Ziqin XU of Brandeis University: SUSTech Campus Is as Beautiful as a Wetland Park!

Ziqin XU of Brandeis University: SUSTech Campus Is as Beautiful as a Wetland Park!

2021-03-13 Non-degree

First of all, I would like to thank Brandeis University for allowing me to experience China's domestic university life in Shenzhen's Southern University of Science and Technology for the last semester before my graduation!

Because of the COVID-19 epidemic, many international students went back to their home countries. And after lying in the United States for half a year and then returning home lying for another two months, I couldn't stand it anymore. By chance, I saw the cooperation program between my university (Brandeis University) and Shenzhen Southern University of Science and Technology, and I was impressed! After learning about the comments on SUSTech, I decided to take it a try to apply. It took a lot of twists and turns, but I finally came!

The accommodation fee for undergraduates is ¥600/month, 4 people per room, and the dormitory is divided into male and female floors. You need to scan your face to enter the dormitory building, do extra face-scanning when entering the girl's floor, and use the campus card to get into the room. The floor I live on is new, with common restrooms and showers, but they are cleaned twice a day by an aunt. Each floor also has a refrigerator and hot water machine. Common laundry room is on the first floor with washing machines and dryers, free to use ~

There are several student cafeterias on campus, and they taste good, but international students need to pay an extra administrative fee, so you can choose Starbucks/KFC/Miandianwang Restaurant on campus or order take-out ~

Transportation / Surroundings
The campus of SUSTech is very big, and school buses run every 10 minutes. There is a small shopping complex with cinemas/restaurants/supermarkets, etc. outside the main gate. Right next to the campus is the Shenzhen Metro Line 5.

Regulations during the epidemic
I received an email before I came that SUSTech exercised strict control over campus entry, and I was scared to death that I wouldn't be able to leave the campus. In fact, if you leave and return the campus the same day without leaving Shenzhen, you only need to send an email to report. if you want to stay off-campus a little longer, you need to apply in advance one working day by email. In addition, you need to fill out a daily health report.

Learning / Facilities
Many teachers at SUSTech have experience in studying abroad, and their English is very good, and many classes are bilingual. I liked many of the classes I attended, but because my school requires that our courses be the main focus, I chose to attend the classes for now.
SUSTech currently has three libraries, self-checkout is very convenient, the library room can also be self-booked for group study/discussion. Basketball/tennis courts are also available for reservation! If you love sports, go for it!

In conclusion: SUSTech is a very international university in China now! For me, I quickly adapted and liked the life here. The university is really not short of money, and the campus is as beautiful as a wetland park!


Text / Photo by Ziqin XU

Global Embracement Students Visit BGI – CNGB

Global Embracement Students Visit BGI - CNGB

2021-04-12 Non-degree

The pandemic of COVID-19 is still not over worldwide, but students of SUSTech's Global Embracement program do not stop exploring Shenzhen. After the last visit to Shenzhen Seeed Studio and Chaihuo makers, on the afternoon of April 9, teachers of SUSTech Global and students of Global Embracement went to Beijing Genomics Institute(BGI) - China National GeneBank located in Dapeng New District in Shenzhen to learn more about this frontier institution in life sciences.

Founded in 1999, BGI is the world's leading life science frontier institution and the most innovative and powerful genomics research institution in China, which has completed the "Chinese part" of the International Human Genome Project (1%, undertaking most of the work). The China National GeneBank(CNGB), which was approved by the National Development and Reform Commission and other three ministries and commissions for construction in Shenzhen in 2011, and is built and operated by BGI, is the first gene bank in China and is among the world's leading gene banks.

The BGI - CNGB is located in the "Hetangzai" site in Dapeng New District, Shenzhen, and it is built on a mountain with a beautiful environment. The students first watched the promotional video of BGI and listened to the teachers of BGI College introducing the origin of life, the development of BGI and the frontier applications of gene technology.

