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Application for Tsinghua-SAIS Dual Degree Program


The 2018 Tsinghua University – Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University Dual Degree Program

Tsinghua Application DeadlinesRegular Decision – U.S. & Intl students: March 31, 2018

Tsinghua Decision Release DatesRegular Decision - U.S. & Intl students: April 14, 2018


Recruiting Regulations

  1.      Program Introduction

The Tsinghua University – Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University Dual Degree Master’s Program is the first dual degree master’s program focused on global politics and economics run cooperatively by Chinese and U.S. institutions of higher education. As an opportunity for students to develop a sophisticated understanding of international affairs and law, the curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary breadth, a solid foundation in economics, and rigorous understanding of key world regions. After graduation, students will be familiar with Sino-U.S. political and economic systems, gain in-depth knowledge of various parts of the world, and grasp advanced analytical techniques. They will be prepared to actively participate in global governance, while at the same time contributing significantly towards country-level development.

 After fulfilling the degree requirements of both universities, students will be granted two master’s degrees, a Master of Law degree from Tsinghua University’s Law School and a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University’s SAIS.



Established in 1911, Tsinghua University originates from Tsinghua College (清华学堂), which was the first official Sino-U.S. program to prepare the best and brightest students from China to pursue higher education in leading U.S. universities. For over 100 years, Tsinghua has been at the forefront of major endeavors in China, covering social, economic, political, and scientific issues. It is dedicated to academic excellence and integrity as well as the interaction between Chinese and Western cultures. With more than 35,000 students, 20 schools, and 54 research institutes, Tsinghua has become a leading educational institution for fostering talent and scientific research.

 In addition to counting numerous internationally renowned scholars and intellectuals among its graduates, Tsinghua is also known as a nurturing ground for China’s political leaders: current and former Chinese Presidents Xi Jinping and Hu Jintao as well as former Premier Zhu Rongji are among its alumni.



China’s leading scholar in international relations, Professor Yan Xuetong, will be the first director of the dual degree program for Tsinghua. The program also plans to endow leading Tsinghua scholars from related fields as chair professors. The professors will interact with students to provide teaching and research advice on high priority issues mutually faced by the United States and China.


Prof. Yan Xuetong is serving as the director of the Dual Degree Program



The program aims to construct a strong alumni network. Graduates and current students will share resources and maintain mutually beneficial connections throughout their careers. In particular, the numerous Tsinghua and SAIS alumni that work and reside around the world will be valuable resources.



Through excellent academic training and professional preparation, students of the program will be well-positioned to transition into careers in international and domestic governance. They will actively participate in policy analysis, design, and implementation at the global level.



The program from 2015-2017 has enrolled 52 students in total, 27 Chinese and 25 International students respectively. You can view video testimonials from current students on their website (http://www.nexgenforum.org/) as well as profiles, blog posts, recent and ongoing research projects, and occasional podcast interviews and conversations.

These students are an impressive group. Several students graduated top in their class from elite universities and/or have extensive work experience from influential institutions, including the World Bank, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Clinton Global Initiative and others. Some students have already published several commentaries on issues of current foreign affairs and others placed well in academic competitions.


The first cohort of dual-degree program with faculty members and Tsinghua President Dr. Qiu

 2.      Recruiting Process

The dual degree program is open to both Chinese and non-Chinese students. There are two rounds of recruitment. The first round runs from August 1, 2017 to September 1, 2017. Only applicants from mainland China (nationality on passport) will be reviewed during this round (see here). The second round, which is for non-Chinese applicants, opens in October 2017 and will be conducted in accordance with the regular SAIS admissions schedule for M.A. and dual degree students.

 Timeline for non-Chinese students:


3.      Application

 (1) Qualification of Applicants

Applicants for TSDM program should have a bachelor’s degree.

2How to Apply

Applicants will apply to both institutions separately and concurrently. They will be evaluated for admissions by each institution based on their respective requirements and criteria. For administrative identification purposes, applicants for the dual degree program will be requested to indicate their intentions clearly on their applications to both institutions.

 To start your application for Tsinghua, applicants should complete the Online Application on the website of the THU Graduate Programs Application System for International Students during the designated THU application period. Applicants should fill in the application information online, upload the application documents listed below to the Online Application System, and pay the application fee online at the time of submission.

To start application, click: http://gradadmission.tsinghua.edu.cn (The program is listed under “School of Social Science)

        Please upload all the listed documents below to the application system:

  • Personal statement.

