It was originally established in 1911 under the name “Tsinghua College” and had been renamed several times since then: from “Tsinghua School” which was used one year after its establishment, to “National Tsinghua University” which was adopted three years after the foundation of its university section in 1925.

The university is one of the nine tertiary institutions in the C9 League and, along with Peking University, is frequently regarded the top university in mainland China by most national and international rankings. With a motto of Self-Discipline and Social Commitment, Tsinghua University describes itself as being dedicated to academic excellence, the well-being of Chinese society and to global development.

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📚About the Program

Master’s in Schwarzman Scholars Program (SSP) at Tsinghua University (THU)

Global Leadership for the 21st Century Schwarzman Scholars program is an international scholarship program founded by American financier Stephen A. Schwarzman, the Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone, in order to give the most talented future leaders the power to change the course of history. Schwarzman Scholars program was launched in June 2016, after Schwarzman College was built in one of China's most prestigious universities, Tsinghua University, located in Beijing, China. An International Community of Thinkers and Innovators Set on a state-of-the-art campus in Beijing, Scholars will refine and expand their leadership abilities while completing a fully-funded, one-year Master’s Degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in Economics and Business, Public Policy or International Studies. Cross-Cultural Connections that Last a Lifetime Scholars will join an international network of current and future leaders, engaging one-on-one with business leaders, public officials, scientists, artists, and thought leaders. Introducing Promising Young Leaders to China Schwarzman Scholars brings together young leaders from around the world who have the demonstrated ability, through their leadership on campus or in the workplace, to bridge different perspectives and produce results on issues of importance. Schwarzman Scholars brings together a network of young leaders who throughout their careers will serve as intermediaries between China and the rest of the world. Schwarzman Scholars Program Benefits The students selected to become Schwarzman Scholars will receive a comprehensive scholarship. It will include: Tuition Fees Room and board Travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year An in-country study tour Required course books and supplies Health insurance A stipend of $4,000 for personal expenses Schwarzman Scholars Academic Curriculum Schwarzman Scholars program is a one-year Master's degree for the next generation of global leaders, and it strengthens the student's leadership abilities and deepens their knowledge of China in a global context. Scholars share a core curriculum in the fall of their year in Beijing. This serves as an anchor for the rest of their studies and builds connections among the class. Core courses include: Chinese Culture, History, and Values Leading Issues in the Global Economy Leadership Comparative Governance Leading Issues in International Relations Mandatory Mandarin instruction for all non-native speakers   In addition to the core curriculum, students will work with faculty advisors and tutors to select concentration courses that reflect each Scholar’s professional and academic interests within one of three broad fields: Public Policy Economics and Business International Studies   Outside the classroom, students undertake a Practical Training Program in a Bejing workplace and also participate in a deep dive travel seminar to learn about other parts of the country. Scholars will enroll at Tsinghua University, one of China’s premier institutions, known for its academic excellence and international partnerships. It is the alma mater of some of China’s most important leaders, including the current and former Presidents, Xi Jinping and Hu Jintao. The Schwarzman Scholars curriculum was developed in collaboration with academic leaders from Tsinghua, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Oxford, Duke and other prestigious universities around the world. Admission Process Every year Schwarzman Scholars are selected through a rigorous and thorough selection process designed to evaluate leadership experience and potential, intellectual and academic ability, including the capacity to understand emerging trends, design solutions, and inspire others to a vision, as well as strength of character. All qualified candidates will have successfully completed their undergraduate degrees prior to enrollment and must be highly proficient in English. Applications are reviewed by a distinguished team of readers from around the world. Semi-finalists invited for in-person interviews in Beijing, Singapore, London or New York before international panels composed of CEOs, former heads of state, university presidents, non-profit executives, journalists, and other leaders. These interviewers draw on their own experience of leadership to identify a cohort of highly accomplished candidates whose paths to leadership will be enhanced by an introduction to China and its global role. Student Experience Orientation All students participate in a two-week for-credit Orientation program when they arrive at the College. Orientation includes information sessions on academics, activities focused on team building and intention-setting, practical elements required for living in the College and in China, and formal convocation ceremonies for both Tsinghua University and the program. Leadership Development Leadership development is woven throughout the Schwarzman Scholars program from Orientation through the academic year and embedded in alumni programming after Scholars leave the College.  It is a vital part of both academics and student experience. To provide a foundation for the interactions students will have with mentors and through internships, the program offers courses and skills-building workshops focused specifically on leadership development. Language Classes All international students take required Mandarin classes during the fall term as part of their coursework. Courses are then optional for the remainder of the year.  