Established in 1911, Tsinghua University is consistently ranked as one of the top academic institutions in China. Home to almost 26,000 students, Tsinghua offers coursework in science, engineering, humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, management, education and art. A large number of courses are available in English.
Tsinghua is located in Beijing, the capital city of China and the country's third largest city. The campus is 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.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
- Due to regulations set forth by Tsinghua, only students with foreign passport (i.e. non-Chinese nationals) will be considered for the exchange.
Tsinghua University offers a number of courses in English, as well as Mandarin for those who are proficient. The course lists contain courses delivered in English with a brief introduction of each course. All the courses listed are just for reference. Visiting and exchange student can choose courses taught both in Chinese and English and courses both at graduate level and undergraduate level. Students are allowed to take courses across different faculties so long as the course credits taken are less than 8 credit points.
The course list at Tsinghua is issued at the end of the previous semester and only can be checked on the Tsinghua campus; only the students who finish registration at Tsinghua can get the detailed course information when they log in to the on-campus academic system with their Tsinghua username and password.
The academic office of the departments/schools possesses the most detailed information of the courses. Students may search the department/school website
and contact the academic offices for detailed information needed.
- Courses in graduate programs that are taught in English
- Courses hosted by the Academy of Arts and Design and Physical Training.
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
The academic calendar at Tsinghua is a bit different from Mason. The fall semester runs from mid-September to mid-January and the spring semester runs from late February to late June. Orientation will take place the week before the semester begins.
Students may schedule early exams on a case-by-case basis with their individual professors.
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time abroad. A full-time course load is 12-16 credits. Courses are typically worth 1-3 credits.
- 1 credit at Tsinghua = 1 credit at Mason
Students generally take 4-5 courses. This will allow you to transfer back 12-15 credits.
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at this institution.
| Tsinghua Grade
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
Exchange students choose from single or double rooms in the Zijing (Redbud) International Student Apartments near campus. All rooms are furnished and all include A/C, TV, and internet access. Due to the large number of international students studying at Tsinghua, dorm placements are not guaranteed. Please ensure you apply for housing as soon as instructions are provided by Tsinghua to secure your room!
As part of the exchange program, Tsinghua offers a buddy program to all exchange students. Those who want to participate will be matched with a Tsinghua buddy who will help the exchange student during their entire stay at Tsinghua University.
This 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. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 (for semester length programs) or $500 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.
In addition to the program grant all students participating in this program automatically receive, GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply. Students are also encouraged to apply for the scholarships that Tsinghua University offers.
Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid March*
Spring/Calendar Year: Late October-Early November*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
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.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.