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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Mandarin Chinese Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Click here for a definition of this term Credit Available For: Wharton Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Semester/Year Study Abroad
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Arranged by Student, University Residence Hall/Apartment Click here for a definition of this term Application Deadline: Fall/Year: February 15, Spring: October 1
Program Description:

BTM LogoTsinghua University, School of Economics and Management

Tsinghua University, established in 1911, has 14 schools and 56 departments with faculties in science, engineering, humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, management, education, and art. The University has over 25,900 students, including 13,100 undergraduates and 12,800 graduate students.

For additional information, visit the Tsinghua University website. Please review information about the School of Economics and Management, as well.
The City of Beijing

As China’s capital and cultural center, Beijing is arguably China’s most important city. With a population of 22 million and counting, people from all over China, and the world, have flocked here for new opportunities as China’s economy and international power grow. Beijing is home to some of China’s most treasured historical sites, like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. It is also very cosmopolitan and is home to some of China’s best theaters. Beijing boasts the highest concentration of top research institutions and technology companies.

Did you know…?

Beijing Opera is an important part of local culture; locals practice their opera singing at parks around the city as well as frequent the opera houses.


The program at Tsinghua University is for Huntsman and Wharton students.

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0

Language Prerequisite: Must have a high level of Mandarin proficiency.
Other Requirements:
  • Huntsman students must take all of their classes in Chinese
  • Wharton students are permitted to take their coursework in English but must have a high level of Mandarin proficiency and be able to operate independently with little administrative support.
Please note that Tsinghua is unable to accept students with Chinese citizenship. Students from Hong Kong and Taiwan are eligible to apply but must follow special application procedures.

Language of Instruction

English, Mandarin Chinese


A full course load at Tsinghua’s School of Economics and Management consists of an equivalent of 4 Penn CUs per semester. Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.

Courses at Tsinghua range from 1 to 4 credits and vary in the number of contact hours. Generally, 45 contact hours at Tsinghua is equivalent to 1 CU at Penn. Students must consult with their academic advisor for study abroad when selecting their coursework in order to ensure they will receive an appropriate number of Penn CUs for courses taken while abroad.

Students who miss more than 1/3 of classes for a course will not be permitted to take the final exam.

Tsinghua University SEM Academic Calendar
Tsinghua University SEM Course Catalog for Incoming Exchange Students

*Important Note*

Students are not permitted to depart from their semester abroad until all final exams/assessments have been completed unless there is a direct conflict with Penn’s academic calendar. For students abroad in the fall semester, this program concludes in mid-January. If a student has a final exam that will conflict with the spring semester at Penn, the student must inform his/her Global Programs Manager and the Tsinghua SEM Academic Affairs Office in advance in order to arrange for a remote proctored exam. For students abroad in the spring semester, this program concludes at the end of June. Students are expected to stay abroad until the last date of their last final in June, and exams will not be proctored on Penn’s campus.
Grading Scale

As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average. The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. Be sure to review Penn Abroad’s academic policies.

Grades are reported to Penn on the Tsinghua University 100-point grading system and then converted to Penn grades according to the following grade equivalencies:
Tsinghua Grade Penn Grade
90-100 A
85-89 A-
82-84 B+
78-81 B
75-79 B-
72-74 C+
68-71 C
64-67 C-
60-63 D
<60 F

BTM Special FeaturesOrientation Activities

All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by Tsinghua University prior to the start of each semester. 

Buddy Program

The Zijing International Volunteer Association of Tsinghua University helps international students adapt to campus life at Tsinghua through their Buddy Program.  This program pairs international students with local student volunteers. More information on the Buddy Program can be found here.

BTM Special FeaturesStudent Associations

Penn students studying at Tsinghua University have access to a wide range of student activities and associations. Many students join the Association of International Culture Exchange, a student organization that aims to promote understanding and interaction between local and international students through events.

BTM CampusParticipants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.

The Foreign Student Affairs office of Tsinghua University offers on-campus housing in the international student dorm. Students can apply for a room in the international student dorm online after they are admitted to Tsinghua University. Due to the high demand for housing, Tsinghua cannot guarantee rooms for all incoming students. Students should apply as soon as the housing application is open as they are screened on a first-come first-served basis. The Zijing International Student Apartments have a capacity of around 2000 international students (about 60% of all international students at Tsinghua).

Should you choose not to apply for on-campus housing or if your on-campus housing application is denied, you will need to make independent housing arrangements.

Penn Abroad Financial Policies

Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheets below for more information. Be sure to review Penn Abroad’s financial policies.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. Visit SFS's website for more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad.

Budget Sheets


Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. 

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad: Supports undergraduate study abroad focusing on geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to US national security. (Excludes study in US, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.) These US government grants entail a service obligation.

Please review the Penn Abroad application process, policies, and procedures.

To open an application or learn more about the program, please schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.

For a student perspective on life and academics in Denmark, contact a Penn Abroad Past Participant or Exchange Student.