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  • Locations: Beijing, China
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Babson applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 02/20/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Graduate Program Type: Exchange
Language(s) of Instruction: English Only Prior Language Study: 0
Language Course Offered: Yes Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.80
Eligible Populations: Second Year MBA Housing Options: Independent Living, Residence Hall
Academic Highlights: Business Program Scholarship: No
Program Advisor: John Crisafulli
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

  • Review the Tsinghua Fact Sheet
  • Immerse yourself in Chinese culture while taking courses in English at one of China's most prestigious MBA programs
  • Experience life in Beijing, an epicenter of politics and business for generations and a modern city that embraces all the comforts of modernity while still retaining characteristics of an ancient city.
Academic Calendar
  • Fall:  September - January
  • Spring:  February - June

Please note that incoming exchange students are required to follow the exact academic calendar of the program they are admitted. 

Academics at Tsinghua SEM

Studying at Tsinghua SEM
Tsinghua School of Economics and Management (Tsinghua SEM), founded in 1984, was one of the first economics and management schools in China. Tsinghua SEM is now among the premier business schools in Asia and enjoys world class faculty, students and research facilities. The school’s mission is to be a world-class school of economics and management by contributing academic knowledge that fuels the revival of the Chinese economy and cultivating business leaders for China and the world.

Exchange students enroll in the International MBA Program at Tsinghua SEM, which is taught exclusively in English. The International MBA Program has three features which prepares candidates for a career in international business management: case study, curriculum on Chinese business practices, and high-quality and diverse international student body. More than 1000 MBA students from 19 countries world-wide enroll in Tsinghua's MBA Programs each year, and the school hosts more than 100 foreign exchange students annually.

What You’ll Learn
Electives in the International MBA Program cover a wide range of Chinese business practices as well as experiences and lessons from global business; subjects include: Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, Enterprise innovation and Entrepreneurship, Accounting, E-commerce and Supply Chain Management, Strategy and Leadership.

Additionally, Tsinghua University excels in two areas in its offering of electives: knowledge of the Chinese business environment and quantitative electives.

Chinese Business Environment: Course offerings include learning about China's accounting system, China's stock market, and strategy for foreign companies entering China as well as Chinese companies facing additional competition. In addition, because of the development of Chinese companies, students also study strategy for Chinese companies that are both entering and operating in foreign markets. 

Quantitative Electives: Tsinghua University is known throughout the world as China's best engineering university. As many Tsinghua students know, the quantitative culture that the engineering department breeds carries over to almost every other department on campus, including Tsinghua SEM. Many International MBA students choose to take electives in advanced corporate finance, derivatives, and information systems. In addition, the Tsinghua Science Park (a five minute walk from Tsinghua SEM), features some of China's best engineers working in both small to medium sized companies (as well as MNC's such as Microsoft and Google).


Co-Curricular Learning
Business Competitions
Students participate in both domestic and international business case competitions. The school has an impressive track record in this area. Tsinghua SEM is also the organizer of the prestigious Tsinghua Case Competition in which many international MBA schools participate.

Business Trips
Numerous visits to domestic and multinational companies are available to provide students with practical business and operation exposure as well as networking opportunities. The national headquarters of many multi-national companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Intel are located in Beijing. In addition, Tsinghua University is located in the heart of China’s Silicon Valley — Zhong Guan Cun — where many of the world’s leading edge technology companies are situated.

Guest Lectures
Prominent business leaders and distinguished scholars are attracted to Tsinghua SEM by its reputation and status in China and the world. Hundreds of forums are consequently held at SEM every year. These lectures cover a wide range of topics, including business management, economic situations, latest theoretical developments and socio-cultural issues. These forums, lectures and seminars have become an important part of studies for IMBA students at Tsinghua SEM.

The International MBA program is taught exclusively in English. However, many international students take the opportunity to participate in one of the university's many language exchange programs. Organized by various student organizations, they are fun ways of learning Chinese and making new friends inside and outside of the MBA program.

Career Services
The Career Development Center (CDC) is a functional office of our school. Incoming exchange students can find some information about open recruiting opportunities on the website of CDC (

Please note that the CDC does not provide personal career services to incoming exchange students.

Academic Culture
The format of clasess may vary from course to course, and may include:
-- Lecture and seminar style classes
-- Case method, team projects

Attendance is required and may be part of your grad. Active class participation is encouraged.

Course Load
Full-time MBA students at Tsinghua take up to 21 Tsinghua credits each semester. Exchange must take at least 10 Tsinghua credits and may enroll in up to 20 Tsinghua credits.


Life at Tsinghua SEM

Student Life
At Tsinghua SEM, student organizations are in integral part of the education experience. Each year students who join student association have an opportunity to take on leadership roles, develop new skills, and take on challenges within a supportive environment. The MBA Student Association is the formal student association for MBA students. The mission of student associations is to strengthen the communication between our domestic students and other international students. It also serves a communicative link among students, faculty, the school and various enterprises.

The clubs at Tsinghua SEM are as varied and diverse as its students. They range from social and professional to recreational and cultural. If you cannot find an organization that meets your current interests, you have the ability to form and officially register your own clubs. Student clubs are constantly emerging as students and interests change; typically there are over 20 active clubs each year at Tsinghua SEM.

Living Arrangements
The Foreign Student Affairs Office of Tsinghua University is able to arrange for exchange students to live in the international student dorms, as long as students apply in advance. Information about how to apply will be sent to students individually after been admitted by Tsinghua University.

Please note that Tsinghua SEM does not provide assistance in finding off-campus apartments for incoming exchange students who do not wish to live in the international student dorms. Students who wish to live off-campus will be responsible for securing independent accomodations.

Living in Beijing
Tsinghua University is located at the heart of what is often known as the intellectual district of Beijing. Our neighbors include the headquarters of multinationals and start-ups alike, attracted as they were to the idea of setting up office in China’s Silicon Valley — Zhongguancun. Tsinghua University is linked to all parts of Beijing by an extensive network of modern and efficient subway, multiple bus lines and ubiquitous taxis of all hues. The financial district is 30 minutes away by subway; Tiananmen Square, 40 minutes; the Great Wall, 1 hour. Of course, there is always the bicycle for those who prefer a slower pace.

With more than 5,000 years of history, China is a treasure trove of sites and sights. As the epicenter of politics and business for generations, Beijing is constantly going through dramatic transformations.  Beijing is the perfect combination between East and West. As a modern city that embraces all the comforts of modernity while still retaining characteristics of an ancient city, Beijing’s grandeur will enthrall. To have a feel of where the country is headed and how one can have a role in that journey, a Beijing experience is a must. Well - known sights such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Temple of Heaven are located in Beijing. Tiananmen Square, famous for the role it has played in many historical events, is a few metro stops away from the university. You may indulge in tea - drinking, Beijing opera, Chinese chess, tai - chi and karaoke during the weekends with your classmates. Regardless of the type of cuisine you are looking for, whether it is Korean, Indian, Japanese, Brazilian or Singaporean, they are easy to find and even easier to like. With four delightful seasons, the weather ranges from a chilly minus 15 degrees Celsius to a balmy 35 degrees.

Cost of Attendance