According to the teacher of BGI College, the CNGB has initially built a business structure of "three repositories and two platforms", with "repositories" being the biological sample repository, bioinformatics repository and living animal and plant resources repository; "two platforms" are the digitization platform and synthesis and editing platform.

Afterwards, the students visited the exhibition hall of the gene bank and learned about the high-throughput gene sequencing room, supercomputing room and other advanced genetic research equipment.

In the discussion session afterwards, many students from biology and life science related majors raised many professional questions, which were answered by the host teachers of BGI College.

In addition to the advanced genetic research equipment in the laboratory, the students were also impressed by the spacious and open office atmosphere, the natural working environment and the living plant and animal resources of the BGI - CNGB.

The "Global Embracement - Walking in Shenzhen" event has been conducted for three times, and we will continue to visit more institutions and enterprises with our Global Embracement students in the future to "enter Pengcheng and approach Shenzhen".


Text by Boqiang DU

Photo by Boqiang DU / Luo LEI

SUSTech Welcomes Students of Global Embracement Program Coming from across China

SUSTech Welcomes Students of Global Embracement Program Coming from across China

2021-01-13 Non-degree

New Year's Day has just passed and the new semester is already in full swing! Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, SUSTech launched the second phase of the Global Embracement program, accepting Chinese domestic students from partner institutions in North America such as University of Toronto, Rutgers University, Rice University, Stony Brook University, Temple University, University of Southern California, and Brandeis University to study at SUSTech. 122 international exchange students gathered at SUSTech on January 7 to begin their journey at SUSTech.

In order to let the students get to know SUSTech and its resources and facilities as soon as possible, and to have enough time to explore the campus and build friendships, SUSTech Global arranged a full and tight schedule in the "first class at SUSTech", inviting teachers from Teaching Affairs Office, Graduate School, Residential Colleges, University Library and a police officer to give the students a comprehensive introduction to study, life and safety.

To our valuable members: Study and life guide of SUSTech
Though the wind felt cold on the morning of January 8, the atmosphere in room 101, student dormitory 11 was warm. Ms. Jing Long, Associate Director of SUSTech Global, started her speech by warmly welcoming the international exchange students to SUSTech.

Ms. Long said that although the students came from different partner institutions and their visiting time in SUSTech may be long or short, they were valuable members of SUSTech. Long hoped that visiting students would make good use of the learning environment and resources provided by the university, and that their learning experience in SUSTech would be pleasant and inspiring.

Afterwards, Ms. Fang Wang and Ms. Wenni Lai from the SUSTech Global introduced the campus and students regulations of SUSTech, especially elaborated on the epidemic prevention measures. Ms. Zhihan Huang and Mr. Yuyang Zou from the Graduate School explained the course selection and accommodation rules for graduate students.

For undergraduates, Ms. Chunying Wang and Ms. Huili Fan from Teaching Affairs Office explained the regulations of course selection and examinations for undergraduates.

Finally, Mr. Zhenyu Liang, counselor of Shuli College, introduced various problems and precautions that students may encounter in the dormitory life on behalf of the college, and Ms. Lixinyu Yang, the resident counselor of Shulin College, also shared the guide of living in SUSTech.

Good assistant outisde class: Tips of SUSTech library
In addition to studying in class, the library is the most important place for students to study, find information and discuss outside class. Ms. Yixi Zhang from the library explained to students how to borrow paper books/journals/reference books, how to use electronic databases such as online journals, and how to reserve discussion rooms.

Guarding the campus guarding you: Safety education from on-campus police officer
In addition to university teachers, SUSTech Global also invited Officer Qiang Xu, an on-campus police officer of Tanglang Police Station with more than 10 years of experience, to give a speech about campus safety. Xu said the two top priorities were the prevention of COVID-19 and telecommunication fraud. During the special period, Officer Xu once again reminded students to wear masks when they go out, and to wash their hands frequently, open windows and keep social distance. Regarding the prevention of telecommunication fraud, Officer Xu used movie clips to explain in depth the possible methods of criminals and what students need to pay attention to.

The 122 international exchange students departed from their journey at SUSTech, and the university will welcome the second group of international exchange students in February this year. We wish the students a happy life at SUSTech, and make unforgettable memories during their short exchange time.


Text / Photo By Boqiang DU

Edited by Fang WANG / Guanying DENG

SUSTech International Semester Programs(Non-degree)

SUSTech International Semester Programs(Non-degree)

2021-03-19 Non-degree

Southern University of Science and Technology(SUSTech) has been actively building a global network and deepening cooperation with universities and institutions around the world. With multi-level agreements, SUSTech has established close cooperation relationships with over 100 universities and institutions worldwide, while vigorously promoting student exchanges and cooperation. SUSTech offers a variety of international student programs such as semester visiting/exchange programs, short-term research programs, innovation and entrepreneurship programs, and language and cultural experience programs, providing international exchange students with rich research and curriculum options.

The SUSTech international semester programs(non-degree) have two forms: visiting program and exchange program, both of which are semester-based course-taking programs. The exchange program is tuition-free, and students participating in the program can take SUSTech courses and attend the same classes with SUSTech students. Exchange program is currently only available to SUSTech's overseas partner institutions.


Admission Requirements

- Students registered at SUSTech's overseas partner institutions

- Fluent in Chinese or English

- Agree with SUSTech’s educational philosophy

- Physically and mentally healthy, with the ability to adapt to new environment


Program Duration

Fall Semester 2021: September 2, 2021 - January 14, 2022


Application Dates

Nomination deadline for partner institutions: May 5, 2021

Application deadline for nominated students to complete the registration of SUSTech International Student Information System: May 16, 2021


Application Process

1. Applicants apply to their home universities

2. Home universities select and nominate students to SUSTech (Download the Nomination Form)

3. Nominated students complete the registration of SUSTech International Student Information System

4. SUSTech will review and decide the admission list


Course Information

All courses at SUSTech are open to students on the admission list, but some courses may have prerequisites. If the number of students taking the course has reached the maximum number, students need to take other courses instead.

Course Information can be found at:


The courses offered each semester may be adjusted, an email will be sent to the contact person at the partner institution once the schedule is finalized.



- Tuition fee: RMB 15,000/semester/person (for visiting programs). Tuition fee is waived for exchange programs.

- Accommodation fee:

RMB 600/month/person (quadruple room for undergraduate students)

RMB 800 /month/person (double room for master students)

RMB 1,500/month/person (single room for PhD students)

Students are responsible for their own living expenses, travel expenses, insurance, and personal expenses.



Students participating in the program must have valid medical and accident insurance that is recognized in mainland China during their study. To those who have no insurance, SUSTech Global can help to purchase an insurance at their own expense.

Details and terms of use can be found at:



Accommodation and Food

SUSTech can provide on-campus dormitories for enrolled students, with quadruple rooms for undergraduates, double rooms for masters, and single rooms for PhD students. If on-campus housing is full, SUSTech will inform the home institutions in advance and will assist enrolled students in finding off-campus housing.

During the COVID-19 epidemic, all students are required to stay in on-campus student housing.


SUSTech will provide the international students with a campus card, which can be recharged to allow them to eat in the on-campus cafeteria and use on-campus facilities.


Contact Us

Address: No. 1088 Xueyuan Avenue, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province

Tel: +86 (0755) 8801 0883

Email: visiting@sustech.edu.cn


University links

https://www.sustech.edu.cn/en/about.html?lang=en (About the University)

https://www.sustech.edu.cn/en/academician.html?lang=en (Faculty)

https://www.sustech.edu.cn/en/academics.html?lang=en#Colleges (Academics)

https://www.sustech.edu.cn/en/campus-life.html?lang=en (Campus Life)