Tsinghua University Application Guide 2024

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 2024 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 2024!

Application Deadlines for Tsinghua 2024

Here are the application dates for Tsinghua University in 2024:

Round Application Period Result Announced
First round
(Design/Fine Arts programs in Arts Division are open
ONLY in this round)
8:00 AM August 25, 2023 — 5:00 PM October 13, 2023 Late December, 2023
Second round 8:00 AM October 14, 2023 — 5:00 PM November 30, 2023 Late February, 2024
Third round (final round) 8:00 AM December 1, 2023 — 5:00 PM January 15, 2024 Late March, 2024
Dual degree English-taught Program in Economics
(Tsinghua – CUHK)
8:00 AM August 25, 2023 — 5:00 PM April 10, 2024 May, 2024

Note: Online application (Beijing Time)


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. Aged 18 or above (by September 1, 2024). For the applicants under 18, please bring the relevant supporting documents to the official registration
  2. Foreign nationality
    Foreign citizens, in good physical and mental health, friendly to China, and awarded a certificate of graduation from high school.

    1. If you used to be a Chinese citizen/parents are Chinese citizens, click here to learn more.
  3. Outstanding academic performance
    Proof should be provided through (but not limited to) the following document(s):

    1. High school/University (if applicable) transcripts (in Chinese or English).
    2. Certificate of National/Regional Graduation Examination/Matriculation Examination.
    3. Results of international standard tests (e.g. SAT/ACT/A-Level/AP/IB/others) or International STEM Test (THUSSAT International STEM Test/ TIST/others).
    4. Other supporting materials.
  4. Language proficiency
    1. HSK Level 5 or higher, with each subject scoring over 60 points. HSK Level 4 is acceptable, but you must reach Level 5 within the first academic year. Native Chinese speakers or those with proof of Chinese high school education can apply for an HSK test waiver.
    2. Good English language proficiency. For those non native English speakers, provide score report of English language test (e.g. TOEFL/IELTS/others).

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. Curriculum vitae
    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
Tsinghua University campus

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 2024 intake can be found here.

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

Tsinghua University Application Process 2024

  1. Online Application
    1. application fee (800 RMB)
  2. Comprehensive Evaluation
    1. Application Review (Applications submitted with all the information correct and completed will be evaluated by Tsinghua University.)
    2. Integrative Test (Applicants who have passed the Application Review will be admitted to the integrative test. The method and time of the integrative test will be informed in advance. Test(s) for Arts Division applicants will be notified in advance. Applicants who apply for Architecture Division will go through the portfolio review.
  3. Admission Decision and Offer
    Admission decisions are determined through a comprehensive evaluation that considers academic performance, language proficiency, supporting materials, and an integrative test.

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 an interview with Evy from Puerto Rico about her Tsinghua journey:

Tsinghua 2024 Intake Programs

Learn more about the programs and apply to Tsinghua University through the links below. Or book a free call with us here.


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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