President’s Welcome


Shenzhen University (SZU) is located at the city of Shenzhen, China’s pioneering city of reform and open-up.

Titled with “the Special Economic Zone University, the Window University, the Experimental University”, SZU has grown into a multi-discipline university hosting over 30,000 students, 2,500 professional teachers and staff members since its founding three decades ago. SZU, characterized by its youthful vigor, beautiful campus and rapid growth, offers bachelor, master and PhD degree in great variety of programs. With the state-of-art facilities and a devoted and professional teaching and research team, SZU is committed to an innovative, high-level and international prominent university.

One of our goals is to cultivate students’ innovative and entrepreneurial spirit to lead the progress of the society. In order to achieve this goal, the university has built its capability by expanding libraries and labs, increasing the opportunities for student internships and overseas exchanges.

SZU is committed to internationalization. With over 200 overseas partner universities, SZU attracts about 1,500 international students every year.

Owing to the local pleasant climate, SZU is one of the most beautiful universities in China with rolling hills covered with lichee trees and flowers, two lakes, a wooded hill, an abundance of green space and works of art. We welcome students and friends wherever you are to come and join us. Here, let us work together to create a bright future.




                                                                                         Qingquan Li, PhD


Shenzhen University (SZU) is located in China's pioneering city of reform and open-up —— Shenzhen. Known as “the Special Economic Zone University, the Window University, the Experimental University,” SZU has grown into a multi-disciplinary university hosting over 34,000 students, 3,770 faculty and staff members  since it was founded in 1983. SZU, characterized by its youthful vigor, beautiful campus and rapid growth, offers bachelor, master and Ph.D. degrees in a wide range of programs. SZU is committed to building an innovative, high-level and internationally prominent university.

One of our goals is to nurture students’ innovative and entrepreneurial spirit to boost social, economic and cultural prosperity in the Greater Bay Area of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau and beyond. 

SZU is accelerating its pace toward rich diversity and robust internationalization. With over 200 overseas partnership universities, SZU attracts about 1,500 international students every year. SZU is one of the most beautiful universities in China with rolling hills covered with lichee trees and flowers, two lakes, woods, plenty of green space and works of art. We welcome scholars and students from across the globe to come and join us.


Shenzhen Special Economic Zone was established in 1980. Three years later, the municipal government of the new city founded Shenzhen University (SZU). Characterized by what Mr. Deng Xiaoping called “Shenzhen Speed,” SZU enrolled its first students in 1983, and has since rapidly grown into a well-known multi-discipline institution boasting over 34,000 students, including 5,500 postgraduates and over 1,500 international students. Apart from the full-time students, approximately 13,000 students are engaged in various forms of continuing education. 

SZU is fully accredited by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. In the mid-1990’s, SZU passed all academic evaluations and won authorization from the Degree Committee of the State Council to award graduate degrees. In January 2006, the State Council gave SZU approval to grant doctorate degree (PhD). Therefore, with Shenzhen Speed, SZU has developed into a truly comprehensive university offering more than 70 different undergraduate programs, over 130 master’s programs and 8 doctorate degree programs.

SZU maintains a high-caliber teaching staff with top credentials. Seeking to build a faculty with different age groups and experiential backgrounds, SZU built up a teaching faculty of 2,127 teachers, among which 504 are professors and 768 are associate professors, 1 Nobel Prize Winner, 10 Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences or Academy of Engineering, 3 Academician from American Academy of Sciences, Academy of Engineering and Academy of Medical Sciences, 3 National 973 Program Chief Scientist, 60 Central Organization Department “Thousand-Talent-Plan”. The university has a full-time administrative staff of over 1,000 who fulfill teaching and researching support tasks.

SZU is actively involved in the social and economic development of Shenzhen as well as the entire country. The university has fostered and supported a number of cutting-edge disciplines. Many programs have been awarded and recognized at both the provincial and national levels, which are Architecture and Architectural Design, Biological Science, Communication and Information Technology, Mass Communication and Media, Finance, Economics and Regional Economic Studies, Management and Public Administration, Optical Engineering, Material Sciences and Chemistry, Comparative Literature, Political Economics and International Law, and Structural Engineering.

