Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University in Beijing 753 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




Students wishing to pursue a Masters in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University commencing AY 2020, can now apply for the Schwarzman Scholars program. The 1-year Masters in Global Affairs provides concentrations in 1 of 3 disciplines: Public Policy; Economics and Business; and International Studies. The courses taught in English on the campus of Schwarzman College, a residential college of Tsinghua University, were co-designed with academic leaders from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Oxford, Duke and other prestigious universities around the world.

The program’s curriculum has been designed to build students’ leadership abilities and deepen their knowledge of China in a global context. Students will spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. Each year, up to 200 exceptional men and women will be accepted to the program, with 40% coming from the United States, 20% from China, and 40% from the rest of the world.


There is no fee associated with applying to the program. Interview expenses, such as economy class air or train travel, group meals, and one night in a hotel if needed, are arranged and covered by the program. Expenses for Schwarzman Scholars are also fully covered by the program, including the following: tuition, fees, room and board, travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year, in-country study tours, required course books and supplies, a Lenovo laptop, health insurance, and a personal stipend.


Applicants must be between 18 and below 29 years of age, from anywhere in the world, with an undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent. Those currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must be on track to successfully complete all degree requirements by 1 August 2020. Applicants can be from any field, but they have to submit a compelling argument regarding how the Schwarzman Scholars program will advance their professional, academic, and leadership goals.

Applicants must be proficient in English, as all teaching will be conducted in English. If the applicant’s native language is not English, official English proficiency test scores must be submitted. This requirement is waived for applicants who studied at an undergraduate institution where the primary language of instruction was English for at least 2 years of the applicant’s academic program; as well as for those who have studied in English for 2 or more years at a Masters degree level or higher. Acceptable English test scores are:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT): minimum score 600.
  • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT): minimum score 100.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score 7.

Schwarzman Scholars will be selected on the basis of not only their academic aptitude and intellectual ability, but also their leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to anticipate and act on emerging trends and opportunities, exemplary character, and desire to understand other cultures, perspectives and positions. Applicants should be risk takers, who see how the world is changing and are willing to do something different to shape that change

Applicants should provide specific examples of their leadership that explore their abilities to understand challenges and opportunities, envision solutions, take initiative to act, inspire others to join an effort, and push through resistance and/or challenges in reaching results.


Applicants who hold passports or permanent resident cards from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao have to apply online by 31 May 2019. Applicants holding a passport from any other country, are to apply online by 26 September 2019.

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