Study Abroad Program Overview
Study at top-ranked Tsinghua University in engineering, economics, management, or sciences. Joining UCEAP at Tsinghua is a unique opportunity to gain new perspective on your major interests, develop relationships with notable faculty in your field, and work alongside equally ambitious local and international students.
Courses are taught in English in information science, electrical engineering, economics, management, and some sciences. Students with strong Chinese language ability have access to the full range of Tsinghua courses.
The lovely Tsinghua campus is expansive and green, with traditional and modern architecture throughout. Student dormitories are conveniently located within the campus bounds. Situated in China’s international capital city, access to the full range of historical and modern attractions of greater Beijing is available through public transportation.
Enjoy this video of UCEAP students sharing their lives and experiences of Beijing.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
Standard Chinese (simplified characters)
language study is available.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
mid-February to early July
Students with limited Chinese language ability or seeking language study may be better suited in Beijing at Peking University
You will be housed with other international students in a foreign student dormitory on campus. With Study Center approval, you may live off campus during the program. More information on housing
Enjoy cultural activities and excursions arranged by UCEAP. In addition, you will find many opportunities to explore China during festivals and university holidays.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. A UCEAP Resident Director and local staff abroad help students integrate into Chinese culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
The program offers coursework taught in English primarily in the fields of engineering, economics and business, or courses taught in Chinese in a variety of additional disciplines.
Use the following resources to learn more:
A recent participant had an internship with foreign and local employees that allowed the opportunity to observe different business practices and management styles.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 18 quarter/12 semester UC units minimum required; usually 5 or 6 courses. Most UCEAP students take 21 to 27 UC quarter units; 5 to 7 courses.
Research and Independent Study
You may be able to engage in an internship and/or independent study for academic credit in this program. If you are interested, you can make arrangements with the Study Center after arrival. Predeparture preparation may be required.
Tsinghua University was established on the former imperial gardens of the Qing Dynasty in northwestern Beijing in 1911 and began enrolling undergraduate students in 1928. It is now a comprehensive university widely recognized for excellence in teaching and research.
Tsinghua University is consistently among the top institutions in international rankings, with particular strengths in the fields of science, engineering, management, and the humanities.
The Tsinghua campus is famous for its beautiful gardens, shady trees, and lovely architecture.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
- More opportunities
Please note-Current internship offerings may vary; you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.
Setting Up Your Internship
- You are encouraged to set up your own internship prior to arrival.
- UCEAP has learned from UC Career Center websites and previous EAP participants that the following sites might provide information or assistance for service opportunities in China: JingJobs, ForeignerCN, eChinaJobs, ForeignHR.
- Be among the first to tell us about your internship abroad in China.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- UC Fees
- Tuition at Tsinghua University
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
- On-site orientation
- Predeparture expenses (visas, etc.)
- Room and board
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Round-trip transportation from California
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Study abroad scholarships for China
Chinese Ministry of Education Scholarships
The Chinese government provides scholarships for US students to study at many of the country's top universities. They are offered by the China Scholarship Council under the U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE). These scholarships cover all in-country costs, including tuition, housing and an appropriate stipend. Find out more
Junior, Senior, Graduate
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Successful completion of a course on China is highly recommended.
Tsinghua does not accept students who only have a PRC passport or ID. Dual passport holders are okay.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by Tsinghua University.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: