1. Applicants should be non-Chinese citizens with a valid foreign passport.
2. Applicants should be in good health and meet the physical standards that are required for applying for a student visa or residence permit.
3. Applicants for master's programs must hold a bachelor's degree equivalent to that of Chinese universities.
4. Applicants should be friendly to China, hardworking and diligent in their studies with excellent academic performance, upstanding and law-abiding, without any records of violations of the rules and regulations of their school, or any other security penalties or criminal records.
5. Language proficiency
Applicants should have an HSK (level V) certificate (with 180 points or above) for Chinese-taught majors. (The applicant for Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages should have an HSK level V certificate with 210 points or above and an HSKK intermediate level certificate with 60 points or above.) Those who complete their last degree with Chinese as the language of instruction can submit certificates of Chinese language proficiency issued by their school and can be exempted from providing HSK certificates after SYSU's verification.