Colleges and Programs

Doctoral Programs

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2.      Communication and Information System

3.      History of Economic Thought

4.      Molecular Medicine

5.      Optical Engineering

6.      Political Economics

7.      Population, Resources, Environmental Economics  

8.      Signal and Information Processing

Master Programs

1.      Accounting

2.      Aesthetics

3.      Analytical Chemistry

4.      Applied Chemistry

5.      Applied Mathematics

6.      Applied Psychology

7.      Art and Literature

8.      Artistic Theory

9.      Architecture History and Theory

10.   Architecture Design and Theory

11.   Architectural Science and Technology

12.   Architecture and Civil Engineering

13.   Biology

14.   Biophysics

15.   Biomedical Engineering

16.   Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

17.   Botany

18.   Bridge and Tunnel Engineering

19.   Business Administration

20.   Cell Biology

21.   Chinese Classical Literature

22.   Chinese Classical Philology

23.   Chinese Language and Characters

24.   Chinese Philosophy

25.   Civil Law

26.   Communication and Information System

27.   Comparative Literature and World Literature

28.   Computational Mathematics

29.   Computer System Architecture

30.   Computer Software and Theory

31.   Computer Technology

32.   Condensed Matter Physics

33.   Continuing Education

34.   Constitution and Administrative Law

35.   Control Theory and Engineering

36.   Criminal Law

37.   Curriculum and Pedagogy

38.   Design Study

39.   Detection System and Automatic Device

40.   Developmental Biology

41.   Developmental and Educational Psychology

42.   Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and Protection Engineering

43.   Domestic and Foreign Political System

44.   Drama and Movie

45.   Ecology

46.   Economic History

47.   Economic Law

48.   Education Principles

49.   Educational Technology

50.   Electric Circuit and System

51.   English Language and Literature

52.   Ethics

53.   Finance

54.   Fine Arts

55.   Foreign Philosophy

56.   Fundamental Mathematics

57.   Genetics

58.   Geotechnical Engineering

59.   Higher Education

60.   History of Economic Thought

61.   Hydrobiology

62.   Information and Communication Engineering

63.   Integrated Circuit Engineering

64.   International Business

65.   International Law

66.   International Relations

67.   International Trade

68.   Inorganic Chemistry

69.   Japanese Language and Literature

70.   Journalism

71.   Judicial Law

72.   Kinesiology

73.   Legal Theory

74.   Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

75.   Logics

76.   Logistics Engineering

77.   Management Science and Engineering

78.   Marxism Philosophy

79.   Mass Media

80.   Master of Art

81.   Master of Education

82.   Master of Law

83.   Material Physics and Chemistry

84.   Materials Science

85.   Materials Engineering

86.   Materials Processing Engineering

87.   Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation

88.   Mechanical and Electronic Engineering

89.   Mechanical Design and Theories

90.   Mechanical Engineering

91.   Microbiology

92.   Microelectronics and Solid Electronics

93.   Modern Chinese Literature

94.   Music and Dance

95.   Neurobiology

96.   Optical Engineering

97.   Optics

98.   Organic Chemistry

99.   Particle Physics and Nuclear Physics

100.Pattern Recognition and Intelligent System

101.Philosophy of Scientific Technology

102.Physical Chemistry

103.Physical Electronics

104.Physical Education and Training


106.Plasma Physics

107.Political Economics

108.Political Theory

109.Polymer Chemistry and Physics

110.Population, Resources, Environmental Economics

111.Pre-school Pedagogy

112.Probability and Mathematical Statistics

113.Project Management

114.Public Administration

115.Radio Physics

116.Regional Economics

117.Religious Studies

118.Scientific Socialism and International Communist Movement

119.Signal and Information Processing

120.Software Engineering

121.Sports and Society


123.Structural Engineering

124.System Engineering

125.Technology Economy and Management

126.Theoretical Physics

127.Tourism Management

128.Urban and Rural Planning

129.Vehicle Engineering

130.Western Economics

131.World Economy



SZU comprises two campuses, Houhai campus and Xili campus, covering an area of 2.72 square kilometers. The Houhai campus is located near the picturesque coastline of Houhai Bay with 1.34 square kilometers land area, spreading across rolling hills covered with lichee trees and flowers, two lakes, a wooded hill, an abundance of green space and works of art. The Xili campus, taking up nearly 1.38 square kilometers, is located in the University Town, near the famous Shenzhen Safari Park.

Both campuses are fully equipped with the latest technology. Each classroom is web-enabled and wired with digital audio-visual and multimedia devices. Both campuses are entirely covered by Wi-Fi and every classroom, dormitory and office is Internet ready.

The unrivaled sports facilities include modern gymnasiums, multiple tennis courts, table tennis halls, football fields, basketball courts, bowling alley, golf course, running tracks and two outdoor swimming pools. The campus has also a large international standard stadium, in which was held an international football game during the 2011 Universiade hosted by Shenzhen.

Commitment to Internationalization

SZU strongly advocates international academic exchange and cooperation. Towards that end, the university has established cooperative relationship with 210 overseas universities and colleges from 32 countries and regions in the world. Thanks to various efforts, the academic exchange and collaboration have been greatly strengthened. The level of internationalization and the international reputation have been improved gradually, and the campus life has been enriched accordingly. Various channels have been adopted to realize internationalization, such as joint training programs, joint collaboration of academic research center with international famous universities, recruiting top academic talents, holding forefront academic seminars, building platforms for international joint courses, conducting all kinds of activities for international communication etc. So far, SZU has set up an overseas base that focuses on information technology, cooperating with Silicon Valley to combine scientific research, teaching and internships. Also, SZU established Shenzhen International Audencia Business School, a fruit of international cooperation with Audencia Business School, France. Every year, SZU provides 5 million RMB for International Exchange Scholarship and a single award of the scholarship is up to 100 thousand RMB.

SZU began to enroll international students in 1989 and now admits annually about 1,500 international students from nearly 50 countries. They bring diversity, different perspectives, open-minds, and a variety of positive cultural influences to the university.

The College of International Exchange (CIE) and the International Office are working together to create the best learning and living environment for international students. CIE provides Chinese language courses of different levels from elementary to advanced to meet the students’ needs. Apart from the language courses, various elective classes are offered like “Chinese Calligraphy”, “Chinese Painting”, “Chinese Folk Music”, and “Taiji”, enabling students to have an in-depth experience and better understanding of Chinese culture and tradition.

With the growing popularity of studying in China, the CIE and the University International Office continue to create a better and stimulating environment for its ever-growing number of foreign students. As SZU’s international reputation rises, the CIE and the International Office will help keep the university firmly on the path of internationalization, strengthening collaboration and partnership with universities all around the world.

The List of Partner Universities

Research Achievements

SZU emphasizes both teaching and research. It not only strives for academic influence, but also seeks to make positive contributions to society. In order to achieve this goal, SZU closely coordinates its research efforts to support China’s social and environmental development. During the National 12th Five Year Plan, SZU staff members undertook over 4,000 research projects including 293 directed by the highest levels of the prestigious National Natural and National Social Sciences Foundations. 2,804 natural science papers, 1,306 social science papers and 263 books were published, 40 academic works were translated, and more than 100 innovative new patents were registered. The natural science edition of the university’s journal has been frequently cited by some of China’s leading magazines and scientific journals. In the year 2011 alone, national funding for SZU research projects reached 135 million CNY, which demonstrates the university’s growing research profile.

Information and Research Resources

SZU has two libraries which proudly hold a collection of roughly 5.40 million items comprised of 3.28 million journals and books, along with1.64 million e-books in both Chinese and foreign languages. Some 66,300 full-text e-journals and 1.66 million academic databases are accessible on-site and over the Internet. The main campus (Houhai Campus) is also one of the regional cyber-link stations for the nationwide Chinese Educational and Scientific Research Network. In short, SZU is fully wired, connected, and up to date with all the latest information technology.

Extracurricular Activities

SZU’s main campus has a number of performance centers and social areas for students: a Cultural Corridor, an Art Village, the Stone Drama House, and various speech and lecture halls capable of holding world class performances, events and lectures.

