Tsinghua University School of Law

Beijing, China

Are classes taught in English?

There are three English language programs: the LL.M. in Chinese Law, International Arbitration and International Intellectual Property. There are about ten classes taught in English for each program. Some examples of these courses include Chinese Foreign Investment Law, International Arbitration in Asia, and International E-Commerce Law. Exchange students are eligible to take any English courses offered at the law school and in other departments at Tsinghua, provided that they first receive approval to do so from the department and UCLA. Students seeking to take courses offered in Chinese must first demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in the language. The curriculum for the upcoming year can be found here.

What are the major strengths of the program?

Tsinghua is best known for Chinese Law, International Arbitration, and Intellectual Property Law. Previous UCLA Law students who studied abroad at Tsinghua pursued coursework there with a focus on Chinese Law.

How many U.S. exchange students are there?

The Chinese Law program is offered exclusively for international students, many of whom come from U.S. schools. Tsinghua has partnered with William & Mary, from which it accepts about two students per semester. Tsinghua also has exchange partnerships with the following U.S. law schools: Duke, Berkeley, Emory, Tulane, Loyola, and Case Western. Tsinghua will accept two students from UCLA Law per semester, or up to four students per academic year.

What is the term schedule?

The fall semester runs from mid-August to late December. The spring semester runs from mid-February to late June. To view the academic calendar for the current year, click here. Students seeking a greater variety of English language course offerings should consider pursuing study abroad at Tsinghua during the spring semester.

Where can I get housing?

Tsinghua offers three different types of on-campus housing in its dormitories to incoming exchange and international students for approximately $400-$500 per month. While exchange students are eligible to apply for on-campus housing, due to limited availability, accommodations cannot be guaranteed. Off-campus accommodations are not provided by the university, and if incoming exchange students do not reserve an on-campus dormitory prior to their arrival, they are responsible for handling their off-campus living arrangements.

Whom should I contact for more information?

UCLA Law Contacts:

Tiffany Parnell, Graduate Studies Coordinator (parnell@law.ucla.edu)

Professor Richard Steinberg, Faculty FLSEP Coordinator (steinber@law.ucla.edu)

* Prospective exchange students seeking more information about Tsinghua are advised to first contact the designated UCLA coordinator and/or faculty contact with any initial questions. Only after submitting an application and receiving an official UCLA Law nomination should students then contact the Tsinghua coordinators directly.

Tsinghua Contacts:

Ms. Mingyang Xie, Administrator of Foreign Affairs Office (lawwb@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn)

Professor Xiaowu Li, Director of International Affairs Office & Faculty Coordinator (xiaowuli@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn)

Exchange & Visiting Student Program, International Students Office (visiting@tsinghua.edu.cn)