FAQs

Provided below are answers to additional questions that you might have about Tsinghua School of Economics and Management. We hope that this list, along with the information we have provided in other areas of this website, effectively addresses most of your questions. If you do not find an answer to your question, please contact us at  intlmbaadm@sem.tsinghua.edu.cn and you will receive our reply as soon as possible.

Application
  • What is GMAT test? Where can I obtain more details about GMAT?

    The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) consists of four parts: Analytical Writing Assessment, Quantitative Section, Verbal Section and Integrated Reasoning Section. All the four sections are administered in a computer-adaptive format. The official test report should be received by the end of May for guaranteed review. GMAT scores are valid for five years. Scores from tests taken earlier than this will not be accepted. Applicants may elect to take the GMAT more than once; however, the highest GMAT score will be considered. The GMAT Program Code for the Tsinghua-MIT Global Program is VH0-JJ-18; The GMAT Program Code for the Tsinghua MBA Program (Part-Time) is VH0-JJ-21. To obtain more information and register for the test, visit www.mba.com.

  • Can I take GRE test instead of GMAT test?

    Yes, GRE score is accepted as the substitute of GMAT score as an admissions requirement. GRE Designated Institution (DI) Code for Tsinghua MBA Programs: 3856. To Obtain more information and register for the GRE test, visit: www.ets.org/gre/.

  • What if I can't take GRE or GMAT test?
    International Candidates or Candidates from HK/Macau/Taiwan can use the Tsinghua MBA Alternative Entrance Exam as a substitute for the GMAT or GRE for admission into our MBA Programs. The test is similar to the GMAT in that it is a multiple choice math, sentence correction critical thinking, reading comprehension test with an analytical writing component. Registration for the test is also free of charge to prospective students. Please contact us for sample test via intlmbaadm@sem.tsinghua.edu.cn.
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Visits & Interviews
  • What is the policy for visiting the SEM?

    You are always welcome to visit our School and attend our Open Day to get more information about our program. Please contact us in advance if you plan to visit our office or audit any classes.

  • What is the interview policy?

    We will selectively interview individuals who submit an application to the SEM. These interviews will be by invitation and at our initiative only; not all applicants will be interviewed. An invitation to an interview should be interpreted neither positively nor negatively in regards to one's admission status. It simply means we are seeking additional clarification of your goals and professional and personal attributes.

  • When and how is the interview conducted?

    Potential candidates will be invited to Beijing for an interview at our school (Skype interview can be arranged). The interview provides an opportunity for the faculty to evaluate the analytical and interpersonal abilities of applicants, as well as their managerial and leadership potential. Candidates will be notified about the admission decision by email within 2 weeks after the interview.

  • Can I contact alumni in my area? Can I contact current students?

    Sure. You are welcome to do so. If you need, we can help you to get in contact with our students, ideally from your country or region.

Visa
  • When can I apply and obtain student visa?

    The student visa application form (JW202) and the official acceptance letter will be sent out in June if admitted. Normally, students may obtain the visa in middle or late August.

  • How can I apply my student visa?

    Accepted applicants should bring the following materials to the embassy or consulate of the People's Republic of China in their respective countries in order to apply for the X visa: •Passport •Acceptance Letter •Visa Application Form for Foreigners Wishing to Study in China (JW202) •Form of Physical Examination Record for Foreigners and Blood Test Record. Students must register before the deadline at the International Students & Scholars Center and get the Residence Permit within 30 days after they enter China. Note: Students with both a Hong Kong/Taiwan/Macau ID card and a foreign passport are should carefully consider whether to apply as a Hong Kong/Taiwan/Macau student or as an international student. A registered international student must have a valid student visa and a valid Residence Permit while studying at Tsinghua. One can not apply as an international student to study and subsequently reside in Mainland China using his/her Hong Kong/Taiwan/Macau ID card.

Curriculum
  • What degree do SEM MBA Program graduates receive?

    Upon completion of degree requirements, candidates receive a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Global MBA students, in addition, will receive a certificate from MIT Sloan School of Management as well.

  • What is the average class size?

    An MBA class is usually 80 students. The class is split into 2 sessions for some required courses, especially the softskill courses, to ensure the active participation from every student.

