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.
No.1 in China
QS World University Rankings (2020)
US News Global University Rankings (2020)
Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2020)
ARWU World University Rankings (2019)
Top 3 in Asia
Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2020) (No. 1)
US News Global University Rankings (2020) (No. 2)
QS World University Rankings (2020) (No. 3)
ARWU World University Rankings (2019) (No. 3)
Subject rankings (US News 2020)
No. 1 Engineering
No. 1 Computer Science
No. 6 Materials Science
No. 7 Chemistry
No. 6 Graduate Employability
QS Graduate Employability Rankings (2020)
Top 25 in the World
QS World University Rankings (2020) (No. 16)
THE World University Rankings (2020) (No. 23)
Tsinghua is home to a remarkably diverse community. In 2019, more than 4,000 international students from over 130 countries were enrolled, including more than 3,200 degree students and over 700 non-degree students. 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. In 2019, more than 8,800 international scholars from 130 countries visited Tsinghua, more than 200 international conferences were held on campus, and more than 16,500 students and faculty members went abroad for various programs.
Tsinghua’s diversity of student population is reflected in its diversity of programs! 20 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.
To help everyone in our community feel at home, Tsinghua has the International Students & Scholars Center (ISSC). The ISSC staff foster an environment in which every international student and scholar can thrive by ensuring that the international community is strongly supported and well represented at Tsinghua. The Center is a hub of information and resources for the international community, providing help and guidance on immigration and visas, residency, university services, campus life and cultural activities.
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.
Haidian District, Beijing, 100084, P. R. China
Tsinghua University has been active in promoting the internationalization of its Graduate education. As of Fall 2019, over 2,000 international students from 118 different countries are pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees at Tsinghua. In the 2020-2021 academic year, Tsinghua University will offer more than 100 master’s degree programs and 90 doctoral degree programs to international students. Among them, 21 master’s degree programs and 8 doctoral degree programs are offered fully in English, while others are either offered in Chinese or bilingually in Chinese and English.
Master’s degree programs at Tsinghua are required to be completed in 2-3 years, and doctoral degree programs in 3-4 years. For students with a Bachelor’s degree who will directly pursue a doctoral degree program, the general program time requirement for completion is 4-5 years.
Graduate Admissions Office
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
International Students & Scholars Center
The International Students & Scholars Center (ISSC) supports and serves international students and scholars throughout their Tsinghua experience. The center is a hub of information and resources for the international community, including for immigration and visas, residency, university services, campus life and cultural activities. ISSC aims to foster an inspired and dynamic international community to help every international student and scholar thrive at Tsinghua. The ISSC staff are dedicated to ensuring that the international community is supported, nurtured and represented at Tsinghua.
Contact the ISSC:
E-mail: email@example.com (International Students)
firstname.lastname@example.org (International Scholars)
Address: International Students and Scholars Center, Zijing Apartment Building No.22, Tsinghua University, Haidian District, Beijing, 100084, People’s Republic of China