Introduction to Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University is one of the most prestigious universities in the world. It is a public research institution that traces its roots back to 1911. Tsinghua University is a founding member of the C9 League. The university is currently ranked No. 20 in the world, No. 1 in Asia and No. 1 in China.

With a motto of “Self-Discipline and Social Commitment”, Tsinghua University is committed to academic excellence, social responsibility and global development. Tsinghua University notable alumni include Xi Jinping, Hu Jintao,

Tsinghua University Ranking

Tsinghua University is one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in China. The university is renowned for top-quality education, successful alumni, modern facilities and beautiful campus. Here’s a summary of Tsinghua’s rankings for 2020:

  • CUAA – #2 in China
  • ARWU – #2 worldwide
  • QS World – #16 worldwide
  • THE World Rankings – #20 worldwide

Tsinghua University is a member of the C9 League (China’s Ivy League). Other universities belong to other projects such as Project 211 and Project 985. Read more about these initiatives here or learn more about university rankings here.

Rankings are helpful when choosing a Chinese University. However, it shouldn’t be the sole factor for your decision. Make sure to read about student experiences and choose a university that’s best for you.

Tsinghua University Location

Tsinghua University is located in the North West of Beijing in the University District (Haidian District). The campus is in between Peking University and Wudaokou which is the centre of the University District. 

Campus Map

Tsinghua University is well known for its beautiful campus with lakes and greenery and beautiful buildings. It is located in the former site of Qing Dynasty royal gardens and retains Chinese-style landscaping as well as traditional buildings.  However, many of its buildings are also in the Western-style, reflecting the American influence in its history.

Along with its rival and neighbor, Peking University, it is known throughout China and the wider world for having one of the most beautiful campuses. Tsinghua University’s campus was named one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world by a panel of architects and campus designers in Forbes in 2010; it was the only university in Asia on the list.

Campus Life

Tsinghua campus is large with many facilities including high quality sports facilities, swimming pool, library. It is also located close to Wudaokou which is the center of the student district in Beijing and has many international restaurants and bars.

Student Associations

Tsinghua University is home to thousands of international students. The university encourages students to participate in various extracurricular activities and join the student associations of the university.

The International students office also organizes extracurricular activities for international students, including welcome party for new students, New Year’s party, graduation party, tourist visits to Chinese cultural and historical destinations, sports competitions, etc.

Every year, the Tsinghua International Students & Scholars’ Gala Night transforms the Tsinghua University campus in a heart-pounding and reinvigorating showcase of cultural diversity, talent and a wholesome Tsinghua spirit.

Tsinghua University has more than 110 student associations covering five domains: science and technology, physical training, humanities, arts and public welfare. To name a few: the Students’ Performing Arts Club, Zijing Volunteer Service, Students’ Association of Science & Technology, Photography Association, Foreign Languages Association, Association of Student International Communication (ASIC), etc.


Located in the north of Tsinghua University, Zijing Apartments (紫荆公寓) is the most modernised student dormitory in China and the largest, able to accommodate 22,400 students.

Zijing comprises 26 blocks, with 23 buildings ranging from 7 to 15 stories. The total construction area amounts to 350,000 m2 (3,800,000 sq ft). The cost for the apartments are below.  New students should apply at the reception desk of Zijin Building 19.

Tsinghua University Accommodation Prices

List of Programs for International Students

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