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Schwarzman Scholars Program (SSP)
- General Information
    Schwarzman College Sunken Cortyard

    cademic Structure

    The truly innovative Schwarzman Scholars Program will set the global standard for the education of elite talent. The program will link China and the global community to offer the most profound and distinctive perspectives on key global issues, thereby shaping the world’s future leadership. Schwarzman Scholars will be based at Tsinghua University, which has a long and rich tradition of being at the forefront of major endeavors in China, ranging from political and economic, to scientific and social. It is the objective of the program to create a genuinely interactive platform and environment where students will be exposed to the most expansive spectrum of perspectives and gain a unique understanding and knowledge of China in a global context. This will infuse students with an invaluable insight into how to better navigate the issues and challenges the world’s leaders will face in the coming years.

    Students in the Schwarzman Scholars Program will pursue an intensive 11-month master’s degree that includes a core curriculum created especially for the program, and Scholars have the choice of one of three areas of academic concentration. English will be the language of instruction.


    An intensive and enlightening orientation at the beginning of the program will set the tone for entering students, preparing them to succeed both academically and socially during their year in China.

    Core Courses

    Some of the most distinguished and inspiring professors from Tsinghua and other elite institutions from around the world will lead specially-designed core courses that will provide Schwarzman Scholars with an overview of critical issues and methodologies used in analyzing today’s global affairs. A common thread is the emphasis on multiple perspectives.

    Concentration Courses

    At the beginning of the program, students will be able to choose from among three concentrations:

    Public Policy;

    Economics &Business;

    International Studies.

    Chinese Language Courses

    Although Chinese language skills are not required for Schwarzman Scholars, knowledge of the Chinese language will be extremely helpful for students during their year in Beijing and in their future careers. A structured Chinese language study program will be implemented for the international students.

    Co-curricular learning activities

    Emphasizing leadership and "making a difference" in the world, the Schwarzman Scholars Program will encourage students to interact not only with professors, but also with practitioners. Co-curricular learning activities will include opportunities for Chinese and international leaders in all professions to engage in face-to-face communication with the Schwarzman Scholars to discuss and debate the most relevant issues facing the world.

    Cultural Explorations

    On weekends and holiday breaks, Scholars will explore Chinese culture through short programs organized in Beijing and throughout China.

    Deep Dive

    Scholars will take a 7-to-10 day field trip to rural areas and ethnic minority regions, or visit organizations that are unique to China.

    Thesis/Graduation Report

    The thesis/graduation report, also known as a capstone project, will allow students to select their own project on a subject them. They will be encouraged to utilize their course work and activities throughout the course of the year into the project.


    The Schwarzman Scholars Program will boast an elite faculty, featuring distinguished professors from Tsinghua University and around the world.

    Mary Brown Bullock

    Mary Brown Bullock

    Duke Kunshan University

    Dr. Michael Cappello

    Dr. Michael Cappello

    Yale University

    Thomas J. Christensen

    Thomas J. Christensen

    Princeton University

    Jane Edwards

    Jane Edwards

    Yale University

    Louis W. Goodman

    Louis W. Goodman

    American University

    William C. Kirby

    William C. Kirby

    Harvard University

    Lawrence Lau

    Lawrence Lau

    Stanford University


    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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