About Tsinghua University
- Founded in 1911 in the northwest suburbs of Beijing on the site of the formal royal gardens of the Quing Dynasty
- Student population: 32,000 total of which 14,000 are undergraduates. Each year approximately 120 exchange students attend Tsinghua, about 20% of which are from the United States.
- Tsinghua SEM is now one of the premier business schools in Asia and enjoys world-class faculty, students and research centers.
- English taught courses in economics and management
- Students with strong Chinese language skills may also take courses that are taught in Chinese
- Excellent support services to international students: orientation program, wide range of cultural and athletic clubs, buddy program with Chinese students. For a list of clubs go to the web page http://mbaedu.sem.tsinghua.edu.cn
- Exchange student web site can be found http://www.sem.tsinghua.edu.cn/portalweb/appmanager/portal/ugEN?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=P140004631301647233421
- Library (one of the best university libraries in China) and computing facilities, ten on campus cafeterias, and university hospital
- Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university to study abroad. When reviewing applications for approval, disciplinary records will be taken into consideration and students must be cleared by the Dean’s office to study abroad. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if they are on conduct probation that does not expire prior to the start date of the semester abroad program.
- Due to the rapid growth of international students, Tsinghua is unable to accept students with Taiwianese and Chinese (PRC) citizenship, including HK and Macao residents, to the exchange program.
- Economics and business majors only
- Preference given to juniors and seniors
- Applications from second semester second year students will be considered on a case by case basis.
- Overall and business school GPA requirement: 3.0
- Preference given to students who have successfully completed Chinese 101 & 102
- Robins School of Business students must attend an information session before choosing a program and submitting an application.
*Note: the information below is for undergraduate business students. MBA students must consult the MBA office at Richmond for information regarding credit and grade transfer information.
Students will enroll in English taught courses with Chinese and international students. Students with strong Chinese language skills may also take courses instructed in Chinese. Undergraduate Richmond students must take a minimum of 12 and no more than 28 Tsinghua credits each semester.
Undergraduate classes at Tsinghua have two formats: lecture and seminar. Most classes will have between 60-70 students and will meet once per week. One Tsinghua credit hour equals 45 minutes of class time.
Case based learning and team projects are common. Grades are based on exams, projects, class presentations and participation.
Undergraduate Richmond students will earn .9 units for a 3-credit class and .6 units for 2-credit classes at Tsinghua. For more information about conversion of units, click Conversion to Units.
The grading scale at Tsinghua is as follows:
Grade Scale GPA
90--100 A 4
80--89 B 3
70-79 C 2
60-69 D 1 *does not transfer
under 60 E 0
Students have the option of living in university owned accommodation or in private flats close to campus. The university accommodation has both single and double rooms. The campus residences are a 20-minute walk although most students commute to class by bike, which can be purchased in China for Most international students prefer to rent apartments in town instead as the rules in the university housing are quite strict and there are no cooking facilities.
There are various housing agencies that can help identify some apartments prior to arrival. Students can live in the University housing upon arrival and pay a daily fee until they move into their permanent apartment for the semester. The most convenient areas near campus are HuaQing Garden, Dong Wang Zhuang and XiWang Zhuang areas. The cost of utilities is in addition to the monthly rent.
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Dates and Costs
Click Tsinghua 12-13.doc to see dates and cost information for the SEM exchange for undergraduate business. NOTE: Fall semester exams take place after the New Year. Richmond students will need to request special permission to take exams early in order to return to Richmond in time for the spring semester.
Click here to see dates and costs information for law students.
Students are required to apply for a student visa prior to departure. For more information, please visit the Chinese embassy website at http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/visas/
For more information
For more information: contact Fae Bell, International Business Programs Coordinator in the Robins School of Business or Michele Cox, Director of Study Abroad in the Office of International Education.
Revised August 2012
This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.