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Application for Fall 2024 Tsinghua-SAIS Dual Degree Program (For international students)

The 2024 Tsinghua University – Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University Dual Degree Program

Tsinghua Application Deadlines: Regular Decision – U.S. & Intl students: March 31, 2024

Tsinghua Decision Release Dates: Regular Decision - U.S. & Intl students: April 15, 2024

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 School of Social Sciences and a Master of Arts in International Relations degree from Johns Hopkins University’s SAIS.


Established in 1911, Tsinghua University originates from Tsinghua College (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.


Professor Yan Xuetong, Distinguished Professor of Tsinghua University, was the first director of the dual degree program at Tsinghua. Professor Tang Xiaoyang, Chair Professor of the Department of International Relations, was the director of the program between 2015 and 2021. Faculty members of the program have specializations over a wide range of fields, including international security, international political economy, public diplomacy, Chinese regional diplomacy, and China’s foreign relations with the developing world. The faculty assume their teaching and advising responsibilities, and work with students on scholarly and policy issues which shape world orders.


The Faculty at the Department of International Relations, Tsinghua University


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.


Since 2015 the program has enrolled 131students in total, 89 Chinese and 42 International students respectively. You can view profiles, blog posts, and recent research projects of current students on the website (https://nexgen-forum.org/)  

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 US government, 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.

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, 2023 to September 1, 2023. Only applicants from China (nationality on passport, including students from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) will be reviewed during this round (see here). The second round, which is for international applicants, opens in October 2023 and will be conducted in accordance with the regular admissions schedule for the Master of Arts in International Relations and dual degree students.

Timeline for non-Chinese students:

3. Application

·Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens with a valid personal ordinary-type passport.

·Applicants for CPFP programs should have a bachelor’s degree, or will get bachelor’s degree before July.31st, 2024.

In principlethe degree diploma awarded by overseas universities should be authenticated by Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange,Ministry of Education,P.R.China. (for overseas universities) before THU graduate student registration date of 2024, otherwise the admission qualification is invalid.

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How 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.

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: https://yzbm.tsinghua.edu.cn/intlLogin (The program is listed under “School of Social Science)

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

1.Personal statement

The personal statement should be completed directly in the application system.

2.Degree certificate and degree authentication

Master's degree program applicants should submit their Bachelor's degree certificate. The degree diploma awarded by overseas universities should be authenticated by Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange,Ministry of Education,P.R.China(CSCSE).The degree diploma awarded by universities of Chinese mainland should be authenticated by Center for Student Services and Development,Ministry of Education,P.R.China(CSSD).

Applicants who will not graduate before the application deadline shall provide the expected graduation certificate first, and the degree diploma and degree authentication must be submitted before registration. (Applicants who have graduated are required to provide the degree authentication at the same time.)

3.Academic transcript

Master's degree program applicants should submit the academic transcript of their undergraduate study. Applicants who will not graduate before the application deadline shall provide their current academic transcript. In this case, the completed academic transcript must be submitted before registration. If the uploaded transcript cannot directly show the total GPA score, the GPA certification document issued by the university is also required.

4.Language Proficiency Test score report

English proficiency certificate for students from countries where English is not the native language. TOEFL score should not be lower than 100 or IELTS should not be lower than 7.0. Students who completed a degree in an English-speaking country can be exempted from the English tests.

5.Two academic recommendation letters

Academic Recommendation Letters from scholars who hold the title of associate  professor or higher, or senior professionals in a related academic field. Please follow the instructions on the online system for submission of online recommendation letters or upload the recommendation letters signed by references.

6.Passport (personal ordinary-type passport):Passport bio page

Applicants should present bio page of personal ordinary-type passport. Those who previously held Chinese nationality and subsequently acquired foreign nationality are required to provide certificate of cancelled Chinese household registration (Hukou) and certificate of naturalized citizenship of other countries.

Application Remarks

1.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 should be submitted together to the application system.

2.Please scan the original or notarized application documents in color using a scanner. Images captured by mobile phone or camera are not acceptable. Scans of copies are also not acceptable.

3.For inquiries regarding program details, application for supervisors and the 'Remarks of Application' in the catalog, please contact the applying department or program office directly. For personal information of supervisors, please check on the departments'/ schools'  websites.

4.The application fee must be paid at the time the application is submitted. (It cannot be covered by the Chinese Government Scholarship). Please apply online and pay the application fee in a safe place. THU is not responsible for any losses caused by your own operation errors or the leakage of your online payment account and password. Please consider carefully before paying the application fee online. If you cannot finish the application due to various reasons, the paid application fee will not be refunded. Regardless of whether the application is successful or not, the application fee is not refundable.

5.Applications with incomplete documents or without application fee payment will not be processed. Applicants should take the initiative to understand the application procedures and application requirements before applying. The applicant will be responsible for any consequences arising from failure to complete the application process as required.

6.THU has the right to require applicants to provide original application materials or authentication documents issued by a designated institution for further inspection.

7.As some countries' higher education systems are very different from the Chinese system, applicants from different education systems should refer to THU’s online application website for reference. Click here

8.None of the above application documents will be returned.

9.If the higher-level department issues a new policy, THU will make corresponding adjustments.

10.Applicants must ensure that the application information, application materials, degree certificate and degree authentication provided are true and accurate. If the admissions unit or certification department verifies that anything in the application is not true, the application, admission or study qualification will be cancelled.

11.Applicants who are found to be in breach of academic ethics, professional ethics, honesty and trustworthiness, discipline and law-abidingetc., will not be admitted or admission/study qualification will be cancelled after this breach has been verified.

