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About Penn Abroad
Tsinghua University, School of Economics and Management (BTM)
Beijing, China (Fall Spring Academic Year Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English, Mandarin Chinese Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Credit Available For:
Huntsman, Wharton
Type of Program:
Direct Enrollment
Application Deadline:
Fall/Year: February 15, Spring: October 1
Program Description:
Photo Credit: Ying Yin Zhou

Program Snapshot

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The Academic Program
  • Direct Enrollment through Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management
  • Fall Semester: Early September – Late December or early January*
  • Spring Semester: Mid February – End-June
*Leaving before all the final exams/assessment finished is NOT allowed; special consideration is ONLY given if there is a time conflict with Penn's official academic calendar for the next semester. Direct application for leaving earlier from both of you and your home university to SEM Academic Affairs Office is required then.
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Must have a high level of Mandarin proficiency
  • Program is intended for Wharton and Huntsman students
  • Huntsman students must take all of their classes in Chinese; Wharton students are permitted to take their coursework in English but must have a high level of Mandarin proficiency and operate independently with little administrative support
  • Tsinghua University has on-campus housing available for international students though on-campus is not guaranteed
  • Should students be denied or choose not to apply for on-campus housing, they have to make housing arrangements independently and without the assistance of Tsinghua University
The City of Bejing
  • Official language: Mandarin
  • As the capital of the world's most populous nation, Beijing is the center and international focal point of much of what happens in contemporary China.
  • Beijing is considered China's political, educational and cultural capital
  • Population: Approximately 22 million
The Application Process
Financial Matters
Penn Resources

This program requires an advising session with a Program Manager prior to opening an application. To view the schedule for upcoming group advising sessions, or to schedule an individual appointment, select the ‘Schedule an Advising Appointment’ button on the Penn Abroad homepage.  

The Academic Program

Students will be directly enrolled into courses at Tsinghua's School of Economics and Management and will take classes alongside local peers and other international students. Though courses are taught in English, students will find the selection to be limited; students with advanced Mandarin will have a greater course selection. Penn students must take an equivalent of 4 course units while abroad. Courses at Tsinghua range from 1 to 4 credits and vary in the number of contact hours.  Generally, 45 contact hours at Tsinghua is equivalent to 1 course unit at Penn.  Students must consult with their academic advisor for study abroad when selecting their coursework.

Penn students will be treated like local Tsinghua students.  As such, they are expected to abide by Tsinghua's grading and attendance policies. Students will be expected to actively participate in class discussions and sign in for each class. Students who fail to attend more than 1/3 of classes for a course will not be permitted to take the final exam.


Tsinghua University usually uses 100-point grading system for final grades. Grades above 60 will be considered passing (see chart below). Grades depend on students' performance on examinations, projects, in class presentations and class participation.

A =      90- 100
A- =     85-89
B+ =    82-84
B =      78-81
B- =     75-79
C+=     72- 74
C =      68- 71
C- =     64- 67
D =      60- 63
F =       <60

As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average. The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school.

Learn More About Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management

  • For more general information on the University, click here.
  • For information on the University’s undergraduate curriculum, click here.

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This program is intended for Wharton and Huntsman students; Huntsman students are required to take all coursework at Tsinghua in Chinese.  Wharton students may take classes in English but must have a high level of Chinese proficiency to be eligible to participate. Students should be able to operate independently and with little administrative support in China.

Please note that Tsinghua is unable to accept students with Chinese citizenship; students from Hong Kong and Taiwan are eligible to apply but must follow special application procedures.

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The Foreign Student Affairs Office of Tsinghua University offers on-campus housing in the international student dorm. Students can apply for a room in the international student dorm online after they are admitted to Tsinghua University. Due to a high demand of housing, Tsinghua cannot guarantee rooms for all incoming students.  Students should apply as soon as the housing application is open as they are screened on a first-come first-served basis. Please review the website for detailed information about the international student dorm:

Should you choose not to apply for on-campus housing or if your on-campus housing application is denied, you will need to make independent housing arrangements.

Financial Matters

Students are charged Penn tuition and student fee (called study abroad fee the semester abroad) for all Penn programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, meals, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheet to determine other costs. 

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package.          *A budget sheet has not yet been established for these terms.  Students should consult their Program Manager for budget specifics.

Penn Resources

Students who study abroad are encouraged to take advantage of Penn's many resources for students, even if you haven't used them before going abroad.  There is an extensive list of resources on the Penn Abroad website that can help you to explore issues that might pertain to you and to help you prepare for a term abroad. 

In addition to these resources, we encourage you to reach out to a past program participant or ambassador to learn more about the program from a student perspective.
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