Who we work with

The University of Surrey is proud to partner with Sun Yat-sen Business School (SYSBS), Sun Yat-sen University in China to provide a dual degree programme which offers many benefits to SYSBS students. The partnership brings together two distinguished institutions, both leaders in the study of tourism in their respective countries.

The dual degree programme involves students studying at SYSBS for the first two years. Following successful admission, students can transfer to the University of Surrey in the UK to enter into the second year and complete two years of either BSc (Hons) International Tourism Management or BSc (Hons) International Hospitality & Tourism Management. On successful completion of the programme students obtain a degree from both SYSBS and the University of Surrey.


The University of Surrey offers students studying at Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) a partial tuition fee waiver equivalent to ten per cent of the international tuition fee.

This is applicable for students who transfer from SYSU to the University of Surrey for two years of study in either International Tourism Management or International Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Students will receive the Scholarship for the first year of study at the University of Surrey upon successful enrolment. The scholarship for the second year of study at the University of Surrey is dependent on achieving an average mark of 50 per cent or above for the first year of study.

Benefits of studying a dual-degree course

Sun Yat-sen Business School and the University of Surrey are highly regarded in both China and the UK and this combined reputation will increase your employability in a global market. A dual degree will open up opportunities with Chinese and international companies.

Contact details

For information on how to apply to the dual degree programme please contact Ms. Jiang Qunfang, Department of Hospitality and Service Management at SYSBS:

  • Department of Hospitality and Service Management
    Sun Yat-sen Business School

Find out more about being an international student.

For information about the programme at Surrey, please contact:

  • Ms Kerstine Lawley
    Course Leader
    School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
    University of Surrey

About Sun Yat-sen Business School

SYSBS holds triple international accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS which is commensurate with the profile of the University of Surrey which holds triple accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and UNWTO TedQual.

Established in 1985, SYSBS is one of the oldest and most renowned business schools in China. The Department of Hospitality and Service Management (HSM) in the School of Business at SYSU was founded in 1988 as one of the oldest institutes in mainland China offering bachelor, master and doctoral degrees of tourism management majors. 

In 2007, the discipline of tourism management in the Department was nominated as the national key second-level discipline by the Ministry of Education. In a report published by Research Center for Chinese Science Evaluation of Wuhan University, the major in Tourism Management at SYSBS was ranked number one in mainland China. In 2010 this major passed the certification of the Education Department of Guangdong Province and was honoured as a characteristic major for undergraduates in higher educational institutions of Guangdong Province.

The partnership between SYSBS and Surrey provides students with the opportunity of gaining a Chinese and UK qualification from two highly ranked Schools for the study of hospitality and tourism management.

Students currently studying tourism management at SYSBS can choose to continue their studies at Surrey on the following courses:

Dual-degree testimonials

The University of Surrey has run a programme of dual-degrees with Dongbei University of Finance and Economics for several years. Our graduates have gone on to achieve success in a variety of jobs all over the world. Here two of our graduates Ms Naiyin Yao and Mr Yu Li present their experience of studying at the University of Surrey.

After completing the first part of my course at the Dongbei University of Economics and Finance, I was selected to come to the University of Surrey to complete my studies in Tourism Management. After I graduated from Surrey I applied to the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and am now studying towards an MSc in Economy, Risk and Society. Alongside this qualification I am also doing an internship in project management at a company based in the financial district of London.

How I view and manage work has being changed by the excellent tuition I received from the University of Surrey. The individual tasks and group assignments encourage students to think independently and reflectively. Students are able to find pertinent information on their own, employ information to solve problems, and use their own knowledge to evaluate the consequences of an event as a result of the innovative learning and teaching processes.

The well designed programme has helped me obtain professional knowledge in the areas of business and management and provided me with a solid theoretical background as well as practical experience. Theory and practice come together in the simulated business operation, which provides an opportunity to practice managing a hotel, putting theory into practice.

In addition, the University provides professional development support and offers numerous services including industry placements, company visits, career fairs and career services. We were able to experience the world through our interactions with a range of people from various different cultures.

My development greatly benefited from my time at Surrey and the experience changed my life. My future plan after completing my postgraduate study is to combine my knowledge I gained through my undergraduate and postgraduate studies to pursue a PhD study in the field of tourism and society. Surrey will be certainly my first choice!

In September 2013 I successfully graduated from the University of Surrey, and obtained a Merit MSc degree in International Hotel Management. My career ambitions lie within the hotel industry and given the good prospects within this industry in China, I decided to return to my hometown Dalian after graduation. I quickly found employment at the Castle Hotel, part of the Starwood Hotel and Resorts’ Luxury Collection. Once the hotel is officially open I look forward to putting into practice all that I have learned during my studies.

I have been part of the University of Surrey for three years. I started my undergraduate study in International Tourism and Hospitality Management at the Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE) in 2008. Two years later I joined the dual degree programme between DUFE and Surrey. Although I studied the dual degree programme in China, I had the chance to be taught by Surrey professors and the curriculum synchronised with that in the UK.

During this study I experienced the rigour of the British educational system, which benefited me greatly, especially in terms of critical and independent thinking. After obtaining my bachelor degree, I decided to continue my studies in International Hotel Management at the University of Surrey as I knew Surrey’s world renowned reputation and top league table rankings for tourism and hospitality management. As soon as I arrived on campus, I was impressed by the clean environment, green space, and most importantly, the friendly and helpful staff. I quickly settled in.

My studies were greatly supported by the modern teaching and learning facilities, and spacious library with a huge stock of books and vast online materials. Professors’ humorous and rigorous teaching style always encouraged us to learn more. Group projects enabled us to develop good team working skills as well as long-lasting friendships with one other. The knowledge and skills developed through my studies has built a solid foundation for my career development.

I successfully finished my study and obtained a Merit in my Masters degree. My experience at Surrey has left me with the knowledge and skills I need to succeed in the hospitality industry and many lasting memories.

Now I have become a professional working in an international hotel group. The conscientious and rigorous scholarship of the University of Surrey has impact on my work attitude; my specialist knowledge, as well as my independent and critical mode of thinking, makes me to stand out from the crowd. I sincerely hope more and more students will join the Surrey family, and to progress together with us alumni!

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