Financial Aid & Student Loan
  • How much does the MBA cost for an international student?

    The tuition fee for The Tsinghua Global MBA Program and Tsinghua Part-Time MBA Program beginning September 2021 are RMB ¥198,000 and RMB ¥368,000, respectively.

  • Does Tsinghua provide any kinds of financial aid or student loan to international students?

    Student loans are not available to international students. However, international students can apply for Beijing Government Scholarship (BGS) and Tsinghua University Scholarship (TUS). For detailed info, please refer to http://gmba.sem.tsinghua.edu.cn/Admissions/Expenses_Scholarship.htm . In addition, all students, including international students, are eligible to apply for several kinds of merit-based fellowships and scholarships after a period of study at Tsinghua.

  • Does Beijing Government Scholarship (BGS) and MBA Program Scholarship cover all my tuition and living expense?

    Up to ¥198,000 tuition waiver is offered by the MBA Programs. Beijing Government Scholarship varies from RMB ¥10,000 RMB to ¥20,000. We encourage each candidate to explore all scholarships and sources of financial aid available in his or her home country as needed.

  • What are the selection criteria for Beijing Government Scholarship (BGS) and Tsinghua University Scholarship (TUS)?

    The International Students & Scholars Center is authorized by Beijing Municipal Government and Tsinghua University to accept, review, and approve BGS applications. The scholarships are established to attract and encourage excellent foreign students to study in Beijing and Tsinghua. The selection is based both on candidacy merit and on need.

  • How to Improve Your MBA Scholarship Chances?

    The Tsinghua Global MBA costs around $30,000 in tuition and the school offer a variety of scholarship opportunities, including full-tuition scholarships, to qualified candidates.

    Here are five top tips to improve your chances of landing an MBA scholarship from the students, Nick and Ken (Class of 2023, Tsinghua Global MBAwho’ve done it.

     

    1. Tell your unique story in your application to boost your MBA scholarship chances

    At some business schools, you’ll need to submit a separate application to apply for a scholarship. At Tsinghua, scholarships are awarded based on your success in the standard MBA application process, with awards of up to 100% off tuition fees.

    “Getting an MBA scholarship boils down to how good your overall application is, including your essays, the video essays, and your performance in the interview,” Ken explains.

    To stand the best chance of success, Ken says you should be clear on what you want out of the MBA throughout your application.

    After working in consulting and tech for four years, Ken wanted to do an MBA to develop his management skillset and explore different career paths. He says he chose Tsinghua to get back to his Chinese roots and study at a school with a big brand reputation—Tsinghua University is ranked 16th globally in the Times Higher Education University Ranking 2022.

    “You want to be able to tell a clear story, about your background, your aspirations, and how the MBA is going to help you achieve your goals,” he says.

    “For Tsinghua especially, you need to explain why you want to study in China, and why that’s going to benefit you.”

    2. Do your research to find the best MBA scholarships for you

    Nick, originally from Greece, chose the Tsinghua Global MBA to make the transition from engineer to engineering manager and to contribute to the success of Belt & Road—China’s global infrastructure development initiative—in his native country.

    “I was sure the MBA would boost my career after graduation and help me achieve my long-term goals,” he says.

    When considering MBA scholarships, Nick (pictured) says MBA candidates need to do their research to explore all the opportunities available.

    Tsinghua alone offers a range of scholarships for different kinds of candidates, including high-potential female business leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals working in family businesses.

    International students can also apply separately for a Chinese Government Scholarship, either through the Chinese embassy in their home country or via a recommendation by the school.

    The scholarship award varies but often covers tuition fees and/or accommodation. Some students also receive a monthly income, or stipend, to fund their MBA experience.

    3. Ace the GMAT or GRE to increase your chances of MBA scholarship success

    While MBA scholarships are often awarded based on your overall profile, scoring high in your GMAT or GRE exam will help you stand out to the admissions team—and some scholarships are entirely based on your GMAT score.

    “I would highly recommend everyone prepares rigorously for taking the GMAT or GRE before applying,” says Nick, who took the GRE.

    “Your test score will definitely make you stand out during the application process. It shows to what extent you’re ready to start the program and whether you have the quantitative and analytical skills you need for an MBA.”

