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Tsinghua Summer School - Experiencing China

Program Location Beijing, China
Sponsor Tsinghua University
Program Type Direct Enroll
Course # SA 20139
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced

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Tsinghua Summer School - Experiencing China
Tsinghua's main campus square

One of China’s premier institutions, Tsinghua University is known for its academic excellence and international partnerships.  Originally established in 1911 by an agreement between the Qing Emperor and the US government to prepare Chinese students to study in the US, the school has long served as a bridge between the East and the West.

Located on the site of "Qing Hua Yuan" in Haidan District, Beijing, the campus of Tsinghua University is situated on the former imperial gardens of the Qing Dynasty and surrounded by a number of historical sites in north-west Beijing.  The university is famous for its beautiful surroundings embraced by shady trees and time-honored architectural complexes with different features and styles, in which "Shui Mu Qing Hua" has a long history of reputation. It is listed as one of the 14 world's most beautiful college campuses by Forbes Magazine in 2010, the only one from Asia.

The Experiencing China – Tsinghua Summer School 2018 will run from July 16 - 27, 2018.  Tsinghua will award a scholarship to TWO Purdue students.  The scholarship will cover registration fee, housing, tuition and a basic accident insurance while in Beijing.  Apply now!

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:Tsinghua University.


Tsinghua Summer School - Experiencing China
The campus has a lovely garden
This program is open to any undergraduate student who has completed at least 4 semesters at Purdue and taken at least two semesters of Chinese language by the start of the program.  The successful candidate is one who possesses and professes a keen interest in Chinese culture as well as current social, political and economic affairs in China. 
GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Engineering][College of Liberal Arts][Krannert School of Management][College of Science]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Packed into two exciting weeks, this summer program introduces students to the fascinating and diverse world of China.  Guided by a standout team of experts in their field, students will learn how global issues play out in the Chinese context through an experiential model of learning and cultural immersion activities in 13 specially designated learning tracks covering a myriad of fascinating topics in the China context.  Participants to choose one track for his/her project.

  • Architecture:  understanding Chinese society and history from the angle of the built environment.
  • Chinese Geography:  focuses on the special geographical features that contributed to the creation of the unique forms of culture and society in China.
  • Chinese history:  This is the track for students who wish to explore and understand China’s rich and long civilization.
  • Creative city: with the focus on sustainable development, this track considers the city as a living lab, which provides an innovation and incubation platform for creative and cultural industries.
  • Education The education track explores education as a window to understand China and its sustainability.
  • Entrepreneurship: this track introduces students to the nature of business and entrepreneurship in today’s China, and explores the role of government, enterprises, and research institutions/universities in our fast developing society.
  • Environment: the themes of this track will cover clean energy, air pollution, wastewater management as well as climate change.
  • Industry frontiers:  this module will focus on the digital capability aspect and help students explore China, both by visiting relevant enterprises, government institutions, and experience using computational and telecommunication tools, in ways that are only practical to be done so here in China.
  • Innovation: the module will shed light on China’s innovation performance, China’s innovation environment, and innovation strategies and management approaches in related industries.
  • Online education: this track will teach students the theory behind online learning in the China context and how the industry has developed.
  • Tomorrow’s youth: this track offers students a unique opportunity to explore solutions for the real challenges faced by children through design thinking and Project Based Learning.
  • Urbanization:  by describing and understanding both big data and detailed cases, participants will step into urban and rural communities, experiencing and reflecting on real life, expectations and severe challenges.

  • Women: this track on gender studies introduces a unique and critical perspective for innovative thinking in the context of cross-culture and cross-disciplines.

Global Competence education has been incorporated into Tsinghua University's education philosophy since 2016.  The Experiencing China summer program is also designed with the goal to foster global competence through creating an intensive international, inter-cultural and inter-disciplinary learning environment.

After successfully completing the summer school, students will receive an official transcript and two academic credits from Tsinghua University.

Participants will be housed in single en-suite rooms in the university residence halls.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2018

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and the Host University
Program Fee$0.00
Study Abroad Fee$304.70

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,500.00
Books and Supplies$25.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$250.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid
Eligible students can apply to the Purdue Big Moves Scholarship.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Apply early!  Purdue must submit the list of nominees to Tsinghua on or before March 10.
Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information
Tsinghua Summer School - Experiencing China
The 2008 Beijing Olympic Stadium

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