Tsinghua University

People's Republic of China

Language of instruction


Following the Chinese economic reform from 1978, Tsinghua University has developed at a breathtaking pace into a comprehensive research university, now ranked within the Top 50 universities worldwide.

Located in the north-western suburbs of Beijing, Tsinghua University was established in 1911 on the site of “Qing Hua Yuan (Tsinghua Garden)” —a former royal garden of the Qing Dynasty.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester February–June
Semester 2 Fall Semester September–January

Tsinghua University is only available for a single semester exchange.

View the Tsinghua University academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Tsinghua University has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

15–18 credits per semester (normally 5-8 courses) at Tsinghua University is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at Tsinghua University.

To enrol in courses taught in Chinese, students need to pass HSK Band 6 (old) or 5 (new) as the minimum entry requirement.

Find courses

Search the Tsinghua University course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Please download the English taught course list at the end of Admissions of Exchange Program webpage. Undergraduate courses are indicated by "(number) Undergraduate Students" in the Capacity field in course profiles.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Computer science
Computer science
International relations
Public policy

Course restrictions

Exchange applicants at Tsinghua University must be non-Chinese citizens (including Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao).

Courses in the following programs are not open to exchange students:

  • English taught Architecture courses
  • Physical Training
  • Academy of Arts and Design
  • MBA
  • MPA
  • LLM

Additional academic information

Chinese language courses available:

  1. Courses offered by the Department of Chinese Language and Literature are taught in Chinese. Placement test is not required, students can combine/select their language courses (less than 8 Tsinghua credits) at different levels. 
  2. Full-time Chinese Language Program offered by International Chinese Language & Culture Centre (ICLCC) :
  • Available at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels.
  • Student can select 1 semester or 1 year study.
  • Placement test is required.
  • Course level is lower than the courses offered by the Department of Chinese Language and Literature. 
  • Required course info

Students who study undergraduate Tsinghua courses (taught in English and/or Chinese) can enrol in a part-time Chinese language program from ICLCC at an additional cost. 

Tsinghua University requires students to have a Chinese name for registration. If you do not have one yet, Tsinghua's International Students Office and their student volunteers will assist you in creating one on arrival. 

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


Tsinghua University offers 3 types of dormitory rooms to exchange students in the Zijing International Student Apartments. Spaces are limited, so students cannot be guaranteed on-campus housing.

Cost of living

The cost of living in Beijing is a bit higher than most cities in China. There are guides available to the cost of living in Beijing to help you prepare a budget for your exchange.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Students may be eligible to apply for scholarships offered by Tsinghua University and the Chinese government.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

International students in China are required to purchase the health insurance offered by their host university. 

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Tsinghua University has visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Chinese Embassy and Consulates for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.