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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
Past Dates
Summer 2017 07/16/17 to 07/28/17

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Financial Aid Deadline
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Application Details: Application Currently Closed
This program is closed. It is not certain if Tsinghua will offer the program next summer. Stay tuned!

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 2017 will run from July 16th - 28th 2017.  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: 2 Sem Chinese

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

If students complete courses while abroad from Purdue colleges that have not approved the program, they might be able to earn transfer credit for those courses. Students interested in pursuing transfer credit should discuss this with both their academic advisor and their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

The two-week Experiencing China Tsinghua Summer School was launched in 2016 and has provided 141 students from 26 countries a great platform to explore key aspects of China and promoted mutual understanding between Chinese and international students.  It offers students a  great opportunity to better understand China from a range of critical perspectives, to immerse themselves in China and experience Tsinghua University life at its best.  

The academic program consists of a series of keynote lectures in China's economy, environment, international relations and history by leaders at the forefront of their respective fields.  There also will be team projects, site visits and round-table discussions facilitated by a star team of multidisciplinary tutors, and a wide range of cultural activities on campus and in the city.

The program will culminate with a forum to be designed and facilitated by students themselves. The forum will exhibit their discoveries and insights about China, and promote their collaborative problem-solving proposals in one of six focus groups: Architecture, Urbanization, Woman, Education, Economy, Environment and City.

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 2017

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 $250.00 -$150.00
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 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.

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

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

Country map courtesy of The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin