Undergraduate Overview

With the central task of talent cultivation, Tsinghua aims to cultivate people who shoulder the mission and strive for excellence through a “Three-Pronged Approach” by integrating the shaping of values, the cultivating of skills and the imparting of knowledge. Students are expected to develop five essential qualities, namely, well-rounded character, solid and broad academic foundation, innovative thinking, global perspective and social commitment, achieving a combination of comprehensive development and individual development.

Through optimizing undergraduate programs, developing quality undergraduate courses and continuously improving the quality of undergraduate education, Tsinghua builds an undergraduate education system based on general education and integrating general education with disciplinary specialization to help students to become highly-competent, high-level, diversified and creative talents.

Tsinghua offers 82 undergraduate majors and 18 second degree majors, covering 10 discipline categories, namely, science, engineering, literature, history, philosophy, economics, management, law, medicine and art. As a comprehensive university, the structure and overall arrangement of majors of Tsinghua are characterized by engineering majors with collective advantages, literature, science, management and law majors with distinctive features, cross-disciplinary majors with diverse forms, and adapting to the needs of China’s development.

Degree Programs

Tsinghua University offers Bachelor degrees with duration of 4 years, except for Architecture and Sculpture which are 5 years, and Clinical Medicine which is 8 years. All of the undergraduate programs are listed as follows.

Undergraduate Programs (2019~2020)

No. Program School(Department)
1 Architecture School of Architecture
2 Urban Planning
3 Landscape Architecture
4 Building Environment and Energy Engineering
5 Civil Engineering School of Civil Engineering
6 Construction Management
7 Traffic Engineering
8 Hydraulic and Hydropower Engineering
9 Hydroscience and Engineering
10 Civil Engineering and Systems
11 Environmental Engineering School of Environment
12 Water Supply and Wastewater Engineering
13 Mechanical Engineering School of Mechanical Engineering
14 Measurement, Control Technology and Instruments
15 Micro-electro-mechanical Systems Engineering
16 Vehicle Engineering
17 Industrial Engineering
18 Energy and Power Engineering

Energy and Power Engineering School of Aerospace
19 Engineering Mechanics
20 Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
21 Electrical Engineering and Automation Department of Electrical Engineering
22 Electronic Information Science and Technology School of Information Science and Technology
23 Electronic Information Engineering
24 Electronic Science and Technology
25 Microelectronics Science and Engineering
26 Software Engineering
27 Automation
28 Computer Science and Technology

Computer Science and Technology Institute for Interdisciplinary Information      Science
29 Engineering Physics Department of Engineering Physics
30 Nuclear Engineering and Nuclear Technology
31 Chemical Engineering and Industrial Biological Engineering Department of Chemical Engineering
32 Polymer Materials and Engineering
33 Materials Science and Engineering School of Materials Science and Engineering
34 Mathematics and Physics School of Science
35 Pure and Applied Mathematics
36 Information and Computing Science
37 Physics
38 Applied Physics
39 Chemistry
40 Chemical Biology
41 Biological Sciences School of Life Sciences
42 Biotechnology
43 General Administration School of Public Policy and Management
44 Business Administration School of Economics and      Management
45 Information Management and Information Systems
46 Accounting
37 Finance
48 Economics and Finance
49 Economics

Economics School of Social Sciences
50 Sociology
51 International Politics
52 Psychology
53 School of Public Policy and Management
54 Philosophy School of Humanities
55 History
56 Chinese Language and Literature
57 English Language
58 Japanese Language
59 Law School of Law
60 Journalism School of Journalism and Communication
61 Advertising Academy of Arts and Design
62 Theory and History of Arts
63 Animation
64 Painting
65 Sculpture
66 Photography
67 Chinese Painting
68 Theory of Arts & Design
69 Visual Communication Design
70 Environment Design
71 Product Design
72 Fashion Design
73 Public Art
74 Craft Art
75 Digital Media Art
76 Art and Technology
77 Ceramic Design
78 Industrial Design
79 Clinical Medicine School of Medicine/Peking Union Medical College,Tsinghua University
80 Biomedical Engineering School of Medicine
81 Pharmaceutical Sciences
82 Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy XinYa College


Every academic year is divided into three semesters: spring, autumn and summer. The two eighteen-week semesters in spring and autumn are for courses, while the ten-twelve-week summer semester consists of a five-week practical trainings or internship abroad and a five-seven-week vacation.

