The Syracuse Beijing program is located at top-ranked Tsinghua University, and offers students at all language levels (including those with no prior Chinese language knowledge) an opportunity to study the complexity of contemporary China. The program offers coursework options across disciplines - including history, political science and international relations, public communications, and economics.
Signature Seminars (3 credits; required for undergraduates)
- Minimum GPA: 2.5 for Syracuse Center courses and Tsinghua language courses; 3.0 for Tsinghua University content courses
- Open to visiting students
- Credit hours: 15-19 (including Signature Seminar)
- No language prerequisite
- Chinese citizens with green cards may apply; contact Syracuse Abroad for more information
- Chinese citizens who have obtained U.S. citizenship may apply
Fall Seminar: The Other China: Ethnic Minorities, Development, and the Environment
Examines the impact of globalization and development on China’s culturally diverse peoples, natural environment, and animal habitats. Taught on-site in southwest China’s Yunnan and Sichuan provinces.
Spring Seminar: China: Past, Present, and Future
An introduction to the diversity of cultures and economics within China and the forces that shape people’s lives in the PRC. Taught on-site in Xi’an, Shanghai, and Nanjing.
Chinese Language Courses (3-10 credits; required)
All students are required to take a comprehensive Mandarin language course.
Students who want intensive
language instruction will be enrolled in the Tsinghua University language program. In addition to the required 3- or 4-credit comprehensive Mandarin class, students may also register for several optional modules for a possible total of 10 credits (three hours per day, five days per week) at all levels. Students also have the option of auditing the individual modules in order to support their language learning. (Audited language classes do not appear on student transcripts.) Tsinghua University language classes are taken with other international students.
Students who prefer a non-intensive
language course (at the 101 level only) may take Mandarin 101 at the Syracuse Beijing Center. This class meets 1.5 hours per day, four days per week and is offered only to Syracuse Beijing students.
Courses Taught in English at the Syracuse Beijing Center (6-12 credits; required)
Students enroll in 2-4 additional courses (6 to 12 credits) in political science, international relations, economics, communications, anthropology, or history at the Syracuse University center. These courses (taught in English) are also open to Tsinghua University students. This arrangement allows for discussion and interaction on contemporary issues from both the Chinese and U.S. perspective.
Tsinghua University pre-selected courses (3-6 credits; optional)
Through a special arrangement with Tsinghua, Syracuse University students who have a minimum 3.0 GPA are able to enroll in pre-selected classes taught in English alongside Chinese peers. Students taking economics, finance, and accounting courses at Tsinghua are required to have strong quantitative math skills. Tsinghua graduate courses taught in English are also available to students in the School of Public Policy. Undergraduates may take a maximum of two Tsinghua courses; graduates may take three courses. Tsinghua courses are subject to availability.
Courses Taught in Chinese
Students with advanced oral and written proficiency in Chinese may apply for enrollment in a maximum of two regularly-offered Tsinghua courses. Students should visit the Tsinghua University website
for Tsinghua course listings; and discuss courses of interest with your Beijing admissions counselor. To be eligible for Tsinghua courses taught in Chinese, applicants must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. Students considering this option must also enroll in at least one Syracuse Beijing Center course and should be aware that Tsinghua courses are subject to availability. Before permission is given, students will need to pass an advanced oral and written proficiency exam in Beijing.
Internships and Community Engagement Opportunities
Part-time internship opportunities may be available to qualified students whose schedules allow time to commit to a 1-3 credit internship. Non-credit internships are also available. Placements in Beijing include the Chi Heng Foundation (which serves children impacted by AIDS), Shangri-la Farms, and Dezan Shira & Associates. Other opportunities include Chinese NGOs, English language publications, human service organizations, and various English teaching opportunities.
Students who choose not to pursue an internship may participate in non-credit community engagement that entail short-term or one-time projects, such as assisting with special activities at a vocational school for migrant families.
All residence hall rooms are small singles with private bathrooms in Tsinghua's modern on-campus dormitories. Syracuse students have access to the same facilities as Tsinghua University students, including libraries, dining halls, computer centers, and recreational centers. Tsinghua University does charge a small "per use" fee for some of these facilities, including the health clinic and the gym. For meals, you can eat at any of the inexpensive student dining halls on campus. Many other cuisines, including Western/American food, can be found off-campus.
The cost of the Syracuse Beijing Center program includes Syracuse tuition and a program fee. Financial aid is available
. For a complete breakdown of costs, we have prepared a comprehensive budget sheet (Beijing Planning Budget 2017-18.pdf
) for students and their families.
Hear from Syracuse Beijing Alumni!
Talk to our Syracuse Beijing global ambassadors
if you have any questions about the program - they are students who have just recently returned from a semester in Beijing. You can also check out our program reviews on GoOverseas.com
Mary Fedorko, admissions counselor for Syracuse Beijing: firstname.lastname@example.org