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|Restrictions:||Drexel applicants only|
|Minimum Language Requirement:||CHIN 101||Language of Instruction:||Chinese (Mandarin), English|
|Minimum Cumulative GPA:||3.0||Class Eligibility:||Junior|
|Eligible Majors:||Biomedical Engineering||Type of Program:||Exchange|
|Housing Options:||Apartment, Dormitory, Off-Campus||Program Advisor:||Mary Hagenbach|
Tsinghua University is widely regarded as one of the top five institutions in Mainland China. It boasts 48 undergraduate majors and has around 200 courses taught in English throughout the academic year. Drexel students who participate on this program will be studying with the best and the brightest in China and receive an education from some of the most esteemed professors in Asia.
Situated in Beijing, the nation’s capital, Drexel students will be fully immersed in Chinese culture and rigorous curriculum. Students who are eager to improve their Chinese language skills will also find Beijing the perfect location to practice their spoken mandarin with the option to take formal courses during the semester.
Students can learn more about the exchange program here.
Course Catalog: Students will have the option to choose from dozens of English courses during their semester at Tsinghua. There is also an option to take language courses under the university’s language program so long as it is under 8 credits. Students who have a high level of mandarin can take a placement exam and participate in courses taught in Chinese. Students can take a maximum of 20 Tsinghua credits per semester which equals to roughly 5 – 8 courses.
Course Equivalents: There are currently no course equivalents for this program. Course equivalents are courses Drexel students have taken at Tsinghua before, which means you do not have to go through the course approval process again. However, you must still complete the pre-approval form. Please note there is no guarantee that pre-approved courses will be offered in the future.
Course Approvals: Students participating in the program are asked to complete an academic pre-approval form. For this form, we ask you to review the course offerings at the host institution and discuss with your academic advisor which courses are best suited for your plan of study. You must obtain approval by the appropriate department for each course you plan to take abroad. For example, if you want to take a sociology course at the host institution for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the Sociology Department at Drexel. Students are encouraged to elect 8-10 courses on the pre-approval form in case there are scheduling conflicts, or your top choices are not available.
Grading: Students are taught and graded by faculty at the host institution. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on transcripts and will NOT affect the cumulative GPA. In order to receive CR, students must earn the equivalent of a "C" or above at the host institution. Students must maintain full-time status at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time course load at Drexel.
Co-op Opportunity: As part of the experience, qualified students will have the unique opportunity to work along with Drexel Professor Dr. Wei Sun in his research lab at Tsinghua for their co-op. Dr. Wei Sun’s research in Tsinghua is in a broad bio-manufacturing related area, including cell-printing of 3D in vitro models for regenerative medicine, control cell assembly for cancer models, construction of complex tissue/organ structures, biomimetic design of 3D tissue scaffold, tissue engineering, CAD/CAM and Freeform Fabrication.
Study Only (fall): early September - early January
Study+Co-op (fall/Winter/Spring): class early September - early January + co-op late February - late June
Due to the semester schedule, Drexel students are encouraged to stay in China after their studies to complete a co-op experience. Students will need to work closely with the Study Abroad office, their academic advisor and the co-op office to determine how to best plan their time during this program. Due to the need for cycle changes, the study abroad office urges students to begin planning 12-18 months in advance.
Study + Co-op Option: Drexel students will be doing their study term in the fall, their co-op experience either in China or the U.S. Winter and Spring term, then finish their academic year with classes at Drexel summer term. Students who do not work in Dr. Wei Sun’s lab will be responsible for finding their own independent co-op but can request guidance and assistance from Steinbright Career Services as well.
Located on the site of “Qing Hua Yuan” in Haidian District, Beijing, Tsinghua offers a perfect combination of an urban and local atmosphere. Tsinghua University was founded in 1911, formerly known as a royal garden of Qing Dynasty. The campus is famous for its beautiful surroundings embraced by shady trees and time-honored architectural complexes with different features and styles. It is listed as one of the 14 of the world's most beautiful college campuses by Forbes Magazine in 2010, the only one in Asia.
Living Options: Exchange students will typically live in shared apartments with other students near campus. These apartments are reasonably priced and can be arranged through a local real estate agency, recommended by Tsinghua. It is possible for students to apply for the university dormitories, but the rooms are in high demand and visiting students generally prefer the conditions of private housing.
For meals, students can eat at a very economical price in the on-campus cafeterias, and this is an excellent way to experience and understand Chinese university life. There are also a variety of Chinese and Western restaurants located within walking distance of the campus and an even wider range of possibilities for exploration throughout the city.
COST AND FINANCIAL AID
This is a Drexel sponsored program which means all of your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during your term abroad. For program costs, please consult the budget sheets: Fall, Fall/Winter/Spring
Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (after acceptance).
To seek additional funding, review the Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to the Financial Aid Office to see if additional funding may be available.
The China Scholarship Council for American Students is also funding 10,000 scholarship opportunities for U.S. students studying a term or more.
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