Tsinghua is striving for an undergraduate curriculum that combines general education and disciplinary specialization. In 2015, the University launched a new round of curricular review to further update its undergraduate programs. The premised curriculum consists of general education (44 credits), disciplinary specialization(96-116credits) and self-directed development (10-20 credits) .In general, total credits for degree requirements vary across programs. For science and engineering four-year degree majors, students need to earn 160-170 credits, for humanities majors, 150-160 credits.

Currently Tsinghua is carrying out a teaching initiative to promote a learning-centered method. Undergraduate curriculum with Tsinghua characteristics is formed on the basis of multiple teaching modes such as Freshmen seminar, Challenge-Based Learning courses, Blended learning method , Textbook Compilation.

Tsinghua Xuetang Talents Program

On April 29, 1911, when the Bauhinias were blossoming  all over the garden, the first sound of book-reading came out of  Tsinghua Xuetang, which initiated the history of Tsinghua University.

From her very beginning as Tsinghua Xuetang, Tsinghua University  progressively developed, nurturing her blossoming talents. In 1925, the  Institute of National Studies was established and located in Tsinghua  Xuetang. With the principle of the integration of the Chinese culture  and the western culture, a number of distinguished scholars gathered  here such as WANG Guowei, LIANG Qichao, CHEN Yinque, and ZHAO Yuanren  who were known as the “Four Great Masters” in Tsinghua Garden. In just a  few years’ time, Tsinghua became one of the top institutes in China,  known not only for her sciences, but also for her national studies,  carrying forward the Chinese civilization. Also in Tsinghua Xuetang once  studied famous figures such as MEI Yi-qi, WEN Yiduo, ZHU Kezhen, HOU  Debang,MAO Yisheng, YE Qisun, PAN Guangdan, WU Mi and etc.

In 2009, Tsinghua Xuetang Talents Program was launched. The Xuetang  Program aims to transform the education resources that the University  has into the priority for the students’ cultivation. An important  criteria of the Xuetang Program is the enrichment of the breadth and  depth of Tsinghua's faculties.Curriculum development and facility  advancement also contribute to an atmosphere that incubates the learning  process. Through the Xuetang Program our students find inspiration to  devote themselves to their fields and take a leadership position among  academics worldwide. Tsinghua Xuetang Talents Program focuses on six  disciplinary areas, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Life Science,  Computer Science and Mechanics. These reinvigorated programs have moved  into their newly renovated building of Tsinghua Xuetang.

The World Literature and Culture program was admitted into the Xuetang Program in 2017 for the purpose of discovering new ways for the cultivation of talents in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences. Tsinghua University established the Tsinghua Xuetang Artificial Intelligence Program in 2019, aiming to further strengthen personnel cultivation in the interdisciplinary field of artificial intelligence.

Tsinghua Xuetang Mathematics Program

Chair professor Shing-Tung Yau
The ultimate goal of the Mathematics Program is to nurture a new generation of leading Chinese mathematician. The program seeks to recruit and train the students motivated to pursue their careers in mathematics, providing them with superior training and opportunities to work with mathematical masters around the world so that they can become leading mathematicians in the future.

Tsinghua Xuetang Physics Program

Chair professor Bangfen Zhu
The Physics Program which is regarded as a Tsinghua paradise for physics study and research aims to turn out world-class physicist and academic masters. The Program builds on the fine tradition of Tsinghua's Physics Department which generated two Nobel laureates and ten great scientists in the research on atomic and hydrogen bombs and the first satellite in China. Now provided with leading faculties, the Program focuses on training the students with their academic interest, innovative drive, imaginary and critical thinking ability, and creates the best environment for the talent students who are willing to devote themselves into scaling the heights of physics.