    Ken and Nick both achieved strong test scores. Although they share that their work experience and performance in the interview helped to secure an MBA scholarship more than their test scores, a low GMAT or GRE score, they say, can negatively impact your MBA application.

    4. To really stand out for an MBA scholarship, think beyond the MBA to how you’ll help enrich the school’s alumni network

    Even more than your test scores, business schools want to build classes of people who will go on to leadership roles across industries and play a part in building an influential, global alumni network.

    That’s why every top-tier business school looks for candidates from diverse backgrounds who can one day give back to the school and wider society too. Tsinghua alumni regularly come back to school as guest lecturers and even recruit Tsinghua MBA students.

    Tsinghua SEM boasts 130,000 alumni spanning 60 countries, and notable Tsinghua University alumni include current Chinese president Xi Jinping.

    Before the MBA interview at Tsinghua—typically around an hour long with a panel of admissions staff and professors—Ken suggests speaking to alumni to find out what to expect and start building your network.

    “Tsinghua alumni are the most influential people in China right now and Tsinghua wants to gauge whether you’re somebody with potential who’s going to help push the school’s name forward,” he says.

    “They want you to make an impact. If you bring in diverse experiences then you’ll be considered favorably for a scholarship.”

    5. Apply early when more MBA scholarships are available

    With every MBA application round, more scholarships are handed out. So if you apply to a business school early, you can also increase your MBA scholarship chances.

    “You need to apply as early as possible,” Nick, who successfully applied to Tsinghua in the first application round, advises.

    “By applying early, you’ll have more time to search for scholarship opportunities and it also shows the school that you’re not making a last-minute decision, but that the MBA is something you’ve thought about and prepared for.”

    Even so, you can still land an MBA scholarship if you apply in a later application round if your profile is strong enough. Although he agrees that candidates are better off applying early, Ken applied late and got a full-tuition scholarship.

    If you do your research, tell a compelling story in your application, and bring something unique to the program, you’ll stand a good chance of MBA scholarship success.



Student Life
  • How many students attend the SEM MBA Programs every year?

    SEM has approximately 420 MBA students enrolled every year.

  • Where do most SEM students live?

    Most full-time domestic students live on campus, but most international students choose to live off campus. Although neither the school nor the university can provide any information about housing off campus, affordable housing can be found close to the campus and near the public transportation system. Our current MBA students can also help you in finding housing off campus.

  • Does Tsinghua Provide on-campus housing for international students? If so, how can I apply for it?

    Yes. On-campus housing is available for international students. You can visit website of International Students & Scholars Center at http://is.tsinghua.edu.cn/ for detailed info (check Campus Life, then Accommodations). Once admitted, you will be given instructions on how to apply for on-campus housing.

  • Can I work while studying at Tsinghua?

    The program is quite demanding and rigorous, and you should expect to spend most of your weekday time studying. Incoming students are not encouraged to support themselves through work while taking this full-time program.

  • Are there opportunities to learn Chinese?

    Aside from the Chinese classes offered every semester, the area around Tsinghua University has a large number of Chinese language schools, ranging from large classes to one on one study. Many international students take Chinese classes three or more times a week outside of their normal course load. If you are interested in additional Chinese courses, some training schools around Tsinghua are provided below: Tsinghua Chinese Language Program Tel: +86-10-62784621 Fax: +86-10-62771134 E-mail: lxsb@tsinghua.edu.cn Web: http://intlstudent.cic.tsinghua.edu.cn/EN/index.html Beijing Language and Culture University Tel: +86-10-82303951 Fax: +86-10-82303087 Web: http://www.studyinblcu.cn

  • Do I have to learn Chinese? How important is learning Chinese?

    To be admitted into Global MBA Program, international students are not required to be proficient in Chinese. However, living in Beijing and doing business in China, especially in the areas of sales and marketing, require some grasp of Chinese. International students are highly encouraged to learn Chinese while studying at Tsinghua. Many different Chinese dialects exist throughout China, but Standard Mandarin, based on the Beijing dialect, is the official dialect used by Chinese government officials and most television and radio programs throughout China.

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