Tsinghua University Application Guide 2023

Tsinghua University (清华大学) is one of Asia’s top universities and China’s best school. Located in Beijing, Tsinghua has a very long history and a tradition of high-caliber education. Due to its high status, it is very competitive to get enrollment into Tsinghua.

As an international student, how can you apply to Tsinghua University for 2023 Intake? China Admissions has years of experience helping top students apply and get enrollment in Tsinghua–here is all information you need to create a winning application to Tsinghua University in 2023!

Application Deadlines for Tsinghua 2023

Here are the application dates for Tsinghua University in 2023:

Round Application Period Result Announced
First round
(application for Design/Fine Arts Programs are open only in this round)
8:00 AM August 25, 2022 — 5:00 PM October 14, 2022 Late December, 2022
Second round 8:00 AM October 15, 2022 — 5:00 PM November 25, 2022 Late February 2023
Third round (final round) 8:00 AM November 26, 2022 — 5:00 PM January 10, 2023 Late March 2023
Dual degree English-taught Program in Economics (Tsinghua – CUHK) 8:00 AM August 25, 2022 — 5:00 PM April 10, 2023 May 2023


Search Tsinghua programs and begin an application here:


As Tsinghua is the top university in China, eligibility standards are extremely high. At the minimum you need excellent grades and Chinese/English proficiency.

  1. Minimum age is 18 years old
  2. Foreign nationality 
    1. If you used to be a Chinese citizen/parents are Chinese citizens, click here for help
  3. Strong academic performance
    1. High school transcripts
    2. Certificate of national matriculation (if any)
    3. SAT / IB / A-level / ACT / International STEM test (either one)
  4. HSK 5 (min. Score 180)
  5. Fluency in English (non native English speakers should submit TOEFL / IELTS)

Tsinghua university application guide and process 2023

Application Documents for Tsinghua

  1. Passport (minimum validity 1 year, 2 pages in one scan)
  2. Photo (white background)
  3. Complete high school transcripts
  4. High school diploma (or pre-graduation letter, for students who will graduate in mid-2023)
  5. Certificate of national matriculation (if any)
  6. Result of international standardized test (SAT / IB / A-level / ACT / International STEM test)
  7. HSK 5 certificate (or above), taken within the last 2 years
  8. Bank statement (or financial statement, salary slip from the sponsor)
  9. Personal statement 
    1. Written in Chinese, if applying for Chinese-taught programs
  10. Two recommendation letters from high school teacher 
    1. Must include the teacher’s name, contact number, email address, institution name, relationship with the applicant
    2. Both teachers must submit the recommendation letter through Tsinghua’s link before the application deadline (link will be sent from Tsinghua’s online application portal)
  11. Introduction Video
    1. 3 minutes long in total, students must introduce themselves in both English and Chinese
    2. File: MP4, max. 20MB
  12. Financial sponsor form 
    1. Must be signed by the financial sponsor
    2. Download from Tsinghua online application portal
  13. CV
    1. With a list of student’s educational background from primary school, middle school, and high school; work or internship experiences; awards; hobbies; etc.
    2. How to Write a CV for Chinese Universities
  14. Award Certificates (if any)
    1. Any awards or certificates of participation

Choose a Program

Students can choose up to 2 programs when applying to Tsinghua, so you can choose a first and second choice. The full list of programs for 2023 intake can be found here.

You can also see all Tsinghua programs on our database, and apply directly:

Tsinghua university application guide and process 2023

Tsinghua University Application Process 2023

  1. Online Application
  2. Integrative test (subject: Math, English, Chinese)
    1. Students who have outstanding SAT/A-level/IB/ACT and high school grades can be exempted from the test
  3. Online Interview
  4. Final result released

We recommend applying as early as possible. 2-3 months before the final deadline is best.

If you want personalized help applying to Tsinghua and navigating the difficult application requirements, we recommend our Elite or Tier 1 services which are specifically designed for top students applying to very competitive programs. The services include personalized fast-track support, interview preparation, and more.

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What is it like to study at Tsinghua?

We have many interviews with Tsinghua students on our YouTube Channel to show you around the campus and introduce student life!

Here is a chat with Didier Frank from Rwanda about his Tsinghua journey:

Tsinghua 2023 Intake Programs

Savannah Billman has a master's degree in Chinese Law and Society at the Yenching Academy of Peking University. She holds a B.A. from NYU Shanghai and has also written for The World of Chinese, TechNode, SupChina, and Sixth Tone.
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