Beginner to advanced level courses are available – Scholars will take a placement test prior to the start of classes to determine their class. Chinese students will take advanced English language classes, focusing on writing and presentation skills, and professional and academic English. Mentors Network Each student will have the opportunity to work closely with a senior mentor. Leading members of the Beijing business, academic, government, and NGO communities will help advance students’ understanding of Chinese society, culture, and career paths, and support personal growth. Deep Dive The Deep Dive is a one-week, mandatory, for-credit field-based course that gives students the opportunity to learn about a different region of China as well as explore a research topic related to broader themes of economic, social, and political development. Deep Dive destinations have included Xi’an, Baoji, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Shenzhen, and Shijiazhuang/ Xiong’an New Development Zone. Deep Dives that focus on business development visit prominent state-owned and private companies as well as start-ups to learn how these companies and their leaders are adjusting to the rapidly changing business landscape of China. Deep Dives that focus on social development visit schools, nursing homes, community centers, and small business incubators to see how cities and communities are addressing issues such as rural development, left-behind children, and China’s rapidly aging population. Students also have the opportunity to meet with local government officials in each city to discuss business and social development-related issues. Faculty join each of the Deep Dives in order to contextualize what the students are seeing and experiencing, to lead discussion sessions, and to help connect the visits to courses taught in the program. Career Development Career Development encompasses a broad array of post-program goals – from pursuing an internship or full-time job search across myriad industries and geographies, to applying to graduate school, to developing professional skills to further strengthen your long-term career aspirations. Support is available via individual coaching, programs and events, site visits, and resource materials and databases. Optional Internships Internships provide an opportunity for students to pursue their particular interests and learning goals, and develop their first-hand experience and understanding of leadership and China, in a setting outside the College. Ideally, an internship will allow students to do one or more of the following: gain new skills; further explore concepts they have learned in class; participate in activities related to their Capstone project; develop their concept of leadership; practice their language skills in a real-world setting; and/or gain work experience in their field or explore a potential new path of interest.  Students may arrange an internship on their own, or reference the job portal for intern and volunteer opportunities available during their time in the program. Organizations may include businesses, state-owned enterprises, international organizations, non-governmental agencies, schools, etc. Capstone Project ​​​​​​​The Capstone Project is a requirement for Scholars to complete their program. The project is the culmination of students’ Schwarzman College experience and a final presentation of students’ experience, learning, and growth in their one-year residence and study. There are three Capstone project options: a research paper, a case study, or a policy analysis. Students are highly encouraged to utilize their Deep Dive and classroom learning experiences in their Capstone project. Scholars work with a faculty advisor on the written Capstone Project report and required presentation, both due at the end of the academic year. Events on Campus and Beyond ​​​​​​​Academic life will also be enriched by a range of extracurricular opportunities, from interactions with high-level visiting speakers at Schwarzman College to casual social activities at the student pub and extraordinary evenings with performing artists. Opportunities After the Program ​​​​​​​The inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars, diverse in their backgrounds, experiences, and countries of origin pursued post-program endeavors that reflect these diverse interests and experiences.  For example, 75% have entered the public, private, and non-profit sectors, across myriad industries and geographies. In addition, almost 19% of the class continued their education, from Ph.D.’s, to law degrees, to medical schools; destinations include the University of Cambridge, Tsinghua University, Harvard Medical School, and the Columbia Law School. Finally, 3% of the class are fulfilling military commitments and 3% are pursuing personal endeavors such as writing professionally and running for office. Accommodation/Housing All Scholars have a private single room with a private bathroom. Rooms are grouped in clusters of eight, sharing a common lounge/study space. The program will assign rooms to maximize international interactions among students. Floors/areas are not divided by gender. Scholar's Meals Three meals per day on weekdays are provided at Schwarzman College, and Scholars eat most of their meals within the College. Scholars may use their stipends to dine in other cafeterias on campus and are encouraged to do so to build contacts with other students. Scholars may also invite other Tsinghua University students to dine with them at the college. Student Association Schwarzman College supports the formation of student organizations within the Schwarzman Scholars program or scholars can join student-run publications and clubs on the Tsinghua University campus.   Show less
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📖Program Curriculum

Global Affairs; Forty Years of China's Political, Economic, and Social Reform; Leadership in Business; Leadership in Public Organization; Leaders and Leadership in History; and Leading in Crisis and Disasters

🏫About Tsinghua University (THU)

Tsinghua University is located in the North West of Beijing in the University District (Haidian District). The campus is in between Peking University and Wudaokou which is the centre of the University District. 

