Located on the site of "Qing Hua Yuan" in Haidian District, Beijing, Tsinghua University was founded in 1911, in a former royal garden of the Qing Dynasty. The campus is famous for its beautiful surroundings embraced by shady trees and time-honored architectural complexes, in which "Shui Mu Qing Hua" has a long reputation. It is listed as one of the 14 of the world's most beautiful college campuses by Forbes Magazine in 2010, the only one from Asia.
Tsinghua University is one of the leading universities directly affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China. It is among the Key Universities, and also the prominent center for higher education and scientific research. The university hosts the largest numbers of academicians affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Science and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, The faculty ranks highly in the top disciplines, the Key National Laboratories, and recipients of national awards in science and technology, research funds, and citations of articles indexed in SCI, EI and ISTP over the years.
Schools and Departments
Currently, Tsinghua University consists of 15 schools with 56 departments, which cover a variety of academic fields such as sciences, engineering, humanities and arts, history, philosophy, economics, management, law, education and medicine.
Tsinghua University affords access to the most advantageous subjects in science and technology among universities in China. It also established a series of characteristic subjects in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences. In the second-round national evaluation of primary disciplines in the years of 2007-2009, Tsinghua University has been ranked first in twelve subjects such as arts, mechanics, materials science and engineering, electrical engineering, electronic science and technology, information and telecommunications, control science and engineering, computer science and technology, architecture, nuclear science and technology, environmental science and engineering, and business administration. The research papers from this university have ranked the top 1% in the world in such areas as physics, chemistry, material science, engineering, and computer science.
The School of Economics and Management, praised as "the best business school of China" by Fortune, has been certificated by AACSB and EQUIS, and it is the only school in China who has won these certifications.
Campus Facilities and Culture
The University holds large libraries with a collection of more than 3.76 million books, including 48,000 full-text e-journals and 2.47 million e-books. The teaching buildings have a vast capacity and are equipped with modern facilities. The University Natatorium has been the training venue for diving athletes of 2008 Beijing Olympics. All kinds of facilities are easily available in the student's dormitory areas. The dining halls for students are famous for their good service among universities in Beijing. The University also has a Level II comprehensive hospital on campus.
There are 110 students' clubs and associations on campus, being classified into five categories such as Humanities and Social Science, Science and Technology, Public Welfare, Literature and Art, and Sports.
Thinking about studying abroad in January Term or Spring 2022? Current passport processing times are significantly delayed (18 weeks for routine service; 12 weeks for expedited) and we don't want you to miss out on an experience abroad because you don't have a valid passport. If you need a new or renewed passport, APPLY IN JULY for the least stress in processing times! You will need to apply using expedited processing (don't let anyone talk you out of expedited processing!): for many study abroad programs you need your passport months ahead of your actual departure date. If you aren't sure if you need to renew your passport, check the expiration date and make sure it is valid for at least 6 months after the end date of your intended study abroad program or term (and some locations even require it to be valid for a year after your program’s end date, so do your research!). See the State Department for details and to apply.
Located on the site of "Qing Hua Yuan" in Haidian District, Beijing, Tsinghua University was founded in 1911, in a former royal garden of the Qing Dynasty. The campus is famous for its beautiful surroundings embraced by shady trees and time-honored architectural complexes, in which "Shui Mu Qing Hua" has a long reputation. It is listed as one of the 14 of the world's most beautiful college campuses by Forbes Magazine in 2010, the only one from Asia. In the neighboring areas of the University campus, there are many institutions of higher education, famous gardens and historical sites. The south gate of the University campus is near to Wudaokou--a very popular place with international students from different countries, the Wudaokou Subway Station, and many bus stations. The Capital International Airport is only 38 kilometers away from the University campus, being convenient to go by taxi or subway.
You can find listings of courses taught in English for the current and previous semester in the navigation links on the Tsinghua exchange page. You can use previous semester's listings as a reference, as mostly the same courses are offered year to year.
Fall semester: late August - mid-January
Spring semester: mid-February - late June
The Zijing Apartments of Tsinghua University provide rooms for foreign students to live on-campus. The reception is on duty for 24 hours, and is experienced in services for foreign students. Zijing Apartment District is the same place where Chinese students live, but in different buildings. The living facilities, such as cafeterias, banks, post office, super market, are all located close to the apartment building. Our Foreign Student Affairs Office is also located here.
Since there are not enough rooms for all the students to live on-campus, students must book for rooms beforehand, following the guide sent in the admission package.
UVA students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Students are additionally responsible for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation choices, cost, and application procedures.
Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.
Tuition and Fees:
Students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Tuition and fees will be billed to each student’s SIS account and can be paid as normal.
Housing and Meals:
Students are responsible to pay for accommodation and any required or preferred meal plan. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation and meal plan choices, cost, and application procedures.
Travel and Travel Documents:
Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa. Students should also budget for in-country transportation costs.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance. More information can be found on the insurance web page
Students should be prepared to purchase required books and supplies. Students should also budget for additional personal expenses; examples include laundry, phone costs, personal travel, meals out, etc.
If you are not able to find accommodation costs or application, cost of living, or other information you need in order to prepare for your study abroad program, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor.
You can find detailed information regarding financial aid and study abroad on the following websites:
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will need a visa to participate in this program. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.