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- General Information


    The School of Architecture at Tsinghua University is the first in China to offer an accredited Master degree to foreign students. The purpose of the program is to develop a major new platform of architectural education in response to the rapid urbanization of China.

    The program offers a nationally-accredited professional Master degree, Master in Architecture (M. Arch II). With a particular focus on the architecture and design in China, the School of Architecture gives graduate students, preferably professional Bachelor degree holders, the opportunity to pursue advanced learning in professional knowledge and independent design research. The program adopts the credit system. A total of 27 credits, earned through courses and studios, are required for the students.


    Courses can be divided into 5 main categories: 1) studios, 2) theory, 3) seminars, 4) site visits, and 5) optional public courses. The course menu also covers different academic fields, including architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and design, and profession-related knowledge in China.

    The standard language for all courses is English.

    Students are required to take the following studios and complete 18 credits: Architectural Design, Landscape Planning and Design, Urban Design, and Final Thesis.

    Each studio is co-instructed by one internationally established professor and two coordinating Chinese professors. Design critics are selected from a pool established foreign and domestic architects currently active in China. Studio topics are often real projects in some of China’s most architecture "hot spots", including Beijing, Shanghai, Xi\'an, Suzhou, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Lijiang and Qingdao, etc. In these studios, students are challenged to tackle difficult and sometimes controversial social, political, economic, ethnic and religious issues that are unique to contemporary China.

    Students are required to complete 4 credits in seminars focusing on important issues in contemporary Chinese architecture, contemporary Chinese urban development, and heritage preservation. Each seminar is co-instructed by 2-3 professors and features guest panelists, including senior government officials, distinguished scholars, and developers.

    Students are also required to complete courses on theory. These courses cover a wide range of fields: history, design theory, urban theory, contemporary practice, building technology, landscape and Chinese gardening, etc. These courses feature lectures by leading figures in different fields from inside and outside of China.

    In addition, there is one required credit for a “site visit” which provides students with exposure to fresh Chinese cultural and professional perspectives. The destination places are chosen from influential sites and cities of great interests of history and contemporary practice.

    Optional public courses are provided by Tsinghua University, offering training in Chinese language and learning in Chinese history and culture, 4 credits in total.


    1st Semester (Fall)

    6 Credits in design studios (Space Design & Urban Design)

    2 Credits in seminars (Theory and Practice of Regional Architecture & Contemporary Urban Planning and Design)

    2 Credits in optional public courses

    2nd Semester (Spring)

    6 Credits in design studios (Green Building Design)

    2 Credits in seminars (History of Chinese Architecture & Theory and Practice of Regional Architecture)

    2 Credits in optional public courses


    1 Credit in Architecture and City Visiting Study

    3rd Semester (Fall)

    6 Credits in design studios (Final Design)


    Tuition for the whole program is RMB 120,000.

    Accidental Injury and Hospitalization Insurance: RMB 600/year.


    Tuition Fee
    Master RMB 60,000 pre year
    RMB 120,000 in total (About $ 22,005)
    Accommodation Fee
    Zijing Apartment
    Double Room RMB 40 to RMB 80
    Single Room RMB 80
    Other Fees
    Service Fee USD 150
    Living Expense RMB 2,200 to RMB 2,800
- How Much Scholarship Cover
Admission Only
- You Need Pay After Got Scholarship (RMB)
  • Tuition:  60,000 / Year
  • Accommodation: 750 to 1200 RMB per month
  • Living Expense: 600 to 3000 RMB per month
- Requirement

Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens with a valid passport. Applicants for master's degree programs should have a bachelor's degree

- Application Documents

1. Application Form

Please upload your finished application form here.

2. Bachelor's degree diploma

Graduation certificate in languages other than Chinese or English should be translated into Chinese or English and be certified by notarization.

3. Undergraduate school transcript

4. Portfolio

Those materials should demonstrate the applicant’s competence in design and research. All materials must be printed on A4 paper. Please note that portfolios will not be returned to applicants.

5. Resume

Written in Chinese or in English

6. Personal Statement

A brief introduction of the applicant’s personal history and an explanation of why the applicant is interested in the program.

7. Three recommendation letters

Written by people with direct knowledge of the applicant’s professional and academic potentials, and must show recommender’s phone number and email address.

8. English proficiency test certificate

For example, IELTS or TOEFL, only for applicant whose native language is not English.

9. Passport photo

A recent passport-sized photo of the applicant

10. Photocopy of valid passport

With name, passport number & expiration date, and photo included

  • Step 1: Click "Apply Now" button below and pay scholarship service fee.

  • Step 2: Wait for the payment confirmation, then provide documents guidance. (including the application form)

  • Step 3: Submit documents and wait for result and admission documents (including admission letter, visa letter)
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