Tsinghua Xuetang Chemistry Program

Chair professor Xun Wang
The mission of the Chemistry Program is to explore and establish a new educational system for cultivating talented and devoted chemists. The training of this Program focuses not only on the basics of chemistry, but also on its frontier research and future development. Through the personalized education with its emphasis on critical thinking, this Program aims at producing a new generation of leading chemists, who are dedicated and creative in chemical research, and have solid background and broad vision in chemistry as well as strong sense of social responsibility.

Tsinghua Xuetang Life Science Program

Chair professor Yigong Shi
The Life Science Program aims to nurture the outstanding future research talents who are willing to dedicate themselves to the life science. Based on flexible curriculums, challenging experiments, the guidance from excellent scientists, and various international exchanges, this Program will provide a special platform for learning and research for its talented students strongly interested in life science and determined to devote themselves to this field.

Tsinghua Xuetang Computer Science Program

Chair professor Andrew Chi-Chih Yao
The Computer Science Program was founded by Prof. Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, world-leading computer scientist in 2006 with a view to nurture promising undergraduate students in the field of computer science, who are to become top talents students in the world. Yao Class has set up a model for cultivating innovative talents in accordance with their aptitude and developed an extensive international teaching program. It promotes progressive education as first two years focus on basic knowledge in computer science while third and fourth years featuring in two research areas namely "theory and security" and "system and application". Its distinctive talent cultivation model has been highly acknowledged and strongly supported. Most of Yao Class students pursue further studies upon graduation and are now making remarkable achievements in the field of computer science.

Tsinghua Xuetang Mechanics Program

Chair professor Quanshui Zheng
The Mechanics Program aims to create the best learning and research environment for the talents, encourage them to explore scientifically, and at the same time conduct autonomous learning by themselves in order to promote their personalized development and aptitude for critical thinking. The Program focuses on nurturing the future leaders in mechanics and engineering with good knowledge of humanities and prominent innovative ability.

Key features of the carefully designed curriculum include small class size coordinated with a tutorial system. Prominent scholars and world masters in mechanics are invited to deliver lecturers. Through the collaboration with major world universities and the state key engineering projects, the Program will offer the talented students more opportunities and an enriched platform for their learning and research.

Tsinghua Xuetang World Literature and Culture Program

Chair professor Haiping Yan
The World Literature and Culture Program is an undergraduate English-language program co-founded by the Institute for World Literatures and Cultures and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Tsinghua University. It aims to further develop Tsinghua University’s intellectual tradition of “connecting the East and the West, bridging the past and the present, and intertwining humanistic and scientific ideas.” The program nurtures students with canons of world literatures, teaches them in-depth knowledge of histories of different civilizations, and guides them to explore different national cultures, languages and societies, so that they can inherit Chinese cultural tradition while making meaningful innovations and grow to become new generations of learned scholars who could carry on the historical responsibility to develop Chinese humanistic studies in the global environment. The program puts special emphasis on the overall improvement of students’ English language ability and their multilingual awareness and capabilities. At the same time, based on the extensive reading of classics in the humanities, the program seeks to expand students’ cultural visions and deepen their critical thinking. The goal of the program is to discover and cultivate new generations of scholars who possess outstanding potential in language learning, who are committed to scholarly research and critical thinking in the long term, as well as to discover advanced talents and cultivate their mastery of fluent English and other languages, sophistication in cross-national, cross-regional and cross-cultural studies so as to meet the strategic demands posed by the development of China’s higher education and the nation’s strategic requirement.

Tsinghua Xuetang Artificial Intelligence Program

Chair professor Andrew Chi-Chih Yao
The Artificial Intelligence program was founded by Prof. Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, world-leading computer scientist in 2019, with a view to cultivate high-achieving talents in the AI field. Aiming to establish a solid foundation in AI for students, the program offers a wide range of courses, spanning from core theoretical underpinnings in math and computer science to applications in robotics, finance, biology, health, psychology, etc. It also provides students with opportunities to participate in cutting-edge AI research and interdisciplinary research with other fields, to develop their skills and subject understanding on AI, and to tackle problems in related fields by coupling rigorous theory with real-world applications.