Tsinghua University is well known for its beautiful campus with lakes and greenery and beautiful buildings, it is located on the former site of Qing Dynasty royal gardens and 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. Along with its rival and neighbor the Peking University, it is known throughout China and the wider world for having one of the most beautiful campuses. Tsinghua University’s campus was named one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world by a panel of architects and campus designers in Forbes in 2010; it was the only university in Asia on the list.

Campus Life:

Tsinghua campus is large with many facilities including high quality sports facilities, swimming pool, library. It is also located close to Wudaokou which is the center of the student district in Beijing and has many international restaurants and bars.

Student Associations:

International students are encouraged to participate in various extracurricular activities and join the student associations of the University. International students office also organizes extracurricular activities for international students, including welcome party for new students, New Year’s party, graduation party, tourist visits to Chinese cultural and historical destinations, sports competitions, etc.

Tsinghua University has more than 110 student associations covering five domains: science and technology, physical training, humanities, arts and public welfare. To name a few: the Students’ Performing Arts Club, Zijing Volunteer Service, Students’ Association of Science & Technology, Photography Association, Foreign Languages Association, Association of Student International Communication (ASIC), etc.


Located in the north of Tsinghua University, Zijing Apartments (紫荆公寓) is the most modernised student dormitory in China and the largest, able to accommodate 22,400 students. Zijing comprises 26 blocks, with 23 buildings ranging from 7 to 15 stories. The total construction area amounts to 350,000 m2 (3,800,000 sq ft). The cost for the apartments are below.  New students should apply at the reception desk of Zijin Building 19.


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💰 Fees

Application Fee:

$0 USD

Tuition fee:

Insurance is 800 RMB.

💸 Living Expenses in Beijing

Expense Average costs
Accommodation On average, a single room student dormitory accommodation will cost about RMB 1500 per month, or about RMB 18,000 per year, including utilities.
Food A meal at the university canteen/restaurant or in a fast-food restaurant outside would cost about RMB 7 to RMB 30. The average monthly bill for students that will study in Beijing, China can be between the range of RMB 1800 to RMB 4000.
Transportation A one-way local transport ticket in Beijing costs about RMB 4. The taxi start rate costs about RMB 13, plus the additional taxi rate per kilometer of about RMB 2.30. A monthly transport pass for university students in Beijing would cost around RMB 200.
Extra costs: Some extra costs for university students who will study in Beijing, China are books and study materials around RMB 210 to RMB 350 per month (increased costs for those studying Sciences, Medicine, or Art), and medical insurance of about RMB 400 per six months.

Entry Requirements

You are not eligible to apply to this program because:

The minimum age is 18 and the maximum age is 28.

English fluency is required.
You need to be either:
- A native English speaker
- Studied in English at high school or a degree
- Have passed IELTS level 6.5 or TOEFL 95 or above.

Minimum education level: Bachelor's.

The program is quite competitive, you need to have a high grades of Average B, 60%, or a high GPA.

All student except from Nigeria are eligible to apply to this program

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📬 Admissions Process

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Please choose the programs here , "You are advised to select 2-3 programs to increase your chances of getting accepted.

Required Documents:

  • Your Graduation Certificate (in English) (Tsinghua University Graduate Programs)
  • Personal Statement Letter - Tsinghua University (Personal Statement Letter for Master's degree and Doctor's degree programs.)
  • Second Recommendation Letter
  • First Recommendation Letter
  • English Language Certificate
  • Your Highest Academic Transcript (In English)
  • Your Photograph
  • Your Passport Copy

Preparing documents:

You can start your application now and send the application documents during your application. Some documents you can send later if you don’t have them right away. Some more info about preparing application documents is here

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Application process:

Applying Online is simple in just a few steps. More information is available here.

The first steps are to choose the programs, pay the application fee and upload the application documents.

Once submitted to China Admissions, we will review your application within 2-3 days and proceed to the university or ask you for further clarification

After it has been processed to the university you will receive your unique application ID from each university.

The university may contact you directly for further questions.

We will then follow up each week with the university for updates. As soon as there is any update we will let you know. If you have made other plans, decide to withdraw / change address at any time please let us know.

After you have been accepted you will receive your admissions letter electronically and asked to pay the non-refundable deposit to the university.

Once you have paid the deposit the university will issue you the admissions letter and visa form to your home country.

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