Application for 2021 Tsinghua-SAIS Dual Degree Program

The 2021 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, 2021

Tsinghua Decision Release DatesRegular Decision - U.S. & Intl students: April 15, 2021

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, is 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.


Since 2015 the program has enrolled 104 students in total, 55 Chinese and 51 International students respectively. You can view video testimonials from current students on their website ( 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 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.

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, 2020 to September 1, 2020. 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 2020 and will be conducted in accordance with the regular SAIS admissions schedule for M.A. and dual degree students.

Timeline for non-Chinese students:



John Hopkins(SAIS)

Application Launch   - International Applicants

October 2020

September 2020

Application   Deadline – International Applicants (Early Notification)


November 1, 2020

Applicant   Interviews - International Applicants (Early Notification)


Sept-Dec 2020

Decisions Released   - International Applicants (Early Notification)


December 18, 2020

Application Deadline - International Applicants   (Regular Decision)

March 31, 2021

January 7, 2021

Decisions Released - International Applicants (Regular   Decision)

April 15, 2021

March 5, 2021

Response Deadline - International Applicants (Regular   Decision)

same as SAIS

May 1,2021

All Dual Degree Students Arrive On-Campus

August 2021

July-August 2021

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: (The program is listed under “School of Social Science)

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

Ø Personal statement. Master's degree program applicants should submit a Personal Statement. (The Personal Statement should be filled out in accordance with the requirements of university template). Click here for the template.

Ø Curriculum Vitae

Ø Degree certificate. Master’s degree program applicants should submit a bachelor’s degree certificate. Applicants who will not graduate before the application deadline shall provide the expected graduation certificate first, and the degree diploma must be submitted before registration. (Applicants who have graduated are recommended to provide a certified copy or an authentication of the degree diploma at the same time. The certified copy / authentication and the original degree diploma should be combined into one PDF file and uploaded to the application system.) Please click here for the issuing method of the certification.

Ø Academic transcript. Master’s degree program applicants should submit an academic transcript of 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.

Ø 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 the instructions on the online system for submission of online recommendation letters or upload the recommendation letters signed by references .

Ø Passport personal information page (personal and ordinary passport). (According to Article 3 of the Nationality Law of the People's Republic of China, any individual who was a Chinese national and then acquired a foreign nationality shall provide a Certificate of Cancellation of Chinese Household registration issued by the police station where the original household registration is located. )

Application Remarks

Ø 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.

Ø 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.

Ø 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.

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

Ø THU has the right to require applicants to provide original/notarized copies of application materials or certification documents issued by a designated certification body for further inspection.

Ø 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

Ø None of the above application documents will be returned.

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

Ø Applicants must ensure that the application information and application materials 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.

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

Ø 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.

To apply for SAIS, please visit:

4.      Admission

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.

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

· International 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 (non-refundable). 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 800/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 scholarships and named fellowships for all the admitted students in the program. Please visit 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. 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.

World Bank

US State Department

China Development Bank




International   Finance Corporation (IFC)

Peterson Institute for   International Economics

Boston Consulting Group

China National Development   and Reform Commission

Energy Foundation

Morgan Stanley

China Council for the   Promotion of International Trade

Rocky Mountain Institute

Roland Berger Consulting

9.      Contact Information

    Tsinghua University, International Relations Department

    Address: Mingzhai 313, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084

    Contact: Ms Li Ran

    Office Phone: 010-62788801

    Correct Email address:

    Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies

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

    Contact: Victoria Saam

    Office Phone: (001) 202-663-7763

    Correct Email address:

Other unfinished matters in this guide are implemented in accordance with 'Admission to Graduate Programs of Tsinghua University 2021(For International Students