Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University is one of China’s most renowned universities, it has become an important institution for fostering talent and scientific research.

At present the university has 14 schools and 56 departments with faculties in science, engineering, humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, management, education and art. Tsinghua University is located in Beijing, the vibrant capital city of China.

Tsinghua has international students from over 114 countries and is a member of LAOTSE, an international network of leading universities in Europe and Asia.


Campus facilities

The campus of Tsinghua University is located in northwest Beijing, in the Haidian district which is designated for universities and other academic institutes. It is located on the former site of Qing Dynasty royal gardens and retains Chinese-style landscaping as well as traditional buildings. Many of its buildings are also in the Western-style reflecting the American influence in its history. Tsinghua is known throughout China and the wider world for having one of the most beautiful campuses.

The on-campus shopping centre is located at Zhaolanyuan where one can find banks, post office, super-market, bookstores, fruit and vegetable market, photo studios, restaurants, the barber’s, laundries, etc.  This provides accessible amenities and life of students very convenient.

Other (Gym, clubs and societies) 

The on-campus sports facilities include the following:

The indoor swimming and diving gymnasium, and the West Lake outdoor swimming pool (Open from June.1st to Sep 1st each year).

The comprehensive gymnasium (sports facilities provided: badminton, table tennis, basketball, and gymnastic apparatus).

Western gymnasium (sports facilities provided: badminton, basketball, and billiards).

The plastic tennis court, the eastern gymnasium, and the table tennis Center.

International students may use the above mentioned services with Student ID cards and pay relevant fees.

Student Associations

International students are encouraged to participate in various extracurricular activities and join the student associations at the university. The associations organise extracurricular activities for international students, including welcome party for new students, New Year’s party, graduation party, tourist visits to Chinese cultural and historical destinations, sports competitions, etc.

Tsinghua University has more than 110 student associations covering five domains: science and technology, physical training, humanities, arts and public welfare. To name a few: the Students' Performing Arts Club, Zijing Volunteer Service, Students' Association of Science & Technology, Photography Association, Foreign Languages Association, Association of Student International Communication (ASIC), etc.

View a campus tour.

Academic calendar

Autumn Semester: September - January

Spring Semester: February - June

Academic life

Teaching methods in Chinese universities usually include classroom lecture, classroom discussion, in class exercises amd tutorials. The academic year in China is based on two semesters (although some institutions have three semesters). One semester usually lasts about 2O weeks. In general you will have classes five days a week.

Please remember there is a strict attendance policy at Chinese universities.

The grading system in China is based on a scale from 0 – 100. 

Highest on scale: 90-100

Pass/fail level: 60

Lowest on scale: 0-59



You must register for 3-5 modules with a minimum of 20 hours per week (Chinese language compulsory).

  • You need to register at Chinese language and literature department
  • You will study at the International Chinese Language and Culture Centre
  • You will be tested and put into a suitable class at the start of the semester
  • You must have all the compulsory language modules (from 3- 5 modules) with 20 contact hours (20 credits) each week
  • To pass a module in China you must score 60 or above
  • A module with 1 contact hour each week is counted as 1 credit module

Passing requirements

In order to pass your SPA you must obtain a pass 15 credits of Chinese language modules irrespective of whether you obtain more credits during one of the SPA semesters.

Please note that only credits obtained in the compulsory Chinese language modules or optional Chinese language modules taught in Chinese will be counted towards your SPA. Credits obtained in other elective modules taught in English are not counted.

There are no options to take resit exams on SPA at Tsinghua University.

Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at Tsinghua University.


Beijing is China's second largest city by urban population after Shanghai and is the country's political, cultural, and educational center, and home to the headquarters for most of China's largest state-owned companies. Beijing is a major transportation hub in the national highway, expressway, railway and high-speed rail network. The city is renowned for its opulent palaces, temples, and huge stone walls and gates,and its art treasures and universities have made it a centre of culture and art in China.Beijing beautifully blends ancient and modern Chinese cultures. A cosmopolitan metropolis combining both the history and modernity is what you can expect to experience in Beijing.


Beijing has a rather dry, monsoon-influenced humid continental climate characterised by hot, humid summers due to the East Asian monsoon, and generally cold, windy, dry winters. Beijing has four discernible seasons - short windy spring, long hot summer, cool pleasant autumn but long chilly winter. July and August temperatures can exceed 40 C (104 F). January can dip to -20 C (-4 F). There are frequent sandstorms in spring, and that makes September and October the best time to visit Beijing.

The University is on the routes of Bus No. 331, 375, 398, 810 and 902 which go directly to downtown area.

The subway is very convenient. You can walk 10 minutes from the campus to WuDaoKou subway station, and take the subway numerous places in the urban area.

It takes about 50 minutes from the airport to the campus by taxi.

Useful sites:

Beijing at first sight http://www.ebeijing.gov.cn/eMagazine/FirstSight/online.htm

Beijing, Now and Then http://www.ebeijing.gov.cn/feature_2/BJNowThen/default.htm

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It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements for your accommodation. The Zijing Apartments of Tsinghua University provide rooms for foreign students to live on-campus. Since there are not enough rooms for all the students to live on-campus, students must book for rooms in advance, following the guide sent in the admission package.

Costs: RMB 40-80/day·bed for single rooms, AB rooms and double rooms in student dormitories. Accommodation Tel:+86-10-51535500

For details prices and photos of the Zing apartments please see this link: http://intlstudent.cic.tsinghua.edu.cn/EN/campus/zijing-apartment.html

For more information on campus accommodation and private accommodation please see this link: http://intlstudent.cic.tsinghua.edu.cn/EN/campus/accommodation.html

Cost of living

Beijing is an international city where you can find both very expensive goods and cheaper goods depending on your taste. However, overall living expenses in Beijing are quite low.

Currency converter - http://www.xe.com/ucc/

You will need to bear in mind the basic expenses you will incur whilst studying at Tsinghua. In order to adapt your budget accordingly we have provided a list items and their approximate cost to give you an idea and comparison.

Subway Ticket RMB 3 - 5
Bus Ticket RMB 1-2
Eggs RMB 4/dozen
Newspaper RMB 0.5-1
Fast Food Meal RMB 20
Rice RMB 3/kg
Vegetables RMB 1.5/kg
Bicycle RMB 300
Computer RMB 5000
Train ticket from Beijing to Shanghai RMB 330
Air ticket from Beijing to Shanghai RMB 900
Taxi RMB 10 (4km)
Movie Ticket RMB 20


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Students who have been nominated to study at Tsinghua University will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA.

Physical Examination Record

The Physical Examination Record is not required at the time of doing your online application. However, once you have been accepted by Tsinghua University you will be issued your individual Admission Notice. On the Admission Notice, Tsinghua University will clearly state information about your visa and physical examination requirements.

Medical Insurance                       

All international students must buy a medical insurance plan for their study in China, in order to pay for the expense for possible accidental injury and medical treatments in hospitalization. Students without medical insurance plan will be rejected for registration. The plan recommended by the Ministry of Education is the Comprehensive Insurance & Protection Scheme for Foreigners staying in China. If you are a short-term student (less than 3 months study) and insist on using your own medical insurance, you must sign a declaration to assure that its service reaches the standard of the plan provided above. For more information on medical insurance please see this link: http://intlstudent.cic.tsinghua.edu.cn/EN/campus/medical.html

Visa requirements

Generally the admitted students should take their Passport, Admission Notice, Visa Application Form for Foreigners, the Form of Physical Examination Record for Foreigners and Blood Test Record to the Embassy or Consulate of the People's Republic of China and apply for a student visa.

Once your application has been processed by Tsinghua University you will receive the Admission Notice needed for the student visa application.

The Embassy or Consulate of the People's Republic of China in london: 49 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL


Residence Permit

The students shall come to Foreign Student Affairs Office, Tsinghua University http://intlstudent.cic.tsinghua.edu.cn for admission registration before the deadline indicated on the Admission Notice, and apply for a Residence Permit (for X visa holders) within 30 days after arriving in China.

This is for your information only, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the correct visa.


Tsinghua University
Xinzhai Building 314 room

Contact: Xiaoying Zhao
Department: Tsinghua University Department of Chinese International Students Office
Phone: +86-10-62773076
Fax: +86-10-62771134
Email: zwlxs@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn

Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: China
Language of tuition: Chinese
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Bilateral Exchange partner

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