• China
    • Beijing
Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
Accounting Anthropology Asian Studies Communications Cultural Studies East Asian Studies Economics Finance Geography History Humanities International Business International Relations Political Science Public Policy Sustainable Development +6

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Bachelors Masters


Price Details
See SU Abroad website for exact charges. The program fee includes pre-departure meetings, Signature Seminar (transportation, hotel accommodations, and some group meals during the seminar are included), orientation abroad, housing, International Student I.D. card, and activities and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged.
Sep 27, 2021
Apr 26, 2018

About Program

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.

This program is currently not being promoted on Go Overseas by its provider. Check with Syracuse University Abroad for the most up-to-date information regarding the status of this program.

Program Reviews

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  • Housing 9.5
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Yes, I recommend this program

The Best Study Abroad Experience

I was part of one of Syracuse University Beijing Center's first programs. The experience completely changed my life. Both in terms of academics, cultural immersion, and language, this program opened me up to so many opportunities and changed the course of my life steering me towards a career in China when I previously had no intention to ever leave my home town. The people I met through the program are my family and Dr. Tong is still our "Beijing mom". We are about to have our 10 year reunion in a few weeks.

Now, years later, returning to the Tsinghua campus, the dorms we lived in, and the buildings where our classes were held makes me feel nostalgia in a way my own university in the US never could. I feel so very thankful for this life-changing experience that made Beijing a home away from home for me.

7 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

An extraordinary experience!

There are so many moments I wish I could relive during my study abroad in Beijing, China. The SU Abroad Beijing staff really wants you to have an incredible experience. They will work with you to make sure your needs are met. The SU Beijing Center is located at Tsinghua University, which is where you will be taking your courses with experienced professors. Classes will never be boring because it is a mix of discussion and field trips to historical and cultural landmarks around Beijing (The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, 798 Art District). Getting around is pretty easy--from your dorm all the way to the Chinese language center, you can practically bike all over campus! The cafeteria food is cheap and delicious! If you're feeling homesick, simply bike (8 minutes) or walk (15 minutes) to the neighborhood center, Wudaokou, for some Western cuisine!

What sets the SU Abroad Beijing program apart from others is its two-week signature seminar. When you first start the program, you will have 2-weeks to dive deeper into China's history and understand the perspective of locals who are trying to improve some of the country's issues. When I was abroad (Fall 2014), we had visits to environmental NGOs and had visits to ethnic-minority villages. You'll learn a lot about China by the time the program ends, and I guarantee you'll have so much to share after your return!

What would you improve about this program?
This program tends to have mostly political science/international relations/economics/history courses; however, independent study is also possible for other fields--such as communications (with the approval of your home college).
11 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent program and global experience

For any students seeking a unique global experience and passionate about Asia and emerging economy, SU Beijing is the right program for you. You will have the opportunity to study in China's number 1 university, Tsinghua University where its last 2 presidents graduated from. You would be able to attend 1 Tsinghua course that is being taught in English, but be mindful that it can be challenging. SU students are open to all courses being offered by SU Beijing Center and they are all excellent to help you gain understanding about China in a short period of time. I highly recommend Dr. Tong's political science courses, as you would have the chance to sit with Chinese students from Tsinghua U and have a discussion about the lecture topic. The signature seminar is another thing you should not miss. It is a great opportunity to not just travel but learn about the country at the same time. If you choose to do so, you can get a good internship through SU Beijing Center who will connect you with some local companies. Living condition can be tough, but international students' dorms are so much better compared to local students'. You will have a private room and bath, plus a cleaning service who cleans your room 3x a week. Foods are cheap and delicious, just be careful with the hygiene if you are eating out. Hope we will see you in Beijing!

What would you improve about this program?
One of the downside of the signature seminar is there are times when you are left to find your own meal. For anyone who comes to China for the first time and doesn't speak the language, this can be challenging, and terrifying even. I wish the program director be a bit more mindful in giving advices on where to get food that doesn't taste awful or not hygienic.
14 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Highly Recommend SU's Tsinghua Program

The staff go out of their way to make you comfortable, answer your questions, and find activities/classes that fit your interests. The living situation is ideal - you have a single bedroom in the international student dorms on the Tsinghua campus with your own (western) bathroom as well. There's wifi and good campus cuisine is close by. You can choose to challenge yourself academically through Tsinghua classes in Chinese, through higher levels of Chinese instruction, or through completing independent studies with Tsinghua professors. You can also choose to take a more laid-back route, leaving time for exploration by sticking with the English-only courses taught by Tsinghua professors tailored specifically to you and your peers in the SU Abroad program. I highly recommend attending the pre-semester traveling seminar - it's incredible, both academically and in terms of adventure!

What would you improve about this program?
The only drawback to this program is that because students are enrolled in the Tsinghua Chinese language courses (which improve one's Chinese rapidly), students must be on campus for class Monday through Friday. Language classes are either all in the afternoon or morning. This leaves only the weekends and any school breaks for travel or day-trips. For those of you that are more academically-focused, this isn't a drawback. But for those of you that are more interested in travel, this may hinder your plans.
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