Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Advisor:
Molly DeStafney (
Program Type:
WM Exchange
Language of Instruction:
English, Mandarin
Language Requirements:
One Year College Level Mandarin
Host Institution Website:
GPA Requirement:
Host Institution:
Tsinghua University
Service Component:
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Description:


Tsinghua University at a glance:

Tsing Hua Imperial College was founded in 1911 on the site of Tsinghua Garden in Beijing, a former Qing Dynasty imperial private garden. Tsinghua University is now a comprehensive university with over 15 schools and 56 departments.  Tsinghua is routinely ranked as a top university in mainland China and is one the country's most renowned institutions and is a member of the C9 League, similar to the US's Ivy League .  The university has just under 26,000 students, over 13,000 of those being undergraduate students and over 1000 international students.  

W&M students attending Tsinghua may focus on Chinese language and culture studies through the Chinese Language and Culture Center and may also choose from a limited list of content courses taught in English, which are offered primarily by the business and economics departments. Students proficient in Chinese may choose from the full university curriculum.  International students are encouraged to participate in various extracurricular activities.

Service facilities inside Tsinghua University make the life of students very convenient.  There is on-campus shopping available at Zhaolanyuan, with banks, a post office, supermarket, bookstore, produce market, photo studio, restaurants, hair salon, laundry, and other services.

The tuition exchange agreement between the College of William & Mary and Tsinghua University allows W&M students to pay their regular tuition to W&M while taking classes at Tsinghua.  W&M students pay housing, meals and fees on site in Beijing.


Tsinghua's campus is located in northwest Beijing, in the Haidan district, along with many other universities and institutions.  The nearest metro station is Wudaokou which is accessible by walking (approximately 25 minutes) or by buses that will take you to the northeast gate of Tsinghua campus.  The Wudaokou area is known for it's large student presence, and offers a large number of nightlife options.  

Host Institution:
Tsinghua University

Spring Semester (February-June)
Academic Year (September-June)
(No fall-only option due to their academic calendar)

Application Deadlines:
Spring Semester: October 1
Academic Year: March 15

W&M student in good standing
3.0 GPA

Language Requirement:
Students who have at least one year of college-level Chinese are eligible for Chinese language and culture classes at Tsinghua and may also select classes from TU's limited English-taught offerings; HSK band 6 is required for students wishing to take regular TU classes taught in Chinese.

Course Information:
Chinese language and culture program courses are available to all students, as are a select number of undergraduate courses taught in English; these English-taught classes are mainly in business and economics, but include a few offerings from other disciplines. Students whose Chinese language proficiency is HSK band 6 may choose classes taught in Chinese from the full undergraduate course catalogue.

The following courses are NOT open to exchange students:
- MBA program courses hosted by the school of economics and management instructed in English
- MPA program courses hosted by the school of public administration instructed in English
- LLM program courses hosted by the school of law instructed in English
- Architecture study instructed in English
- Academy of Arts and Design courses
- Physical training courses

Academic Credits:
Courses must be pre– or post- approved. Grades will not appear on W&M transcript or be included in GPA calculations.

Program Fees:
Exchange: W&M tuition paid to W&M.

Housing, Meals and Fees:

Room and board paid on site in Tsinghua, and a deposit for the Zijiang Foreign Student Apartment is required. In addition, Tsinghua University requires the purchase of local insurance after arrival at Tsinghua. IInternational students can apply for a Dining Card on arrival.  This card allows for students to have meals in any students' dining hall.  A $75 application fee, $200 off-campus fee  and an international medical/evacuation insurance fee of $170 apply to all students, to be paid to the Bursar's Office. Visa fees are the responsibility of the student.

The Global Education Office advisor for the Tsinghua University exchange is Molly DeStafney ( For more information on this program and the steps to apply, please review the Steps to Study Abroad on our website.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/15/2017 04/01/2017 TBA TBA
NOTE: 1. Applications are first reviewed by the Global Education Office, and students nominated for the program are notified. Application materials are then sent to the school abroad (and the school abroad often requests additional materials at this time). When the school abroad completes their application review, students are then notified of the final acceptance decision. This timeline varies greatly from school to school. In rare cases a student nominated by the Global Education Office will not be selected by the school abroad to attend their university; the Global Education Office would then explore further options for the student. 2. Any start and end dates listed are to serve as a guide for general planning, but specific dates are subject to change and may not include mandatory orientation programs or exams.