Tsinghua University Exchange

Language Requirement: 1 year
Academic Standing by Program Start: Junior or above
Location: Asia, China
GPA: 3.5
Program Overview

Study Chinese language or take area study courses taught in Chinese if you have sufficient Chinese language skills at Tsinghua University (TU). There are a limited number of area study courses taught in English. The TU program is an excellent option if you are an independent student interested in improving your knowledge of Chinese language and culture. The program accepts two to four University of Oregon undergraduate or graduate students.

Tsinghua University is located in the northwestern suburbs of Beijing in the Haidian district, which is home to most of the universities in Beijing. Situated in former royal gardens, the campus blends Chinese-style landscaping and traditional buildings with Western-style architecture in one of China’s most beautiful university campuses.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Academic Year 2024-25 2/1/2024 Early September Late June
Fall/Winter Semester 2024-25 2/1/2024 Early September Mid January
Spring Semester 2025 2/1/2024 Mid February Late June

Discount for Pell Recipients

To expand access to study abroad, GEO is offering a $400 discount for this program (Summer 2024 and beyond) to UO students who currently have the Pell Grant as part of their federal financial aid (FAFSA).

Academic Details

Chinese Language Program
If you have one year of college-level Chinese language and you wish to focus on Chinese language, you can take intensive courses suited to your current ability. The Chinese Learning Center also offers elective classes such as business, Chinese film, calligraphy, martial arts, and painting.

Advanced Chinese Language and Areas Studies
If you have three to four years of college-level Chinese language, you can take area study courses in Chinese. You will directly enroll in courses at TU, with options from a range of academic disciplines including business, computer science, history, psychology, journalism, public policy and management, and international relations.

For further information about courses, please visit Tsinghua University

Course Equivalencies

UO students: please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Non-UO students: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Additional requirements
  • 3.25 or above GPA is required for graduate students
  • You must have prior experience in China, as assessed by Global Education Oregon. 
  • Tsinghua University will not accept students that are citizens of the People's Republic of China (PRC). This includes those who are US permanent residents. You must provide a copy of a non-Chinese passport. Dual US-Chinese citizens are eligible and will need to apply for the program with their US passport. 
  • For the Advanced Chinese Language and Areas Studies Program, you need a minimum of three years of college-level Chinese language.
Application process

The application process for this program is competitiveGEO staff will review your application materials, and a decision about your enrollment will not be made until after the application deadline. In some cases, an interview is required. If your program requires an interview, you will be contacted with further details about this process after the application deadline. Early applications are encouraged.

Successful applicants will receive an exchange nomination from GEO. Selection will be based on a holistic review of your application. This includes a review of your GPA, transcripts (including courses taken and in-progress), any additional requirements or prerequisites (see section "Additional Requirements"), and written statements. 

Applying for an exchange program involves 2 steps. If you receive a nomination from GEO, you will also need to complete the host university's application, which is administered and reviewed by your host university directly. Instructions will be provided after acceptance by GEO. The host university makes the final decision regarding acceptance into the program.

Housing Description

Most exchange students will be housed in the Tsinghua Zi Jing dormitory. You will be able to choose between a double or single room. Rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, a TV, Internet access, and a shared or private bathroom.

Please note that dormitory placement is not guaranteed.