With strong research and training, Tsinghua University is consistently ranked as one of the top academic institutions in China. Tsinghua is located in Beijing, the capital city of China and the country's third largest city. The campus of Tsinghua University is located in northwest Beijing, in the Haidian district, on the former site of Qing Dynasty royal gardens. The campus retains Chinese-style landscaping as well as traditional buildings, but many of its buildings are also in the Western-style, reflecting the American influence in its history. It is known throughout China and the wider world for having one of the most beautiful campuses.
Tsinghua University is a Bilateral Exchange Program - Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. While all Mason students are eligible for this program, Bilateral Exchange Programs are the most economical option for in-state tuition payers to go abroad. The most economical option for out-of-state tuition payers are Direct Enrollment Programs.
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
- Students should not study abroad the last semester of senior year if they plan to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester at Mason.
- Transfer between 12-16 credits per semester
- Letter grade received must be equivalent to a "C" or above
- Courses are transfer credit; will not factor into the GPA of the participant
- Passing Grade for Tsinghua: 60
Choosing Courses Abroad
There is no list of pre-approved classes for you to take on this bilateral exchange program. It is your responsibility to select courses and get them approved for transfer credit. You must complete a Petition for Transfer of Credits Form
to ensure that your courses will transfer back to Mason. While this form will not be due to Mason Study Abroad until after you have been accepted, it is recommended that you begin this process when you first consider applying. Identify courses at the host institution that are similar to those at Mason that you need to take. This will increase your chances of receiving transfer credit approval from the Departmental Approvers who must sign your petition form. Follow complete instructions from the link above and contact your program officer if you have questions.
Make sure you find plenty of primary AND alternate course options before deciding on a specific program. Schedules are subject to change and registration in your preferred classes is not guaranteed, so you should have sufficient alternate course options. Also, please keep in mind that you must enroll in the equivalency of at least 12 U.S. credits per semester.
Tsinghua is AACSB accredited and students can receive School of Business credit from business courses there.
3 Tsinghua Credits = 3 US Credits
Exchange students choose from single or double rooms in Zijing (Redbud) Dormitory on campus. All rooms are furnished and all include A/C, TV, and internet access.
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the Embassy of China's website for further information.
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