Tsinghua University School of Economics & Management: Beijing

Undergraduate Global Immersion in China

Fall semester: September 7 - Decemeber 26, 2015*

Spring semester: late February to early July

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.

Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

Beijing, China

Beijing, China

Beijing, China

Beijing, China

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.

Application and Admissions

To apply, please visit the Apply page. You will be charged a $50 application fee for each term that you apply for a program. If you apply for two programs in Fall semester you will be charged $50. If you apply for one program in Fall semester and one in Spring semester you will be charged $100. The priority deadline for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 is February 1, 2015. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 6 weeks of the priority deadline.


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

Location details

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.

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.

Cost estimate (Summary)

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. Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad. Visa and passport costs are subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.​

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Costs & Billing for additional information on financial aid and scholarships.

Academics and credits

Students are enrolled in 15 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5200) credits at the University of Minnesota during the semester they are abroad. Students will take a full course load (13-18 UMN credits per semester) at the host universitiy. Business courses taught in English are available for exchange students. 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.

Students participating in CGI semester exchange programs are strongly encouraged to enroll in the 1-credit Global Identity course for business students. This course helps you to develop your intercultural skills and articulate the value of your experience to future employers. It offers an additional layer of support through one-on-one interactions with your instructor that complements the independent structure of the exchange program.

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

Cost table

Estimated Expenses 2014-2015
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account)$7029
Program Fee (charged to UMN student account)$2500
Transportation (to and from program site)$1500
Documentation (passport, visa, immunizations)$305
Books and Materials $150
Room and/or Board$3000
Essential Daily Living Expenses$2000
Global Identity Course - strongly recommended (charged to UMN student account)$200

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