12.The relevant information, documents and messages that the THU Graduate Admissions Office and relevant departments / schools publish or send to applicants through websites, phone calls, emails, text messages, etc. are deemed to have been delivered. All consequences caused by the applicant’s personal negligence and other reasons shall be borne by the applicant himself/herself.

Evaluation and Admission

THU admits students based on evaluation of their application documents together with a comprehensive assessment. The application materials are reviewed by an expert group of the relevant departments / schools, and the candidates for the comprehensive assessment will be selected based on the review results. The comprehensive assessment is generally based on interviews. The specific content, format, requirements and time arrangements are determined by each department / school and will be notified to applicants who enter the comprehensive assessment.

Tsinghua University comprehensively considers the results of material review, comprehensive assessment and other factors, selects the best candidates, and determines the admission list . A Certificate of Admission and the appendix will be issued by THU after the final admission result is released. Prior to this, applicants may check their admission status via the Application System.


At present, Tsinghua University mainly provides the following scholarships for outstanding prospective full-time international graduate students.

Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS): The Full CGS usually covers tuition fees, free university dormitory or accommodation subsidy, stipend, and comprehensive medical insurance. The Partial CGS includes one or a few items covered by the Full CGS.

Tuition Scholarship: For example, the Beijing Government Scholarship for International Students, covers full or partial tuition fees with a duration of one academic year. Applicants may apply for Tuition Scholarships annually (competitive).

For further information about scholarships, please click on 'Financial Aid' on the Graduate Admission Website.


Due to limited accommodation on campus, dormitory application must be made online on a first come first served basis. On-campus dormitories can only be reserved for full-time international graduate students who successfully apply for rooms online. Those who fail to make it need to find off-campus accommodation by themselves.

Detailed information regarding THU life, accommodation, student activities, visas and residence permit application, as well as other useful information, is available on the International Students & Scholars Center website.http://is.tsinghua.edu.cn

Visa Application and Registration

Admitted students should apply for a student visa (X1 visa) at the Embassy or Consulate of the People's Republic of China in their home country. To apply, students should provide their personal ordinary-type passport, Admission Notice and its Appendix, Visa Application for Study in China (JW201/JW202), and Physical Examination Record for Foreigners (applicants should confirm with the Chinese embassy/consulate for specific requirements).

Students must enter China with an ordinary-type passport (nationality and personal information must be consistent with the passport information as applying) and X1 visa, and must apply for a Residence Permit within 30 days after arrival in China. Students are required to arrive at Tsinghua University and complete their university registration during the dates indicated in the admission package.

Normally, registration is held in late August or early September. All students should present the required original degree certificates, and submit the degree authentication issued by THU designated institutions upon registration at Tsinghua University for enrollment qualification review. Students who fail the enrollment qualification review will be disqualified from enrollment and study at Tsinghua University.

Costs (Unit: RMB Yuan)

(1) Application Fee: RMB 800

(2) Tuition Fees of TSDM Programs: 80,000 RMB (Full Program)
(3) Accidental Injury and Hospitalization Insurance: RMB 800/year

(4) Accommodation fee of student dormitories on Tsinghua campus, Beijing: RMB 40/day per person for double rooms, RMB 30/day per person for triple rooms.


Ø The program will accept up to 30 students each year, 15 Chinese students and 15 international (non-Chinese) students. Non-Chinese applicants must have passports.

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

Ø Offers of admission to Tsinghua University and Johns Hopkins 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 Johns Hopkins SAIS. Other conditions and requirements, such as additional English preparation, may be added to admission notices.

Academic Environment

Ø The entire program will be taught in English.

Ø 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 Johns Hopkins SAIS. Students can choose to extend their studies by a single semester at either Tsinghua University or Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Ø Courses at Tsinghua will be specifically designed to provide policy perspectives on international security, international political economy, public diplomacy, Chinese regional diplomacy, and China’s foreign relations with the developing world.

Ø 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

· International Migration and its Social Impacts

Ø The Johns Hopkins SAIS requires students to complete all of the regular graduation requirements including a core curriculum which includes courses in leadership, ethics, economics and data analysis; functional and regional focus areas, foreign language training and experiential opportunities (i.e., internships, practicums, study trips) and an oral or capstone project.


Tuition Fees

(1) Application Fee: RMB 800

(2) Tuition Fees of CPFP Programs: 80,000 RMB (Full Program)
(3) Accidental Injury and Hospitalization Insurance: RMB 800/year

(4) Accommodation fee of student dormitories on Tsinghua campus, Beijing: RMB 40/day per person for double rooms, RMB 30/day per person for triple rooms.

Chinese and non-Chinese students will pay the standard tuition fees. See the cost of attendance for the Johns Hopkins SAIS MAIR program here.

Tsinghua University’s International Relations Department will provide merit-based scholarships for students admitted students in the program.


In accordance with Tsinghua University and Johns Hopkins 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 School of Social Sciences and a Master of Arts in International Relations degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Selected Employers of Our Students

Our students work in a broad spectrum of international political and economic institutions. The following list includes selected institutions who have hired our students in recent years.

Contact Information

Tsinghua University, International Relations Department

Address: Mingzhai 311, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084

Contact: Ms. Li

Office Phone: 010-62788801

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

Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies

Address: 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Contact: Office of Admissions

Office Phone: (001) 202-663-5700

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

Other unfinished matters in this guide are implemented in accordance with 'Admission to Graduate Programs of Tsinghua University 2024 (For International Students).