The SU Beijing academic program begins with a Signature Seminar with on-site lectures in Beijing and other cities. The semester consists of courses taught in English and Mandarin, and language instruction at all levels. Through a special arrangement with Tsinghua University in Beijing, Syracuse University program students are able to enroll in pre-selected classes taught in English, including graduate courses in the School of Public Policy. Tsinghua students are also invited to attend Syracuse University courses taught in English. This arrangement allows for discussion and interaction on contemporary issues from both the Chinese and U.S. perspective.