China Great Wall

Undergraduate Global Immersion in China

Bejing, China: Tsinghua University School of Economics & Management
Program full for 2013-2014 academic year

Program Type

This is a semester exchange program, where students take classes (in English or Mandarin) directly at a partner university and substitute that semester for a semester at the University of Minnesota. The partner university will send one of their students to the Carlson School of Management to take classes in their place.

Exchanges often require students to demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and service may be different from a US university. Examples of differences that exchange students should be prepared to encounter include varying housing options, the amount and timing of program details, grading based less on assignments and more on final exams, and an academic calendar that may differ significantly from the University of Minnesota.

Location and Host School

With over one billion people and unique natural resources, China is the world’s largest emerging economy. Since opening its economy to the world over 30 years ago, China has undergone a profound transformation, recently spurred by the award of the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing and the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. With over 17 million inhabitants, Beijing is China's second largest city and recognized as the political, educational and cultural center of the country.

Learn more about the city and surrounding area by visiting the Beijing Tourism Site.


Founded in 1911, Tsinghua University is one of the leading universities directly affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China and is known as the prominent center for higher education and scientific research. The School of Economics and Management offers bachelor’s degrees in Management and Economics, with additional courses in Information Systems, Economics and Finance, and Accounting. Tsinghua welcomes exchange students from 73 partner schools in 26 countries.

Located in Haidian District of Beijing, formerly known as a royal garden of Qing Dynasty, Tsingua University’s campus is famous for its beautiful surroundings and is listed as one of the world's top 14 most beautiful college campuses by Forbes Magazine in 2010, the only one from Asia.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester: September to January*

Spring semester: February to late June

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.

Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

*Students are able to make special arrangements for final exams in cases where fall semester final exams conflict with U of M spring semester classes.

Language and Academics

Students are enrolled in 16 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5100) credits for a semester at Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management. Classes typically take the form of lectures, seminars or case-based team projects, and active participation is encouraged. About half of Tsinghua's class offerings are taught in English. Classes in Mandarin are open to exchange students.

For detailed information about the courses, please visit Tsinghua University’s Foreign Student Affairs Office.


A very limited number of on-campus dormitory style accommodations are offered in the Zijing Foreign Student Dormitory. The facility is adjacent to dormitories where Chinese students live. All dorms were built within the past 10 years and include a kitchen, washing machine, and study lounge on each floor, with weekly cleaning service. Single, AB double (with in-suite bathroom), and standard double (shared bathroom) rooms are offered, with costs varying across options.

Students who are not able to obtain on-campus housing make their own arrangements upon arrival in Beijing.

For more information on housing, including photos of dorm rooms, visit Tsinghua University’s Foreign Student Affairs Office.

Budget Estimate 2012 - 2013

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.

2013-2014 Tuition $6,530
Program Fee (includes program administration and intl health insurance*) $2,500
Transportation (to and from program site) $1,500
Documentation** (passport, visa, immunizations) $305
Books and Materials $150
Room and/or Board $3,000
Essential Daily Living Expenses $2,000
Miscellaneous $500
Total $16,485

*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.

**Subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. In addition, University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Scholarships and Finances for additional information, and Costs and Billing for budget planning and cost comparison tools.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Chinese citizens are not eligible for this exchange program
  • Additional criteria may apply

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Application and Selection

Application materials include the online application form, a resume, and essay. Submit a completed application by the February 28th priority deadline prior to the academic year in which you wish to participate. Programs that do not fill following the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.

Admission to all programs is based on review of your application by the study abroad selection committee, and selection notifications are sent out within one month of the priority deadline or receipt of application during rolling admission. Once selected, students are given the opportunity to confirm acceptance, at which point they are subject to Education Abroad policies.

All details subject to change based on economic and international factors.

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