Tsinghua University, School of Economics and Management
Tsinghua University, established in 1911, has 14 schools and 56 departments with faculties in science, engineering, humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, management, education and art. The University has over 25,900 students, including 13,100 undergraduates and 12,800 graduate students.
For additional information, visit the Tsinghua University website. More information specifically about the School of Economics and Management can be found here.
The City of Beijing
As China’s capital and cultural center, Beijing is arguably China’s most important city. With a population of 22 million and counting, people from all over China, and the world, have flocked here for new opportunities as China’s economy and international power grow. Beijing is home to some of China’s most treasured historical sites, like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. It is also very cosmopolitan and is home to some of China’s best theaters. Beijing boasts the highest concentration of top research institutions and technology companies.
Did you know…?
Beijing Opera is an important part of local culture; locals practice their opera singing at parks around the city as well as frequent the opera houses.
The program at Tsinghua University is for Huntsman and Wharton students.
Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language Prerequisite: Must have a high level of Mandarin proficiency.
Other Requirements: 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 be able to operate independently with little administrative support.
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.
Language of Instruction
English, Mandarin Chinese
A full course load at Tsinghua’s School of Economics and Management consists of an equivalent of 4 Penn CUs per semester. Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.
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 CU at Penn. Students must consult with their academic advisor for study abroad when selecting their coursework in order to ensure they will receive an appropriate number of Penn CUs for courses taken while abroad.
Students who miss more than 1/3 of classes for a course will not be permitted to take the final exam.
Students are not permitted to depart their semester abroad before all final exams/assessments have been completed unless there is a direct conflict with Penn’s academic calendar. For students abroad in the fall semester, this program concludes in mid-January. If a student has a final exam which will conflict with the spring semester at Penn, the student must inform his/her Global Programs Manager and the Tsinghua SEM Academic Affairs Office in advance in order to arrange for a remote proctored exam. For students abroad in the spring semester, this program concludes at the end of June. Students are expected to stay abroad until the last date of their last final in June, and exams will not be proctored on Penn’s campus.
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. For more on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.
Grades are reported to Penn on the Tsinghua University 100-point grading system and then converted to Penn grades according to the following grade equivalencies:
All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by Tsinghua University prior to the start of each semester.
The Zijing International Volunteer Association of Tsinghua University helps international students adapt to campus life at Tsinghua through their Buddy Program. This program pairs international students with local student volunteers. More information on the Buddy Program can be found here.
Penn students studying at Tsinghua University have access to a wide range of student activities and associations. More information about the various student associations can be found here.
Information about the Association of International Culture Exchange, a student organization that aims to promote understanding and interaction between local and international students through events, can be found here.
Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.
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 the high demand for 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. The Zijing International Student Apartments have a capacity of around 2000 international students (about 60% of all international students at Tsinghua).
Information regarding accommodation can be found here and here.
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.
Cost and Finance
Penn Abroad Financial Policies
Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs. Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare. Please see the program budget sheets below for more information. For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.
Financial Aid and Study Abroad
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. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.
David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad: Supports undergraduate study abroad focusing on geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to US national security. (Excludes study in US, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.) These US government grants entail a service obligation.
For information on the Penn Abroad application process, click here.
To open an application or learn more about the program, please click here to schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.