International Students Overview
Tsinghua is a dynamic global university renowned for its high quality teaching and research, and its spirit of social commitment. With an enduring dedication to excellence and innovation, Tsinghua is committed to inspiring future global leaders. The bright and aspiring students are taught by top experts in their fields in world-class teaching and research facilities. The university is a hub for learning and discovery and helps pave the way for research and innovation in China and the world. International collaboration and engagement are fundamental to the mission of the university. The diverse faculty and students come from across the nations and make key contributions to solving global challenges.
Tsinghua is consistently ranked among the very best universities in the world by the most respected international university rankings.
Tsinghua is home to a remarkably diverse community. In 2020, more than 3,300 international students from over 130 countries were enrolled. Worldwide, more than 30,000 Tsinghua international alumni make significant contributions to social, scientific, economic, and sustainable development. Our international connections are built upon a strong belief in cooperation and collaboration. Tsinghua has partnerships with over 290 universities and institutes worldwide and has established over 100 exchange programs and 50 dual and double degree programs with world-renowned institutions.
Tsinghua’s diversity of student population is reflected in its diversity of programs! 21 schools and 59 departments cover disciplines in science, engineering, literature, art, history, philosophy, economics, management, law, education, and medicine. International students can choose from more than 60 undergraduate programs, 100 master’s programs, and 90 doctoral programs, among which 21 master’s programs and 8 doctoral programs are delivered fully in English. More than 500 courses in English are available to students across the university.
At Tsinghua, we encourage every student to embrace the world. Through the Center for Global Competency Development, Tsinghua prepares its students with ‘global competence’ – the capability to learn, work and live with others from different cultural backgrounds to embrace opportunities and challenges in the future. Tsinghua has a focus on creating programs that blend global leadership development with a strong foundation in interdisciplinary thinking, including the renowned Schwarzman Scholars program, the GIX (Global Innovation eXchange) program, and programs at the Tsinghua SIGS (Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School). With an emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, on-campus platforms such as the x-lab, iCenter, and Future Laboratory help the students gain valuable skills across disciplines.
The Tsinghua campus is a beautiful backdrop to learning and research and "Life at Tsinghua" goes well beyond the classroom. The University prides itself on its vibrant and enriching campus community, with more than 200 student associations and organizations. Events such as the on-campus marathon, talent show, international student Gala Night, and the international cultural festival, have become hallmarks on Tsinghua"s annual calendar. Countless experts, innovators, and international business leaders come to Tsinghua each year to give open lectures and talks, and participate in international conferences. International students at Tsinghua are active and valued members of our community and rich campus life.
Studying at Tsinghua and living in Beijing, international students experience the dynamism of China and its endless possibilities. Understanding China is imperative for aspiring leaders as they become true global citizens. Through trips, internships and everyday life in China"s vibrant capital, international students develop a deeper understanding of China that can only be gained through experience. By joining activities, sharing meals, playing sports, and attending class with world class students who come from every province in China, international students learn alongside China’s future leaders and develop friendships that will last a lifetime.
The undergraduate programs of Tsinghua University are 4-year full-time study (except for the programs of architecture in Architecture Division and sculpture in Arts Division which require 5 years). The programs are delivered in Chinese and English. Bachelor"s degree and graduation certificate will be awarded if the student finish all the required course work and pass the thesis defense.
Starting from 2017, Tsinghua begins to integrate programs/majors into divisions and recruit students of undergraduate programs by division. There are 15 divisions open to international students. Upon arriving at Tsinghua University, students from most divisions will undergo the general curriculum of their divisions in their first academic year. By the end of the first academic year, the specific programs/majors will be confirmed. In the second academic year, students enter the relevant schools/ departments for major study.
Admissions Office, Tsinghua University
Tsinghua University has been active in promoting the internationalization of its Graduate education. Every year, over 2,000 international students from all over the world are pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees at Tsinghua. Tsinghua University admits international students based on evaluation of their application documents together with a comprehensive assessment. The application period for international graduate programs is generally from mid-October to early March of the following year.
Master"s degree programs are generally required to be completed in 2-3 years, and Doctoral degree programs in 3-4 years. For students with a Bachelor"s degree who move on directly to pursue a Doctoral degree program, the study period is normally 4-5 years.
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Graduate Admissions Office,Tsinghua University
Tsinghua University offers non-degree programs to international students in a large variety of disciplines. The non-degree programs include Exchange Programs, Visiting Programs and Chinese Language Programs.
For details, please visit: http://intl-nondegree.tsinghua.edu.cn/f/login
Financial Aid and Scholarships
The main scholarships currently on offer to international students at Tsinghua University are the Chinese Government Scholarship, Siemens China Scholarship, and Tuition Scholarships.
1. Chinese Government Scholarship
The Chinese Scholarship Council offers scholarships for qualified international students to pursue academic study in China. Tsinghua University is designated to receive qualified applicants in this scholarship program.
The Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS) is open to both degree program students (undergraduate and graduate) and non-degree (visiting/exchange) students. The CGS can be categorized into two types: a full CGS scholarship and a partial CGS scholarship. The full CGS covers tuition fees, on-campus accommodation, and provides a monthly stipend and medical insurance. The partial CGS covers one or several of these aspects. Specific items covered by the partial CGS are determined in accordance with the regulations of the specific CGS program and the student’s Admission Letter.
Financial Aid Office of Graduate School
Academic Affairs Office
Academic Affairs Office
Email: email@example.com (student exchange program)
firstname.lastname@example.org (general visiting program)
2. Siemens China Scholarship
The Siemens China Scholarship at Tsinghua University provides about 25k Euro full scholarship every year for global talents to support their Ph.D. studies. With high standard financial support, the scholarship recipients will receive opportunities to participate not only in academic research but also in cutting-edge industrial research projects. They will cooperate with Siemens to conduct their Ph.D. studies in 12 fields, such as Robotics & Mechatronics, Future of Automation, Artificial Intelligence, IT Security, etc. Through “Tsinghua Academic Life” and “Siemens Career Path”, the scholarship recipients will enhance their competitiveness in future.
1. Contents and Standard
——Tuition fees: 40,000 RMB/year;
——Living allowance (including accommodation, medical insurance, books or other materials, transportation, etc): 160,000 RMB/year in total.
——Scholarships are awarded to the recipients for a period of four years in principle.
——The scholarship recipients should pass the annual review to receive the funding for the next academic year.
3. The scholarship recipients of Siemens China Scholarship are required to select the designated research topic for the main research topics of their Ph.D. studies and have to carry out the research in cooperation with Siemens.
For detailed information about the scholarship and its application procedure, please refer to ‘Siemens China Scholarship’ at: http://gradadmission.tsinghua.edu.cn/f/login
3. Tuition Scholarships
The university offers competitive tuition scholarships to qualified applicants. Three Tuition Scholarships are available.
- Beijing Government Scholarship (Undergraduate and Master’s students)
- Tsinghua University Tuition Scholarship (doctoral students)
- Beijing Government “the Belt and Road” Scholarship (Certain Programs)
Financial Aid Office of Graduate School
Academic Affairs Office
For further information, please download the introductory brochure (2021 Application Brochure (Undergraduate Programs).pdf，2021 Application Brochure (Graduate Programs).pdf) or contact the university.