SJTUSM has established relations of collegiate and institutional interchange with 63 universities from 19 countries and regions, including France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc. It has engaged about 200 foreign scholars and experts as honorary professors, consultants and visiting professors. SJTUSM has hosted 270 international academic conferences of significant influence and it has extensive working arrangement with the WHO, the U.S. World Health Foundation (Project Hope), and World University Alliance Francaise. Since 1980, SJTUSM has received about 50,000 (time/person) foreign experts, professors, leaders of international academic organizations, government officials and medical professionals in various fields, among them the former French President Jacques Chirac, French Premier Eduard Baladur, the former American First Lady Hillary Clinton, and the Swedish King Carl Gustav XVI.
Since 1954, the school has sent about 17,000 (time/person) experts and professionals for attending international academic conferences, making friendly visits, having tours of investigation, doing advanced studies, giving lectures and carrying out joint researches. Dozens of SJTUSM professors and experts have been awarded honorary titles by overseas institutions and won important international medical awards and prizes. The more important ones are: Professor Kuang An-kun, Professor Wang Zhen-yi, Professor Wang Yi-fei, Professor Li Hong-wei, and Professor Chen Zhu are awarded “The French Legion of Honor”; Professor Shi Ji-xiang was awarded “Irvins Prize” by American Burns Association; Professor Wang Zhen-yi received “The Outstanding Doctor Prize” of France, “Kettering Prize”— the most prestigious international prize for cancer research, and “The CRB Prize” of Switzerland; Professor Chen Zhu won “The L’oise Prize” awarded by the French Cancer Foundation, and is a foreign member of American National Academy of Sciences; Professor Cao Yi-lin received “James·Barrit Brown Prize” of the United States; Professor Chen Zhu is awarded the honorary Doctor’s degree respectively by Universite Paris VII of France and Hong Kong University; Professor Shen Xiao-ming is awarded the honorary Doctor’s degree respectively by Universite Paris V of France and University of Nebraska of the United Stat es; Professors Li Hong-wei, Zhu Zheng-gang, Peng Cheng-hong and Peng Zhi-hai are conferred the title of foreign academician by American Surgical Association; and Professor Chen guo-qiang is conferred the title of honorary professor by Sydney University of Australia, etc.
Since 1980, SJTUSM has enrolled and graduated 489 foreign students from 69 countries of Asia, Africa, North and South Americas, Europe and Oceania (426 from undergraduate programs, 52 from master's degree programs and 11 from doctoral programs). The special 8-year program of clinical medicine jointly run by the French and SJTUSM is an important cooperative program of the Chinese and French governments, with French as the first foreign language. Students in this program study some of the basic courses in French, with professors sent every year by the French side to SJTUSM for teaching and other activities. Up to now, 186 students who met the standards in examinations and evaluations have been sent to major French hospitals to be trained in residency programs for a year, accounting for 65% of all the students in this program. SJTUSM has also actively selected excellent students for international exchanges, overseas study programs or the pursuit of degrees. Currently, about 200 students are sent every year to 31 universities or colleges in 13 different countries for short-term training or jointly-managed graduate programs.
International exchanges have helped SJTUSM to expand its international influence, enhance the academic competence of its staff and faculty, promote the development of disciplines, and raise the level of medical services, teaching, research and management.