Sun Yat-Sen University 2+2 Program

Through a partnership between Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), students can complete two years of academic study at SYSU and then transfer to IUPUI to earn a degree from either Indiana University or Purdue University.

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Available Programs

SYSU Academic Department IUPUI Academic Department
Indiana University Degrees
Business Business — Kelley School of Business
Earth Science and Geological Engineering Earth Science
Purdue University Degrees
Software Computer and Information Science

Partner Scholarship Opportunities by Program 


Application must be submitted by: March 1 
Admission is possible for Fall Semester only.

All supporting documents must be submitted by: March 15 

The application and all supporting documents must be submitted by May 1 to be considered for a scholarship.


Application Process

  • Online Application

    Helpful Tips

    Completing the online application is your first step to starting the admission process.  

    The online application is designed to fuction on all major internet browsers, including: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari. The online application does NOT support Interner Explorer.

    All applicants use the same application to apply to IUPUI, whether they are interested in entering Indiana University programs or Purdue University programs on our campus.

    Application Fee

    You must submit the nonrefundable $65 application fee to complete the online application.


    If you have any questions or issues, please feel free to email us at

  • Official Academic Records

    You must submit  transcripts, including work already completed and work currently in progress. 

    Within 48 hours of submitting the online application, you will receive an email from that has instructions about how to submit your documents. You will submit them electronically through iStart, our online portal for international students. You will have to supply the original documents before you enroll.

  • English Proficiency Requirements

    You will submit this through iStart, our online portal for international students. 

    Program TOEFL IELTS

    Actuarial Science, Earth Science, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineerin, Mechanical Engineering

    (internet based) 61 
    Please have your scores sent electronically to IUPUI by using our School code: 1325 when you take the exam.


    Please have your official scores mailed directly to IUPUI, Office of International Affairs.

    Kelley School of Business

     (internet based) 80



    English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

    As a non-native speaker of English, if you score below 95 on the iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) or 7.0 on the IELTS, then you will take the IUPUI English for Academic Purposes (EAP) exam. All Sun Yat-Sen students who score 80 or more on the iBt or 6.5 or above on the IELTS will be required to take no more than one EAP course. If you score lower than 80 on the iBT or 6.5 on the IELTS, then you will need to take EAP courses as determined by the EAP results. SYSU students should be aware that payment for the cost of these courses is the responsibility of the student. EAP courses are billed at the same rate as all other out-of-state credit bearing courses.

  • Copy of Your Passport

    You will submit this through iStart, our online portal for international students. 

    For spelling purposes only:

    We need to make sure that your name on your I-20 immigration document (to obtain your visa to enter the U.S.) exactly matches your name on your admission letter and the name on your passport.

  • Financial Support Agreement

    Since you are requesting an I-20 in order to obtain a student F1 visa, you must submit financial documentation verifying your ability to pay your tuition and living expenses.

    Download the Financial Support Agreement >>

  • Information Release Form

    Submitting this form allows IUPUI administrators to communicate with Sun Yat-Sen University administrators about your grades and academic issues. United States privacy laws require that we have your permission to do this.

    Download the Information Release Form >>

  • Recommendation Letter from SYSU Department

    Your Sun Yat-Sen University academic department may write their own recommendation letter, or, they may submit the sample letter with your application materials. The letter must state that you are eligible to apply to the SYSU-IUPUI 2+2 Degree Program.

    Download a sample recommendation letter >>

After You Apply

After you submit your application and all of your materials, the waiting period until you hear if you have been admitted is usually four to six weeks. Learn more about what happens after you apply, including how to check your admission status.