Undergraduate Overview

With the central task of talent cultivation, Tsinghua aims to cultivate people who shoulder the mission and strive for excellence through a “Three-Pronged Approach” by integrating the shaping of values, the cultivating of skills and the imparting of knowledge. Students are expected to develop five essential qualities, namely, well-rounded character, solid and broad academic foundation, innovative thinking, global perspective and social commitment, achieving a combination of comprehensive development and individual development.

Through optimizing undergraduate programs, developing quality undergraduate courses and continuously improving the quality of undergraduate education, Tsinghua builds an undergraduate education system based on general education and integrating general education with disciplinary specialization to help students to become highly-competent, high-level, diversified and creative talents.

Tsinghua offers 81 undergraduate majors and 17 second degree majors, covering 10 discipline categories, namely, science, engineering, literature, history, philosophy, economics, management, law, medicine and art. As a comprehensive university, the structure and overall arrangement of majors of Tsinghua are characterized by engineering majors with collective advantages, literature, science, management and law majors with distinctive features, cross-disciplinary majors with diverse forms, and adapting to the needs of China’s development.

Degree Programs

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

Undergraduate Programs (2018~2019)

No. Program School(Department)
1 Architecture School of Architecture
2Urban Planning
3 Landscape Architecture
4Building Environment and Energy Engineering
5 Civil Engineering School of Civil Engineering
6Construction Management
7 Traffic Engineering
8Hydraulic and Hydropower Engineering
9Hydroscience and Engineering
10 Environmental Engineering School of Environment
11Water Supply and Wastewater Engineering
12 Mechanical Engineering School of Mechanical Engineering
13Measurement, Control Technology and Instruments
14Micro-electro-mechanical Systems Engineering
15Vehicle Engineering
16Industrial Engineering
17 Energy and Power Engineering
Energy and Power Engineering School of Aerospace
18 Engineering Mechanics
19Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
20 Electrical Engineering and Automation Department of Electrical Engineering
21 Electronic Information Science and Technology School of Information Science and Technology
22Electronic Information Engineering
23Electronic Science and Technology
24Microelectronics Science and Engineering
25Software Engineering
27 Computer Science and Technology
Computer Science and Technology Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Science
28 Engineering Physics Department of Engineering Physics
29Nuclear Engineering and Nuclear Technology
30 Chemical Engineering and Industrial Biological Engineering Department of Chemical Engineering
31Polymer Materials and Engineering
32 Materials Science and Engineering School of Materials Science and Engineering
33 Mathematics and Physics School of Science
34Pure and Applied Mathematics
35Information and Computing Science
37Applied Physics
39Chemical Biology
40 Biological Sciences School of Life Sciences
42 General Administration School of Public Policy and Management
43 Business Administration School of Economics and Management
44Information Management and Information Systems
47Economics and Finance
48 Economics
Economics School of Social Sciences
49 Sociology
50International Politics
52School of Public Policy and Management
53 Philosophy School of Humanities
55Chinese Language and Literature
56English Language
57Japanese Language
58 Law School of Law
59 Journalism School of Journalism and Communication
60 Advertising Academy of Arts and Design
61Theory and History of Arts
66Chinese Painting
67Theory of Arts & Design
68Visual Communication Design
69Environment Design
70Product Design
71Fashion Design
72Public Art
73Craft Art
74Digital Media Art
75Art and Technology
76Ceramic Design
77Industrial Design
78 Clinical Medicine School of Medicine/Peking Union Medical College,Tsinghua University
79 Biomedical Engineering School of Medicine
80Pharmaceutical Sciences
81 Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy XinYa College


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 ten-twelve-week summer semester consists of a five-week practical trainings or internship abroad and a five-seven-week vacation.

Tsinghua is striving for an undergraduate curriculum that combines general education and disciplinary specialization. In 2015, the University launched a new round of curricular review to further update its undergraduate programs. The premised curriculum consists of general education (44 credits), disciplinary specialization(96-116credits) and self-directed development (10-20 credits) .In general, total credits for degree requirements vary across programs. For science and engineering four-year degree majors, students need to earn 160-170 credits, for humanities majors, 150-160 credits.

Currently Tsinghua is carrying out a teaching initiative to promote a learning-centered method. Undergraduate curriculum with Tsinghua characteristics is formed on the basis of multiple teaching modes such as Freshmen seminar, Challenge-Based Learning courses, Blended learning method , Textbook Compilation.

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.

The World Literature and Culture program was admitted into the Xuetang Program in 2017 for the purpose of discovering new ways for the training of talents in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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.

Tsinghua Xuetang World Literature and Culture Program

The World Literature and Culture Program is an undergraduate English-language program co-founded by the Institute for World Literatures and Cultures and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Tsinghua University. It aims to further develop Tsinghua University’s intellectual tradition of “connecting the East and the West, bridging the past and the present, and intertwining humanistic and scientific ideas.” The program nurtures students with canons of world literatures, teaches them in-depth knowledge of histories of different civilizations, and guides them to explore different national cultures, languages and societies, so that they can inherit Chinese cultural tradition while making meaningful innovations and grow to become new generations of learned scholars who could carry on the historical responsibility to develop Chinese humanistic studies in the global environment. The program puts special emphasis on the overall improvement of students’ English language ability and their multilingual awareness and capabilities. At the same time, based on the extensive reading of classics in the humanities, the program seeks to expand students’ cultural visions and deepen their critical thinking. The goal of the program is to discover and cultivate new generations of scholars who possess outstanding potential in language learning, who are committed to scholarly research and critical thinking in the long term, as well as to discover advanced talents and cultivate their mastery of fluent English and other languages, sophistication in cross-national, cross-regional and cross-cultural studies so as to meet the strategic demands posed by the development of China’s higher education and the nation’s strategic requirement.