traditional Chinese culture has achieved remarkable results. The university takes close heed of frontier TCM technology and the critical demand of the country and continues to strengthen international exchange & cooperation. The University currently has 8 affiliated hospitals. It is also a high-caliber university prioritized by the Municipality and co-sponsored by the Ministry of Education. In 2017, the programs of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Chinese Materia Medica were selected in the National Initiative for Developing Top-notch Programs. In the fourth round of evaluation conducted by the Ministry of Education, 3 programs including TCM, Chinese Materia Medica and Integrative Medicine were graded A+. In welcoming the new era, the university will strive to become a world-class TCM university, which stresses excellence in both specialty disciplines and general ranking, and gives equal emphasis to inheritance and innovation, modernization & internationalization, giving full play to the power of TCM.  

Academic Year & Curricula

This program is consisted of 5 academic years, 3 trimesters in each year.

Curriculum (280 Credits)

Compulsory Courses

·       Normal Human Anatomy

·       TCM Basic Theory

·       Basic Chinese Language

·       Basics of Chemistry

·       Healthcare Physical Education

·       Biochemistry

·       Tuina Exercise

·       Meridians and Points

·       Overview of China

·       Microbiology

·       Guidance for Humanity Social Practice

·       Case Study

·       TCM Diagnostics

Chinese Materia Medica

·       Physiology

·       Intermediate Chinese Language

·       Formulas of Chinese Herbal Medicine

·       Introduction to TCM Classics

·       Basics of Pathology

·       Acupuncture and Moxibustion Technique

·       Theory of Tuina Manipulations

·       Pharmacology

·       Basics of Diagnostics

·       TCM Internal Medicine

·       Clinical Conversations in Traditional Chinese Medicine

·       Tuina Practice on Human Body

·       Radiology

·       Acupuncture and Moxibustion Technique

·       WM Internal Medicine

·       Anatomy of Acupuncture Points

·       Medical Terminology

·       Selective Readings of Acupuncture Classics

·       History of Chinese Medicine

·       Practice of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Techniques

·       Overview on TCM-Style Writing

·       Tuina Therapeutics

·       Acupuncture Therapeutics

·       TCM Traumatology

·       Medical Ethics

·       General Introduction to Rehabilitation

·       Neurology

·       TCM Emergencies

·       Clinical Psychology

Type of class

       Independent class of minimum 15 students (Applicants might be asked to transfer to the other English taught major if recruits of this program are less than 15 by the end of April.)

Application Time

       December 1st 2019 – June 15th 2020

Opening of Program

       September, 2020 (Please see the date on Admission Notice)

Admission prerequisites

·       High school graduation or above

·       Requirements for English language

        (a)  Studied courses taught in English language and transcripts required

        (b)  >90 of TOEFL or >6 of IELTS (non-native English speakers)

·       Applicants emigrating from mainland China, Hongkong, Macao or Taiwan must hold a valid foreign citizenship for no less than 4 years and a record of residency in the country for no less than 2 years in the most recent 4 years.

Tuition fees

·       450 RMB per person for application

·       42,000 RMB per year for tuition

·       Purchase fee for textbooks

·       Accommodation Fee

·       Live on campus: Please see Introduction of International Student’s Dormitory (Attachment 2). Notice of the accommodation arrangement will be sent out in middle July. (The accommodation fee may fluctuate).

·       Live off-campus: Students can live off-campus upon approval by the University and pay on themselves.

Application Documents

·       High school diploma

·       Scan of the passport (valid for 6 months after date of submission)

·       Invoice of the application fee

·       ID Photo:

        Rename the file: Your passport number.jpg 

        Background:White in color and no frame

        Resolution: ≥ 320*240 pixels

        Other Requirements: Bareheaded,passport photo quality and format

        Notice: This digital file must be of 100-500 KB

Notice: The photo will be used for your student ID card. Please make sure the photo is exactly as above requirements.

        The aforementioned documents need to be submitted online at before the deadline. Please do not send any document via email. The application will not be processed if the documents are incomplete or sent by email. Applicants may need to submit supplementary documents when the Admission Office requires. Extra notice might be given to applicants who are required to provide individual financial documents. Supplementary documents can be uploaded under the item “Additional Materials” (see the online application webpage.)

        Qualified applicants will receive admission letters and Visa Application Form for Study in China (JW202 form) from SHUTCM.

Given any following condition, application fees are not refunded:

           ·       Rejected applications due to incomplete documents

           ·       Disqualified applications

           ·       Students voluntarily withdraw


        ●    Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarship

             Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarship for international students shall be delivered according to relevant documents including Regulations on Application of Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarship for International Students. Applicants must also complete the online application on Study-in-Shanghai ( besides applying on the school website. Application fee only needs to be paid once. For more information, please see Attachment 3.

        ●    University Scholarships

               ·       Major-specific Scholarship (See Attachment 4)

               ·       Others (Please contact us for more details)

        Shanghai Government Scholarship applicants are required to submit Foreigner Physical Examination Form (see Attachment 5) orPhysical Examination Form for Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarship Applicants of SHUTCM International Students (see attachment 6).  Please bring hard copies of Foreigner Physical Examination Form to SHUTCM for registration. Applicants with chronic diseases must notify the school before registration. Please confirm with the school before submitting application if clarification is needed regards entry requirements for applicants with health issues.

Contact Us

·       Venue: Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine International Education College, 2nd Floor, Admission Office

·       Address: Number 1200 Cai Lun Road, Pudong Area, Shanghai.

·       Telephone: (86 21) 51322255; Fax: (86 21) 51322285

·       Email:

·       University Bank Account:

        Account Name: Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

        Bank Name: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Dong’an Road Branch

        Bank Address:   No.520, Wan Pin Nan Rd., Shanghai, China   200032

        Account No. :  1001239109004636961


        CNAPS Code: 102290023910


1. Instructive Teaching Plan of Program of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture) (Taught in English).

2. International Student’s Dormitory

3. Regulations on Application of Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarship for International Students

4. Rules of Implementation of Major-Specific Scholarship for International Students (Taught in English) of SHUTCM

5. Foreigner Physical Examination Form

6. Physical Examination Form for Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarship Applicants of SHUTCM International Students

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