  • Degree certificate. Master’s degree program applicants should submit a bachelor’s degree certificate. Those who have not graduated yet must provide a proof of education in current academic institution.

  • Academic transcript. Master’s degree program applicants should submit an academic transcript of undergraduate study.

  • Two online academic recommendation letters from scholars who have the title of associate professor or higher, or senior professionals in a related academic field. Please follow system instructions for submission of online recommendation letters.

  • Passport personal information page (personal and ordinary passport).

                Application Remarks

  • Applicants are required to submit scanned images of all required documents at the time of application. All uploaded documents should be in Chinese or in English; otherwise notarial translations in Chinese or English are required. Once translated, the original documents and certified translations are to be submitted together to the application system.

  • Please scan the original or notarial application documents in color using a scanner. Documents images captured by mobile phone or camera are not acceptable. Copies are also not acceptable.

  • Application fee must be paid at time of application submission. THU is not responsible for errors made by applicants during the application process. There are no application-fee refunds.

  • Applications with incomplete documents or without application fee payment will not be processed.

  • THU may request some applicants to offer original or notarial hard copies of application documents for further qualification check if uploaded documents are not sufficient. Applicants shall guarantee all the information and application documents submitted in this application are authentic and accurate, otherwise, the admission will be disqualified.

  • None of the above application documents will be returned.

 To apply for SAIS, please visit: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/content/academics#dual-degree-and-cooperative-programs-ma-ml-dual-degree-department-international-relations-tsinghua


4.      Admission

The program will accept up to 20 students each year, 10 Chinese students and 10 international (non-Chinese) students. Non-Chinese Applicants must have passports.

 Students admitted by both institutions concurrently are considered dual degree candidates once they present a copy of their admission letters to the partner institutions. 

 Offers of admission to Tsinghua and SAIS are contingent upon applicants having successfully completed an accredited undergraduate degree and submitting an official, final transcript to each university. Additionally, admitted students must complete principles-level courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics with a B- or higher prior to matriculating at SAIS. Other conditions and requirements, such as additional English preparation, may be added to admission notices.


5.      Academic Environment

The entire program will be taught in English.

 Generally, students will require five semesters to complete the program, with the first two semesters spent in Beijing at Tsinghua University, and the next three semesters spent in Washington D.C. at SAIS. Students can choose to extend their studies by a single semester at either Tsinghua University or SAIS.

 Courses at Tsinghua will be specifically designed to provide policy perspectives on global challenges in the fields of environment, energy, development, security, and migration.

 Some topics may include:

  • Global Energy and Environment Management

  • Ethics of Globalization

  • Global Security System Design

  • Technological Innovation in Globalization

  • Public Diplomacy: Global and Comparative Perspectives

  • Contemporary Theories of International Politics

  • Contemporary U.S.-China Relations  

  • Political Economy of Development

  • World Politics and China

  • nternational Migration and its Social Impacts

 The SAIS M.A. requires students to complete all of the regular SAIS graduation requirements including a self-selected concentration, an international economics concentration, a quantitative methods requirement, two core courses/exams, the language proficiency exam, and an oral or capstone project.

6.      Tuition Fees

The application fee is 800 RMB. At Tsinghua University, mainland Chinese students will pay 8,000 RMB per year, while non-Chinese students will pay 30,000 RMB per year. Accidental Injury and Hospitalization Insurance: RMB 600/year While at SAIS, both Chinese and non-Chinese students will pay the standard SAIS tuition fees.

 Tsinghua University’s International Relations Department will provide sizeable tuition scholarships for all the admitted students in the program. Students can also apply for other kinds of scholarship. Please visit http://is.tsinghua.edu.cn/publish/is/9256/index.html for detailed information about scholarship

Applicants can also submit a separate request to SAIS for financial aid according to the SAIS aid policy.


7.      Accreditation

In accordance with Tsinghua University and SAIS academic accreditation regulations, students must complete their education plans and fulfill the requirements for both degrees at both universities, after which they will be granted two masters degrees, a Master of Law degree from Tsinghua University’s Law School and a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and SAIS.            


8.      Contact Information

     Tsinghua University, International Relations Department

     Address: Mingzhai 313, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084

     Contact: Miss Su

     Office Phone: 010-62788801

     Correct Email address: iisws@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn


     Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies

     Address: 1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 317,Washington, D.C. 20036

     Contact: Sidney Jackson

     Office Phone: 001.202-663-5700

     Correct Email address: sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu