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Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University was established in 1911, originally under the name “Tsing Hua Imperial College”. The school was renamed "Tsing Hua College" in 1912. Its campus is situated in northwest Beijing on the site of the former imperial gardens of the Qing Dynasty, and surrounded by a number of historical sites. Photo credit: LI Pai
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Photograph by LI Pai, Global Opportunities use only

Number of places available: 2 full year places (MLAC students only)


Term Dates:

  •  September to January and February to July

Application deadline (once allocated a place by DU):

  • Fall Semester intake: 15th March - 30th April
  • Spring Semester intake : 15th October - 30th November

Academic Information

Please visit the Tsinghua website as courses may change for each yearly entry. 

Study Load

Students can take courses worthy maximum 20 credits per semester, 8 credits at most outside their major. 1 credit equals 16 academic hours at Tsinghua. Courses are between 2 and 4 credits. For more information, please see Tsinghua University Fact Sheet .


Students are expected to have HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) Band 6 or new HSK Band 5 or above.

Students can take cross-faculty modules as long as the course credits taken are less than 8 credit points. Students, however, cannot take modules of foreign languages, physical training, and arts.

To promote better mutual exchange and communication between various culture backgrounds, Tsinghua do not accept Chinese citizens coming for an exchange. 

Documents Required

  • Certified letter of nomination provided by the home university
  • Application Form with photo and signature which is generated automatically in Tsinghua application system
  • Certified university transcript, preferably with English or Chinese translation
  • ID page of candidate’s passport
  • HSK certificates, if applicable


The Forbidden City in Beijing, China

Tsinghua: Student Support

Student Life is Tsinghua's centre for student support, including: Housing & Dining, Athletics & Recreation, Health & Wellness, Arts & Culture, Student Activities and Student Experience.

Find out more about Tsinghua Student Life services


THU will try prioritizing university-level exchange students with on-campus accommodation at Zijing Foreign Student Apartment.

Other Information

Tsinghua participates in the Chinese Government Scholarship scheme and encourages students to apply for this. Applications are accepted from January- April. More information can be found here. 

International students are required to be covered with medical insurance for the duration of their stay in China.

Summer Opportunities

There are currently no Summer School opportunities at Tsinghua, here is a list of other Summer School opportunities (internal link). 

Photo Credit

Permission for use of the campus photograph was kindly given by Tsinghua University. The photographer was LI Pai.


Discover more

Tsinghua University is only a short distance away from the UNESCO protected imperial Summer Palace. Dominated by Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake, the grounds cover an expanse of 2.9 square kilometres and are a masterpiece of Chinese landscape design dating back to the Qing dynasty.

Discover more about the UNESCO Summer Palace

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