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.

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.

What is an Exchange?

This is a program in which the University of Oregon and the partner universities exchange students on an ongoing basis. The number of places available to UO students varies based on the number of partner institution students coming to UO. If there are not enough exchange places available in a given year, then qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to apply as a fee-paying study abroad student, or to apply for an alternate exchange program.

This is an exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at a UO partner university. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and on-site student support services such as academic advising, health & counselling services may vary. Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

NOTE: The host university has its own credit and grading system. The transcripts provided by the host institution will be converted by the UO Registrar’s Office based on established standards of conversion. Exchange applicants should meet with a GEO advisor to discuss program details.

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

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.

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

Housing Description

You 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.

Application process

Applying for an exchange program involves 2 steps. First, you will complete the GEO application process and interview. Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, transcripts, recommendations, and completion of the interview process. After the initial application is complete, GEO will review your application and select successful candidates for nomination to Tsinghua. Students will then need to complete a secondary application for Tsinghua, The final decision regarding acceptance is made by Tsinghua.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Academic Year2020-212/1/2020Early SeptemberEarly August
Fall Semester20202/1/2020Early SeptemberLate December
Spring Semester20212/1/2020Late FebruaryEarly August

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