Undergraduate Overview

Following the mission of educating and developing promising students to their fullest extent and preparing those to best serve the nation and the world, undergraduate education in Tsinghua University has already had more than 120,000 graduates from its undergraduate programs since the university’s opening in 1911.

The university offers 78 undergraduate programs, including but not limited to Science, Engineering, Business, Humanities, Law and Medicine. As a comprehensive researching university, Tsinghua sets the standards for engineering education, excels in the liberal arts and science programs, and leads the nation in interdisciplinary education.

Tsinghua’s undergraduate education is nothing less than exceptional. The undergraduate programs of Tsinghua University supports its graduates to be well-rounded citizens and committed leaders in diversity and global citizenship who are passionate about improving the world around them with strong interdisciplinary knowledge, outstanding competencies and high moral standard.

Tsinghua designs and develops distinctive undergraduate programs which encourage students to enquire and affirm undergraduate research opportunities, along with the concept that merging three educational dimensions—attributes, skills, and knowledge—into undergraduate education through educational practices.

Continuing Tsinghua’s long tradition of “Self-Discipline and Social Commitment” through continually improving educational practices, Tsinghua’ graduates absorb the school’s spirits and are educated as critical thinkers and creative talents with solid knowledge, horizontal vision, and a pervasive commitment to social welfare.

Degree Programs

Tsinghua University offers Bachelor degrees with duration of 4 years, except for Architecture which is 5 years, and Clinical Medicine which is 8 years. All of the undergraduate programs are listed as follows.

Undergraduate Programs (2016~2017)

No. Program School(Department)
1 Architecture School of Architecture
2Urban Planning
3Building Environment and Energy Engineering
4 Civil Engineering School of Civil Engineering
5Construction Management
6Hydraulic and Hydropower Engineering
7Hydroscience and Engineering
8 Environmental Engineering School of Environment
9Water Supply and Wastewater Engineering
10 Mechanical Engineering School of Mechanical Engineering
11Measurement, Control Technology and Instruments
12Micro-electro-mechanical Systems Engineering
13Vehicle Engineering
14Industrial Engineering
15 Energy and Power Engineering
Energy and Power Engineering School of Aerospace
16 Engineering Mechanics
17Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
18 Electrical Engineering and Automation Department of Electrical Engineering
19 Electronic Information Science and Technology School of Information Science and Technology
20Electronic Information Engineering
21Electronic Science and Technology
22Microelectronics Science and Engineering
23Software Engineering
25 Computer Science and Technology
Computer Science and Technology Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Science
26 Engineering Physics Department of Engineering Physics
27Nuclear Engineering and Nuclear Technology
28 Chemical Engineering and Industrial Biological Engineering Department of Chemical Engineering
29Polymer Materials and Engineering
30 Materials Science and Engineering School of Materials Science and Engineering
31 Mathematics and Physics School of Science
32Pure and Applied Mathematics
33Information and Computing Science
35Applied Physics
37Chemical Biology
38 Biological Sciences School of Life Sciences
40 General Administration School of Public Policy and Management
41 Business Administration School of Economics and Management
42Information Management and Information Systems
45Economics and Finance
46 Economics
Economics School of Social Sciences
47 Sociology
48International Politics
50School of Public Policy and Management
51 Philosophy School of Humanities
53Chinese Language and Literature
54English Language
55Japanese Language
56 Law School of Law
57 Journalism School of Journalism and Communication
58 Advertising Academy of Arts and Design
59Theory and History of Arts
64Chinese Painting
65Theory of Arts & Design
66Visual Communication Design
67Environment Design
68Product Design
69Fashion Design
70Public Art
71Craft Art
72Digital Media Art
73Art and Technology
74Ceramic Design
75Industrial Design
76 Clinical Medicine School of Medicine/Peking Union Medical College,Tsinghua University
77 Biomedical Engineering School of Medicine
78Pharmaceutical Sciences


Every academic year is divided into three semesters: spring, autumn and summer. The two eighteen-week semesters in spring and autumn are for courses, while the eleven-week summer semester consists of a six-week vacation and a five-week practical trainings or internship abroad.

Tsinghua University offers undergraduate students a "liberal education of breadth": the four-year degree programs normally requires 170 credits, including 140 from courses and 30 from practical trainings. The curriculum is designed to include 35 credits from courses on humanities and social sciences, 35 from those on natural sciences, and 70 from basic and major-related courses. In the first two years, students are encouraged to adopt a general approach to humanities, social sciences and natural sciences and design their own study plans by choosing optional courses according to their interest and personal schedule.

Tsinghua Xuetang Talents Program

On April 29, 1911, when the Bauhinias were blossoming all over the garden, the first sound of book-reading came out of Tsinghua Xuetang, which initiated the history of Tsinghua University.

From her very beginning as Tsinghua Xuetang, Tsinghua University progressively developed, nurturing her blossoming talents. In 1925, the Institute of National Studies was established and located in Tsinghua Xuetang. With the principle of the integration of the Chinese culture and the western culture, a number of distinguished scholars gathered here such as WANG Guowei, LIANG Qichao, CHEN Yinque, and ZHAO Yuanren who were known as the “Four Great Masters” in Tsinghua Garden. In just a few years’ time, Tsinghua became one of the top institutes in China, known not only for her sciences, but also for her national studies, carrying forward the Chinese civilization. Also in Tsinghua Xuetang once studied famous figures such as MEI Yi-qi, WEN Yiduo, ZHU Kezhen, HOU Debang,MAO Yisheng, YE Qisun, PAN Guangdan, WU Mi and etc.

In 2009, Tsinghua Xuetang Talents Program was launched. The Xuetang Program aims to transform the education resources that the University has into the priority for the students’ cultivation. An important criteria of the Xuetang Program is the enrichment of the breadth and depth of Tsinghua's faculties. Curriculum development and facility advancement also contribute to an atmosphere that incubates the learning process. Through the Xuetang Program our students find inspiration to devote themselves to their fields and take a leadership position among academics worldwide. Tsinghua Xuetang Talents Program focuses on six disciplinary areas, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Life Science, Computer Science and Mechanics. These reinvigorated programs have moved into their newly renovated building of Tsinghua Xuetang.

Tsinghua Xuetang Mathematics Program

The ultimate goal of the Mathematics Program is to nurture a new generation of leading Chinese mathematician. The program seeks to recruit and train the students motivated to pursue their careers in mathematics, providing them with superior training and opportunities to work with mathematical masters around the world so that they can become leading mathematicians in the future.

Tsinghua Xuetang Physics Program

The Physics Program which is regarded as a Tsinghua paradise for physics study and research aims to turn out world-class physicians and academic masters. The Program builds on the fine tradition of Tsinghua's Physics Department which generated two Nobel laureates and ten great scientists in the research on atomic and hydrogen bombs and the first satellite in China. Now provided with leading faculties, the Program focuses on training the students with their academic interest, innovative drive, imaginary and critical thinking ability, and creates the best environment for the talent students who are willing to devote themselves into scaling the heights of physics.

Tsinghua Xuetang Chemistry Program

The mission of the Chemistry Program is to explore and establish a new educational system for cultivating talented and devoted chemists. The training of this Program focuses not only on the basics of chemistry, but also on its frontier research and future development. Through the personalized education with its emphasis on critical thinking, this Program aims at producing a new generation of leading chemists, who are dedicated and creative in chemical research, and have solid background and broad vision in chemistry as well as strong sense of social responsibility.

Tsinghua Xuetang Life Science Program

The Life Science Program aims to nurture the outstanding future research talents who are willing to dedicate themselves to the life science. Based on flexible curriculums, challenging experiments, the guidance from excellent scientists, and various international exchanges, this Program will provide a special platform for learning and research for its talented students strongly interested in life science and determined to devote themselves to this field.

Tsinghua Xuetang Computer Science Program

The Computer Science Program was founded by Prof. Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, world-leading computer scientist in 2006 with a view to nurture promising undergraduate students in the field of computer science, who are to become top talents students in the world. Yao Class has set up a model for cultivating innovative talents in accordance with their aptitude and developed an extensive international teaching program. It promotes progressive education as first two years focus on basic knowledge in computer science while third and fourth years featuring in two research areas namely "theory and security" and "system and application". Its distinctive talent cultivation model has been highly acknowledged and strongly supported. Most of Yao Class students pursue further studies upon graduation and are now making remarkable achievements in the field of computer science.

Tsinghua Xuetang Mechanics Program

The Mechanics Program aims to create the best learning and research environment for the talents, encourage them to explore scientifically, and at the same time conduct autonomous learning by themselves in order to promote their personalized development and aptitude for critical thinking. The Program focuses on nurturing the future leaders in mechanics and engineering with good knowledge of humanities and prominent innovative ability.

Key features of the carefully designed curriculum include small class size coordinated with a tutorial system. Prominent scholars and world masters in mechanics are invited to deliver lecturers. Through the collaboration with major world universities and the state key engineering projects, the Program will offer the talented students more opportunities and an enriched platform for their learning and research.