SZU has an open-minded and forward-thinking campus. Scholars and experts from both in and outside of the university are regularly invited to give lectures and talks presenting various schools of thought, new ideas, and introducing the most up-to-date academic information.

Campus student organizations such as the Student Union and other student-led societies organize numerous activities to include culture and art festivals: English Corner activities, International Students Festival, debating contests, sports festivals, and many more. During summer and winter vacations, the student societies organize field trips in business and industries to help students better understand the society they will join soon, and help them gain practical social experiences. Established in 1996, the SZU Volunteer Association has become a unique part of the campus culture by encouraging students to become active contributors to the local community around the university.

With its excellent facilities and the location within one of China’s most successful experimental economic zones, SZU has been appointed the “National Experimental Zone for Creativity and Character Education.” As a result, SZU students actively participated in a number of creative and artistic endeavors and achieved great sucess in various nationwide competitions. The play “A Patch of Mangrove Forest Outside of the Window”, directed and acted by students from SZU, won the prestigious “Cao Yu Drama Award” in the 6th Annual China Drama Festival. SZU students also won the first prize in the 8th Annual National “Five-One Project”. The emphasis on the fine arts, creativity and innovation makes it certain that SZU students will continue to make strides in various creative and artistic endeavors in the future.


SZU is surrounded by more than 110 listed companies, which provides good opportunities for the students to be hired and employed after graduation.

The employment rate is high among the first tier cities. 85% of the former graduates chose to work in Shenzhen, and more than 95% work and live in the Pearl River delta. 10 years after graduation the average salary of graduates is about twice the national average.

Up to now, about 100 thousand alumni have taken root in Shenzhen. Many of them succeeded in their own fields. Ma Huateng, for example, is one of the outstanding alumni. He graduated in 1993, founded Shenzhen Tencent Computer Systems Co., Ltd., and now is the president, chief executive officer, chairman of the board of the company.

Vision for the Future

At this unique time in history, SZU is well positioned to provide international students with an opportunity to study and learn about China on our campus. Characterized as “the Special Zone University”, “the Window University” and “the Experimental University”, SZU is dedicated to the service of all of our students. The staff and students of SZU will work hard to achieve the goal of creating the highest excellence in education. We welcome you here to our campus and look forward to providing you with an opportunity to learn and grow.

The City We Are In

Shenzhen, the first special economic zone in China, has grown into an ultra-modern, cosmopolitan and international metropolis with a vibrant economy and favorable investment environment. The city represents China’s vitality and hope in the new century.

Shenzhen is located in the east part of the Pearl River Delta, Guangdong Province, with a total land area of 2,020 square kilometers. It shares a border with Hong Kong to the south. The city’s 230-kilometer coastal area embraces 6 deep-water harbors with the fourth largest port capacity in the world. In 2017, Shenzhen’s permanent population reached 12 million.

Shenzhen has a highly-developed and efficient infrastructure and transportation network with China’s 4th largest and still-expanding international airport, new highways, high-speed rail, growing metro (subway), extensive bus lines, abundant taxis, and ever- green tracks for cyclists, all of which allows visitors to get here easily and reach every corner of the city with comfort and convenience.

Shenzhen has a subtropical maritime climate with an average temperature of 22.4 degrees Celsius. It is China’s greenest city and its evergreen landscape bursts with lively blossoms of color all year round. Shenzhen takes great pride in being named “an International Garden City” by the Central Government.

Shenzhen has many tourist attractions such as “Chinese Folk Culture Village”, “The Window of The World”, theme parks like “Happy Valley” and “Sea World”, and beautiful beaches. Shenzhen hosts multiple domestic and international golf games every year thanks to its beautiful and international standard golf courses.

Shenzhen is the pioneering city of China’s highly successful reform and opening-up policy, implemented by Mr. Deng Xiaoping three decades ago. Its rapid growth mirrors China’s overall comprehensive development, which is a visible example of the innovative and forward-looking spirit adopted in China. Growing at a “Shenzhen Speed,” the city will continue to emerge as one of China’s leading cities of industry, culture, innovation and education. Meanwhile, its incomparable beauty, modern convenience and forward thinking make Shenzhen a comfortable place to visit, work, study and live.