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Drexel in China: Tsinghua University
Beijing, China (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
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Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
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Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement:
CHIN 101
Language of Instruction:
Chinese (Mandarin), English
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
Class Eligibility:
Eligible Majors:
Biomedical Engineering
Type of Program:
Housing Options:
Apartment, Dormitory, Off-Campus
Program Advisor:
Mary Hagenbach
Program Description:

The ProgramTsinghua

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 engineering 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 at

The Academics

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.  Please review the Tsinghua Courses_in_English_2012F.xls
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.

Program Calendar

Study Only (fall): early September - early January

Study+Co-op (fall/Winter/Spring): class early September - early January + co-op late February - late June
Please review the academic calendar for 2012-2013
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. 
Grading: Students are taught by local Chinese faculty at their host university. Grades are noted as credit/no credit (CR/NCR) on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn the equivalent of an American "C" or above. The goal is to be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel. 

The ExperienceTsinghua 2

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.

Money Matters

Students are billed their normal Drexel tuition and keep all financial aid during their term abroad. The study abroad program fee will be billed to students’ Drexel accounts. Please refer to the program Budget Sheet for cost details. If you receive Federal Work Study, consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after accepted into the program). To seek additional funding, review the Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Students who receive Federal Pell Grant should apply for the Gilman Scholarship. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

The China Scholarship Council for American Students is also funding 10,000 scholarship opportunities for U.S. students studying a term or more.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2016 02/01/2016 03/01/2016 TBA TBA
Fall/Winter/Spring 2016-2017 02/01/2016 03/01/2016 TBA TBA
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